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How to travel between the Fuji Five Lakes and Tokyo

By bus from Shinjuku Station

Fujikyu and Keio Bus operate about two direct buses per hour between the Shinjuku Bus Terminal in Tokyo and Kawaguchiko Station in the Fuji Five Lakes region. The one way journey takes just under two hours and costs 2000 yen. Most buses stop at Fujisan Station and Fuji Q Highland before arriving at Kawaguchiko Station and many of them continue on to Lake Yamanakako (just over two hours, 2300 yen one way from Shinjuku). The Japan Rail Pass is not valid on these buses.

By bus from Tokyo Station

Fujikyu and JR Kanto Bus operate one to two direct buses per hour between Tokyo Station (Yaesu South Exit) and Kawaguchiko Station in the Fuji Five Lakes region. The one way trip takes about two hours and costs 2000 yen. Online reservations can be made through Willer and Japan Bus Online. The Japan Rail Pass is not valid on these buses.

By bus from Shibuya Station

Fujikyu operates approximately one bus every two hours between Shibuya (Mark City), Fuji Q Highland, Kawaguchiko Station and Fujisan Station. The one way journey takes 2 to 2.5 hours and costs 2000 yen. Online reservations can be made through Willer. The Japan Rail Pass is not valid on these buses.

By train

Take the JR Chuo Line from Tokyo's Shinjuku Station to Otsuki Station (70 minutes, 2360 yen one way by direct limited express train or 100 minutes, 1340 yen by local trains with usually one transfer along the way). From Otsuki, take the Fujikyu Railway Line to Kawaguchiko Station (55 minutes, 1170 yen one way).

There are also a few direct limited express trains per day between Shinjuku and Kawaguchiko in each direction (about 2 hours, around 4000 yen one way, seat reservations are mandatory).

The JR Tokyo Wide Pass covers the entire journey between Tokyo and Kawaguchiko (except panorama seats on limited express trains); however, the Japan Rail Pass and other JR passes are not valid between Otsuki and Kawaguchiko. A supplement fee of 1170 yen (1770 yen for limited express trains) has to be paid for that section.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

The two major transportation hubs in the Fuji Five Lake region are Kawaguchiko Station and nearby Fujisan Station (formerly known as Fujiyoshida Station), both located along the Fujikyu Railway Line. From these two stations, buses depart into all directions, providing access to the five lakes and other attractions.

Bus Network Map:

The Omni buses are generally the easiest way for tourists to get around. There are three lines starting from Kawaguchiko Station: the red Kawaguchiko Line (buses every 20 minutes) runs along the eastern and northern shores of Lake Kawaguchiko while the green Saiko Line (hourly) runs along the southern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko and around Lake Saiko. The blue Narusawa Shojiko Motosuko Line (every 2-4 hours) serves Lake Shojiko and Lake Motosuko. A pass for unlimited use of all three lines on two consecutive calendar days costs 1500 yen.

For transportation between Kawaguchiko, Fujiyoshida, Oshino Village and around Lake Yamanakako the Fujikko Bus can be useful, with buses running every hour. A 2-day pass for unlimited use of the Fujikko bus on two consecutive calendar days costs 1500 yen.

Another tourist bus is the Mount Fuji World Heritage Loop Bus (currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic), which departs Kawaguchiko Station every 90 minutes and makes stops at multiple sites of interest including near the Chureito Pagoda and at Oshino Village before looping back to Kawaguchiko Station. A 2-day pass for unlimited use of the the World Heritage Loop Bus on two consecutive calendar days costs 1050 yen.

Apart from the above-mentioned tourist buses, there is a network of regular buses, which can be useful for access to the more remote Lake Shojiko and Motosuko, as well as in the direction of Oshino, Lake Yamanakako and Gotemba. Another bus line of interest connects Kawaguchiko Station with the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station halfway up Mount Fuji.

A rental car can also be a convenient way to get around, especially if visiting places outside of central Kawaguchiko. A few rental car outlets can be found near Kawaguchiko Station. Similarly, a rental bicycle can be an attractive way to get around, although some roads in the region are rather busy and distances between the lakes are considerable.

Passes and Tickets

Several passes are available for the Fuji Five Lake area, which can provide savings and comfort:

  • Fuji Hakone Pass (9340 yen)
    The Fuji Hakone Pass is a pass for foreign tourists, which provides transportation within the Fuji Five Lakes region and the neighboring Hakone area in addition to a one-way trip between Tokyo and Hakone.
  • Fujigoko Enjoy Ticket (5100 yen)
    This ticket combines a round trip by highway bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko or Yamanakako (regular cost: at least 3500 yen) with a 2-day pass for either the omni buses or the Fujikko bus (regular cost: 1500 yen). It also qualifies for discounts on selected tourist attractions. It is valid for up to seven days. The ticket can be purchased at the bus terminal in Shinjuku.
  • Fuji Q Highland Plans
    There are various discount travel plans available for a visit to the Fuji Q Highland amusement park. The plans combine access by bus with park passports and in some cases accommodation.
  • Fujisan Fujigoko Passport
    This ticket provides unlimited use of Fujikyu buses around the Fuji Five Lakes, including the omni buses and the Fujikko bus on two consecutive calendar days. The pass is sold at the Fujikyu ticket counters at Kawaguchiko Station, Fujisan Station, Mishima Station, Fujinomiya Station, Gotemba Station and the Asashigaoka/Yamanakako bus stop. Two versions are available: one that also includes the entire Fujikyu Railway Line (3600 yen) and one that includes Fujikyu trains only between Kawaguchiko and Shimoyoshida Station (2600 yen). The following map shows the pass' coverage area:

Hotels around Fuji Five Lakes

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    • 富士ファブリック ステイ
      Mid-range
      Set in Fujikawaguchiko, 5.1 km from Lake Kawaguchi, 22 km from Mount Fuji and 4.2 km from Lake Kawaguchi Ohashi Bridge, 富士ファブリック ステイ offers accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi. Situated 3.1 km from Fuji-Q Highland, the property features a terrace and free private parking. Offering 2 bedrooms, this air-conditioned holiday home features 1 bathroom with a shower, a bath and free toiletries. The holiday home also includes a well-equipped kitchen with a fridge, a microwave and a stovetop, as well as a hairdryer. Mount Kachi Kachi Ropeway is 4.7 km from the holiday home, while Fujiomuro Sengen Shrine is 4.7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, 121 km from 富士ファブリック ステイ.
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    • Private Hotel Rei
      Mid-range
      Set in Fujikawaguchiko, 7.1 km from Lake Kawaguchi, Private Hotel Rei offers accommodation with free bikes, free private parking, a garden and a terrace. The 3-star ryokan has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is situated 10 km from Fuji-Q Highland. All guest rooms at the ryokan come with a seating area and a flat-screen TV. At Private Hotel Rei all rooms include bed linen and towels. The accommodation offers an American or Asian breakfast. Mount Fuji is 31 km from Private Hotel Rei, while Kawaguchi Asama Shrine is 5.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 123 km from the ryokan.
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    • HOSTEL MICHIKUSA-YA
      Mid-range
      Set in Fujikawaguchiko, within less than 1 km of Lake Kawaguchi and 4.6 km of Fuji-Q Highland, HOSTEL MICHIKUSA-YA offers accommodation with a shared lounge and as well as free private parking for guests who drive. With a garden, the 3-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen, free shuttle service and luggage storage for guests. The area is popular for cycling, and bike hire is available at this 3-star hostel. Mount Fuji is 25 km from the hostel, while Fujiomuro Sengen Shrine is 700 metres away. The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, 121 km from HOSTEL MICHIKUSA-YA.
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    • Umeya Annex
      Budget-friendly
      Umeya Annex is a Japanese private home run by an oshi, or a religious teacher that guides and assists visitors on pilgrimages. The property is located next to the oshi's home that was built in 1776 and the only one existing in Kawaguchiko. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. All units are air conditioned and have a flat-screen TV. A microwave and fridge are also provided, as well as a kettle. There is a shared bathroom with a shower in every unit. The Arakura Sengen Shrine and the iconic five storied Chureito pagoda are around 5 km away from the property. The location offers stunning views of Mt Fuji in combination with the pagoda, where guests can also enjoy gazing at cherry blossoms during the spring season. The property is located in Fujikawaguchiko, 2.4 km from Lake Kawaguchi. Mount Fuji is 19 km from the property.
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    • Guesthouse Honobono
      Budget-friendly
      Renovated in September 2018, Guesthouseほのぼの offers an accommodation with free WiFi in Fujikawaguchiko, 1.3 km from Lake Kawaguchi. Free private parking is available on site on a first-come, first-serve basis as well as prior reservation. Free shuttle service is available upon prior request from the property to Kawaguchiko Station. There is a shared kitchen and lounge at the property. Guests can make some coffee and tea free of charge. You will find a bath made from hinoki cypress, and underfloor heating is provided in the bathroom. Bath amenities including towels, toiletries and toothbrushes are available at the front desk for a fee. Mount Fuji is 16 km from Guesthouseほのぼの, while Shimobe Hot Spring is 26 km away.
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    • Mizno Hotel
      Mid-range
      Offering beautiful Mount Fuji views from its hot-spring baths, guest rooms and hot tub, Mizno Hotel is a 5-minute drive from Kawaguchiko Train Station. Located on a hilltop and overlooking Lake Kawaguchi, the hotel serves Japanese cuisine with an advance reservation. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. Guests at Mizno Hotel can sleep in Western-style beds, or experience traditional futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor in one of the Japanese-style rooms. All rooms are air-conditioned and have an LCD TV and Yukata robes. The shore of Lake Kawaguchi is a 2-minute walk. Fuji-Q Highland amusement park and Fuji-Omuro Sengen Shrine are less than a 15-minute drive from the hotel. On-site parking is free, and free pick-up from Kawaguchiko Station is offered from 15:00-18:00. Mount Fuji 5th Station for climbing is a 1-hour bus ride from Kawaguchiko Station. Relaxation options include a sauna and massages. The hotel has English-speaking and French-speaking staff. A nightcap can be enjoyed at the bar.
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    • Hotel Asafuji
      Mid-range
      Boasting views of Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi for all rooms and hot-spring baths, Hotel Asafuji provides air-conditioned Japanese-style rooms with a green tea set. Free WiFi available throughout the hotel and free on-site parking is available. Free pick-up service is available from Kawaguchiko Station upon request. The air-conditioned rooms at Hotel Asafuji have Shoji paper screens and a low table with floor chairs and cushions. Each room includes a fridge, private toilet, and guests bathe at the hot-spring baths. Japanese-style futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor is provided. Yukata robes are offered for guests. Massages are available, and the reception can store luggage. The public hot-spring baths are open from 06:00-09:30 and from 15:00-23:30 daily. A Japanese set breakfast and kaiseki multi-course dinner are available at the on-site restaurant for an extra fee with an advance reservation. Kawaguchiko Station is a 10-minute drive, while Kawaguchiko Ropeway and Lake Kawaguchi's boat dock is a 3-minute drive away from the hotel. Kawaguchiko Music Forest and Kawaguchiko Museum Of Art is a 7-minute drive. Oishi Parkand is a 10-minute drive away, while Fuji-Q Highland amusement park is a 15-minute drive away.
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    • JINYA Fujikawaguchiko
      Mid-range
      Just a 5-minute walk from Kawaguchiko Station, JINYA Fujikawaguchiko is located in Fujikawaguchiko. Free WiFi, private parking, a washing and drying machine are provided. All units in the hotel are equipped with a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave and an electric kettle. Guest rooms feature air conditioning, a private bathroom and a toilet. Bed linen, towels and a hairdryer are provided. Selected rooms feature a dining table and a sofa. Mount Fuji is 16 km away from the hotel, while Mount Fuji 5th Station is a 65-minute bus ride away.
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    • Fuji Guest House Ao
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Fujikawaguchiko, 1.7 km from Fuji-Q Highland, Fuji Guest House Ao provides accommodation with a shared lounge, private parking and a terrace. Featuring free bikes, the 1-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The property is non-smoking and is set 3.7 km from Lake Kawaguchi. Guest rooms include bed linen. Mount Fuji is 22 km from the hostel, while Mount Kachi Kachi Ropeway is 1.8 km away. The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, 122 km from Fuji Guest House Ao.
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    • Fuji Onsenji Yumedono
      Luxury
      Luxurious ryokan Fuji Onsenji Yumedono is located just 500 metres from Lake Kawaguchiko. It features traditional Japanese cuisine served in the dining area, suites with in-room hot springs and a garden. This hotel is just a 5-minute drive from Kawaguchiko Train Station. Nagasaki Park and Oishi Park are both a 10-minute taxi ride away and offer magnificent views of Mount Fuji. Karaoke facilities are available a 5-minute walk away. Featuring a private outdoor hot-spring bath (onsen), the well-appointed suites come with a flat-screen cable TV and DVD player. A bathtub and hairdryer can be found in the private bathroom. Massages can be requested for an extra cost. Served at the dining area, Japanese breakfast and a multi-course dinner of local specialties are served to guests with a meal plan.
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