14 Fun Mount Fuji Trip Ideas

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As one of the most recognizable landmarks in Japan, Mount Fuji shows up on a lot of bucket lists for visitors to the country. And when you think of Mount Fuji, climbing is often the image that comes to mind. Unfortunately, summiting a 3,776 meter giant that often requires oxygen isn’t for everyone.

Thankfully, there’s more than one way to enjoy this natural paradise. Here are 14 fun Mount Fuji trip ideas:

Mount Fuji is for everyone, not just the adrenaline junkies. Read on to see the best ways to customize your own trip, and for ideas on Fuji day itineraries, too.

1. Climb Mt. Fuji, Shizuoka/Yamanashi Prefectures

While it’s not the only way to enjoy yourself, there’s no doubt that climbing to the summit of Mount Fuji is the ultimate outdoor experience. And although there are several start points and routes you can take, this isn’t a climb for beginners.

Well, maybe an above-average beginner could try…
Photo by Austin Nicomedez

It can take a full day to reach the top, and even longer to get back down. But if you’re able to brave the climb and it happens to be a clear day the views from the top are other-worldly, especially the sunrise.

Be careful when planning your expedition, because other than the period between July and September climbing the mountain is prohibited due to heavy snow. There are also plenty of hiking groups that offer tours. And if you’re prepared enough, you might even be lucky enough to book a bed in a mountain hut.

2. Mount Fuji World Heritage Center, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka

If you are a history buff and dont have the fitness to climb the mountain itself, try visiting the Mount Fuji World Heritage Center instead. The center itself is laid out as a bit of a climb, and as you make your way to the top you can find out more about the mountain and its history.

There are workshops and fun activities for the kids, plenty of information provided in English as well as several other languages, and if it’s a clear enough day there’ll be an amazing view of Mount Fuji waiting for you at the top of the building.

3. Izu Panorama Park, Izunokuni, Shuzuoka

You could look at Mount Fuji from a thousand different vantage points and wonder if you’re dreaming. Or, if you’re the Japanese artist Hokusai, maybe there are just 36 views

Not a bad way to get around!
Image by Antelao

In any case, the Panorama Park located in Izu City is one such place. There, you can take the ropeway to the top where a spectacular view of Suruga bay and the Izu coast with Mount Fuji in the backdrop awaits. This location also has a massive selection of local gifts and Mount Fuji themed goods.

4. Camping Around Mt. Fuji

To enjoy the fresh air of this historic area while avoiding the painful climb to the top, turn to one of mankind’s favorite pastimes: camping.

This might be the most cost effective way to take in Mount Fuji on this list. And for many, it’s also the richest experience. There’s nothing like waking up and seeing the sunrise reflecting off the snowy peak of the mountain or the five lakes around Mount Fuji. And if you keep an open mind, you’ll probably end up meeting a lot of friendly locals, too.

Fumotoppara Campground is one of the most popular camping spots in the area and has a full unobstructed view of the west side of the mountain. Don’t forget your marshmallows!

Might not be so bad!
Photo by Aldeen Li

5. Glamping Around Mt.Fuji, Shizuoka/Yamanashi

Enjoy the outdoors but not such a big fan of roughing it? Or maybe you just didn’t bring all the gear to set up a proper camp.

If that’s you, glamping might be the best option. You can take in the splendid view of Mount Fuji while camping on the glamorous side.

There are plenty of options all around the mountain, so find a room that looks good to you and remember to book early.

6. Fuji-Q Highland, Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi

If you’re someone who wants to experience Mount Fuji with a bit of extra excitement, Fuji-Q Highland is calling. It’s a famous amusement park that houses ‘Fujiyama,’ one of the world’s top ten tallest and longest roller coasters. If your heart doesn’t stop from the excitement you can get a great viewpoint of the mountain.

A day pass for the park costs ¥6,500, giving you full access to the park, and ¥25,000 will get you a pass and a room. You can also get 20% off by presenting proof of being vaccinated at least 3 times, part of Japan’s relatively loose rules for visitors.

7. Paragliding by Mt. Fuji, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka

Ever wanted to check Paragliding off your bucket list? If you have, then why not do it while drinking in the view of Mount Fuji.

Asagiri Plateau Paragliding School offers such experiences for a reasonable price and they offer packages for experienced and beginner thrill seekers.

Weekday bookings will cost you ¥10,000, while the price rises to ¥12,000 for weekends and holidays.

This could be you!
Photo by Sebastian Mittermeier

8. Mishima Skywalk, Mishima, Shizuoka

Another great way to experience Mount Fuji is to enjoy it from the 400m long pedestrian only suspension bridge located in Mishima. There’s also a zip line that travels adjacent to the bridge if you’re feeling more adventurous.

The Skywalk is open year round and costs ¥1,000 for an adult ticket. To learn more, check out the Mishima Skywalk website.

9. Chureito Pagoda, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi

One of the more well known tourist spots is the famous Chureito Pagoda, located in the heart of Arakurayama Sengen Park. It’s a scenic area that gave birth to some of the most widely spread photos of Fuji on the internet.

One of the best photo ops in Japan
Photo by Max Bender

April is the best time to visit this amazing location as the cherry blossoms are usually in full bloom and the combination of the Pagoda, flowers, and Mount Fuji create some spectacular photo opportunities. Just try to arrive as early as possible because the crowds will show up sooner than later.

10. Five Lakes Around Mt. Fuji, Yamanashi, Tokai Area

Lakes Yamanaka, Kawaguchi, Motosu, Shoji and Saiko are the five lakes surrounding Mount Fuji (Fujigoko). These locations offer unique views of the mountain from different angles and perspectives and include many interesting hiking trails, resort hotels and hot springs (onsens) surrounding the lakes.

You can also organize kayaking trips on these lakes, but as most resources are in Japanese, your best bet may be to book that through a hotel or travel agency.

11. Hakone Onsens, Hakone, Kanagawa

Hakone, located in Kanagawa prefecture is home to some of the most luxurious hot spring resorts in Japan. It also happens to offer some killer views of Mt Fuji.

Monkeys make better bath partners than you think
Photo by Pratik Bisht

You can drive in and take a dip at many of these famous onsen, but for the ultimate experience, consider forking out a bit of extra cash for a ryokan (traditional Japanese hotel with gourmet food service). There are plenty of 5 star accommodations in the area, and by the end of your stay, you’ll wish you never had to leave.

12. Mountain Hiking Around Mt.Fuji, Shizuoka

Want to hike but aren’t convinced your calves would survive Mount Fuji? You have options.

There are many surrounding mountains to choose from, but Ashitaka Mountain is the closest and provides some spectacular views from an elevated walk.

The hike takes about 4-6 hours round trip, depending on your fitness and experience, and it’s a great way to stay active on your Mount Fuji trip without going overboard.

13. Shopping With a View, Gotemba, Shizuoka

If you’re looking for some retail therapy during your Mount Fuji travels, Gotemba Premium Outlet could be the perfect choice for you. This outlet has over 200 stores and is located close to Mount Fuji, so it has a great view.

The large range of stores offers the perfect chance to get all of your duty free shopping done in one location.

14. Fuji Safari Park, Susuno, Shizuoka

Located close to Mount Fuji is the Fuji Safari Park. With 37 species of animals like lions, bears, and tigers, there are plenty of exotic animals to see.

There are also plenty of ways to customize your experience, such as bus tours, 4-wheel-drive rentals, and even walking tours. The safari park is a great way to spend the day with the family while on your Mount Fuji holiday.


Mount Fuji is famous as a heaven for outdoor enthusiasts, and rightly so. But if hiking isn’t your thing, there’s still plenty to do.

Pick and choose from these suggestions, and you’re sure to end up with a unique and exciting Mount Fuji experience.