Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Mt Fuji and Aokigahara Forest Day Trip from Tokyo. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
The trip from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji by bus is a long one, but our fantastic guide was so interesting that we hardly noticed. She taught us some Japanese, gave a a brief history of the country, commented on the culture, and explained the superstitions surrounding Mt. Fuji. We went in July, and it was cloudy for most of the morning. We were afraid we wouldn't get to see the peak of the notoriously "shy" mountain. However, we lucked out around 1:00 p.m. during our descent from the 5th station; the sky cleared and Fuji-san made a spectacular appearance! Our guide immediately pulled the bus over and we were able to take a ton of pictures. Please be aware thought that this is often not the case. There is a chance you will not get to view the summit due to constantly changing weather patterns, but the tour is still interesting and fun, especially the cave exploring!
After lunch, which was decent, we separated into a smaller group and were picked up by a different tour company for our forest and ice cave exploration. The forest was beautiful and the caves were amazing! However, you do need a good bit of agility. This is real cave exploring: climbing over rocks, sliding down slopes on your bum, and walking across extremely icy surfaces - all in the dark with just a helmet headlamp! Proper footwear and dexterity are highly recommended, but it is totally worth the effort. The ice formations are amazing, and our guide was funny and so nice. Don't worry about the chill in the caves because the guide provides coveralls to wear over your clothes plus gloves and helmets. We didn't notice the cold, but it was also mid-July and very hot and humid outside. It felt good inside the caves to us!
I highly recommend this tour to the young and agile who want to have a little adventure while learning about Mt. Fuji.
Mt. Fuji was incredible as always. This was our first time exploring the cave. We were the only ones to do the cave portion but we had a lot of fun. The cave was beautiful and our guide was great. I wouldn't recommend the cave portion for those who aren't physically able as I was very sore the next day even though I am a runner but it was a ton of fun!
Went with 2 friends and had a great time especially exploring the caves. Our tour guide was also friendly and awesome convo. Note: wear water proof boots.
We had a great day on the Mt Fuji and enjoyed our tour in the cave of the Aokigahara Forest.
The highlight of this trip was the Aokigahara Forest where the cave is located. If you're lucky like my group was, no one else will have signed up for this tour and you'll get an awesome private guide from the Country Lake Systems tour group. Exploring the cave does require some physical ability so I would only recommend if you're able-bodied.
The only downfall of this tour is that it was delayed due to peak season traffic so we had to shorten some stops to accommodate our schedule. However, all in all I would recommend this package for those who want to visit the Mt. Fuji area without having to coordinate logistics (transportation to and from the area, excursions, etc.).
It was ok, the cave was very interesting, but the tour guides weren't that good, and the tour finished way earlier than it supposed to...
The weather was not the best but it was the end of November (only bad in the 14 I had in Japan), but we only had 20 minutes at the 5th station which was not enough, 40 would be better. The ice caves were interesting, you need to be able to walk a couple of Kilometres and climb over rocks, a torch would have been handy to cast some light for photos. Tour finished 2 hours before our schedualed bus back to Tokyo and had to wait in the bus station. If an earlier bus was arranged then it would be worth doing.
The tour was good in terms of variety of different places to visit and things to do (visiting the Mt. Fuji visitor centre, the 5th station and the cave in Aokigahara Forest). However in terms of organization it was really bad. When they picked me up at the hotel they had in there records that we were 2 but it was only me. They never gave me before starting the trip an itinerary, so I had no idea what was the plan for the day. I was really confused because they thought I was staying a night in Hakone but I wasn't and considering that at that point I had no idea what was the plan it was a bit frustrating. When they finally gave me the itinerary I found out that I was getting separated from the main group to go to with another group to the cave (this is were the confusion about the night in Hakone came from). When they stopped at the Mt. Fuji visitor centre they only gave us 15 minutes to have a quick view at the mountain and buy some souvenirs at the shop which is not enough time. Then at the 5th station they only gave us like 20 minutes. It felt a bit rushed all the way until I got to the tour in the cave. The nice thing about this tour in the cave at Aokigahara Forest was that even though it was only me booked for that tour they still carried on with it so it was like a personal tour. The tour guide at the cave was really friendly and guided the tour at my own pace with a lot of flexibility. He didn't speak much English but we still managed to communicate. When doing the cave tour take good tramping shoes that are water resistant. The shoes will get wet!!! The japanese lunch was nice. Don't bother emailing Viator cause they never answered me the emails with my questions before my trip.