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Among the four 5th stations on Mount Fuji, the Subashiri 5th Station (須走五合目, Subashiri Gogōme) on the eastern side of the mountain is the second easiest to access by public transportation from Tokyo after the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station. Buses serve the station daily during the climbing season from mid July until mid September, and run on weekends and national holidays from May through October (no off-season service in 2023 so far).

Like the Gotemba 5th Station, the Subashiri 5th Station is far less developed than the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station, consisting of only a parking lot, toilets and two small shops and restaurants. Coin lockers are not available. The 5th station is reached by a winding road through Mount Fuji's forests, which gets closed to private vehicles during the peak of the climbing season (July 14 to August 27, September 1-3 and September 8-10, 2023) when there are shuttle buses between a parking lot at the base of the mountain and the 5th station. The road also gets closed during winter, usually from late November to late April.

The first section of the Subashiri Trail is below the treeline and leads through forest. The trail is not as crowded as other routes up the mountain until it joins up with the Yoshida Trail around the 8th station, from where it can get very crowded on busy days. The ascent from the Subashiri 5th Station takes about 5-8 hours and the descent about 3-5 hours. Note that with an altitude of 1950 meters above sea level, the Subashiri 5th Station is a few hundred meters lower than the Fuji Subaru Line and Fujinomiya 5th stations.

Besides the trail to the summit of Mount Fuji, the Subashiri 5th Station offers an alternate, much shorter hiking trail to a small peak called Kofuji ("Little Fuji"). Kofuji is a 1979 meter high secondary peak that formed on the side of Mount Fuji sometime before recorded history. It can be reached in a 20 minute walk from the 5th station along a nature trail through the forest.

Getting there and around

By bus from Gotemba Station

Before the pandemic, buses operated between Gotemba Station and the Subashiri 5th Station daily during the climbing season and on weekends and holidays during the off-season from mid May through October; however, in 2023 the buses seem to be running only during the climbing season. The ride takes about 60 minutes and costs 1570 yen one way, while round trip tickets are available for 2700 yen.
Bus Timetable (climbing season)
Bus Timetable (off-season)

How to get from Tokyo to Gotemba

Take the JR Tokaido Line from Tokyo to Kozu (75 minutes, frequent departures) and change to the JR Gotemba Line to Gotemba (50 minutes, 1-2 trains per hour). The entire journey costs 1980 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

Alternatively, take the Odakyu Railway from Shinjuku to Shin-Matsuda Station (80 minutes, 800 yen by express train, frequent departures), walk to JR Matsuda Station and take the JR Gotemba Line to Gotemba (30 minutes, 510 yen, 1-2 trains per hour). The Japan Rail Pass is valid on trains between Matsuda and Gotemba, but not between Shinjuku and Shin-Matsuda.

Additionally, there are a few "Mount Fuji" limited express trains, which operate directly between Shinjuku and Gotemba Station. The one way trip takes about 100 minutes and costs around 3000 yen. Japan Rail Pass holders will have to pay a supplement for this train as it partially runs on non-JR tracks.

How to get from Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya to Gotemba

Take a Hikari train along the JR Tokaido Shinkansen to Mishima Station and backtrack one stop to Numazu Station along the JR Tokaido Main Line. There change to the JR Gotemba Line to Gotemba Station. The trip is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass. Note that only one out of four Hikari trains stops at Mishima Station.

By bus from Shin-Matsuda Station

2022 situation - During most of the climbing season, 2-4 buses per day run from Shin-Matsuda Station (80 minutes, 780 yen from Shinjuku by Odakyu Railways) to the Subashiri 5th Station. The one way trip takes about 90 minutes and costs 2100 yen. A round trip ticket is available for 3400 yen.

By car

The windy, toll-free road to the Subashiri 5th Station is closed to private vehicles during the peak of the climbing season (July 14 to August 27, September 1-3 and September 8-10, 2023) and during winter, typically from late November to late April. During the rest of the year, the 5th station can be reached by car.

Hotels around Mount Fuji

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    • Ururun Kawaguchiko
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      A 7-minute walk from Lake Kawaguchi, the 2-person cottages at Ururun have a quaint European charm and offer a spa bath with Mount Fuji views. Sleeping arrangements are Japanese-style, with futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor. Parking is free. Each cottage has a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and a living area with a sofa, a TV and a DVD player. Each cottage comes with a spa bath with Mount Fuji views. Free Wi-Fi is available. Kawaguchiko Train Station is a 15-minute drive or a taxi ride and Fuji-Q Highland amusement park is a 15-minute drive away. Kawaguchi Asama shrine is a 10-minute walk from the property, and Nishikawa Bus Stop is a 3-minute walk. In warm weather, guests can unwind out on the patio. BBQ cost (4 person; 2500 Yen, 5 person ;3000Yen,6 person 3500 Yen )
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    • Kawaguchiko Cottage Minami
      Budget-friendly
      Offering free WiFi and a garden, Kawaguchiko Cottage Minami is located in Fujikawaguchiko. Lake Kawaguchi is 300 metres from the property. Free private parking is available on site. All units feature a dining area and a seating area with a flat-screen TV. There is also a kitchen, equipped with an oven. A microwave, a toaster and fridge are also available. Towels are provided. Mount Fuji is 18 km from Kawaguchiko Cottage Minami.
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    • Private Hotel Rei
      Mid-range
      Boasting mountain views, Private Hotel Rei features accommodation with terrace, around 7.1 km from Lake Kawaguchi. Each accommodation at the 3-star ryokan has lake views, and guests can enjoy access to free bikes and to a garden. The ryokan offers rooms with air conditioning, free private parking and free WiFi. All units come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with slippers, walk-in shower, hot tub and bidet. A fridge and kettle are also offered. At the ryokan, units are equipped with bed linen and towels. The ryokan is located in a geothermal area, with a number of hot springs nearby for guests to relax in. Fuji-Q Highland is 10 km from the ryokan, while Mount Fuji is 31 km from the property. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 123 km from Private Hotel Rei.
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    • Fufu Kawaguchiko
      Luxury
      Set in Fujikawaguchiko, 4.8 km from Lake Kawaguchi, Fufu Kawaguchiko offers accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, room service and a 24-hour front desk, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can use the sauna and the hot spring bath, or enjoy mountain views. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a private bathroom with a bidet. Fufu Kawaguchiko features certain units with lake views, and rooms include a patio. At the accommodation all rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests at Fufu Kawaguchiko will be able to enjoy activities in and around Fujikawaguchiko, like cycling. Fuji-Q Highland is 7.1 km from the hotel, while Mount Fuji is 28 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 124 km from Fufu Kawaguchiko.
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    • 富士ファブリック ステイ
      Mid-range
      Boasting air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony, 富士ファブリック ステイ is situated in Fujikawaguchiko. This property offers access to a terrace, free private parking and free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is set 3.1 km from Fuji-Q Highland. The holiday home features 2 bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and a toaster, and 1 bathroom with a bath and slippers. Towels and bed linen are available in the holiday home. The accommodation offers a fireplace. Lake Kawaguchi is 5.1 km from the holiday home, while Mount Fuji is 22 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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    • Hotel Asafuji
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      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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    • HOSTEL MICHIKUSA-YA
      Mid-range
      Set in Fujikawaguchiko, less than 1 km from Lake Kawaguchi, HOSTEL MICHIKUSA-YA offers accommodation with a garden, free private parking and a shared lounge. This 3-star hostel offers a shared kitchen and free shuttle service. The property is non-smoking and is located 4.6 km from Fuji-Q Highland. Featuring a shared bathroom with a bidet and a hairdryer, rooms at the hostel also have free WiFi, while selected rooms here will provide you with a mountain view. Mount Fuji is 25 km from HOSTEL MICHIKUSA-YA, while Fujiomuro Sengen Shrine is 700 metres away. The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, 121 km from the accommodation.
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    • Guesthouse Honobono
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      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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    • 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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    • Villa Ensoleille
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring a view of Mount Fuji, Villa Ensoleille offers cosy holiday homes located in Fujikawaguchiko. Boasting seasonal flowers, each building is designed with Southern France architecture in mind. Barbecue facilities are available at an additional charge. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. The individual cottages or maisonettes are all fitted with air conditioning, heated flooring and a fully equipped kitchen. Kitchen appliances include a fridge, a microwave and IH cooking stoves. Other in-room facilities include a flat-screen TV and a heater. A hot tub is provided in the private bathroom. The Ensoleille Villa provides drinks vending machines. Free parking is available on site. The property is just a 3-minute walk from Lake Kawaguchi. Kawaguchiko Train Station is a 12-minute drive away, and free pick-up shuttles are available if booked in advance.
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