Caves

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Entrance to the Bat Cave
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Mount Fuji's past eruptions and resulting lava flows have created multiple caves in the Fuji Five Lake region around the mountain's northern base. Today, three of these caves have been developed and opened to tourists to be explored without special equipment or guides. Take caution, however, as some of the caves have passages with low ceilings and steep steps that can be slippery when wet.

Bat Cave
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: December 1 to March 19
Admission: 300 yen
The Bat Cave, named after its former winter inhabitants, is the most extensive of the three caves. In total the cave is nearly 350 meters long and has multiple large chambers and diverging tunnels to be explored. Some of the tunnels come with rather low ceilings.

Ice Cave
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (shorter hours in winter; longer hours in summer)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 290 yen
Even during the summer, the temperature in the Ice Cave usually stays below freezing. Consequently the cave has been used since the early 1900s to store ice for use around the year. The circular walk through this cave is not very long, but contains passages with low ceilings and slippery stairs.

Wind Cave
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (shorter hours in winter; longer hours in summer)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 290 yen
In the past, this cave was used as a natural storehouse and refrigerator, as the temperature inside stays at a relatively constant zero degrees Celsius throughout the year. The cave is furnished with a few shelves that store boxes of acorns and silkworm cocoons. It is the most easily walkable and least exciting of the three caves.

Get There and Around

Retro buses along the Saiko Line operate between Kawaguchiko Station and the caves. For the Bat Cave get off at Saiko-Komoriana (35 minutes) in front of the cave. For the Wind and Ice Caves get off at Fugaku-Fuketsu (50 minutes) from where the Wind Cave can be reached in a few steps and the Ice Cave in a 15 minute walk eastwards along the main road.

Alternatively, the Ice Cave and Wind Cave can be accessed considerably faster by regular buses from Kawaguchiko Station in the direction of Lake Motosuko and Shin-Fuji Station. For the Ice Cave get off at Hyoketsu and for the Wind Cave at Fuketsu bus stops. The one way ride takes about 15 minutes and costs around 650 yen one way. There are departures every one or two hours.

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Last updated: April 16, 2014
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