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Explore Aokigahara, "Sea of Trees", as you like with a licensed local guide.


Mount Fuji
3 hours
up to 4 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

If you are a nature-lover, how about wandering around Aokigahara forest as you like with a local guide? Unique vegetation created by the eruption of Mt. Fuji is worth observing. A 3-hour hike in the serene atmosphere offers you a special experience. Fresh air, singing birds and greenery will make you feel relaxed.

Itinerary

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  • A hike in the Aokigahara forest
  • Lava Caves -
  • Natural beauty created by the eruption of Mt. Fuji
  • The stunning view of Mt. Fuji from the north shore of Lake Saiko if the weather permits.

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What to Expect

Aokigahara, "the Sea of Trees", stretches over the lava plateau formed by the eruption of Mt. Fuji. Formations of lava and creepy-looking roots spreading over a thin layer of soil have created the mystical and serene atmosphere. The eco system and unusual vegetation of the forest are informed along the way.
The fresh air and greenery spreading through the forest will make you feel relaxed and peaceful!

The following are what you can see and learn during the tour.
You can choose the itinerary or make yours, referring to the list below.

1) Enjoy hiking through the woods
- You might find the traces of the animals on the way.
- Moss-covered lava and creepy-looking roots spreading over a thin layer of soil are amazing.
2) Saiko Bat Cave
- Different types of lava formations can be observed. You may have a chance to see bats hibernating inside.
3) Nenba Hama (North shore of Lake Saiko)
- A view spot with magnificent landscape of Mt. Fuji and the lake
4) Ryugu Lava Cave
- The cave used to be regarded the sacred place by the followers of Mt.Fuji worship.
It'll be a special opportunity for you to learn a different aspect of Mt. Fuji.
5) Narusawa Ice Cave and Fugaku Wind Cave
6) Learn about the history of Mt. Fuji and Aokigahara, and unusual vegetation formed by the lava flow and wildlife in the forest.

[Model Itineraries]
Model 1
 ・Enter ”Saiko Bat Cave”.
 ・Wander around the Aokigahara forest.
 ・Visit "Nenba Hama" which is the north shore of Lake Saiko. It offers a majustic view of Mt. Fuji.
 ・Visit "Ryugu Lava Cave".

Model 2
 ・Enter ”Saiko Bat Cave”.
 ・Wander around the Aokigahara forest.
 ・Visit "Ryugu Lava Cave" on the way to the final destination.
 ・Enter either "Fugaku Wind Cave" or "Narusawa Ice Cave"

You can extend your tour for a visit to "Saiko Iyashi no sato Nenba" - Craft village with thatch-roofed houses, or for a hike to the top of Mt. Sankodai (Elevation : 1,202m) where the breathtaking scenery of Mt. Fuji, Aokigahara and three lakes can be seen if the weather permits.

*Please note that...
・Saiko Bat Cave closes from December through the mid-March in order to protect bats hibernating inside of the cave.
・Hiking up to Mt. Sankodai is available from mid-March through mid-December due to the bad condition of the trails during winter.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Saiko Bat Cave bus stop (No. 45) - The meeting place may change, depending on the itinerary.
Ending Point Saiko Bat Cave bus stop (No. 45) - The place where the tour ends may change, depending on the itinerary.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

Transportation expense - Two-day pass for the unlimited ride (1,500jpy) is available at Kawaguchiko station.
Food and drinks durng a hike

Important

*Transportation expense and lunch for the guide are to be charged to you.

・Take a Sightseeing Bus (Green-Line) from Kawaguchiko station to meeting place (Approx. 40-min ride). I can inform you how to get there in advance. However, if you are not farmiliar with the transport network in the rural area, I accompany you from/to Kawaguchiko station. In this case, the extra charge and the bus fare for the guide (1,500jpy) are required of you.
・Be well-prepared for a hike.
* Suitable shoes for a hike (Sneakers are preferable.)
  * Rain gear in preparation for rain
  * Warm clothes and jacket (The Aokigahara area is much colder than the other places. Altitude: about 900m)
・Bring snacks and drinks if needed.
・Keep in mind that Mt. Fuji won't be visible depending on the weather condition.
・Highway bus connecting Tokyo and Kawaguchiko is available. (one-way fare:1,950jpy)
* The purchase of the round-trip ticket is highly recommended in advance as the highway bus tickets from Kawaguchiko to Tokyo are always sold out quickly.
・In case of severe weather condition such as heavy rain and snow, the itinerary may be changed.
  * Saiko Iyashi no sato NENBA is recommendable as the alternative place to visit.
(Craft village with thatch-roofed houses where traditional crafts and local products are available.) read more

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Kichi Kichi Japan ( Business )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ An amazing day exploring Kawaguchiko ”

Tomomi was really fantastic. She was so full of knowledge of both the Mount Fuji area and of Japan in general. She takes nature tours and was so friendly. We had a truly amazing time with her. And her English was the best we have encountered here in Japan !

Tomomi:

Thank you very much for your great review, Gary and Suzanne! We spent just half a day together, but I had a wonderful time with you as you two were super friendly and kind. I love your jokes! What *******ted about during the tour varied from something serious to funny ones. I enjoyed all. I was really lucky to be your guide! Mt. Fuji and myself always welcome your visit again. Arigato-gozaimasita.

Russell Russell United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ What a day! ”

Tomomi was very helpful and such a great companion to our family day at Mt Fuji. Very flexible as we had a handicapped father. She adjusted beautifully throughout the day that included her joining us on a fantastic speedboat ride on Lake Fuji. Definitely worth the extra money for a guide and she speaks incredibly great English. She made the trip memorable and even helped my dad which gave us a quick shopping trip break. Couldn’t do that great of a day without her!

Tomomi:

Thank you very much for your great comment on the day-tour. The time we spent together was short, but precious for me. I was just happy that I became part of your family and shared some memories your dad had in Japan in his childhood. The highlight of your day-trip must have been a speedboat we rode in Lake Kawaguchiko. You guys all seemed to be thrilled with it and have super fun! It was too exciting for me though.. Hope you all come back to Japan in winter to see a breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji and to enjoy “Onsen” (hot spring) which would be effective for your dad. Arigatou gozaimashita!

Otak Otak United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Exceptional day with Tomomi ”

Tomomi is a knowledgeable and personable guide who took us for a full day visiting the Aokigahara Forest and surrounding area. She was both responsive to our requests and able to offer suggestions that always were the best option. We hiked several miles in the forest with Tomomi pointing out intriguing natural features. We also visited the Bat Cave and the entrance to the Water Cave. All the locals knew Tomomi which allowed us to see some sights that are usually private. We highly recommend Tomomi if you want a personalized and informative guide and companion while visiting the five lakes region.

Tomomi:

Thank you for giving me such a good review, Otak-san. It was a great joy for me to see you all enjoy hiking in the forest and wandering around the craft village. The hike in the forest was a bit longer than scheduled. However, I believe it was worth the time since we were able to get to where your son wanted to visit. I really had fun chatting with you all, sharing lots of topics we were interested in. Although Mt. Fuji was too shy to come out this time, she is always there to welcome your visit again. Hope you come back to find more must-sees!

Kim Kim Canada ( Family with kids )
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2 months ago

“ Truly a wonderful experience! ”

Tomomi right from our first communication was thoughtful and thorough. We knew that we didn't want to do the mainstream things when we visited the Mt Fuji area. We had a couple of ideas that we shared with Tomomi. She not only got back to us with some suggestions she went the extra mile to provide websites and supporting details to help us make the best selection for us. We booked a full day tour and a private van and again Tomomi took the extra steps of coordinating with our driver to make sure that our day would go smoothly. Yesterday, we spent the day with Tomomi and it was all that we wanted and more, her knowledge of the area, of nature, of Mt Fuji and of the culture were greatly appreciated. Her verbal and written skills are exceptional but what we enjoyed most was her genuin... read more

Tomomi:

Thank you so much for your great comments on the day-tour we had. I had a precious time with you all. I felt like I was part of your family as we had something in common, especially nature! Your girls were fascinated with everything they saw and found in the forest. They made me happy since my joy as the guide is to see my guests having fun during the tour. Your family’s deep interest in Japanese culture at Kimono art museum was quite inspiring. It was just fantastic to have matcha green tea in the serene atmosphere, viewing the beautiful Japanese-style garden, wasn’t it? We just spent a day together which was quite short, but will be the unforgettable memory for me. Thank you very much again for sharing your time with me! Hope you come back to the Mt. Fuji are again to see Mt. Fuji near... read more

Sara Sara United States ( Family )
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3 months ago

“ We had a great time with Tomomi! ”

Tomomi is wonderful! She is very knowledgeable and helpful. She made it very easy to navigate how to get there. Highly recommend booking a tour with Tomomi!

Tomomi:

Thank you for giving me a good review, Sara-san. You and your cousins were so cheerful and friendly all the way during the hike that I had a lot of fun with you all. I’m just happy to have showed you around the forest as you had great interest in what you saw and experienced there. Mt. Fuji did not show us her beautiful appearance on that day unfortunately. However, now you have good reason to come back to the Mt. Fuji area again. To see Mt. Fuji!

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