Our guide was wonderful. That wind/ice cave was a really great place to be in the highest heat of summer. It was mystical, dark, beautiful and everything we expected.
It was fun getting there. Mt. Fuji was covered in fog though. We went to the Ice Caves. The only issue was the ride back. We had to make multiple stops and traffic was bad. I would have like an express ticket with no hassles. Our bus was late. We musta waited 1hr The good thing is that they ordered tickets in advance. Our ice cave tour guide was awesome. Please share my email address with him!
Go for the caving. Period. That and #39;s it. Nothing else. It was the experience of a lifetime, the highlight of my entire two week trip. It was amazing. Fuji was nice, but the caving experience is where it and #39;s at.
Not to be missed! We had a great time and loved our guide!
It was perfect for our group of eight ranging from ages 22-62!
Mt Fuji was good. Dropped off at Welcome center for view of mountain and vistas. No hiking involved. The Aokigahara forest was excellent. It's a large park. We hiked for about twenty minutes to the wind cave. Be prepared for close quarters and wear appropriate clothing and shoes.
Amazing experience! Really loved it!
Thought the line of buses on Mount Fuji was long, but we got there and the guide was super nice and helpful!
The cave is really scary and not for the weak! LOL
We had a great time!
Noel S Australia
Despite the uncooperative weather, this tour was a highlight of our trip because of the caving experience. The forest is stunning, and the cave itself made us feel as if we were in Raiders of the Lost Ark.A warning though, shoes with a good grip are essential as it is dark, rocky, and very slippery inside the cave.
The trip was amazing, Mt Fuji was awesome but a bit more time at the top would have been good. Lunch was great and our trip to Aokigahara Forest was the best. The guide was friendly and very informative. His knowledge of the area was very interesting and i would recommend the Aokigahara Forest trip to everyone that visits Japan. It was good to see the countryside of Japan. It was a bit of a wait for bus back to Tokyo but that would be my only issue with the whole trip.
Best experience ever!!! This is the second time I have done the forest/cave tour, this time I took my friends. They loved it too. Best of all it was snowing when we got back out from the cave. Totally made the trip, thanks!
Although the view of Mt Fuji cannot be guaranteed, it cleared up in the end and was fantastic. They split you up into groups - one that does the cave and the others do the lake. So glad we chose the cave! It was an amazing experience. Both guides were absolutely wonderful. Our cave guide was really funny and helpful and had a lot of interesting facts to tell us about the forest and cave. Our Fuji guide was a lovely lady who knew a lot about Japan so it was very educational. Definitely worth booking!
The tour was amazing to Mt. Fuji and the ice cave. It was awesome that Mt. Fuji was visible that day so I got some great pictures and the ice cave was more than we expected, so neat climbing 100meters down into it. Would recommend to anyone wanting a fun day.
Great tour! The best part was definitely the forest / cave tour, amazing! need to be fit to enjoy the climb and wear good water proof hiking boots because it's wet and slippery.
This was amazing fun! The ice caves were the best part, being both beautiful a terrifying. Both our tour guides were friendly and went above and beyond to make it enjoyable.
We were exceptionally blessed to be able to see Mt Fuji during our trip apparently it is only this clear 30 of the year. The coach ride was pleasant, but we didn't get enough time at each station to really savour the beautiful sights only had abt 15 mins. The ice cave is definitely a MUST-TRY for the adventurous folks out there! The guide was extremely engaging, humorous, and helpful.
This tour was great! The guide on the bus to Mt Fuji was very informative and provided all sorts of trivia beyond what most people expect on a coach tour. We lucked out and visited Fuji on a super clear day, but cold day. Bundle up nicely if you're going during the autumn/winter months as it's much colder once you start gaining altitude. The stops may be short for some, but keep in mind that the destinations visited are not typically done in one day. The cave was awesome as well. We were provided coveralls and a spelunker's helmet. Watch your step as the cave is frozen year round and the floor collects layers of ice. At one point in the cave, there is 0 visible light, which was thrilling when we all turned off our helmet lights for a few minutes. Our guide Utaemon, who grew up in the area, was very passionate about the nature and local geology of the tour and was very educational. After getting back to Shinjuku we went out on our own and lived it up in the bright city lights. 5 star plus.
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.
It was great. The Ice cave was just simply awesome. Highly recommend it to those who are adventurous and enjoy a good hike
This tour was so nice, we went up to the 5th station of mount Fuji and then to Aokigahara forest the one that had kinds of strange trees affected by the lava of the volcano. Not only that, we went also to one of the wind caves over there and It was such an experience being in that very cold cave. The only thing I didn't like about it is that the stops were for a maximum of 30mins reaching to a point where we had to not order lunch because it's taking time and the tour guide apologised to us and told us you can have some snacks or sandwiches so that we don't miss going to the forest.
My son loved it although we found out from the guide that this wasn't really THE ICE CAVE. It was the WIND CAVE. It was also covered wd ice. I didn't like it cuz I thought It was very dangerous. There is no railings, no pathways, no ropes and no lights. We had to rely on the lights attached to our helmet to guide us. Maybe I am not adventurous enough..
The trip was fun! BIG MINUS: the four of us that booked thru Viator were the only ones in the whole group that welcomed at the mountain resort restaurant with a hot lunch. The buss was filled with a few different tours- some people stayed there over night, some went with us to the forest and the cave. WHAT WE ENJOYED: The weather was nice, no clouds !!! The tour bauu was able to drive to the 4th station. We had icecream there while enjoying the view. There were two guides: one on the buss to the mountain, and the other on the van that took the group to the forest and cave. Both guides were knowledgeable and spoke English well. The cave exploration was fun it is not big, but rough and icy on spots. My 12 yr old son and myself stopped midway down however his twin brother had no problem with that end walked all the way down. There were people in their 60s and 70s that safely enjoyed the cave climb. Tada-san, the guide was very accommodating and tells you many local stories. Back to the mountain resort we eat at the cafeteria the restaurant is expensive. There is an entertainment park roller coaster, etc is you want to go before the highway buss takes you back to Tokyo. We didn't have time for the park.
This is two very distinct tours - the first a traditional hotel pick up, coach experience. The second a small, local, adventurous, more independent experience. We saw Fuji on a perfect day and the lunch was excellent. The ice cave tour is actual caving - not for the fainthearted! We loved both our guides, and learned a lot. Be prepared to make your own way home from the world's busiest train station. Overall, a great long day.
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