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Trace the footsteps of the pilgrims of Mt. Fuji

by Tomomi
(9) Reviews
5:30h $ 114

Highlights

  • 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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Children ( 6 to 11 years old )
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114.40 USD

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3 people 114.40 USD 52.80 USD 0 USD
4 people 114.40 USD 52.80 USD 0 USD
5 people 114.40 USD 52.80 USD 0 USD
* Children ( 6 to 11 years old )
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Overview

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.    

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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Highlights

  • 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!

Important

* 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.

What‘s included
Guide fee, Transportation and admission fees
What‘s not included
Lunch
Meeting Point
Mt. Fuji station
Ending Point
Mt. Fuji station
Duration
5:30 hours
Starting time
09:30 AM
Number of people
up to 5 people

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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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 9 )
Kiki( Kyoko) Kiki( United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Excellent ”

Tomomi san was so sweet and an excellent tour guide. She also helped me to plan the tour in the limited time. My husband and stepson were very pleased with her knowledge. I would have her again and again when I come back to Mt. Fuji area. I know my stepson will have her for sure in the near future.

Tomomi:

Thank you so much for your great review. It was a perfect day to enjoy the breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji at all places we visited! Mt. Fuji from the Fifth Station was just magnificent. The beautiful conical shape of Mt. Fuji from Lake Kawaguchiko was stunning and delighted our eyes. I’m very happy that you all seemed satisfied with a day-trip around the Mt. Fuji area. Thanks to the friendly atmosphere you all created, I had a lot of fun chatting with you with laugher! I really appreciate your consideration for me. Hope Ryan will come back to the Mt. Fuji area for Mt. Fuji-climbing!

Hung Hung Viet Nam ( Friends )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Excellent trip ”

Tomomi is a great guide with passion and good knowledge. She is very helpful, her English is very good. If you really want to experience something special beyond just sightseeing, then Tomomi is a perfect choice. I would highly recommend Tomomi as a guide. Thanks Tomomi, i did have a fantastic trip.

Tomomi:

Hi Hung-san! Thank you so much for giving me such a great review. I’m very happy that you all had a lot of fun experiencing what you wanted to do on the foot of Mt. Fuji. Lots of photos of the beautiful autumn leaves you took will remind you of the wonderful memories you had there. Next time you come to the Mt. Fuji area, the spring is definitely recommended! You can take a bunch of photos with cherry blossoms and Mt. Fuji in the background. Thank you again for having me as your guide. The time I shared with you all was so precious and fulfilling that I won’t forget it!

Jade Jade Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Fun and informative!! ”

Tomomi-san was a great guide! The tour she gave us was as interesting and informative, and her English was very good. Highly recommended.

Tomomi:

Thank you very much for your great review. I’m pleased that you enjoyed exploring the beautiful forest and the stunning view of Mt. Fuji at the lakeside. I had a lot of fun spending some time with you as you guys were so friendly and cheerful. I felt like we were long-time friends. Hope you’ll come back to the Mt. Fuji area to discover something interesting and fascinating other than Mt. Fuji!

Sheila Sheila United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Tomomi is your guide to an informative, fun time! ”

Tomomi was terrific from the moment my family and I stepped off the bus! There was an accident in route and so we were late on arrival but Tomomi shuffled things around and we were still able to do all that we wanted. She is excellent as a tour guide! She is extremely knowledgeable and her English is perfect! I wouldn't hesitate to book her again! We have made a lifelong friend! Aloha! Sheila Nagaji-Santos

Tomomi:

Thank you for your great review. It will definitely encourage me to make more efforts to become a better guide until next time I see you! You all were so kind and friendly that I really enjoyed guiding you around the Kawaguchiko area. The time we spent together was quite short. However, it was precious and brought me a lot of pleasure. The wonderful photos you sent me will always remind me of the great memories of the trip I had with you. Hope I come to your place sometime very soon in the future. I’m also happy to have made lifelong friends!

Sarah Sarah Germany ( Solo )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Aokigahara with Tomomi ”

When people hear "aokigahara" most of them think of a spooky, dangerous place. Tomomiさん showed me the beauty of the forest, it's unique nature. In advanced we talked about what I was interested in and she modified the trip she normally does, so it fitted right into what I wanted to do/see. Tomomiさん explained everything from interest and could answer the questions I had sovereign. It was very interesting listening to her and to learn about the area. I had a lot of fun and I hope I can have a tour with Tomomiさん when I come back to Japan with my family. Thank you very much for the awesome time, Tomomi さん!

Tomomi:

Thank you so much for your great review, Sarahさん!It was a great pleasure for me to show you around the Aokigahara area and meet your satisfaction. I really had a wonderful time sharing what we are interested in during the tour. Your deep insight into nature and all living things was quite impressive. The four-hour hike just went so fast because I had so much fun with you. Hope you’ll come back to Japan with your family and enjoy rich nature on the foot of Mt. Fuji. Sarahさん, your Japanese was excellent. Please keep it up!