How to choose the best Mt. Fuji tour from Tokyo - Wapiti Travel

There are so many Mt. Fuji Tours from Tokyo to choose from that it is kinda hard to choose the best one. 

That’s why we made this overview to help you choose the best Mt. Fuji Tour. We list the highlights and the pros and cons of each tour so you can pick the one that suits you most based on your interests and preferences.  

There’s a tour for everybody.  Whether you just want to spend a full day to see Mount Fuji, combine some activities that are certain to entertain your kids or you want to combine Mount Fuji with a day of shopping. It’s all covered in this overview. 

It’s also possible to visit this area independently.  Therefore we start by describing the pros and cons of an organized tour.

At the end of this article is an overview table that shows the details of all tours at a glance together with our suggestions for the best family-friendly tours, the best cultural tours, and some extra categories.

We hope that our overview will help you to pick the best tour and have an amazing day near Mt. Fuji.

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Mount Fuji JapanWhy making a day trip might be a better idea than going  independent

Here you can find a whole post about how to plan your Tokyo to Mt Fuji Day Trip.

Pros and cons about joining an Mt Fuji Day Tour

  • More comfortable than going independently since you don’t have to figure out what to do and where to go yourself.
  • Less stressful than going on your own.
  • You will learn a lot about the Mount Fuji area.
  • You do a lot of sightseeing in a short amount of time.

 

  • Less freedom, you have to follow the group.
  • It’s more expensive than going on your own.
  • Lots of sightseeing in a short amount of time.
  • You will spend a lot of time on the bus.

Which Mount Fuji Tours exist

In this section, we describe each Mount Fuji Tour in detail.  All tours can be booked with either  GetYourGuide, Klook, or Viator. 

All of these are trustworthy organizations. 

We have used all of them at least once already without any issues. 

The advantage of GetYourGuide is that most tours can be canceled for free until the day before. 

Klook, based in Hong Kong, has a broader selection of activities in Japan and Korea.  They’re also reliable but some tours cannot be canceled once booked.

Viator has a broad selection of Mount Fuji tours with one unique Mount Fuji day tour that we didn’t find at GetyourGuide or Klook.

For each tour, we describe the highlights of the tour and the pros and cons. 

Note that the tour hours and tour schedule are approximate since the weather and road traffic can affect the tour schedule. 

Since the itineraries sometimes change depending on the weather and the season carefully check the itinerary if you absolutely want to visit a certain attraction.

Road traffic to and from Mount Fuji, especially during public holidays, can be very busy. 

Some tours include the option to return with the Shinkansen.  This is faster and more pleasant than getting back by bus.

If it’s possible to return with the bullet train we include it in the description and you will also see it in the overview at the bottom of the article (at this point it’s only 1 tour that has this option).

Mount Fuji is one of the most popular sights of Japan so as you can imagine these tours are in high demand.  Make sure to book your tour well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Oshino Hakkai Village Mt. Fuji Japan

Oshino Hakkai Village

1. Mount Fuji Full-Day Scenic Bus Tour from Tokyo

Highlights

This 9-hour tour offered by GetYourGuide will take you to Mount Fuji highlights such as Mount Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station, Kawaguchiko Lake and the touristy but pleasant village Oshino Hakkai from where you can enjoy beautiful views of Mount Fuji.

The tour also makes a stop at the Oshino Ninja Village where you can get your picture taken with a ninja. 

The 4D Fuji Airways flight simulator will show you Mount Fuji in all seasons. 

  • Lots of possibilities to see and take pictures of Mount Fuji, weather permitting.
  • See Mount Fuji in all seasons at the 4D Fuji Airways flight simulator
  • English and Japanese speaking guide.
  • Spanish, Thai, Chinese, English, French, Indonesian, Italian, Russian audio guide
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • Hotel pick-up from selected areas.
  • Cancel up to 24hours in advance for a full refund.
  • Optional Japanese lunch.
  • It’s not possible to return by bullet train.

Conclusion

This is a good family tour that offers lots of possibilities to see Mount Fuji. Children will love the Oshino Ninja Village. The 4D tour offers a birds-eye view of Mount Fuji during all seasons and is a great experience for both adults and children.

Price

From 13.000 yen which amounts to approximately €107 or $120 depending on the exchange rate

 

Read reviews and book: Mount Fuji Tour 
Mount Fuji Lake Kawaguchiko Japan

View on Mt. Fuji from Lake Kawaguchiko

2. Mt Fuji Day Tour with Kawaguchiko Lake and Gotemba Outlets

Highlights

This 10-hour tour offered by GetYourGuide will take you to some of the most famous sightseeing spots near Mount Fuji such as Mt. Fuji Gogome 5th station, the Arakura Sengen Shrine (depending on the time of the year) and Oshino Hakkai village.   This touristy but pleasant village is set around  8 ponds with crystal clear melting water from Mt. Fuji. 

The ponds are the main tourist attraction of this village but it also offers great picture opportunities of Mount Fuji.

You will also visit the Gotemba Premium Outlets.  With over 200 stores these premium outlets are heaven for brand lovers.  An added bonus is that weather permitting,  you will have Mt. Fuji as the background during your shopping adventure.

 

  • Lots of possibilities to see and take pictures of Mount Fuji, weather permitting.
  • English, Chinese, Japanese speaking guide.
  • Shopping at the Gotemba outlets.
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • No cancellation is possible.
  • No lunch included.
  • No pick-up.
  • It’s not possible to return by bullet train.

Conclusion

This is the best Mt. Fuji day tour if you not only want great pictures of the mountain but also want to score some bargains.  Note though that, based on reviews we found, the Gotemba Premium outlets are not necessarily cheap if you compare the prices to outlets in Europe or the United States.

 

Price

From 7.150 yen which amounts to approximately €59 or $65 depending on the exchange rate.

 

Read reviews and book: Mount Fuji Tour 
Mount Fuji Lake Kawaguchiko Japan

Lake Kawaguchiko

3. Mount Fuji Classic Tour: Oshino Hakkai, Gotemba Premium Outlets & Matcha Experience

Highlights

This 11-hour tour offered by Klook will take you along a lot of Mount fuji’s highlights. Depending on the time of the year and the weather you will enjoy beautiful views of Mount Fuji from Mount Fuji 5th station, Lake Kawaguchiko and the 8 ponds in the village of Oshino Hakkai.

The itinerary is different depending on the time of the year. Check the detailed itinerary to see the exact program for the date you’re going.

You will also attend a matcha tea making experience where you will learn more about the tea-making process.

The last stop of the tour is at the Gotemba premium outlets. Here you can go on a shopping spree but weather permitting you will also have the opportunity to take some great pictures of  Mount Fuji. 

 

  • Chinese speaking guide and English audio-guide.
  • Matcha experience 
  • Free Cancellation – 72 Hrs Notice.
  • English audio-guide (although we often read in the reviews that the guide also spoke English).
  • No pick-up service.
  • Lunch not included.
  • No information is provided about wheelchair accessibility.
  • It’s not possible to return by bullet train.

Conclusion

This tour takes you to many breathtaking viewpoints of Mount Fuji.  This is an excellent Mt. Fuji day tour if you’re also looking to attend a matcha tea making activity or want to look for some bargains at the outlet shops. 

Price

From 6.200 yen which amounts to approximately €50 or $56 depending on the exchange rate

 

Read reviews and book: Mount Fuji Day Tour 
Lake Kawaguchiko Fall Colors Mt. Fuji Japan

Fall Foliage at Lake Kawaguchiko

4. Day Tour to Mt. Fuji 5th station, Oshino Hakkai & shopping

Highlights

This 10-11 hours tour offered by GetYourGuide will take you to the famous Mount Fuji 5th station from where you can enjoy beautiful views of Mount Fuji.

During heavy snowfall, the road leading up to Fuji 5th station will be closed. In this case, the stop at Mt. Fuji 5th station will be replaced by a visit to the Kitaguchi-Hongu-Fuji Sengen Shrine. Back in the days, this shrine was the starting point for those who wanted to climb Mount Fuji.

From there you will continue to Lake Kawaguchiko.  The lake is particularly beautiful during the autumn foliage and the Sakura season.  Fujisan is at the background of the lake and on a clear day, you will see the reflection of the mountain in the lake.  Here you can also enjoy lunch. 

Lunch is not included in this tour but there’re plenty of restaurants to be found.

Next stop is Oshino Hakkai a world cultural heritage site famous for its 8 ponds with crystal clear water.  The water is so clear that it seems you’re looking at an aquarium.

At the end of the tour, during the last stop, you will have time to go shopping at the Gotemba premium outlets.

  • English and Chinese speaking guide.
  • Cancel up to 3 days in advance for a full refund.
  • No pick-up service: meeting points vary depending on the booked option.
  • Lunch is not included.
  • No information is provided about wheelchair accessibility.
  • It’s not possible to return by bullet train.

Conclusion

This tour is for you if you want to see Mount Fuji and love shopping.

 

This tour is much the same as tour number 2 ( besides when Fuji 5th station isn’t reachable).  The major difference between these tours is that this tour is cancelable up to 3 days in advance while tour number 2 isn’t.

Price

From 9.000 yen which amounts to approximately €59 or $65 depending on the exchange rate

Read reviews and book: Mount Fuji Day Tour 
Komagataka Ropeway Hakone Japan

Komagataka Ropeway

5. Mt Fuji & Hakone Day Tour: Lake Ashi & Ropeway Day Trip from Tokyo

Highlights

This 11-hour tour found on Klook will take you to Mount Fuji 5th station. You will then cruise Lake Ashi and ride the Komagatake Ropeway in Hakone from where you can enjoy great views of Mount Fuji ( weather permitting ).

  • English speaking guide.
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancellations made at least 9 days prior to the activity.
  • Free Wifi on the bus.
  • Lunch is included.
  • Hotel pick-up from selected areas and Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal.
  • No information is provided about wheelchair accessibility.
  • It’s not possible to return by bullet train.

Conclusion

This is a great family tour with lots of possibilities to take amazing pictures of Fujisan. 

Price

From 14.000 yen which amounts to approximately  €114 or $127 depending on the exchange rate

 

Read reviews and book: Mount Fuji Day Tour 
Hakone Ropeway MtFuji Japan

Hakone Ropeway with Mt. Fuji in the background

6. Mount Fuji and Hakone Cruise & bus tour ( optional bullet train)

Highlights

This 9 -10 hours tour offered by GetYourGuide will take you to the Mount Fuji Subaru Line 5th station.  From there you will continue to a “Michi no Eki” station, a roadside station, with a great view of Mt. Fuji to have lunch.  Next, you will cruise Lake Ashi and take the Hakone Ropeway to the Owakudani valley which is famous for its black eggs. 

Note On October 26, 2019, the Hakone Ropeway resumed service for all routes between Sounzan Station and Togendai Station. However, Owakudani remains off-limits and passengers cannot go out of the Owakudani Station.

 

  • English and Japanese speaking guide and Spanish, Thai, Chinese, English, French, Indonesian, Italian, Russian, Icelandic audioguide
  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
  • Hotel pick-up from selected areas.
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • Optional bullet train.
  • Optional buffet-style lunch.

Conclusion

The biggest advantage of this tour is that you have the possibility to return by bullet train which saves you a lot of time. 

Price

From 13.000 yen which amounts to approximately €107 or $120 depending on the exchange rate

 

Read reviews and book: Mount Fuji Day Tour 
Chureito Pagoda Mt. Fuji Japan

Chureito Pagoda

7. Mt Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko Scenic 1-Day Bus Tour

Highlights

This 10-hour tour offered by GetYourGuide will take you to Mt. Nikura Asama Park.  Inside the park is the Chureito Pagoda which is an iconic Mount Fuji viewing spot. From here you will continue to the Kawaguchiko craft park where you can try Japanese crafts ( optional).

After lunch, the tour continues with a visit to Oishi Park situated at the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko.  From this park you enjoy great views of both the lake and Mount Fuji.

The last stop of this tour is at Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, an open-air museum at the western shores of Lake Saiko.  This museum houses around 20 restored farming houses. You can learn about the traditional culture and test your skills of traditional crafts such as pottery, incense, and weaving.

 

  • English speaking guide ( Burmese and Japanese speaking guide might also be present but based on the given information this is not clear).
  • Iconic Chureito Pagoda.
  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • No pick-up service.
  • No possibility to return by bullet train.
  • No lunch included.
  • Meeting point varies depending on the option booked.

Conclusion

This is the perfect tour for you if you want to take an iconic picture with the 5-storied pagoda and Mt. Fuji in the background. It’s also an excellent tour if you want to try Japanese crafts and learn more about the Japanese culture in the open-air museum.

Price

From 9.000 yen which amounts to approximately €75 or $85 depending on the exchange rate

 

Read reviews and book: Mount Fuji Day Tour 
Torii gate Hakone Shrine Lake Ashi Hakone Japan

Torii gate of the Hakone Shrine

8. One Day Mt Fuji Hakone Tour Including Lake Ashi Pirate Ship Cruise, Odawara Castle, and Mishima Skywalk Tour

Highlights

This 10-hour tour offered by Viator will take you to Odawara castle which used to be the stronghold of the Hojo clan as long as they reigned over Tokyo. After your visit to the castle, you continue your tour with a cruise on Lake Ashi. 

Lunch is taken at an all you can eat seafood buffet.  After lunch, you will make one more stop to see the Mishima Skywalk, which is with a length of 400 meters the longest pedestrian-only suspension bridge in Japan.

Weather permitting Mt. Fuji can be seen in the background of the suspension bridge.

 

  • English and Chinese speaking guide ( but it’s not a licensed tour guide and they don’t give in-depth information about the sites you visit ).
  • All you can eat seafood buffet.
  • Bus with wifi.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee, If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee, If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • No pick-up service.
  • No information is provided about wheelchair accessibility.
  • Admission fee of Odawara castle is not included.
Conclusion

This Mount Fuji day tour is for you if you want to see a Japanese castle,  cruise Lake Ashi and see the Mishima Skywalk, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Japan.

Price

From €109 which amounts to approximately $ 122 or 13.300 yen depending on the exchange rate.

 

Read reviews and book: Mount Fuji Day Tour 

 

Pirate Cruise Lake Ashi Hakone Japan

Cruise on a pirate ship on Lake Ashi

Which Mt Fuji Day trip is for you

Not yet sure which tour is for you? Here’s an overview table of all the tours.  You can see the highlights and the differences at a glance. Below the table we have grouped the tours based on interests. This way you can choose the best Mt. Fuji day tours depending on whom you’re traveling with or what you want to see and do.

We did our utmost best to ensure that the information in this article, as well as the below document, is accurate. Tours can however always change and we cannot be held reliable when a tour is no longer as it is described in this document.  We would really appreciate if you help us in keeping this article up-to-date.  Do you note a change? Please drop us a short mail and we will update this article.

Family-friendly Mount Fuji day trip

If you are looking for a fun tour for the whole family we would suggest to take a look at tour 1 and tour 5.

Whom’s children are not enthusiastic about the idea of becoming a real Ninja for a day?

The best places to see Mount Fuji

Lot’s of travelers are taking this Mount Fuji day trip to see the spectacular mountain so naturally, the question arises which tours are the best to get those magnificent views of Mt. Fuji.

If taking beautiful photos of Mount Fuji is high on your priority list, we recommend taking tour 1tour 2 or tour 3

Keep in mind that Mount Fuji is often in the clouds and therefore a clear view is certainly not guaranteed. If you absolutely want to see Fujisan, we recommend you to check the weather forecast before you book. If the clouds are forecast to be more than 30%  it’s very unlikely you will see the mountain.  There’re of course chances that the clouds will break up but if you can we would advise you to postpone your trip.

The closer you get to the mountain, the more likely you are to see it, even in bad weather. 

That’s why Lake Kawaguchiko, Mt. Fuji 5th station and Oshino Hakkai offer the best opportunities. 

All three are included in tour 1tour 2 and tour 3

Mount Fuji Subaru Line 5th station Japan

Mount Fuji Subaru Line 5th station

Best Mt Fuji Day tour if you want to visit a Mt. Fuji 5th station

Mt. Fuji 5th station is as close to Mt. Fuji as you can get without climbing the mountain.  There are four different so-called 5th stations.  These stations contain shops where those who will climb to the top can buy their supplies.

The two most popular stations are those that can be reached most easily from Tokyo.  This is the Fuji Subaru Line 5th station and the Fujinomiya 5th station.  The first is located closest to Lake Kawaguchiko.

Tours 1 to 6 stop at one of the Mt. Fuji 5th stations.  The description does not always say which station they visit.  If we found that information it’s included in the description of the tour as well as the overview table.  These are the links to the tours:

Tour 1 / tour 2 / tour 3 / tour  4 / tour 5 /tour  6

Keep in mind that visiting a Mount Fuji 5th station is not always possible.  The roads are closed in winter and outside that period the road may also be closed at short notice because of heavy snowfall or rain. In those cases, the itineraries of these tours will be changed.

Mishima Skywalk Hakone Japan

Mishima Skywalk with Mt. Fuji in the background

Cheapest Mt Fuji Day tours

If you are looking for a good Mount Fuji trip without breaking the bank these two tours that are both under 7.200 yen (approx. €60 or $65 ) are for you.

Take a look at tour 2 and tour 3

Shopping tours

If you want to end your mt fuji day trip with a shop till you drop experience, then tour 2, tour 3 and tour 4 are the ones for you. 

Note that these tours give you only a short amount of time to go shopping. (usually around 90 minutes to two hours) If shopping is your main goal, you are better of going independent.

Cultural tours 

If you want to add some culture to your Mt. Fuji day tour you must take a look at tour number 3 and tour 7.

Wheelchair accessible Mt. Fuji Day tours

Tour 1, tour 2, tour 6 and tour 7 mention explicitly that they are wheelchair accessible.

Mount Fuji day tour with lunch included

Tour 5 and tour 8 are the only two tours that include lunch. 

The other Mount Fuji day tours from Tokyo stop at places where you can buy lunch although it’s also possible to take your own lunch.

Conclusion

Mt. Fuji is definitely one of the highlights of Japan. 

There’re many tours to this iconic mountain. 

We listed those that we think are the best based on their itinerary and their reviews and we hope that our selection will make it easier for you to enjoy a great day at Fujisan, the highest volcano in Japan.

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