Japan’s tallest mountain happens to be a volcano. Classed as dormant, it has not erupted since 1707 and remains one of the most popular trips from Tokyo 60 miles away. Most trips vary between a single to a two day trip. The latter involves hiking part way up the mountain the first day, then catching the sunrise on the second.
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FROM: $414/per person
One of the most popular trips and with good reason, the ascent of Mount Fuji takes places at night so as to catch the sunrise. Experiencing it with a commanding view over the landscape below ensures quite a memorable sunrise. If the hiking sounds tiring the good news is that outdoor hot springs are next on the itinerary with views back towards the mountain. English or Chinese speaking guides are available. Travel from Tokyo is by coach.
From $174/ per person
This day is perfect for nature lovers and those who wish to see the mountain but not climb it. The transport provided drives up to the Mt. Fuji Visitor Center and on to the 5th Station, which is the highest point accessible by car. Following some time taking in the view, plunge into the Sea of Trees, aka Aokigahara Forest. The volcanic landscape, now covered in forest is a must see. The final stop of the tour is inside Narusawa Ica Cave.
From $153/ per person
Exploring the majesty of all things Japan is the modus operandi of this tour. Starting out by coach, the mountain is first on the itinerary. The tour heads to the 5th Station to take in the view before heading down to Ashi Lake where a short cruise reveals a different aspect of Mt. Fuji. You will get the chance to reach the top of a mountain on this tour, and although that mountain is not Fuji, Mt. Komagatake has an aerial tram to save time and energy, offering great views from the top. Finally, ditch the coach for a rapid return by the iconic bullet train to Tokyo.