The Fujinomiya 5th Station (富士宮五合目, Fujinōmiya Gogōme) is the second most popular and second most developed of the four 5th stations on Mount Fuji. It is the easiest to access by public transportation from western Japan and is served by direct buses from Shin-Fuji and Mishima stations along the JR Tokaido Shinkansen.
The windy road to the 5th station, called the Fujisan Skyline, used to be a toll road, but it is now free to use. However, the road is closed to private vehicles during the entirety of the official climbing season (July 10 to September 10) when shuttle buses instead operate to a designated parking lot further down the mountain and train stations. The road is also closed during winter from late November to late April.
Besides a lot of parking spaces, the Fujinomiya 5th Station offers a shop, restaurant and toilets. As with the shops found at the other 5th stations, this is the last chance for climbers to get food, water, oxygen and other supplies at reasonable prices before the costs skyrocket at higher elevations.
At 2400 meters above sea level, the Fujinomiya 5th Station is the highest of the 5th stations, and the Fujinomiya Trail is the shortest route up Mount Fuji. The ascent takes 4-7 hours, while the descent takes 2-6 hours. There are about half a dozen mountain huts along the way. The Fujinomiya Trail is the only route that is not split into separate ascending and descending trails, which can result in congestions on busy days during the climbing season. Note also that the trail does not offer views of the sunrise before reaching the summit.
Besides the trail to the summit, Fujinomiya 5th Station offers a shorter hiking trail to Hoeizan, a nearby secondary peak with a crater on the southeastern slope of Mount Fuji. Hoeizan was formed in 1707 and 1708 during the Hoei Era of the Edo Period, when Mount Fuji last erupted.
The trail to Hoeizan branches off the Fujinomiya Trail at the 6th station, and it takes about 30 minutes to reach the crater rim from where nice views of Hoeizan's crater and peak can be enjoyed. Hikers can then return to the 5th station via a circular route or continue for another 30-60 minutes through the crater and up to the peak of Hoeizan on the crater's opposite side.
From its 2693 meter high peak, Hoeizan offers an unobstructed, panoramic view down to the Pacific Ocean and as far away as Tokyo on a clear day. The return trip down into the crater includes a short "sand run" similar to the Osunabashiri of the Gotemba Trail and is considerably faster than the ascent.
In the regular year, buses to the Fujinomiya 5th Station depart from Shin-Fuji Station daily during the climbing season and on weekends from late April through October, and from Mishima Station during July and August; however, in 2022 there is no bus service during the off-season. Shin-Fuji and Mishima Stations are located along the JR Tokaido Shinkansen, which connects Tokyo with Osaka.
By bus from Shin-Fuji Station
Buses operate between Shin-Fuji Station and the Fujinomiya 5th Station, making a stop at Fujinomiya Station along the way. From Shin-Fuji Station, the one way trip to the 5th station takes two and a half hours and costs 2420 yen, while a round trip ticket is available for 3400 yen. Shin-Fuji Station is served only by Kodama trains along the Tokaido Shinkansen.
Bus Timetable (climbing season)
Bus Timetable (off-season)
By bus from Mishima Station
During most of the climbing season there are a few direct buses between Mishima Station and the Fujinomiya 5th Station. The one way trip takes around two hours and costs 2500 yen., while a round trip ticket costs 3400 yen. There are no bus connections during the off-season. Mishima Station is served by all Kodama trains and one out of four Hikari trains along the Tokaido Shinkansen.
The windy, toll-free road to the Fujinomiya 5th Station is closed to private vehicles during the climbing season (July 10 to September 10) and during winter, typically from late November to late April. During the rest of the year, the 5th station can be reached by car.
富士ファブリック ステイ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.View on Booking.com
Private Hotel ReiSet 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.View on Booking.com
HOSTEL MICHIKUSA-YASet 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.View on Booking.com
Umeya AnnexUmeya 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.View on Booking.com
Guesthouse HonobonoRenovated 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.View on Booking.com
Mizno HotelOffering 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.View on Booking.com
Hotel AsafujiBoasting 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.View on Booking.com
JINYA FujikawaguchikoJust 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.View on Booking.com
Fuji Guest House AoLocated 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.View on Booking.com
Fuji Onsenji YumedonoLuxurious 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.View on Booking.com