Recommended itinerary for one night and two days in the Mount Fuji area — and a ticket that will get you there cheaply!

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Climbing is not the only way to enjoy Mount Fuji during the July to early September climbing season. There is a wide variety of ways, including soaking in a hot spring while gazing upon magnificent Mount Fuji and partaking in recreational activities while in view of the mountain. In this article we will tell you about a recommended itinerary for fully enjoying one night and two days in great spots in the Mount Fuji Area, and about the "Mt. Fuji Round Trip Ticket," a bargain ticket you can use to get there.

Recommended spots for the first day

The first place we would like you to set out for is the amusement park Fuji-Q Highland, which has an abundance of attractions for you to enjoy. Among the park's famous attractions are Dodonpa, a roller coaster that accelerates to 172 kilometers per hour in 1.8 seconds from a standing start, and the scream machine Eejanaika with seats that rotate backward and forward.

【Fuji-Q Highland】
Address:5-6-1, Shin-Nishihara, Fuji Yoshida City, Yamanashi
Open:9:00-17:00 (Sat., Sun. & Hol. 9:00-18:00) Note: Vary by season
Closed:None scheduled
Admission:¥1,400 (Adult), ¥800 (Child)
Note: There are separate charges for boarding the attractions.

After a good time on the attractions of Fuji-Q Highland, head to Lake Kawaguchi and take a cruise on the excursion ship En Soleil. In a complete change from the scream machines you just rode, this ship will put you in relaxation mode. On a clear day you can see Mount Fuji from the upper deck.

【Lake Kawaguchi Excursion Ship】
Address:4034, Funatsu, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi
Open:9:00-16:30 Note: Vary by season
Closed:Open Everyday
Admission:¥930 (Adult), ¥470 (Child)

You will spend the night at Kozantei Ubuya, where all rooms have a view of Mount Fuji. Another charm of this place is that the panoramic scenery of Mount Fuji can be seen from six kinds of bath, including an open air bath.

【Kozantei Ubuya】
Address:10, Asagawa, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi

Recommended spots for the second day

Begin the second day at Fuji Visitor Center, which offers foreign language services. You can check tourist information on the whole Yamanashi Prefecture area, and particularly Mount Fuji and the Fuji Five Lakes area. It is a good place to stop in before climbing Mount Fuji.

【Fuji Visitor Center】
Address:6663-1, Funatsu, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi
Open:8:30-17:00 Note: Vary by season
Closed:Open Everyday

After gathering information at Fuji Visitor Center, head to the Mount Fuji Fifth Station. It is between 2,300 and 2,400 meters up Mount Fuji, which is 3,776 meters high, and it is reached by bus. There are shops and restaurants here and it is the departure point for climbing Mount Fuji. Even if you only go to Mount Fuji Fifth Station, you can still enjoy the sights of Mount Fuji, such as clouds floating below your eye level, and buy souvenirs.

【Mount Fuji Fifth Station】
Address:5617, Kami Yoshida, Fuji Yoshida City, Yamanashi

After that, why not lose yourself in the fragrances of herbs at the Kawaguchiko Herbkan? There is a section where you can make such items as pressed-flower bookmarks and wreaths, so be sure to give it a try.

【Kawaguchiko Herbkan】
Address:6713−18, Funatsu, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi
Open:9:00-18:00 November to March: until 17:30
Closed:Open Everyday

In the Mount Fuji area, there are many more tourist attractions than those mentioned so far. It might be a good idea to devise your own plan, take a short trip to Mount Fuji and fully enjoy it your own way. To get to the Mount Fuji Area, we recommend purchasing a Mt. Fuji Round Trip Ticket and going by train. The ticket allows you two days of unlimited rides on all FujiKyu railway and Mount Fuji climber’s bus (Fujisan Station-Kawaguchiko Station to Mount Fuji Fifth Station), and for round trips from the 23 special wards of Tokyo to JR's Otsuki Station, you can use assigned seating on limited express trains on the Chuo Line. Also, a round trip from Shinjuku Station to Mount Fuji Fifth Station will be almost half the normal price!

▼ Mt. Fuji Round Trip Ticket Information

■On sale:July 1 – Nov. 29, 2015
■Usage period:July 1 – Nov. 30, 2015
■Prices:Adult (aged 12 and over): ¥5,600, Child (aged 6 to 11): ¥2,800
■Valid for:2 days
■Purchase and use conditions:Customers must be of non-Japanese citizenship and hold a passport from a country other than Japan.
Note: Your passport will be checked at the time of purchase.
■Sales outlets:○JR EAST Travel Service Center, Travel Service Center at major Japan Rail stations and elsewhere.(See the URL below for details.)

Use the money you save on transportation costs to enjoy various activities in the Mount Fuji area!