Fujisan World Heritage Center

Fuji Five Lakes

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 Fuji suspended across the exhibition hall. The blue-line bus stops here. An observation deck at the North Hall (free) affords great views of Mt Fuji.

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Nearby Fuji Five Lakes attractions

1. Fujiyama Art Museum

0.51 MILES

Should the weather thwart your chances of seeing the real thing, this contemporary gallery space contains a fine collection of Mt Fuji paintings by…

2. Ide Sake Brewery

1.19 MILES

This small-scale brewery has been producing sake using Mt Fuji spring water for 21 generations. Tours (9.30am and 3pm; 40 minutes) provide a fascinating…

4. Kanadorii

1.55 MILES

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…

5. Fuji Sengen-jinja

1.61 MILES

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…

6. Churei-tō Pagoda

2.06 MILES

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,…

7. Kubota Itchiku Art Museum

2.92 MILES

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…

8. Kōyō-dai


There are good views of Mt Fuji from this lookout building, especially popular in autumn when the Aokigahara Forest is a sea of red. It's a 30-minute walk…