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Trace the footsteps of the pilgrims of Mt. Fuji

by Tomomi
(18) Reviews
5:30h $ 116

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
115.70 USD

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2 ~ 4 people 115.70 USD 53.40 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

* 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.

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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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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 ( 18 )
Eric Eric United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 day ago

“ Lovely guide around the Aokigahara Forest ”

She shown me around the three caves, Wind cave, Ice cave and the Saiko Bat cave and afterwards we walked through the Aokigahara Forest for the rest of the tour. Never have I had this much fun hanging around someone in a long, long time. She is super friendly, great personality, and lot of fun to be around. I almost couldn't walk away when the time was over. It was truly a pleasure to have to have you as my guide!

Babu Babu Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
2 days ago

“ Mt Fuji Day trip ”

We had Tomomi-san as our guide for the day for the Mt Fuji area recently and had a wonderful trip there. At the outset, we were impressed with her prompt and thoughtful responses to our queries, starting with her detailed explanations of the various train options to get there from Tokyo. We are also appreciative of her careful planning of activities to suit our interests and time available, and flexibility in adjusting the schedule to the changing weather conditions on the day. As an experienced nature guide, her knowledge of the Aokigahara forest on top of the hardened lava was so informative, and the hike in the forest, with some fantastic views of one of the lakes, was special. We also enjoyed the place where we had lunch, with gracious hosts, good food and views of Mt Fuji. ... read more

Tomomi:

Thank you so much for your great review. Unfortunately Mt. Fuji was a bit shy and hid behind the clouds during the tour. I felt sorry that you could hardly see Mt. Fuji. However, what makes me happy is your expression about the tour written in your review since it says you two had a great time around the Mt. Fuji area even without her. I’m pleased to have been exposed to the wonderful natural environment with you, having talked about some current issues with you. I really appreciate your kindness and consideration during the tour. The Mt. Fuji area is worth visiting throughout the seasons. Looking forward to seeing you again!

Kristy Kristy United Kingdom ( Friends )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ A first class personal guide who we would recommend to anyone! ”

We hadnt used a personal guide before and didnt really know what to expect. Tomomi was fantastic from the first time we spoke with her online via the message system. She provided us with all the info we needed regarding travel to the meeting location (from Tokyo to the Sea of Trees) right down to various options for trains, busses etc including timings that worked best and why we needed to book in advance. Tomomi met us right off the bus and instantly gave us a big smile and started telling us about our 4 hour trip. it covered all we wanted to see and more which was great. Tomomi is obviously very knowledgeable and passionate about the area she lives, but is also passionate about sharing knowledge, so *******ted a lot about the wider aspects of Japan culture, history and experiences as ... read more

Tomomi:

Your review and the warm words that gave me will definitely be a great motivation for me to keep trying my best as the local guide. I really appreciate your message. I’m pleased that you enjoyed exploring the beautiful forest and the magnificent view of Mt. Fuji at the lakeside. I had a lot of fun chatting and sharing some interesting topics with you throughout the tour. I was envious of you as you two are really good friends and have traveled a lot together. I wish I could have such a close friendship with someone as you guys do. I learned a lot about your country and some British English words. The best thing about my doing this job is that I can get to know the people from different backgrounds. Thanks to your kindness and friendly manner, I could express my thoughts without hesitati... read more

Stacy Stacy United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Best Guide Ever! ”

We enlisted Tomomi for our one day tour of Mt. Fuji. Tomomi was helpful with ALL of my questions prior to booking. She appeased my concerns about us traveling from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji without a guide. She was able to tell me specifically the final cost of the entire day and helped in choosing the best itinerary. We chose the "nature" tour and it was the best decision. She met all of us (5) adults at the bus station and update the itinerary based on the weather. She even reached out a couple days before to tell us what to wear for our trip, due to the upcoming weather. She was very knowledgeable, her English is excellent and most of all, she made us feel at ease. We did the Ropeway at Mt. Fuji, took pictures, did a boat tour, we went through a bat cave and walked the forest, toured a local vi... read more

Tomomi:

Thank you for your great review! It was a great joy for me to show you around the Mt. Fuji area and to see you having fun at each place we visited. You all were very friendly and considerate to me throughout the tour, so it was YOU All who made me feel at ease. I felt like we had known each other for years. The great success in your private tour was actually attributed to you! I really appreciated it. I’m a bit jealous of you as you all are so close to each other. Thank you so much for having let me join your family. I really had a wonderful time with you. Hope you come visit the Mt. Fuji area again!

CHRISTOPHER CHRISTOPHER United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Tour Review with Tomomi ”

We hired Tomomi as our tour guide for the Lake Kawaguchiko area for one day. During the preparation she provided lots of excellent recommendations of places to visit and things to do in the area. With her help we were able to narrow down our itinerary to places we were interested in that we could visit during a span of a one day tour. Tomomi is an excellent guide and she showed a lot of passion in her work in how she described the history of the places we visited and also how dearly she cared for the areas we were visiting. It also helps that she is a nature guide and also lives in the area so we can feel very much how excited she was to be sharing her home area with us. Tomomi has a very heart-warming personality and we got along great with her. We truly enjoyed her company, her gui... read more

Tomomi:

Thank you so much for giving me such a good review and lots of warm words. I also had a lot of fun chatting and sharing the wonderful time with you. You are the lucky ones who could see Mt. Fuji around this time of the year because she is usually quite shy. I bet she really wanted to be a part of your memories you had in Japan! I was just happy to see you take lots of selfies with Mt. Fuji. You guys are such a lovely couple! As you were very friendly and kind to me, I felt really close to you during the tour. The pleasant time I spent with you passed by so quickly that I wished I could have been with you guys longer.. Thank you again for joining the tour. Mt. Fuji and myself will welcome your visit again!