To get to Mount Fuji from Tokyo, the best and cheapest way is probably to take the bus that will take you from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko Station. You can easily book your bus tickets online here – it will cost 1750 yen for adults, 880 yen for children if you board at Shinjuku, and 1800 yen for adults, 900 yen for children if you board at Shibuya.
We were staying in a hotel near Shibuya, so we decided to take the bus from there. Take note that the bus will be picking up passengers from Shibuya Mark City, so do account for some time to get there!
Also, it is advisable to take one of the earlier buses (the first bus leaves at 645am, we boarded at 7:30am) so that you can get more done at Mt Fuji.
How far is Mount Fuji from Tokyo? The distance is around 132km, so expect to spend a good 2 hours and 15 minutes on the bus. It’s a great time to catch a nap, especially if you got up bright and early.
For us, we reached Kawaguchiko Station at about 10am. Already, there was a huge crowd of both tourists and locals milling about, trying to find the right shuttle bus to take around Lake Kawaguchiko. This lake is one of the five that surround Mount Fuji, and is probably the most popular choice amongst them.
Things to do in Mt Fuji
First things first, we went to purchase the ride coupon from the Mt Fuji Visitor Center, that would allow us to take unlimited rides on the local sightseeing bus. This bus would take us to a number of stops on the Red Line around Lake Kawaguchiko, basically covering our itinerary for the day. For adults, this would cost 1200 yen each (600 yen for children)
Yes, the Red Line’s OmniBus is red as well!
Alternatively, you can pay-per-ride, but we figured it’d be more convenient to have a pass that would take us anywhere, anytime, at a fixed cost.
Since we were spending the night there, it was off to the local ryokan, or Japanese inn, to put down our bags. I picked the famous, luxurious, and expensive Kozantei Ubuya to spend the night.
Moving on, we decided to head straight to the end of the Red Line to the Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center.