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Can I go to Mt. Fuji with Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass)?

March 27, 2019

Can I go to Mt. Fuji with Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass)?

Can I go to Mt. Fuji with Japan Rail Pass?

Yes, you can.

However, there are some points you should be careful.

Please check the following information for your planning.

 

What is Mt. Fuji?

Mt. Fuji is  a volcano in Japan with 3776 m, the highest mountain in Japan. It is the 7th-highest peak of an island in the world.

With its symmetrical cone, Mt. Fuji is a popular mountain to see, visit, and climb. Every year, a lot of tourists visit Mt. Fuji including people who climb Mt. Fuji.

Even though Mt. Fuji can be seen from Tokyo on very clear days, it is an exceptional experience to see Mt. Fuji from the foot of the mountain.

 

Location of Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji is located in the honshu island, the main island of Japan. It is roughly 100km direct distance from Tokyo.

Mt. Fuji is lies the boundary of Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures and it is surrounded by the following 7 cities.

  • Shizuoka prefecture
    • Fujinomiya
    • Susono
    • Fuji
    • Gotemba
    • Oyama-cho
  • Yamanashi prefecture
    • Fujiyoshida
    • Narisawa-mura

How to access to Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji can be accessed by train or long distance bus.

By train, there are 2 ways to access the mountain.

Shin-Fuji

There is a Shinkansen station near Mt. Fuji, Shin-Fuji station.

Shin-Fuji can be accessed from Shinkansen stations. For some station, there is direct train to Shin-Fuji without any transit.

The major stations direct access to Shin-Fuji:

  • Tokyo
  • Shinagawa
  • Nagoya
  • Kyoto
  • Shin-Osaka

*There are options to transit trains depending on departure time.

If you stay in those cities, taking shinkansen can be the good option to visit Mt. Fuji.

Kawaguchiko

Kawaguchiko is a station of Fujikyu line.

Fujikyu lines does not connect to Shinkansen lines, but it connects JR chuo line.

And, there is limited express Fuji Excursion train from Shinjuku in Tokyo to Kawaguchiko. This is a new limited express train, debut on March 16th, 2019.

If you stay in Tokyo, this route can be an option.

 

How to access Mt. Fuji with Japan Rail Pass

To Shin-Fuji station (by shinkansen)

If you have a nationwide Japan Rail Pass, you can take shinkansen.

And, you can take shinkansen to Shin-Fuji.

You can not take Nozomi train with Japan Rail Pass, but it is O.K. Nozomi train does not stop at Shin-Fuji station. Only Kodama train stops at Shin-Fuji.

If you take Hikari train, you have to transfer to Kodama train at Mishima/Atami stations (from Tokyo area) or Hamamatsu/Nagoya (from Kyoto/Osaka areas).

To Kawaguchiko (by Fuji Excursion)

If you stay in Tokyo, to take Fuji Excursion can be an option.

Fuji Excursion departs from JR Shinjuku station which you can access from Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, and other stations in Tokyo.

You can use Japan Rial Pass to take Fuji Excursion, but you have to pay ¥1,140 since this train operates not only JR lines but also Fujikyu lines which is not covered by Japan Rail Pass.

Even though you have to pay extra to take Fuji Excursion, it is the best option if you want to enjoy sightseeing in Kawaguchiko area. You can see beautiful Mt. Fuji reflected in the lakes.

Mt. Fuji reflected in the lake

 

Mt. Fuji information