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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
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!
John United States of ...
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.
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