Where to Go in the Mount Fuji Area

So you’ve climb Mount Fuji and the view from the top has left you wanting to explore more of this beautiful region below. The sightseeing options around the area are infinite and can take you around the foot of the iconic Fujisan from the Fuji Five Lakes area in the north to Fujinomiya in the southwest. Along the way you can appreciate blossoming flowers, stroll through unique hot spring ponds, visit an open-air museum and former traditional village, and feel the freshness of mystical waterfalls.

Yamanakako Flower Park (Hanano Miyako Kouen)

If you are an enthusiast for alluring flowers, the Yamanakako Flower Park is a must when traveling to the Fuji Five Lakes. The highlight here, of course, are the blooming flowers which, depending on the season, include tulips, poppies, zinnia, and sunflowers among other beauties. The park has a free flower-viewing field so you can just hang out with the flora for as long as you like. There is also a paid area with access to other leisure activities including a small water park, and the flower dome where kids and adults can gain insight into flower cultivation and ecology.

Yamanakako Flower Park (Hanano Miyako Kouen)
Yamanakako Flower Park

Oshino Hakkai Springs

The Oshino Hakkai Springs are a set of ponds that are considered sacred, constituting an underwater system flowing directly from Mount Fuji. Besides their spiritual significance and, being yet another World Cultural Heritage Asset of the area, the water from the ponds have also played a role in world history; the water from the Wakuike Pond was carried into space in 1983 by the Space Shuttle Challenger as part of an experiment to make snow in outer space. You should set an hour of your day schedule to enjoy the ponds and try the local snacks sold at the old-fashion houses adorning the grounds.

Oshino Hakkai Springs
Oshino Hakkai Springs

Gaspard and Lisa Town

Gaspard and Lisa Town is the perfect preamble to a high-energy afternoon at Fuji Q Highland amusement park, especially if travelling with young children who might not be able to get on the big rides inside the park. This cute town themed around the British animated series Gaspard and Lisa is small but packed with enough hands-on and interactive activities to keep the littles ones entertained. Kids can try out one of the crafts at the Gaspard and Lisa Atelier, watch the animated series at the museum, and make the rounds at the Eiffel Tower Carousel.

Gaspard and Lisa Town
Gaspard and Lisa Town

Iyashi No Sato Nenba at Lake Saiko

Iyashi No Sato Nenba at Lake Saiko
Iyashi No Sato Nenba at Lake Saiko

Deep inside the Fuji Five Lakes area and off the shores of Lake Saiko the Iyashi No Sato Nenba is a reconstructed village of thatched roof houses where visitors can get handy and try out various traditional crafts, learn about Japanese traditions, and enjoy the local dishes at one of several restaurants. For a small fee you can walk up and down the hilly village and stop along the way to take in the scenic mountain views which, depending on the weather, can include Mount Fuji on the horizon.

Shiraito Falls

Shiraito Falls
Shiraito Falls

The Shiraito Falls are ranked among the most beautiful waterfalls in Japan and are a popular sightseeing destinations around Mount Fuji. The water stream comes from the melting snow at the top of the volcanic mountain and creates the dreamy falls which are at their strongest point during the summer season. Before reaching the waterfall, you’ll walk through a short path flanked by cafes and souvenir shops as well as the Otodomeno Falls which have a significant place in Japanese history books.

Facility Name
Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration
Address
Yamanashi Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefecture
Introduction
This is an elegant mountain which is certainly also a symbol of Japan, which is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 meters. Mt. Fuji is also often the theme of artistic inspiration such as Hokusai Katsushika: “Fugaku Sanjurokkei” (Thirty-six Sceneries of Mt. Fuji). Also, Mt. Fuji is also the place where the “Mt. Fuji faith” started and it is revered as a sacred mountain in which a deity resides. In 2013 it was registered with World Cultural Heritage as “Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration”. There are four climbing routes including the Yoshida Route, the Subashiri Route, the Gotemba Route and the Fujinomiya Route. Since the opening periods vary depending on which mountain trail you choose, it is necessary to confirm in advance whether your intended route is open.
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Facility Name
Fuji-Q Highland
Address
Yamanashi Pref. Fujiyoshidashi Shinnishihara 5-6-1
Phone
0555232111
Hours
It depends on Monday/Sunday Sunday
Closed
Irregular holidays, inquiries required
Fees
[Admission fee] Adults 1500 yen, middle and high school student 1500 yen, Children (3 years old-Elementary School Students) 900 yen
[free pass] 5700 yen, junior high and high school student 5200 yen, Children 4300 yen
Parking Lot
Available
Introduction
This is a theme park located near Lake Kawaguchi and Mt. Fuji. For starters, the park boasts of having a roller coaster, “FUJIYAMA”, which has a maximum height of 79 meters (259 ft.); and the great number of other thrill rides at the park are popular. Beside this the park is also famous for having such highly popular attractions as the world’s largest haunted house and the world’s first Thomas the Tank Engine mini theme park. The nearest station is the “Fujikyu Highland Station” on the Fujikyu Line.
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NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Saiko
Address
Yamanashi Prefecture Minamitsuru-gun Fujikawaguchiko-machi
Phone
0555723168
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Facility Name
Shiraito A Taki
Address
Shizuoka Pref. Fujinomiyashi Kamide
Phone
0544275240
Business hours
Visit free
Regular holiday
Visit free
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    Saiko

    Lake
    Yamanashi Prefecture Minamitsuru-gun Fujikawaguchiko-machi
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    Shiraito A Taki

    Waterfall
    Shizuoka Pref. Fujinomiyashi Kamide
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    Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration

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    Yamanashi Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefecture
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    Fuji-Q Highland

    Theme park
    Yamanashi Pref. Fujiyoshidashi Shinnishihara 5-6-1
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    Oshino Hakkai Springs

    Lake
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunoshinomura Shibokusa
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