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The Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station (富士スバルライン五合目, Fuji Subaru Line Gogōme, also known as Yoshidaguchi 5th Station or Kawaguchiko 5th Station) lies at approximately the halfway point of the Yoshida Trail, which leads from Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine at the mountain's base to the summit of Mount Fuji.

It is the most popular of the four 5th stations on Mount Fuji and the best developed and easiest to access by public transportation from Tokyo. The Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station is accessible almost year round, snow conditions permitting, and is a popular sightseeing spot even outside of the climbing season.

The station is reached by the Fuji Subaru Line, a scenic toll road up Mount Fuji's lower northern slopes, that begins in Fujikawaguchiko Town. The toll road costs 2100 yen and may temporarily get partially closed in winter in times of heavy snow. Furthermore, the road is closed to private vehicles during the majority of the climbing season (July 15 to August 31, 2022), during which shuttle buses operate between designated parking lots at the base of the mountain and the 5th station.

The Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station provides parking lots, coin lockers and a few restaurants and shops, as it is the last chance for departing climbers to stock up on supplies at reasonable prices before they head out. Items such as hiking sticks, snacks, bottles of water and oxygen may be purchased here, although they are also available along the trail, albeit at prices that increase as you climb higher.

At 2300 meters above sea level, the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station offers a commanding view of the Fuji Five Lakes area below, making it a popular spot even for those who are not intent on climbing the mountain. An observation point with unobstructed views of Fujiyoshida City and Lake Yamanaka can be found at Komitake Shrine behind the shops.

The Yoshida Trail is the most popular trail to the summit, and some sections can get very congested during the climbing season, especially above the 8th station. On the positive side, there are a lot of mountain huts along the trail and separate uphill and downhill tracks. The trail also has good views of the sunrise for those who do not make it to the summit in time. The ascent via the Yoshida Trail takes roughly 5-7 hours, and the return journey about 3-5 hours.

Besides the trail to the summit, there is the Ochudo Trail, which might be of interest to day-trip and off-season visitors who cannot hike to the summit but still wish to do some walking around the mountain. Rather than up the mountain, the Ochudo Trail leads around the mountain at about the same elevation. A five kilometer section of the trail can be walked from the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station westwards. It also provides a connection to some of the more remote parking lots.

Getting there and around

The Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station is the only 5th station with daily bus service during most of the year (except when the road gets closed due to snow).

By bus from Kawaguchiko Station

The one way trip takes 50 minutes and costs 1570 yen. A round trip ticket is available for 2300 yen. In the usual year, there are 1-2 buses per hour during the climbing season in July and August and hourly buses in the off-season; however, in 2022 the number of buses has been slightly reduced during the climbing season (hourly buses) and during the off-season (3 buses/day). Seat reservations are not possible.
How to get to Kawaguchiko Station
Bus Timetable (climbing season)
Bus Timetable (off-season)

By bus from Shinjuku Station

Direct highway buses travel between the Busta Shinjuku bus terminal in Tokyo and the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station from spring to autumn. In the usual year, there are two round trips per day during the off-season and hourly buses during the climbing season from July to September; however, in 2022 there is no off-season service. The one way ride takes about 150 minutes and costs 2950 yen. Seat reservations are required.
Bus Timetable (climbing season)
Bus Timetable (off-season)

By taxi or rental car

Another option is to take a taxi to the 5th station. A regular sized taxi takes about 50 minutes and costs about 14,000 yen one way from Kawaguchiko Station (including the fee for the toll road). Rental cars are available from outlets around Kawaguchiko Station, but note that the Subaru Line Toll Road (2100 yen) to the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station is closed to private vehicles during most of the climbing season (July 15 to August 31, 2022). Fully electric vehicles and taxis are unaffected by this road closure.

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Hotels around Mount Fuji

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    • 富士ファブリック ステイ
      Mid-range
      富士ファブリック ステイ, a property with a terrace, is situated in Fujikawaguchiko, 3.1 km from Fuji-Q Highland, 5.1 km from Lake Kawaguchi, as well as 22 km from Mount Fuji. This property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi. The air-conditioned holiday home consists of 2 bedrooms, a kitchen with dining area, and 1 bathroom with shower. Towels and bed linen are available. Lake Kawaguchi Ohashi Bridge is 4.2 km from the holiday home, while Mount Kachi Kachi Ropeway is 4.7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, 127 km from 富士ファブリック ステイ.
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    • HOSTEL MICHIKUSA-YA
      Mid-range
      Set in Fujikawaguchiko, less than 1 km from Lake Kawaguchi, HOSTEL MICHIKUSA-YA offers accommodation with a shared lounge, free private parking and a garden. The property is located 4.6 km from Fuji-Q Highland, 25 km from Mount Fuji and 700 metres from Fujiomuro Sengen Shrine. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen and luggage storage space for guests. With a shared bathroom equipped with a bidet and slippers, rooms at the hostel also have free WiFi, while selected rooms here will provide you with a lake view. The area is popular for cycling, and bike hire is available at HOSTEL MICHIKUSA-YA. Lake Kawaguchi Ohashi Bridge is 1.6 km from the accommodation, while Mount Kachi Kachi Ropeway is 2.8 km away. The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, 126 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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    • 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. Mount Kachi Kachi Ropeway is 1.8 km from the hostel and Lake Kawaguchi Ohashi Bridge is 2.8 km away. Guest rooms include bed linen. Lake Kawaguchi is 3.7 km from the hostel, while Mount Fuji is 22 km away. The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, 127 km from Fuji Guest House Ao.
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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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    • Fujikawaguchiko Onsen Konanso
      Luxury
      Featuring great views of Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi, Konanso boasts natural hot spring baths and large Japanese-style rooms with traditional tatami (woven-straw) flooring. It is only a 2-minute walk from a ferry stop, where guests can board sightseeing cruises. Free WiFi is offered in all areas. Konanso offers indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, a private-use bath (charges apply), and a foot bath on the rooftop. Relaxing massage services can be arranged. Other facilities include karaoke rooms, a game centre and a lounge bar. A souvenir shop can be found on the ground floor. Guest rooms at Konanso are fitted with futon bedding, a seating area and a flat-screen TV. A Fridge and an electric kettle are also provided. Guests can try on Yukata robes or enjoy free green tea in their room. Some rooms feature an open-air hot spring bath. The property is a 10-minute drive from Kawaguchiko Train Station. A free pick-up service from the station is available upon request. Mount Fuji 5th Station for climbing is a 1-hour bus ride from Kawaguchiko Station. Popular Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park is a 5-minute drive away, while Gotemba Outlet Shopping Mall can be reached within a 40-minute drive. Seasonal Japanese multi-course meals are served either in a private dining room or in the guestroom. Breakfast can be enjoyed at the dining room.
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    • Villas Fuji
      Budget-friendly
      Villas Fuji features mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking, set in Fujikawaguchiko, 2.3 km from Fuji-Q Highland. All units here are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, a living room with a sofa, a well-equipped kitchen with a dining area, and a private bathroom with bidet, slippers and a hairdryer. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also provided, as well as a kettle. A garden and a terrace are featured at the villa. Lake Kawaguchi is 4.2 km from Villas Fuji, while Mount Fuji is 22 km away. The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, 126 km from the accommodation.
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