I was very enjoyable and recommendable. The first day was a bus ride from Tokyo to the fifth station on Mt. Fuji and eventually to the hotel. The tour guide spoke english well and told us a great deal not only about Mt. Fuji but also Tokyo and Japan overall. The guide was very kind and helpful.
The first day was the guided tour. The bus ride was entertaining and informative, the lunch was delicious, and it was fun to ride the ropeway. The second day we were on our own to explore the surrounding mountainsides.
As this is a small mountain community all the businesses close early and the train rides from one locale to another are not very short so time is quite limited; my friends and I really had time for just one or two visits before having to catch the bullet train back to Tokyo on day 2. Granted, we had made a point of rising late on day 2 because all of the shops/restaurants opened late.
Thus, if you truly want to see a great deal of the mountain side then you would require a longer trip.
If you only wish to see Mt. Fuji, the one-day tour would suffice.
On the other hand, my friends and I enjoyed the 2-day tour (the Prince Hakone Hotel Annex is very grand and luxurious - out of our price range for the in-hotel restaurants and shops, but the hotel room was very clean and quite large even by western standards). We spent most of day 2 at the Hakone Art Museum which is very unique and lovely to see, particularly for any abstract art lovers.
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