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Trace the footsteps of the pilgrims of Mt. Fuji

by Tomomi
(26) Reviews
5:30h $ 121

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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Adults
Children ( 6 to 11 years old )
Infant
120.90 USD

People Adults Children Infant
2 ~ 4 people 120.90 USD 55.80 USD 0 USD
* Children ( 6 to 11 years old )
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

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

*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.

What‘s included
Guide fee, Transportation (Taxi fare: About 6,000jpy) 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 4 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 ( 26 )
Sara Sara United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 week 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!

Hang Hang Viet Nam ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Excellent trip to Mount Fuji ”

Our family had a great day with Tomomi San in Mount Fuji area. All of our communication and discussion about our family trip to Mount Fuji went on quite smoothly via email with Tomomi San before the trip actually started. Tomomi San gave me very useful advice on which express bus to take as well as best starting time for our tour. She was so kindly to arrange the itinerary in a way to make our teenage kids feel interesting. Unfortunately, we missed our first bus in Tokyo and arrived in Kawaguchiko bus stop later than our plan, but Tomomi San was so kind to rearrange the schedule, buy the sightseeing bus tickets in advance and do everything to make sure we get the best our of the day though we arrive late. The trip to Bat Cave as well as the short trekking in the "Sea of Tree" Forrest was w... read more

Tomomi:

Thank you very much for such a great review, Hang-san. Though the tour got shorter than scheduled, I had a precious time with you and your family. Two of your daughters were so adorable and friendly that I enjoyed chatting with them. I felt like they were my daughter’s close friends. I also felt really close to you through the chatting we had.The topics we talked about were various, but all were worth sharing. Thank your again for hiring me as your guide. What you saw and experienced are only a part of the Mt. Fuji area, so hope you come back there again for other must-sees!

ilene Ilene United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Kawaguchiko Tour with expert guide ”

Tomomi was amazing. From all the work getting the exact itinerary that was the right length, getting us bus tickets, arranging a gluten free meal for my daughter and a birthday celebration for my husband, she gave excellent service before the tour even began. In addition, her certification as a naturalist made the hike even more meaningful. I highly recommend her.

Tomomi:

Thank you very much for your great review, Ilene-san. It was a great joy for me to celebrate your husband’s birthday with your family at the lunch break. Mt. Fuji is always shy around this time of the year. However, she showed us her beautiful appearance almost all the time during the tour. She also seemed to celebrate his birthday! The time we spent toghther was short, but I really had a wonderful time with you all. Hope the day-trip around the Mt. Fuji area will be an unforgettable memory of your trip in Japan!

Blair Blair United States
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Superb guide who is knowledgeable and friendly ”

Tomomi is a superb guide who is extremely knowledgeable. Over the course of several hours, she introduced me to Aokigahara, pointing out many interesting and important things about this remarkable forest that I never would have noticed myself. Tomomi is a local and nature lover, and it quickly became apparent that share cares a lot about the Fuji Five Lakes region and is passionate about sharing it with visitors. She knows the Aokigahara trails very well, which is valuable given that in a few places, the trail can become a little difficult to follow. I really appreciated that she showed me features of the area that aren't heavily promoted to tourists even though they are arguably more interesting than some of the popular tourist spots. Beyond her experience and knowledge, Tomomi is ... read more

Tomomi:

Thank you so much for your wonderful review, Blair-san. It was a perfect day to hike through the beautiful forest brimming with greenery. The rain we had on the previous day made the deep green of the mosses and the fresh foliage stood out. I was just happy to see you enjoyed hiking fully even without Mt. Fuji. The Aokigahara forest is the most recommended place to visit among the tourist attractions around the Mt. Fuji area. Hope you had a great time exploring the forest filled with natural beauty spreads on the foot of Mt. Fuji and learned about various aspects of Mt. Fuji through the tour. Please come visit there again in the different season!

Wilson Wilson Singapore ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Aokigahara trail ”

Tomomi is an excellent guide. Detailed, considerate and very knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip!

Tomomi:

Thank very much you for your review, Wilson-san. The day you took the tour was quite hot. It was really nice to stroll through the forest on such a hot day since the dense foliage in the forest blocked glaring sunlight. What made me happy was that you two seemed to have enjoyed hiking and impressed with the distinctive scenery spread in the forest. I’m just happy to have shared such lovely time with you. I really appreciate that you hired me as your guide.