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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Chubu - Mount Fuji - Yamanashi - Fuji Five Lakes
Kachi Kachi Ropeway
# 9   of 18 most visited sights
in Fuji Five Lakes

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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.

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How to get there

Retro buses along the Kawaguchiko Line operate twice per hour between Kawaguchiko Station and the ropeway station (15 minutes). Get off at the Yuransen Ropeway Iriguchi bus stop. A 2-day pass for the Kawaguchiko Line is available for 1030 yen, while a 2-day pass for all retro buses costs 1340 yen.

It is also possible to walk from Kawaguchiko Station to the ropeway station in about 15-20 minutes.

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Hours and Fees
Hours:9:00 to 17:00 (March through November)
9:30 to 16:40 (December through February)
Departures every five to ten minutes
Closed:No closing days
Admission:720 yen (roundtrip), 410 yen (one way)

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