The majestic appearance of Mount Fuji has always fascinated travelers for centuries. Mount Fuji is also an active volcano.
A perfectly symmetrical volcanic cone, the mountain is a near-mythical national symbol immortalized in countless works of art, including Hokusai's 36 Views of Mt. Fuji (Fugaku Sanjurokkei 冨嶽三十六景 http://www.geocities.jp/zdh/fuji36.htm). The official climbing season lasts for only two months, from July to August. Even during these months, when Tokyo often swelters in 30-degree heat, temperatures at the top can be below freezing at night and climbers must dress adequately.
Fuji Five Lakes - Fujigoko 富士五湖
At the northern foot of Mount Fuji, there are 5 large lakes, called Yamanakako, Saiko, Shojiko, Motosuko and Kawaguchiko. The area is called Fujigoko (Fuji 5 Lakes) and Kawaguchiko or Lake Kawaguchi is the most developed lake resort in the area. It is also the most accessible area with convenient train and bus transportation, to and around, the Fujigoko area. Click here for a map of the Fuji Five Lake area.
Map of the Mount Fuji and the Fuji Five Lake Area
In the Fujigoko area, there are many attractions. You can enjoy Onsen, or Hot Springs, provided by the volcanic activity of Mt. Fuji.
It is said that Mt. Fuji and the Onsen Hot Springs are the best attraction in Japan, it is needless to say, why Fujigoko area is a very popular tourist destination in Japan.
Climbing outside the official season is not only technically illegal without police permission but extremely dangerous without alpine climbing experience and equipment. Nearly all facilities are closed in the off season. The weather, unpredictable any time of year, is downright vicious in the winter and there are cases of people being literally blown off the mountain by high winds.
*the Fujisan Preservation Fund System has started. For more details, see Fujisan Conservation Donation Campaigncheck
Climbing Mt.Fuji can be more challenging than you expect. Be sure and visit this website for preparation. Be sure and visit this website for preparation.
Fuji Five Lake Navi
Fuji Five Lakes
Charm of Mt.Fuji
Fuji Five Lakes 富士五湖* "ko" demontes lake
From Kawaguchiko Station, you can take a mountain bus called Tozan Bus that takes you to the 5th level of Mt. Fuji. Most climbers start climbing toward the summit from this level.
Related article: Kawaguchiko and Mountaineering from Mount Fuji
Fujikawaguchiko Tourism Federation
*Tanukiko is not included in the Fuji Five Lakes.