Board your comfortable coach at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal in Tokyo at 9am and take a scenic drive to Mt Fuji, affectionately called ‘Fuji-san.’
Your first stop is the Mt Fuji Visitor Center, where you’ll have approximately 20 minutes to explore on your own. Find out the current weather conditions and see exhibits and films to learn about Mt Fuji’s ecological formation. Don’t miss splendid views of Japan’s highest mountain from the second floor observation deck!
Re-board the coach, which climbs 7,546 feet (2,300 meters) above sea level to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station. At this 30-minute stop along the towering mountain, you’ll see why it is often referred to as the border between heaven and Earth. Your guide will point out the Japanese torii gates, shrines and souvenir shops, as well as the surrounding lakes (visibility is weather dependent). If it isn’t enshrouded in clouds, catch another glimpse of the mighty mountain before lunch.
After enjoying typical Japanese dishes, take a 15-minute shuttle to Lake Kawaguchi, the most accessible of the Fuji Five Lakes due to its low elevation. Hop on a mountain bike and begin your 2.5-hour leisurely ride around the lake, part of a UNESCO World Heritage-listed area around Mt Fuji. Follow your guide past beautiful scenery around the lake on an approximate 15-mile (25-km) ride – a great way to take in the sights!
After your cycling tour, take a shuttle bus for 30 minutes to Fuji-Q Highland, where you’ll transfer to a highway bus for the 2-hour return to Tokyo, arriving at the Shinjuku Highway Bus Terminal (JR Shinjuku Station) in the evening. (Please note: There will be no time for sightseeing or other activities at Fuji-Q Highland on this tour.)