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Sacred sites of Mt. Fuji worship-Oshino Hakkai & Fuji Shrine


Mount Fuji
6 hours
up to 6 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Mt. Fuji is known worldwide as a mountain brimming with natural beauty. Besides this, Mt. Fuji has been revered as a sacred mountain since ancient times. It is the symbolic object of nature worship. This tour gives you a great opportunity to feel the essence of Mt. Fuji worship by visiting two places - “Oshino Hakkai" and "Fuji Sengen shrine”. At the temple nearby, the monk’s wife shows you “Temae (Formal tea-making ceremony), and you can make your own Matcha green tea and enjoy it!

Itinerary

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  • Join the table and chair-style tea ceremony and enjoy matcha green tea you make on your own
  • Stroll through Oshino Hakkai spring ponds
  • Have lunch at the Japanese-style restaurant serving Udon (Wheat noodles) and hand-made Soba (Buckwheat noodles)
  • Visit Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen shrine

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What to Expect

【 Oshino Hakkai spring ponds 】
Rain and meltwater that fall on Mount Fuji filter through layers of lava for over 20 years, resulting in very clear spring water and gushing out Oshino Hakkai spring ponds.
Those who worshipped Mt. Fuji stopped by the ponds and purified their mind as well as their body with the sacred spring water before the pilgrimage to Mt. Fuji

【 Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen shrine 】
The shrine built in the dense woods has the history of over 1900 years. Dedicated to the deity of Mt. Fuji, it used to be the gateway to Mt. Fuji pilgrimage. The 1000-year-old sacred trees and the magnificent buildings in Shinto-style architecture have created the solemn and serene atmosphere.

【 The detailed itinerary is below. The tour duration is about 6 hours 】

① Meet at Kawaguchiko station and head for "Oshino Hakkai spring ponds" by bus (Bus ride: 25 minutes One-way fare: 560jpy)

② Join the table and chair-style tea ceremony and enjoy matcha green tea that you make on your own
*Approx. one-hour experience
*As the optional activities you can do at the temple, Sutra-copying (1,000jpy per person/45 minutes) and/or Zen meditation (1,000jpy per person/45 minutes) are available. However, you can’t join either activities when the monks are busy conducting Buddhist services. The booking is required in advance.

③ Stroll around "Oshino Hakkai"
- Along with the lovely landscape you could enjoy the great view of Mt. Fuji during a walk.
- The highlight of the Oshino Hakkai walk is a visit to “Deguchi pond” which is a bit away from the center of Oshino Hakkai. In contrast to the bustling atmosphere around the central area, the pond would welcome you with peaceful and serene atmosphere.
*Approx. 80-minute walk

④ Have lunch at the Japanese-style restaurant serving Udon (Wheat noodles) and hand-made Soba (Buckwheat noodles)

⑤ Head for "Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen shrine" by bus
(Bus ride: 15 minutes One-way fare: 300jpy)
- The shrine with the history of over 1900 years used to be the gateway to Mt. Fuji pilgrimage.
- One of the highest wooden Torii gates in Japna lies in the precinct.
*Approx. 50-minute stay

⑥ Go back to Kawaguchiko Sta. by bus
(Bus ride: 15 minutes One-way fare: 300jpy)

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Kawaguchiko station
Ending Point Kawaguchiko station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

*Guide fee
*Experience of Matcha tea-making

What‘s not included

*Transportation expenses: 1,200jpy per person in total
*Lunch

Important

The expenses for the guide’s transportation and lunch are to be charged to you. Thank you for your understanding

*Suitable shoes for a wald (Sneakers are preferable.)
*Highway bus service between Tokyo (Shinjuku) and Kawaguchiko station is available.
・The booking for round-trip tickets is highly recommended as bus tickets for Tokyo are sold out quickly.
*Please note that Mt. Fuji won't be visible depending on the weather conditions.

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.

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Can I add more people to my booking?

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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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Jose Jose Mexico ( Couple )
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3 weeks ago

“ Awesome trip to Aokigahara! ”

Tomomi was great! Our trip to the Aokigahara Forest, Wind cave, and Ice cave was pure magic! She explained us a lot of details about those places who give us the necessary insight to fully understand the traditions and customs of the zone. Our trip consisted ona trip arround the caves arround the Jukai, then some hiking into the forrest and at the end we visited the Saiko Lake. She is a very kind person with lot of patiance to share all the knowledge that she has with the people arround her. Kudos to Tomomi!

Tomomi:

Thank you so much for your great review. It was a great pleasure for me to share part of your precious time with you, and I just felt happy that you guys chose Japan for your honeymoon. The cool and crisp air spread over the forest was so refreshing that we could recharge ourselves. Hope you will come visit the forest again in the season of fresh greenery which is the best time to explore there. Thank you very much for giving me a lot of happiness!

Hina Hina United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Beautiful day in Lake Kawaguchiko with extremely kind and gentle Tomomi ”

This is a review from our visit in late Nov. 2019. We were traveling with our 2 young kids (3&6 y/o). Even though the weather that day was not very cooperative, and we could not see Mt. Fuji but just having spent time with Tomomi was enough for us. She was very considerate and kind with us and our children. She is extremely honest and when we changed some timing of the tour to reduce time in cold with kids, she was very meticulous in making sure that we get out refund for that time. Thank you Tomomi. We highly recommend her to anyone visiting Mt. Fuji area.

Tomomi:

Thank you for your warm words which are really encouraging. I’m very pleased to have shown you around the Mt. Fuji area full of the beautiful autumn colors. It was a lot of fun my chatting with your little kids. They were so friendly and adorable that I miss them now. Hope your family photos with the colorful leaves in the background remind you of the memories you had during the tour. Thank you very much again for hiring me. You all were pleasures to be with!

Catherine Catherine United Kingdom ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Excellent guide, so nice and knowledgeable ”

Tomomi is just great. She’s not only perfectly knowledgable - she was born and raised in the region - but she is just the nicest person we ever met. Very flexible, very interesting, she’s a pleasure to be around. We were so happy to hire her, she took us to wonderful sites and we had the best day. Plus her English is perfect. Highly recommend her.

Tomomi:

Thank you for your great review! When I met you at the hotel lobby. I felt like we were close friends as we’d got to know well each other by exchanging the messages. The time we were together was short, but enough to have the deep understanding of mutual culture and way of thinking derived from the different backgrounds. I was quite impressed with your son’s enthusiasm to learn the things about Japan! Hope he’ll come back to Japan for the further learning. I’m just happy to have accompanied you as your guide on the perfect day to appreciate Mt. Fuji. Arigato-Gozaimashita!

Ryan Ryan United States ( Family )
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1 month ago

“ A Magical Day in Kawaguchiko ”

Tomomi-san is a wonderful guide! She is very knowledgeable about the area and went out of her way to make sure we got the most possible out of our day. 10/10 recommend. We will definitely hire her again if we revisit the area.

Tomomi:

Thank you for your great review, Ryan san! The day you took the tour was quite chilly, but the beautiful Mt. Fuji and the clear blue sky welcomed your visit which happens just during the winter. Some parts of the trails in the forest were icy and slippery. However, it seemed you all enjoyed a short hike in the serene atmosphere. There was nothing like piping hot noodles we had for lunch after a hike on the freezing day! I had fun sharing a lot of things with you and felt happy to help you learn various aspects of Japan through the tour. Hope the tour around Mt. Fuji is one of the unforgettable memories you would have in Japan!

Azmina Azmina Brunei Darussalam ( Friends )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Review of our tour with Tomomi ”

Tomomi is an excellent guide and was very informative throughout the tour. She explained things along the way, and answered our queries. We had a great conversation throughout the whole time, not just about the tour but about Japan and the culture. It was very informative getting to know Japan from a local and having a local insight and perceptions. Next time I go to Japan again I would love to go for another hike tour and would definitely get the service from her again. I highly recommend her! And the tour! It was a beautiful sight walking through the forest and checking out the wind cave and ice cave. One of the highlights of our visit to Japan for sure. Be sure to get this tour with Tomomi! Worth every penny.

Tomomi:

Thank you for your warm words. The day you took the tour was a perfect day to explore the forest and look over at the lovely scenery along the lakeshore. It seems you two enjoyed the peaceful and scene atmosphere along with the unique natural environment of the forest. It was quite interesting for me to exchange opinions on various things including the sensitive topics with you while hiking. Thanks to you, I learned a lot about your country and now feel much familiar with Brunei! Hope you come back to the Mt. Fuji area again to see another must-see!

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