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1. Fugaku Wind Cave

A lava cave that stretches out into the eastern entrance of the Sea of Trees

The Fugaku Wind Cave, which is one of the caves that are scattered in the Aokigahara forest, has a total length of 201 meters and a height of 8.7 meters. The inner part of the cave has a year-round temperature of 0 to 3 degrees C, so it’s just like a natural refrigerator. Even in the middle of summer the cave has icicles and icy walls that never melt. During the winter the large icicles are lit up to create a very mysterious atmosphere. The tour around the whole cave is an enjoyable experience and takes about 15 minutes. Many people visit the cave each year and by the time they leave most agree that the experience is like “being in an adventure movie.”
The peculiar landscape of hardened lava that includes the Fugaku Wind Cave takes up a significant portion of the Sea of Trees; however, it is still unknown how deep down most of these caves stretch and if some of them are linked together. One more cave in the area that shouldn’t be missed is the Narusawa Ice Cave, which also serves as a great place for hiking and bird watching.

Location:

2068-1 Aokigahara, Fujikawaguchiko-machi Saiko, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture

Access from the closest station: 20-30 minutes by shuttle bus from Kawaguchiko Station (get off at Fugakufuketsu bus stop).

2. Aokigahara Sea of Trees Guided Nature Tour

Have a walk with a professional in the mysterious forest, “Sea of Trees”, which stretches out around the foot of Mt. Fuji.

The Aokigahara forest is a wild forest that spreads out over a total area of 30 square kilometers, from the northwestern foot of Mt. Fuji to the Saiko Lake, Lake Shoji, and Lake Motosu area. The forest is commonly referred to as the “Sea of Trees”. The name is said to originate from the fact that, when looking down on it from above, it takes on the appearance of a sea full of small waves. These “waves” are created when Western winds blow in from the Asian Continent and throughout the trees of the forest. When walking through the thick forest with its large, 300 year old trees, it is recommended that you join one of the tours led by a “Nature Guide”. There are many different routes to take, such as the tour of the Fugaku Wind Cave, Narusawa Ice Cave, and Aokigahara Sea of Trees (2 hours, 2,500yen/person, reservation required). The tour guide will teach you about the forest in a very simple and friendly way, all while showing a hand-made explanation board. Please enjoy this mysterious forest camping, hiking, etc.

Location:

2068-1 Aokigahara, Fujikawaguchiko-machi Saiko, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture

Access from the closest station: 20-30 minutes by shuttle bus from Kawaguchiko Station (get off at Fugakufuketsu bus stop).

3. Lake Kawaguchi Tenjoyama Park Mt. Kachikachi Ropeway

A marvelous view spot, looking down on Lake Kawaguchi

The “Lake Kawaguchi Tenjoyama Park Mt. Kachikachi Ropeway” is at a walking distance from the shore of Lake Kawaguchi. It is a popular ride because it gives passengers a panoramic view of Mt. Fuji and transports them to the top of Mt. Tenjo in 3 minutes. While going up to the top of Mt. Tenjo, you can also enjoy a full view of Lake Kawaguchi. The Ropeway will transport you from Kawaguchi-kohan station (856 meters above sea level), all the way to Fujimidai station (1075 meters above sea level). You can also see a panoramic view of beautiful Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi from the observation platform on the top of Mt. Tenjo.
At the end of the Ropeway, there is a “teahouse” for some refreshments, “pottery-throwing” activities, and a heart-shaped “sky bell” facing Mt. Fuji that you can ring and use as a nice photo backdrop.

Location:

1163-1 Asakawa, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture

Access from the closest station: 15 minutes by foot from Kawaguchiko Station, or 10 minutes by shuttle bus (get off at Ropeway-mae bus stop).

4. Oshino Hakkai

The eight heavenly springs that flow from Mt. Fuji

The eight springs flowing from the foot of Mt. Fuji have been called “the heavenly springs” since ancient times. These springs have become a well-known sightseeing spot, which has a scenery like a snapshot of ancient Japan. These eight springs are the opening of a subterrain pool of melt water from Mt. Fuji that takes twenty years to flow out. Each spring is sacred and the site of Mt. Fuji reflecting on their surface is a beautiful site to see. Around the banks of each spring are traditional kayabuki houses (houses with roofs made from a plant named kaya) and you can also see sites from olden times such, as a waterwheel and grinding stone.

Location:

Shibokusa Oshinomura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture

Access from the closest station: 20 minutes from Fujikyuko Fujisan Station by bus. Look for the bus that says “bound for Uchino via Omiyabashi”. Get off the bus at Oshino Hakkai Iriguchi bus stop and walk for 5-10 minutes. Also, Shibokusa Oshinomura can be reached by the Fujikko-go bus in about 20 minutes (get off at Ohashi bus stop then walk for 5-10 minutes).

Sights & Attractions

Fuji Subaru Line,5th Station–Yoshida entrance

Fuji Subaru Line,
5th Station –Yoshida entrance

The 5th Station of Mt. Fuji is located on the side of Mt. Fuji. It is accessible by buses coming from various stations located at the foot of the mountain.

Fuji-Q Highland

Fuji-Q Highland

This is Japan's uniquely Japanese amusement park. There are loads of rides and attractions for all ages at Fuji-Q Highland, including Guinness World Record holding roller coasters.

Lake Yamanaka

Lake Yamanaka

Since olden times, Lake Yamanaka has been the place to escape Japan’s summer heat. There are many hotels and summer villas lining the waters of the lake and the natural beauty of the surrounding area will amaze you.

Lake Kawaguchi

Lake Kawaguchi

Located on the northern side of Mt. Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi is a popular destination for tourists seeking views of Mt. Fuji. There are also museums, shops and hot springs to visit and many fun activities, such as fishing and marine sports. 

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