Top 20 things to do around Mount Fuji

Climbing Mount Fuji will be an unforgettable experience for anyone. But Mount Fuji and the area around it have much more to offer. There is lots of greenery and there are many hot springs to enjoy. There is Lake Kawaguchiko that lends itself for a nice hike around or boating on of the boats that sail there everyday. The Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum is a popular tourist spot for its European townscape and music box concerts. And year round there are plenty of festivals to enjoy in lovely parks and fields. Have a look at his top 20 things to do in and around Mount Fuji.

Lake Kawaguchiko
Lake Kawaguchiko
Lake Kawaguchiko is the 2nd largest lake in the World Heritage registered Fuji Five Lakes region. It is an ideal resort area with lots of activities and events. A marvelous image of Mount Fuji is reflected on the surface of the lake when the weather is clear.
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Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
The museum is located along the shores of Lake Kawaguchiko and has a view of Mt. Fuji. There are museums, a concert hall, and a museum shop. This is an art spot also popular for its rose garden.
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Fujinomiya 5th Station
Fujinomiya 5th Station
This is the shortest route among the 4 routes to the peak of Mt. Fuji, since this is the highest point accessible by car. The climbing difficulty of this route is fairly high.
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Arakurayama Sengen Park
Arakurayama Sengen Park
Located halfway up Mount Arakura in Fujiyoshida City of Yamanashi Prefecture, this is a park from where you can see a panoramic view of the city with Mount Fuji in the back. It is known as a prominent sight-seeing spot for Mount Fuji, but it is also popular as a famous spot for cherry blossoms.
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Gotemba Premium Outlets
Gotemba Premium Outlets
The mall is separated into the East and West Zones. The interior is made in the image of the historical streets of North America. Here you can enjoy shopping for a whole day.
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Shibazakura Festival (Moss Pink)
Shibazakura Festival (Moss Pink)
The Shibazakura Festival held annually from April to June is an event only held in the spring. You can walk among the 800,000 blossoms of shibazakura (pink moss). The towering sight of Mount Fuji beyond this carpet of flowers is impressive.
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Narusawa lce Cave/Fugaku Wind Cave
Narusawa lce Cave/Fugaku Wind Cave
Narusawa Ice Cave and Fugaku Wind Cave are located within Aokigahara Jukai Forest. They are two famous lava caves at the foot of Mount Fuji. The number of tourists visiting the caves throughout the year never wanes, as the caves are the must-see spots in the Mount Fuji area.
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Aokigahara Jukai Forest
Aokigahara Jukai Forest
Situated to the northwest of Mount Fuji, the large forest is at an altitude of 1000m. The forest still retains its natural state, and it is popular for the guided walking tours and the lava caves.
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Oshino Hakkai Springs
Oshino Hakkai Springs
Oshino Hakkai is a spring born from the underground water of Mount Fuji. The 8 springs, revered as a place of worship of Mount Fuji, have been recognized as properties that are a part of the World Heritage site of Mount Fuji.
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Fujiten Snow Resort
Fujiten Snow Resort
You can have fun skiing and snowboarding on the high quality snow at Fujiten Snow Resort. The resort is also the perfect spot to see Mt. Fuji up close.
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Fuji-Subaru Line 5th Station
Fuji-Subaru Line 5th Station
This is the climbing route with the largest number of users. It is recommended for first time climbers of Mt. Fuji because of its mountain huts and leisure facilities for tourists
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Snow Town Yeti
Snow Town Yeti
At Snow Town Yeti, people can enjoy winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding with the beautiful Mount Fuji in the background.
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Subashiri 5th Station
Subashiri 5th Station
You can enjoy Mount Fuji and its beautiful scenery up close from Subashiri 5th Station with its easy bus access. There is also good access to the small peak of Kofuji. And from there, there is a good view of Lake Yamanaka and Mount Fuji.
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Climbing Mt. Fuji
Climbing Mt. Fuji
Mount Fuji was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013. Interest in Mount Fuji is rising as it was rated a three-star site in the Green Guide Japan, the Japanese version of Michelin’s travel guidebook Le Guide Vert.
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Lake Yamanakako Pleasure Cruiser “Swan Lake”
Lake Yamanakako Pleasure Cruiser “Swan Lake”
Designed by industrial designer Eiji Mitooka, the Swan Lake is recommended for children and adults for cruises on this excursion ship shaped like a swan. You can enjoy that impressively epic appearance of Mt. Fuji from the waters of Lake Yamanaka.
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Gotemba 5th Station
Gotemba 5th Station
The least used climbing route of all the routes going up Mount Fuji. The scenery tends to get somewhat monotonous, but there is a place where the sunrise can be seen. “Osunabashiri” (great sand run) on the climb down is especially famous.
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Fujisan World Heritage Center
Fujisan World Heritage Center
The nature, history, culture, tourism and other general information involving the World Heritage site of Mt. Fuji are provided at this facility. The model of Mt. Fuji measuring 15 meters in length in the South Hall is truly incredible! You can experience the seasons of the mountain as well as the passage of time.
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Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha
Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha
Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha is the head shrine for the nation’s 1300 Sengen shrines. The head shrine’s grounds boast a huge area of 56198㎡ where you can view the lovely spectacle of Mt. Fuji alongside the main building of the shrine shining in scarlet.
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Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen- jinja Shrine
Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen- jinja Shrine
The main shrine, the eastern and western shrines have been designated as Important Cultural Properties with the interior of the main shrine having a gorgeous beauty. The powerful Yoshida Fire Festival which takes place annually on August 26th and 27th is an Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Yamanashi Prefecture.
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Sakana Park
Sakana Park
A park with the theme of water and woods. Inside the park, you can enjoy 2 facilities at once with the Mori-no-Gakushukan where you learn about nature and the Fujiyusui-no-Sato Aquarium specializing in freshwater fish.
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