Attractions

Top Choice Mountain in Fuji Five Lakes

Mt Fuji

Fuji is divided into 10 concentric ‘stations’ from base (first station) to summit (10th), but most climbers start halfway up at various fifth station points, reachable by road. The most popular climbing route is the…
Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Fuji-Yoshida

Fuji Sengen-jinja

A necessary preliminary to the Mt Fuji ascent is a visit to this atmospheric shrine (8th century, rebuilt 1800s) dedicated to Sakuya-hime, the goddess of the mountain. An avenue of towering cedars leads to the main …
Top Choice 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…
Museum in Kawaguchi-ko

Kubota Itchiku Art Museum

In a Gaudí-influenced building above the lake, this charming museum displays the kimono art of Kubota Itchiku (1917–2003). You might see Mt Fuji in the wintertime, or the cherry blossoms of spring spread across over…
Cultural Centre in Sai-ko

Sai-ko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba

On a serene wooded hillside facing Mt Fuji is this faithful recreation of a peasant village that was washed away by a landslide in 1966. Visitors can wander in and out of the dozen or so thatched houses, some of whi…
Cave in Sai-ko

Sai-ko Kōmoriana

Despite being known as the Bat Cave, you'll spot neither bats nor caped crusaders in this 350m long complex (the former are only active at night). Nevertheless, it's still fun to scramble over the ancient lava flows…
Gate in Fuji-Yoshida

Kanadorii

A symbol of Mt Fuji worship, this gate was first constructed in 1788 (though the present one dates to 1955), and in clear weather frames picture-postcard views of the mountain. Stroll uphill through the gate and you…
Museum in Kawaguchi-ko

Fujisan World Heritage Center

The flashy South Hall of this visitor centre has imaginative, interactive displays detailing the spiritual and geological history of the mountain, as well as a dramatic video installation projected onto a fabric Mt …
Viewpoint in Fuji-Yoshida

Churei-tō Pagoda

One of the classic Fuji postcard views has this five-tiered red pagoda in the foreground surrounded by cherry blossoms. It's actually a war memorial, accessed via a breathless set of 400 steps rising up through Seng…
Cave in Sai-ko

Narusawa Hyōketsu

Not for the claustrophobic, the Narusawa Hyōketsu (ice cave) was formed by lava flows from an eruption of Mt Fuji in 864. It takes about 10 minutes to walk through to the end to see the ice pillars, which are at the…