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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…
Top Choice Japanese in Kawaguchi-ko

Sanrokuen

In this beautiful old thatched building, diners sit on the floor around traditional irori charcoal pits grilling their own meals – skewers of fish, meat, tofu and veggies. From Kawaguchi-ko Station, go west, then be…
Top Choice Rooftop Bar in Kawaguchi-ko

Sky Bar Moon Dance

When conditions are just right at this open-air rooftop bar, lights twinkling on the far shore of Kawaguchi-ko and mighty Fuji-san swathed in evening mist, you wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world. Find it…
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…
Noodles in Kawaguchi-ko

Hōtō Fudō

Hōtō are Kawaguchi-ko's local noodles, hand-cut and served in a thick miso stew with pumpkin, sweet potato and other vegetables. It's a hearty meal best sampled at this chain with five branches around town. This is …