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Trace the footsteps of the pilgrims of Mt. Fuji


Mount Fuji
5:30 hours
up to 4 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
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Mt. Fuji is known worldwide as a mountain brimming with natural beauty. Besides this, Mt. Fuji is also a sacred mountain that has been revered and admired since ancient times. It is the symbolic object of nature worship which has taken root in Japan.This tour gives you a great opportunity to feel the essence of Mt. Fuji worship by tracing the footsteps of its pilgrims.    

Itinerary

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  • Funatsu Lava Tree Molds – A sacred place for the pilgrims of Mt. Fuji worship
  • Former House of the Togawa Family – The former accommodation for the pilgrims of Mt. Fuji worship
  • Kitaguhi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine – The gateway to a worship-ascent to Mt. Fuji
  • A local specialty; Yoshida Udon Noodles – Their firm but chewy texture may surprise you!

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What to Expect

Mt. Fuji worship - Its origin dates back to the ancient times when Mt. Fuji erupted furiously. People at that time did believe that fierce eruptions were caused by the anger of the deity of Mt. Fuji. Since then, Mt. Fuji has been worshipped as a sacred mountain.
This tour features three key places deeply linked to Mt. Fuji worship.

1) Funatsu Lava Tree Molds – This spot used to be a sacred place for Mt. Fuji pilgrims. The lava tunnels resemble the interior of a human body. The deepest part, especially, looks like a “Mother womb”. Mt. Fuji Pilgrims, having entered there, wished for a symbolic rebirth.
You enter the lava tree molds and stroll through the woods nearby. The forest is quite distinctive in that it has grown on the lava-covered ground. It would be a great opportunity for you to be exposed to beautiful nature created by Mt. Fuji.

2) Former House of the Togawa Family (Museum featuring Mt. Fuji worship) – This lodging has a history of 250 years and used to offer accommodations to Mt. Fuji pilgrims. The owner, who also worked as a Shinto priest, preached the teachings of Mt. Fuji worship to pilgrims who came there.

3) Kitaguhi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine – This shrine was regarded as one of the most important bases of Mt. Fuji worship. Pilgrims visited it to purify themselves and pray for their safe pilgrimage to Mt. Fuji.

【Itinerary】
① Meet at Mt. Fuji station and take a taxi for Funatsu Lava Tree Molds
*Taxi fare is included in the tour charge. (Approximately 20-minute ride)
② Visit “Funatsu Lava Tree Molds” (The entrance fee is included in the tour charge.)
*Enter Funatsu Lava Tree Molds which are a complex of lava caves.
You might experience a symbolic rebirth there as Mt. Fuji Pilgrims did in those days.
*Enjoy strolling in the nearby forest for half an hour.
③ Wander around the Oshi district after going back to Mt. Fuji station by taxi
*There used to be 86 lodgings for Mt. Fuji Pilgrims. The Oshi district with the remains of old lodgings would remind you of the time      when it was home to Mt. Fuji worship.
④ Visit “Former House of the Togawa Family” (The entrance fee is included in the tour charge.)
⑤ Have lunch (Yosida Udon noodles)
*Yosida Udon noodles are famous for their firm and chewy texture. They are worth trying!
⑥ Visit “Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine”
⑦ Walk back to Mt. Fuji station

*You walk between Mt. Fuji Station and Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine. Former House of the Togawa Family and the Japanese restaurant are located on the way.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:30 AM
Meeting Point Mt. Fuji station (Fujisan station)
Ending Point Mt. Fuji station (Fujisan station)

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, Transportation (Taxi fare: About 6,000jpy) and admission fees

What‘s not included

Lunch

Important

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

* As some parts of the lava tree molds are narrow and rough, those who have Claustrophobia should not enter. People with their back or knees problems will not be able to enter the deepest part called “Mother's womb”.
* Wear comfortable shoes for a walk. Sneakers would be preferable especially for a forest hike and a cave-exploring.
* Highway bus connecting Tokyo (Shinjuku) and Mt. Fuji Station is available. A booking for a round-trip ticket is highly recommended in advance as the evening bus services from Mt. Fuji Station to Tokyo are always busy.

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.

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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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Jeric Jeric Australia ( Friends )
Excellent
2 days ago

“ Aokigahara, off the beaten path - The Tomomi tour experience! ”

To all those curious about booking this tour, Tomomi is a beautiful soul with genuine love for the Fuji/Kawaguchiko area. She was very flexible with our situation and very accommodating. There is not a bad bone in her body and she worked very hard to make us all welcome and inspired by the beautiful nature and energy of Aokigahara. We were able to see/smell/feel the forest and visit sights off the beaten path, thanks to her knowledge. We are all so grateful for this experience. Tomomi is well versed in ALL things Fuji/Aokigahara/Kawaguchiko related. She speaks very natural English, which only added to our experience walking through Aokigahara and visiting the Saiko Bat Cave to obtain our 'drops of wisdom'. This unforgettable day will absolutely become one of the great highlights... read more

Kichi Kichi Japan ( Business )
Excellent
1 month 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
2 months 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
3 months 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 )
Excellent
3 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

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