Day trip visitors have the option to visit public bath houses as well as the baths of a few ryokan and hotels which open their baths to non-staying visitors during daytime. Below is a list of some of the better public baths and ryokan baths, which are open to daytime visitors:
Near Lake Kawaguchiko
Hours: 6:00-9:00, 10:00-22:00 (entry ends at 8:30 and 21:00 respectively) Closed: No closing days Admission: 700 yen (mornings), 1500 yen (weekdays), 1800 yen (weekends)
This new facility is run by and located next to Fuji Q Highland. Its baths are a modern take on traditional wooden bathhouses with both indoor and outdoor baths for each gender. Unfortunately the baths do not face Mount Fuji, but there is a good view of the mountain from the restaurant.
Daytime Hours: 13:00 to 20:00 Closed: No closing days Daytime Admission: 1200 yen
This aging hotel is the only one of the ryokan and hotels along Lake Kawaguchiko's northeastern shore which opens its baths to non-staying guests during the day. Its gender separated bathing facilities have seen better days, but the views of Mount Fuji are quite nice.
Kaiun no Yu
Daytime Hours: Inquire with the operator Closed: No closing days Daytime Admission: 1000 yen for 2 hours
Kaiun no Yu is part of the Royal Hotel Kawaguchiko along the lake's southern shore. The baths are open to non staying guests, however, they are rather average and do not have views of Mount Fuji.
Near Lake Saiko
Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 Closed: No closing days Admission: 1300 yen (weekdays), 1500 yen (weekends and holidays)
Yurari is a modern, beautifully designed public hot spring facility with a variety of gender segregated indoor and outdoor baths. The baths on the second floor have nice views of Mount Fuji. Private baths with views of the mountain are also available (60 minutes, 2000 yen).
Near Lake Yamanakako
Benifuji no Yu•
Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 (from 6:00 weekends and holidays from Dec to Feb) Admission until 20:30 Closed: No closing days Admission: 800 yen
Benifuji no Yu, while unassuming from the outside, offers its bathers some of the best views of Mount Fuji among the public baths in the area. Each side of the gender segregated facility has multiple indoor baths and two large, roof covered outdoor baths surrounded by trees and gardens.
Ishiwari no Yu
Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 (admission until 20:30) Closed: Thursdays (except during busy holiday seasons) Admission: 800 yen
Ishiwari no Yu is the sister bath of Benifuji no Yu and stands on the opposite side of Lake Yamanakako. The baths are built in a similar, albeit more compact style, however Ishiwari no Yu's location does not offer views of Mount Fuji.
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Getting there and around
Fujiyama Onsen is located just to the south of the Fuji Q Highland amusement park and can be accessed by the Omni Bus Red Line (Kawaguchiko Line) from Kawaguchiko Station.
The Omni Bus Red Line (Kawaguchiko Line) connects Kawaguchiko Station and the Asakawa Onsengai bus stop (20 minutes), just a few steps away from the hotel. You could also walk there from Kawaguchiko Station in about 30-40 minutes.
The Omni Bus Red Line (Kawaguchiko Line) connects Kawaguchiko Station and the Kubota Itchiku Bijutsukan bus stop (25 minutes) from where it is a ten minute walk uphill past the Kubota Itchiku Museum to the bath house.
Kaiun no Yu
Omni buses along the red and green lines operate between Kawaguchiko Station and the Kawaguchiko Herbkan bus stop (15 minutes) just a few steps away from the Royal Hotel Kawaguchiko where the baths are located.
The Omni Bus Blue Line stops near Yurari (25 minutes from Kawaguchiko). Alternatively, regular buses from Kawaguchiko Station bound for Shin-Fuji, Shimobe Onsen and Motosuko stop near Yurari. Get off at the Fuji Midorino Kyukamura bus stop (15 minutes, 520 yen from Kawaguchiko, one bus every hour), from where the bath house can be reached in a short walk off the main road.
Benifuji no Yu
Benifuji is located a few hundred meters west of the western tip of Lake Yamanakako, a short walk off the main road. Fujikko buses from Fujisan Station stop right in front of the bath house, while other buses stop at the Hananomiyako-Koen bus stop along the main road, a five minute walk away. Highway buses from Tokyo serve only the Hotel Mount Fuji Iriguchi bus stop, a 15 minute walk away.
Ishiwari no Yu
Ishiwari no Yu is located one kilometer east of Hirano at the eastern tip of Lake Yamanakako. Hirano can be reached by Fujikko Bus and regular buses from Fujisan Station (30 minutes, 810 yen one way by regular bus) and by highway buses directly from Tokyo. The bath house is a 15 minute walk from the Hirano bus stop.