When you think of the symbol of Japan, what comes to mind? Some might think of sushi or ramen, others might think of Ghibli or ninja, and some might think of anime and manga. For many, Mt Fuji, Fujisan, is the ultimate symbol. Photos and even videos simply cannot capture the breathtaking beauty of the view. Let us tell you a little about this gorgeous mountain and the best things to do around Mount Fuji and around the Lake Kawaguchiko area.

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Mount Fuji is Japan’s tallest mountain. It is an active volcano and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Mount Fuji is a sacred mountain, worshipped by many people for centuries. There are many historic and cultural heritages associated with Mount Fuji, which flourished in the Edo period. It is about a 1.5-hour drive from central Tokyo, and although it can be difficult to get a clear view of Mount Fuji, on a clear day in Japan, you should definitely visit this beautiful sight.

During summer, you can hike up Mount Fuji. Although it is a long hike, it will be worth it when you arrive at the top. Most people hike up Mount Fuji during the evening, resting along the way to arrive at the top in time to see the sunrise. There are resting huts along the way where you can take a break and a nap if you need it. If you have time to visit this area and believe you have the energy to take on this challenge, definitely bring your hiking shoes and gear for this adventure. Exploring the various things to do in Mount Fuji will make your trip even more memorable.

Things to Do Around Mount Fuji

1. Take in the views from Lake Kawaguchiko.

Mt Fuji view with kawaguchiko

Lake Kawaguchiko is one of the Fuji Five Lakes. From the northern part of the lake, you can get a stunning view of Mt Fuji along with red leaves during autumn and cherry blossoms during spring. There are many resorts in the area, with windsurfing facilities and campsites. If you wish to explore the lake, you can catch one of the boats for a relaxing ride. Many people choose to stay here for a night to experience the hot spring, with the view of Mt Fuji right outside your window, for the ultimate Japanese experience.

2. Ride the Kawaguchiko Panoramic Ropeway.

Things to do around Mount Fuji: Kawaguchiko Ropeway fuji viewpoint

Riding the Panoramic Ropeway is probably the best way to see Mount Fuji. Taking a comfortable ride up 400 metres of Tenjo Mountain, you can see the whole of Mt Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. At the viewpoint, there is a souvenir shop that sells all kinds of Japanese snacks, including Mt Fuji-shaped ice cream. Take your time strolling around the area and enjoy the calm and relaxing environment.

The famous folk tale “Kachikachiyama” is said to be set here. It is about a tale of how a rabbit defeated a cunning tanuki, a Japanese raccoon, to avenge an old couple. You will find a shrine, the “rabbit shrine,” based on the rabbit that appears in the old tale “Kachikachi.” Besides taking a round trip and descending from the viewpoint via ropeway, you can also take the hiking trail, which takes you on a scenic path before arriving back at the bottom of the mountain.

3. Visit Forest Music Museum.

Kawaguchiko Forest Music Museum

Probably not the place you have in mind to visit when you’re in this area, but definitely worth it. Without spoiling too much of the amazing things you can experience here, this is a one-of-a-kind musical theme park with a European feel. They have a collection of automatic musical instruments along with a huge number of shows all throughout the day. A lot of the experiences you get to enjoy here are exclusive to this place and you wouldn’t be able to find them anywhere else in the world. Here is a quick glimpse into one of their most popular performances, “Sand Art Drawing.”

4. Go to some wineries.

Wineries in Kawaguchiko Yamanashi

There are multiple wineries around the area of Kawaguchiko, showcasing different wines from the Yamanashi prefecture. If you are interested in trying Japanese wine, there are multiple wineries that you can check out in the area. Akafuji Wine Cellar is among the many. They have a wide range of both red and white locally produced Yamanashi wines. At Akafuji Wine Cellar, you get to try out a few different types of white and red wines for free.

5. See the caves at Aokigahara, Suicide Forest.

Suicide forest

Aokigahara is a forest on the northwestern part of Japan’s Mount Fuji. There are caves that fill with ice in winter, and it is a popular destination for visits. Parts of Aokigahara are very dense, and the porous lava absorbs sound, enhancing the feeling of isolation and peace in this area. There are many gorgeous hiking trails in the area, taking you all over the forest. The forest also has a historical reputation as a home to ghosts of the dead in Japanese mythology. In recent years, Aokigahara has become known as “the Suicide Forest,” one of the world’s most-used suicide sites.

6. Feel the thrill at Fuji-Q.

Fuji-Q is an amusement park located near the base of Mount Fuji, in the Kawaguchiko area. They have a few of the world’s most thrilling roller coaster rides, including “Eejanaika,” with the highest total number of spins in the world. There are also two haunted attractions here, including the Haunted Hospital, which is the world’s largest haunted attraction, and the newly built Hopeless Fortress. If you are a thrill-seeker and want to test your limits, then definitely stop by Fuji-Q. There is no entrance fee to just go into the park, and you can pay for each ride on its own, so you can just come and check it out without worrying about committing your whole day.

7. Go shopping at Gotemba Outlet.

Gotemba outlet

Gotemba Outlet is an outlet mall located near Mount Fuji, about a 40-minute drive from the Kawaguchiko area. There are over 200 stores in the area. There are internationally known brands, clothing stores, household goods, food and drinks, and so much more! Although you might not be able to find stores that have extremely cheap goods, there are usually such massive discounts that if you dig around a little, you will likely find something for a great price.

8. Eat Hoto.

Japanese hoto udon noodles

Hoto is a noodle soup made of flat udon noodles and vegetables in miso soup. It is a regional dish originating from Yamanashi and is very popular. The noodles are unique since they are made similarly to dumpling dough. You can get the dish on its own or in a set with rice, tempura, or other mouth-watering side dishes. There are many restaurants in the area where they make Hoto noodles at home, and it is filling, warming, and absolutely delicious.

After hearing all these fun and amazing things to do in the Mt Fuji area, hope you have a clear idea whether or not you’d like to visit during your trip to Japan.

Your Next Mount Fuji Adventure Awaits

Whether you’re an avid hiker, a cultural enthusiast, or simply looking for a serene escape, the Mount Fuji area has something spectacular for everyone. From the thrilling rides at Fuji-Q to the tranquil shores of Lake Kawaguchiko, the region offers a perfect blend of excitement and relaxation. Savour the unique flavours of Hoto noodles, explore the mystical Aokigahara forest, and sip on exquisite Yamanashi wines. With so many incredible things to do in Mount Fuji, your trip to Japan is bound to be unforgettable. So pack your bags, lace up your hiking boots, and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime. Mount Fuji is calling, and it’s time to answer.

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