Top ChoiceMountain in Fuji Five Lakes

Mt Fuji

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...

Top ChoiceShinto 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...

Top ChoiceHistoric 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...

Top ChoiceJapanese 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...

Top ChoiceRooftop 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...

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...

Cultural Centre in Sai-ko

Sai-ko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba

On a serene wooded hillside facing Mt Fuji is this faithful re-creation 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...

Cave in Sai-ko

Sai-ko Kōmoriana

Despite being known as the Bat Cave, this 350m-long complex has neither bats nor caped crusaders. Nevertheless, it's still fun to scramble over the ancient lava flows, and in the car park you'll find a trailhead...

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...

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...

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...

Cultural in Fuji-Yoshida

Yoshida no Himatsuri

This annual festival is held to mark the end of the climbing season and to offer thanks for the safety of the year's climbers. The first day involves a mikoshi (portable shrine) procession and the lighting of...

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...

Tempura in Kawaguchi-ko

Idaten

Load up on some delicious, deep-fried goodness pre- or post-hike at the Idaten counter, where you can watch the chefs prepare your tempura to order. Aside from Instagrammable Fujisan-themed sets (tempura arranged...

Pub Food in Fuji-Yoshida

Michael's American Pub

Ex-New Yorker Michael has run the show here for over two decades, pouring drinks at the bar and recounting Fuji folklore while his wife cooks up authentic American dishes (burgers, pizzas) in the kitchen. As...

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...

Cave in Sai-ko

Fugaku Fuketsu

The Wind Cave (also known as the Lava Cave) was used to store silk-worm cocoons in the past. Getting a combination ticket for this and Narusawa Hyōketsu makes sense, as they're a 15-minute walk from one another,...

Museum in Fuji-Yoshida

Fujiyama Art Museum

Should the weather thwart your chances of seeing the real thing, this contemporary gallery space contains a fine collection of Mt Fuji paintings by prominent Japanese artists, ranging from the romantic to the...

Lounge in Kawaguchi-ko

New York Bar

A shrine to 'piano man' Billy Joel, this tiny Fuji bar has even sacrificed table space for a grand piano, and the doting owner mixes cocktails (¥600-800) named after the singer's hits. No English is spoken,...

Brewery in Kawaguchi-ko

Ide Sake Brewery

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 insight into the production process and include tastings...