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Updated: March 25, 2019
Mt. Fuji is the symbol of Japan, and the Fuji Five Lakes region at its base is one of Japan’s most beautiful locations. This paradise for outdoor activities is also home to a world-class amusement park!
From Shinjuku Station: 1 hour 10 minutes to Otsuki Station via JR limited express and change onto Fujikyuko (Fujikyu Railway).
For Fuji-Q Amusement Park: Further 50 minutes to Fujikyu-Highland Station
For the Five Lakes: Further 55 minutes to Kawaguchiko Station. Alternatively, 2 hours by bus to both locations.
From Tokyo Station: 2 hours by highway bus to both locations.
From Shibuya Mark City: 2 hours by highway bus to both locations.
From Haneda Airport: 3 hours by highway bus to both locations.
From Narita Airport: 4 hours by highway bus to both locations.
You already know about Mt. Fuji, the World Heritage Site and symbol of Japan. What you may not know is that the foothills of Fuji are a gorgeous area with five prominent lakes—hence the name.
You can’t leave Japan without a great snap of Mt. Fuji! You can find fantastic vantage points all over the Five Lakes region, but here are two suggestions. One is Arakurayama Sengen Park, where you can see Fuji with an imposing memorial pagoda in the foreground. The other is Nakanokura Toge Mountain Pass Observatory—this is the same gorgeous view of Mt. Fuji and its reflection in Lake Motosu that appears on Japan’s 1,000 yen note.
©Yamanashi Tourism Organization
A 10-minute bus ride from Lake Kawaguchi, you’ll find Fuji-Q Highland, an amusement park with some of the world’s most thrilling rides. If you’re a serious fan of roller coasters, you’ve got to go here. And if you’re not, you’ll still have a great time—there are plenty of attractions for everyone to enjoy.