Enjoy a visit to the majestic Mt. Fuji along with a chance to explore some its best nearby attractions during this 12-hour day trip from Tokyo. In addition to exploring the beautiful views from up high on this famous peak, you’ll also get a chance to soak in a traditional Japanese hot spring resort and do some shopping at a premium outlet mall.
Meet your gourp at the Keio Plaza Hotel (in Shinjuku, Tokyo) and continue by coach bus for a 60-mile (100-km) ride to the mountain’s famous 5th station. As you take a few photos and admire the stunning views, listen as your guide details the mountain’s fascinating history, including its role in many famous poems and paintings. You’ll also hear about the more than 200,000 climbers that attempt to scale Mt. Fuji’s 12,389-foot (3,776-meter) peak each year, beginning their ascent from the 5th station. Make sure to bring a coat for your visit, as the high altitudes can often be colder.
Continue next to a nearby restaurant, where those who have selected the lunch option will enjoy Japanese meal served on a plate made from stone collected on Mt. Fuji. Those who have not selected the lunch option are free to explore the nearby restaurants and shops at their leisure.
Proceed next after lunch to the village of Yamanakako, which sits beside the shore of a picturesque lake of the same name. In Yamanakako head to Beni-Fuji-no-Yu, a hot spring (onsen) resort where you can relax in one of the site’s outdoor pools, surrounded by lush gardens and views of Mt. Fuji. The resort also offers saunas, steam rooms and waterfall showers as well.
Finish your Mt. Fuji experience with two hours of free time for shopping at Gotemba Premium Outlets. Offering 210 retail shops from brands including Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, and Ray-Ban, you’re sure to find a few items of interest. At the conclusion of your trip, head back by coach to the Shinjuku district of Tokyo.