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The Kachi Kachi Ropeway ascends 400 meters from the eastern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko to an observation deck near the peak of Mount Tenjo. From the observation deck, which sits more than 1000 meters above sea level, there are panoramic views of the lake below and of Mount Fuji.

While most visitors take a round trip on the ropeway, there is also a hiking trail from the observation deck down the forested mountain slope which takes about 30 minutes to descend. A different trail leads from the observation point 300 meters uphill to a small shrine at the summit of Mount Tenjo, from there the trail continues on to Mount Mitsutoge, a popular day hike with good views of Mount Fuji.

Mount Tenjo is the setting of Dazai Osamu's folk story "Kachi Kachi Yama", for which the ropeway is named, in which a rabbit gets revenge on a thieving tanuki (Japanese raccoon) by setting him on fire and drowning him in a river. Cute cartoon characters of the animals decorate the ropeway cars and observation point and are surprisingly kid friendly considering their gruesome background.

Access

Retro buses along the Kawaguchiko Line operate between Kawaguchiko Station and the ropeway station (15 minutes). Get off at the Yuransen Ropeway Iriguchi bus stop. Alternatively, it is also possible to walk from Kawaguchiko Station to the ropeway station in about 15-20 minutes.

How to get to and around the Fuji Five Lakes

Bus Network Map:

Hours & Fees

Hours

9:00 to 17:10 (March through November)
9:30 to 16:40 (December through February)
Departures every five to ten minutes

Closed

No closing days

Admission

800 yen (roundtrip), 450 yen (one way)

Hotels around Fuji Five Lakes

Recommended Hotels
Highland Resort Hotel and Spa
Official hotel of the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park at the base of Mount Fuji.
Book:
Agoda Japanican Booking
K's House Mount Fuji
Affordable backpackers hostel on the southern side of Lake Kawaguchiko.
Book:
Hostelworld Agoda Booking
Kawaguchiko Station Inn
Conveniently located, inexpensive hotel across the street from Kawaguchiko Station.
Book:
Hostelworld Agoda Japanican Booking
Kozantei Ubuya
Luxury ryokan along the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko.
Book:
Agoda Japanican Booking
Kukuna
Stylish luxury ryokan on the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko.
Book:
Agoda Japanican

Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: February 14, 2017