Top Choice Museum in Kawaguchi-ko

Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

In an attractive Gaudí-influenced building, this excellent museum exhibits the kimono art of Itchiku Kubota (1917–2003). A small number of lavishly dyed kimonos from his life's work of continuous landscapes are disp…
Historic Building in Fuji-Yoshida

Togawa-ke Oshi-no-ie Restored Pilgrim's Inn

Fuji-Yoshida's oshi-no-ie (pilgrims' inns) have served visitors to the mountain since the days when climbing Mt Fuji was a pilgrimage rather than a tourist event. Very few still function as inns but Togawa-ke Oshi-n…
Shinto Shrine in Fuji-Yoshida

Fuji Sengen-jinja

A necessary preliminary to the Mt Fuji ascent was a visit to this deeply wooded, atmospheric temple, which has been located here since the 8th century. Notable points include a 1000-year-old cedar; its main gate, wh…
Visitor Centre in Kawaguchi-ko

Fujisan World Heritage Center

Get up to speed on Mt Fuji at this well-presented visitor centre. An English video (12 minutes) with blockbuster movie soundtrack is a little cheesy but gives a good summary of the mountain and its geological histor…
Cultural Centre in Sai-ko

Sai-ko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba

Built in 2006 on the site of historic thatched-roof houses washed away in a typhoon 40 years earlier, these reconstructed frames offer an insight into a forgotten time. There are demonstrations of silk and paper cra…
Cave in Sai-ko

Narusawa Hyōketsu & Fugaku Fuketsu

Not for the claustrophobic, it takes about 10 minutes to walk through the Narusawa Hyōketsu (ice cave), formed by lava flows from an eruption of Mt Fuji in 864, to the end to see the ice pillars which are at their p…
Brewery in Kawaguchi-ko

Ide Sake Brewery

Using the spring waters from Mt Fuji, this small-scale sake brewery has been producing Japan's favourite tipple for over 150 years, and its tours (around 40 minutes) provide a fascinating insight into the production…
Viewpoint in Fuji Five Lakes


There are good views of Mt Fuji from this lookout, near the main road, and from the western end of the lake.
Hiking in Mt Fuji

Mt Fuji

Fuji is divided into 10 ‘stations’ from base (first station) to summit (10th), but most climbers start from one of the four fifth stations, reachable by road. The most popular is Kawaguchi-ko Trail, accessed from th…
Forest in Fuji Five Lakes