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The bus ride out to Mt. Fuji was beautiful! So much green and lush mountain terrain. And our tour guide - a tiny Japanese women with a thick accent - was ADORABLE! She told the story of the two mountains and did voices for the different characters - we couldn't stop laughing. She also gave us sheet music and sang us a traditional Japanese nursery song. No - she can't sing - which made it even better. She made the long bus ride - which would normally be tedious - one of the best parts of this tour. When we got to the 5th station, it was foggy. Too foggy to see the mountain. So, we went into the little shopping center for some souvenirs. After a bit, our tour guide found us in the crowd and ushered us outside. There was a break in the fog and just for a moment you could see Fuji. She could have left us in the store - but she went out of her way to make sure we saw the mountain when we could! AND THEN, the forest. So beautiful. So creepy. Pictures don't do it justice. I grew up in the mountains of Oregon and I have NEVER seen anything like this. The ice cave was like any other ice cave - wonderful if you've never been in a volcanic lava tube before. But it was very small. Probably the smallest lava tube I've been in, including, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Italy, and Australia. Come for the forest, and don't expect much from the ice cave.
Very nice trip. Weather was very good so I was able to see Mt.Fuji very good, also forest trip connected with visiting cave was great thanks to great guide.
We really purchased this tour to see the Aokigahara Forest / Ice Cave. The Mt. Fuji portion was alright. Met up at the hotel and they drove us up to the 4th highest elevation stop to see Mt. Fuji, but since we were so close to it it was an awkward picture. Now the best part of the tour was definitely seeing the Aokigahara Forest and Ice Cave. I would not recommend this tour for anyone that has physical or walking issues. You will be going down a bamboo ladder into the cave and do some light climbing. It will be dark inside so make sure that you wear shoes that has a good grip and is waterproof since the floor is very wet and slippery. Our guide, Toshi, was great! He was very informative and passionate about the forest and Mt. Fuji.
Really great and informative tour. Toshi our guide was so patient and answered all our questions. This is a great tour, especially if your trying to combine a few activities together while in Japan.
This is a great day tour to get a sample of Mt Fuji and the Aokigahara Forest.
The Mt Fuji part of the trip is shared with two tour groups. At lunch time the groups splits up and those on the Aokigahara and Cave trip will be picked up by a local guide the rest continue on to Hakone for the afternoon.
The 5th Station of Mt Fuji was closed due to snow on the day, so we were taken to the Fuji World Heritage Centre instead. We were lucky to have a beautiful clear sky and great views of Mt Fuji.
We had plenty of time to get lunch after this will we waited for our Aokigahara/Cave guide.
The cave that you go to has a bamboo ladder that you climb down. The floor of the cave is solid ice so be sure to wear suitable shoes. When we were dropped off at the bus station for our bus back to Tokyo, our guide offered to check if our tickets could be swapped for an earlier bus.
The guides for our trip were great. They were both knowledgeable, polite, helpful and had a great sense of humour.
Oh yes!!! This trip was amazing! The Mt. Fuji trip was great and I am so glad that we got a clear blue sky on that day! The Mt. Fuji was unforgettable and the tour was very easy. The Aokigahara Forest Ice Cave was phenonomous! Our tour guide was very intellectual and gave all of us great insights about the nature and some Japanese cultures as well. I will totally recommend this tour to anybody who needs an adventure outside of the Tokyo city scenery. It's awesome! Loved it!
I feel that I need to point out something that wasn't clear in any of the reviews my husband and I read prior to booking this tour. The ice cave is not for anyone with any physical issues. This is an actual cave, not a tunnel. Parts of the descent into the cave are at a steep angle. There is also a 6-step bamboo ladder. If you are in good physical health, this tour is for you. The cave was beautiful, but again, be sure that you are physically capable of tackling it. The jumpsuits/helmets/headlamps in the photos of this tour are NOT for show.
The tour guides for both portions of this tour were great you begin the day with a larger tour before you break off to visit the forest and ice cave. I have to say that the tour guide for the forrest was amazing.
The walk through the forest and ice cave tour were so much fun!
This tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Japan. Although there was a delay in getting to Mt Fuji due to roadworks, the tour guide worked hard to keep us entertained and catered for. Mt Fuji station was our first stop. It was freezing and we could not see the mountain unfortunately due to rain and clouds. Our next stop was the Aokigahara Forest and Ice Caves - and this is a MUST DO for those interested in seeing a unique side to Japan. I loved every second of it - and our guide was very funny, informative, and we all felt safe with him as he guided us into the underground cave. After this amazing experience, we drove back to our pick up site where our bus was due to take us back to Tokyo and were greeted with a parting of the clouds and a magnificent view of Mt Fuji - it was quite an awe inspiring experience. I would highly recommend this trip to others and have done so. FIVE STARS - thank you for such an amazing experience!
Guide on first part of tour spoke good English, and gave lots of info about Tokyo and Mt Fuji on the way there.
Guide for cave and forest tour was very nice, knowledgeable, spoke decent English. Was snowing when we went to the forest, which (I think) added to the experience. Would definitely recommend
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