Photo by Yamanashi Prefecture Tourist Association
Mt. Fuji, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration, is registered as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience our custom-made private tour of Mt. Fuji with a licensed guide. Our guides are very knowledgeable, friendly, and flexible. Enjoy important tourist attractions and off-the beaten sites. Let us know your interests, and we will propose your ideal itinerary. For last minute inquiries, our licensed guides will recommend places to visit on the day of your tour.
Sample Itinerary (11 hours)
Meet your guide at your hotel in Tokyo, and move to Mt. Fuji area by privately charted car. In 2 hours, you will reach Mt. Fuji area.
- Travel time to Mt. Fuji area will differ depending on traffic.
Firstly, drive up to Mt. Fuji 5th station at 2,300 meter high elevation. You will enjoy scenic view of the top of Mt. Fuji, Southern Alps and Fuji Five Lakes if weather is clear. Arriving at the 5th station, you will visit Komitake Shrine worshiped by Mt. Fuji climbers. You may want to buy local snacks only available at the 5th station.
Between mid-May and end of October, you may enjoy light hiking around the 5th station for about 1 hour while seeing the peak of Mt. Fuji. The walking path is rather flat, with no steep hills, but walking or hiking shoes are necessary
- Going up to Mt. Fuji 5th station is only possible from May to mid-November due to heavy snow during winter and early spring time. If you would like to go to Mt. Fuji area in this period, other sites where Mt. Fuji can be seen or activities such as fruit picking etc. will be included in the tour. Please contact us for more information.
Coming down to Lake Kawaguchi area, your guide will recommend you to "Houtou Noodle" restaurant for your lunch. Houtou is one of the local dishes special in this area, Yamanashi prefecture. It is a noodle-food, which flour-flat noodles stewed with seasonal vegetables in miso soup. (Lunch fee is not included in the tour price.)
After lunch, enjoy Ropeway ride. This short gondola ride (KachiKachiyama Ropeway) will take you to the top of Mt. Tenjo where beautiful Lake Kawaguchi and magnificent Mt. Fuji can be overlooked from an observation point.
Then, visit Kimono Museum. This museum was founded by one of the famous Japanese artists of dyeing, "Itchiku Kubota". A number of Kimonos themed on Mt. Fuji and four seasons are displayed. You will see his great masterpieces with an inimitable technique called "Tsujigahana (Shibori style)".
Enjoy scenic drive along Lake Kawaguchi and Lake Sai for about 30 minutes. If weather is clear, splendid view of Mt. Fuji can be enjoyed as a background of lakes. Your guide will make brief stops at picturesque photography locations such as Oishi Park.
At the end of the day, step into the former farming village "Iyashi no sato Nenba", with about 20 traditional thatched roof houses. Those houses were restored in 2006 in order to provide visitors with opportunities to look back old days. If you are interested, you may join a workshop to make Japanese traditional craft. At Saiko Iyashi no sato NENBA, beautiful photos of farm houses with Mt. Fuji in the background can be taken, if weather permits.
Photos above by Fujikawaguchiko Tourism Department
Then, go back to Metropolitan city Tokyo. It will take about 1.5 hours or more depending on traffic.
Photo by Fujisan World Heritage Center
Alternative 1: Fujisan World Heritage Center (formerly Fuji Visitor Center)
Fujisan World Heritage Center is an educational information center that offers information on Mt. Fuji through various displays such as panels and videos. You will learn history and geological features of Mt. Fuji here. Your guide is happy to explain about those displays. At the second floor, you will be able to see Mt. Fuji from the observation deck, if weather permits.
Alternative 2: Strawberry picking (available from mid-December to mid-May)
Fruit cultivated in Japan is generally very sweet and juicy. Among them, strawberries are worthy of attention for its sweetness; high sugar level and moderate acidity. At a farm using Mt. Fuji clear water, enjoy picking and eating the large and sweet strawberries as much as you can for 30 minutes.
Alternative 3: Arakura Sengen Shrine
Arakura Sengen Shrine is one of the Fuji Sengen shrines dedicated to the deities of Mt. Fuji. Recently, spectacular view of Mt. Fuji in combination with its five-story pagoda "Chureito" has raised popularity especially among photographers all over the world. In cherry blossom or autumn foliage seasons, you could take a symbolic photo of Japan.
- Please note that you will need to go up steep slope (including about 400 steps / one way) to reach this site
Price for this sample itinerary
(price per group)
|2 persons||3 persons||4 persons|
(8% consumption tax included)
Including: English speaking tour guide, privately chartered vehicle with a driver, entrance fees to sites indicated to the sample itinerary, service charge and 8% consumption tax.
Not Including: Lunch fee, fare or entrance fee for alternatives
- The price is for the above sample itinerary. Please contact us for tour prices including any other sites or for more than 5 persons.
- The tour details may change in accordance with seasonality, traffic and weather condition on the day.
- No refunds will be made even in case Mt. Fuji cannot be seen due to weather conditions.
- This itinerary assumes starting and ending the tour in Tokyo. If you would like to start or end in other cities, please contact us for the price. The price is for the above sample itinerary.
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- Your name, address, phone number
- Number of persons in the group
- Date of tour
- Meeting place (hotel in Tokyo)
- Lunch requests
- Allergies or food you cannot eat
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Private Tours in other destinations
We can also arrange privately-guided tours in other destinations throughout Japan. Also, your tours can be tailored to your specific interests such as culture, food, and nature.