Mt Fuji has long been known as the icon of Japan. Not only is it revered by the Japanese, but millions of visitors also travel to Japan every year to marvel at Mt Fuji’s beauty 😍 On our recent trip to Japan, we made a trip to Mt Fuji and Hakone and discovered so many gorgeous sights around the mountain which are worth visiting. With such a wealth of information online and so many transportation options, it might be overwhelming to plan your first trip to Mt Fuji and Hakone. So, here are 7 essential tips to help you plan your trip!
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1. Best time to visit
The best time to visit Mt Fuji would depend on the season as there are times where clouds and poor visibility would block your view of the mountain. Mt Fuji is generally more visible from autumn to winter (Nov – Feb) as opposed to the warmer months (Apr – Aug) due to the clean and cold air, and cooler seasons tend to have higher atmospheric visibility. September might also be a bad time to visit Mt Fuji due to typhoon season 😔
We recommend checking the weather forecast before you plan your trip! You wouldn’t want to plan a trip to Mt Fuji only to be disappointed by the poor visibility right? As for times of the day, the early mornings and late evenings are usually a better time to visit the mountain, so take note while planning your vacation.
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However, if you’re planning on climbing Mt Fuji, do take note of the official climbing season which is from July to mid-September, when trails and mountain facilities are open. This is also the time when there’s no snow and the weather is more bearable. But end-July to late August is your best bet, as weather conditions tend to be more stable 🤗
2. Must-visit sights around Mt Fuji
Other than just visiting Mt Fuji, it’ll be a waste not to explore the countless natural sights around the mountain. Some of these spots offer the best views of Mr Fuji. Besides the Mt Fuji area, the town of Hakone is also known for many picturesque spots. Here are some of our top picks!
Mt Fuji Area:
Mt Fuji 5th Station
The 5th station is the closest spot you can get to Mt Fuji without actually climbing it. While there are a total of 10 stations on the mountain, this is the highest station (2300 metres) that’s accessible by bus or car. We recommend visiting the Subaru Line 5th station for its scenic views. It’s also easily accessible via public transport and opens almost the whole year except when snow is blocking the road.
We made a stop at the Subaru 5th Station on our recent trip with Klook and we were greeted with an unobstructed view of Mt Fuji’s peak. It felt so surreal to be that close to the gorgeous mountain that you always see in photos and videos 😍
Fuji Five Lakes
A trip to Mt Fuji is incomplete without making a stop at one of the famous 5 lakes around the mountain – Kawaguchi, Motosu, Yamanaka, Shoji and Saiko. These lakes are at least 1000 metres above sea level and they make great spots for viewing Mt Fuji. The most famous and most accessible lake is Kawaguchi which is home to many resorts and restaurants.
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Another lake that’s highly worth a visit is Lake Motosu. The area around the lake doesn’t have many buildings or houses, and this is what makes it so special as you can enjoy the nature and view of Mt Fuji undisturbed. Here, there are plenty of activities for you to do such as camping, hiking, fishing and boating 🙆♂️
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Fun fact: Lake Motosu is the lake that’s printed behind the ¥1000 bill!
#HHWT Tip: Travel around the Fuji Five Lakes area conveniently by using the Mt Fuji Pass, which you can get on Klook! The pass gives you unlimited rides on the sightseeing buses and free entry to attractions around the lake.
This is one of the best places to admire the beauty of Mt Fuji from above. With the pagoda towering 5 storeys high and overlooking Mt Fuji and the city of Fujiyoshida, this makes for a perfect photo opportunity. In fact, it’s one of the iconic spots that’s been photographed multiple times 😍
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The view here changes with the seasons and it’s especially stunning during cherry blossom (mid-April) and autumn foliage season (first half of Nov), so do plan your visit accordingly!
Located more than an hour away from the Mt Fuji area, Lake Ashi in Hakone is one of the must-see sights for travellers. This caldera lake was formed after a volcanic eruption of Mt Hakone 3000 years ago! Now, the lake is home to numerous hot spring resorts and on a clear day, you can spot Mt Fuji in the background. However, due to clouds and poor visibility, this is often a rare occasion.
To fully take in the beauty of Lake Ashi, be sure to hop on a sightseeing cruise like we did! A cruise on the lake takes about 30 minutes and cost around ¥1000.
#HHWT Tip: If you get the Hakone Free Pass, you can hop on a sightseeing pirate cruise ship on Lake Ashi for free 😉
Around Lake Ashi, you’ll find another remarkable attraction, the Hakone Shrine. Hidden in a dense forest, the shrine is mostly known for its iconic torii gate which stands over Lake Ashi. You won’t want to miss getting a picture-perfect shot here!
Though there might be a queue to take a photo, trust us, the impressive view of torii gates, the lake and mountains behind, simply makes for a breathtaking backdrop!
Mt Komagatake Ropeway
Want a full view of Lake Ashi and Mt Fuji from the same spot? Then take a ride on the Mt Komagatake Ropeway. The foot of the mountain is located at Lake Ashi and the ride up to the top of the mountain takes only about 7 minutes. But this might just be the best 7 minutes of your life as the view from the ropeway is out of this world. Not to mention that there are no trees to block your view here too 😍
The best time to visit the mountain is on an early winter morning as that’s when the view of Lake Ashi and Mt Fuji is the best. We were at the mountain during sunset and the view was spectacular, although we couldn’t get a full view of Mt Fuji due to the clouds. But we could still admire Lake Ashi and the mountains beyond – definitely an unforgettable experience!
#HHWT Tip: Want to visit the Mt Fuji 5th Station, Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Ashi and Mt Komagatake all in one day? Sign up for the Mt Fuji and Hakone Day Tour on Klook which starts and ends in Tokyo. The tour will pick you up from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal in Tokyo and drop you off at Ginza. The tour also includes a lunch meal where you can enjoy a Muslim-friendly seafood or vegetarian meal. Do note that while this isn’t halal-certified, we’ve checked with the tour operators that they don’t use any alcohol in the sauces, so do dine at your own discretion. We recommend booking this tour as it’s perfect for travellers who are on a tight schedule but still want to see all the sights!
3. Transportation around Mt Fuji and Hakone
As there are many transportation options around Mt Fuji and Hakone, it might be a little overwhelming to decide which transport would suit you best. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these tips!😉
Getting to Mt Fuji and Fuji Five Lakes:
The two main transportation hubs in the Mt Fuji area are Kawaguchiko Station and Fujisan Station. Most buses and trains from Tokyo will make a stop at both stations. There are also buses from both stations to many attractions around the area.
By highway bus
Highway buses are often the fastest and cheapest way to get from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko Station. The most common route is from Shinjuku where you can take the Fujikyu or Keio Bus. The journey will take you less than 2 hours and cost about ¥1750. Most buses will make a stop at Fujisan Station and Fuji-Q Highland before ending at Kawaguchiko. There are also buses from other areas of Tokyo like Shibuya (Mark City), Tokyo Station and Ikebukuro.
Note: If you’ve purchased the JR Pass for your trip, do note that you can’t use it on the Mt Fuji buses!
You can also get to Mt Fuji by taking the JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku Station to Otsuki Station. There, you’d have to transfer to the Fujikyu Railway Line, which goes all the way to Kawaguchiko Station. The whole journey would take you about 2-2.5 hours and cost you around ¥2460 – ¥3640 depending on whether you choose to take the limited express train on the JR line. While the train journey might be longer than taking the bus, it offers you more flexibility as you’d be able to alight at any stop along the way to visit attractions like the Chureito Pagoda (Shimoyoshida Station). Plus, if you have the Mt Fuji Pass (covers Fujikyu railway) or SUICA Card, this option might also be great for you ☺️
As of March 2019, JR East has announced a limited express railway named the Fuji Kaiyu service! It can take you from JR Shinjuku Station to Kawaguchiko Station (the closest stop to Mount Fuji) within two hours! It’s pretty convenient for those who prefer not to switch trains between stops. You can read more from our news here.
Getting around Fuji Five Lakes and Mt Fuji 5th Station:
The best way to get around the Fuji Five Lakes area is by using their sightseeing Omni buses. There are 3 bus lines which start from Kawaguchiko Station. The Saiko sightseeing bus “Green Line” travels along the south shore of Kawaguchiko before going around Lake Saiko and the Aokigahara Forest. The Kawaguchiko sightseeing bus “Red Line” goes around the north and eastern part of Lake Kawaguchi while the Blue Line goes to Lake Shoji and Motosu. Check out the route map of the buses and timetables here.
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#HHWT Tip: Get the Mt Fuji Pass on Klook to travel conveniently around the Fuji Five Lakes area. With the pass, you’d get unlimited access on the Fujikyu Railway Line, Fujikyu buses and the sightseeing Omni Bus, without paying any additional fare. Plus, you’d also get free entry to other attractions in the region 😱
Getting to Mt Fuji 5th Station:
If you’re heading to Mt Fuji 5th Station, take a bus, which leaves every hour from Kawaguchiko Station. The journey takes around 50 minutes and costs ¥1540 for a one-way trip (¥2100 for round-trip). Heading to the 5th Station during climbing season (Jul-Sep)? Then you can expect more frequent buses and even direct highway buses from Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th Station.
Getting to Hakone:
The fastest and most convenient way of getting from Tokyo to Hakone is by taking the Odakyu Railway Line which will bring you from Shinjuku to Hakone-Yumoto Station. The journey takes about 2 hours (transfer at Odawara) and costs around ¥1190. If you’d like a faster option, you can get on the limited express “Romance Car” instead which would only take 75 minutes but cost ¥2280.
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Note: If you’re travelling by the JR line, the furthest you can travel to is Odawara Station, where you’d have to transfer to the Odakyu Railway to get to Hakone.
Alternatively, you can also get from Tokyo to the Lake Ashi area in Hakone by taking a direct highway bus from Shinjuku. The journey takes about 2 hours and costs ¥2000. There’s also a bus from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport which will make a stop at Yokohama before reaching Hakone. This costs ¥2000 and will take around 2.5 hours.
Getting around Hakone:
The best way of getting around Hakone is by using the Hakone Free Pass. This pass gives you 2 days (or more) of unlimited travel across 8 different transportation services including the Hakone Tozan trains, buses, cable car, ropeway and even the sightseeing pirate cruise ship on Lake Ashi. With the pass, you’d also be able to get discounts on selected facilities and attractions in Hakone 😊
The Hakone Free Pass also includes unlimited rides on the Hakone Ropeway, a popular mode of transportation for sightseeing in Hakone. The ropeway will bring you to famous sights like Lake Ashi.
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#HHWT Tip: Book this pass on Klook in advance and collect it at Shinjuku Station, so you can use it straight away for your trip to Hakone!
Guided day tours
If you’d like to squeeze in the best sights from both Mt Fuji and Hakone and prefer a hassle-free trip, we recommend booking a guided day tour of Mt Fuji and Hakone on Klook. The tour is perfect for travellers on a tight schedule and you’d get to visit popular sights like the Mt Fuji 5th Station, Lake Kawaguchiko, Lake Ashi and Mt Komagatake – all in just one day! With pick-up (Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal) and drop-off (Ginza) in Tokyo, the tour is really convenient. Not to mention that you’d be accompanied by an English-speaking guide who will share fun facts about Mt Fuji and Hakone with you 🤗
That’s our friendly tour guide, Anne, during our day trip to Mt Fuji and Hakone! She took the time to explain to us the map of Mt Fuji and Hakone, as well as the sights we’d be visiting on the tour.
Note: You can also opt for a Muslim-friendly seafood or vegetarian lunch meal on this tour. We’ve personally checked with the tour operators that no alcohol is used in the sauces but do dine at your own discretion!
Another guided day tour that’s worth going on Klook is the Tokyo Spectacular Mt. Fuji Day Bus Tour. This tour will bring you to Lake Kawaguchi, Oshino Hakkai (a village with 8 ponds of spring water from Mt Fuji), a ninja village and then up to the Mt Fuji 5th Station. Besides Mt Fuji, the most interesting part about this tour is visiting the ninja village where you’d be able to meet real ninjas and take photos with them! The tour pick-up and drop-off locations are at Shinjuku, so it’s really convenient too 👍
4. Halal Food
Finding halal food might be harder in Mt Fuji and Hakone area as compared to bigger cities like Tokyo and Osaka. But with more restaurants and resorts offering Muslim-friendly options, rest assured you can still enjoy scrumptious meals!
Mt Fuji Area – Kawaguchiko:
Alladin Indo Restaurant
Halal Indian food in Kawaguchiko? We kid you not! If you’re sightseeing in Kawaguchiko and need to have your lunch, head over to Alladin Indo Restaurant. With a mix of Indian dishes (from ¥1000) like Butter Chicken, Chicken Curry and Mutton Curry, you won’t even believe you’re in Japan! Have your curry with Naan (¥300) or Saffron Rice (¥250) and you’re in for a good meal 🤤
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Halal status: Halal-certified
Address: 288-1, Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko-machi Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi 401-0301
Opening hours: 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm daily
Contact No: +81 555-72-6755
Syariah Hotel Fujisan
If you intend to stay the night at Kawaguchiko, we recommend staying at Syariah Hotel Fujisan, a Muslim-friendly hotel which prepares meals for their guests too. Their dinner sets are priced from ¥1620 while their breakfast sets cost from ¥1080. Enjoy a Japanese full-course meal here where you’ll be treated to a local speciality – Hoto (flat udon noodles and vegetables in miso soup), grilled beef and tempura 😋
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Do note that you’ll have to reserve your meals at least 2 days in advance. Although this isn’t a walk-in restaurant, guests who aren’t staying over at the hotel can also purchase Muslim-friendly snacks and ready-made food at the front desk. Plus, there’s also a prayer room in the hotel, so you can do your prayers here at ease ☺️
Halal status: Halal meat available, kitchen and utensils used only for halal food
Address: 6713-1 Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsurugun, Yamanashi 401-0301
Reservations: Call +81 555-83-5588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re in the Hakone area, head up north to Kintokitei, a Muslim-friendly restaurant near the popular Gotemba Premium Outlet. The restaurant’s specialty is Kamameshi, a Japanese dish where rice, meat and vegetables are served in a small pot. Besides that, they also offer a halal Wagyu set (¥3500) for Muslim travellers to enjoy.
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As if the halal food items aren’t enticing enough, the best part about dining at Kintokitei is that you can admire the view of Mt Fuji while savouring your meal!
Note: Do note that you’d need to reserve your halal meal in advance before heading to the restaurant!
Halal status: Halal meat and seasoning available, alcohol served in establishment, prayer facilities in establishment
Address: 1-24-5, Ninoka, Gotemba-shi, Shizuoka 412-0025
Opening hours: 11am – 2pm (daily except 30-31 Dec, 1 Jan)
Reservations: Call +81 550-83-0881 or email email@example.com
Another Muslim-friendly restaurant in Hakone is Irorisaryo Hachiri located in the Hakone Yuryo hot spring resort. Here’s where you can enjoy “aburi”, a traditional Japanese cooking method where your food is grilled on top with a flame torch. Their Shichirin Aburi set is a must-try! It consists of dried red sea bream, deep-fried tofu baked and coated with miso and vegetables. You’d definitely be able to enjoy the freshness of the fish, which will be a treat to your taste buds 😋
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What’s interesting about the Hakone Yuryo resort is that you can rent a room with a private hot spring for just a day without staying over. From just ¥4000, you can unwind in the hot spring or use the room as a prayer space – perfect if you’re in Hakone on a day trip!
Halal status: Seafood options available
Address: 4 Tonosawa, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0315
Opening hours: 11am-9pm (weekdays), 11am-10pm (weekends)
Reservation: +81 460-85-8411
#HHWT Tip: Get to Hakone Yuryo Resort by taking the Odakyu Railway Line and alight at Tonosawa Station on the Hakone Tozan Line. By getting the Hakone Free Pass on Klook, you can get unlimited rides on the Hakone Tozan Line and other lines around Hakone too!
5. Budget tips
Save with Transport Passes
Travelling to Mt Fuji and Hakone might be a tad expensive but you won’t need to spend excessively if you get around using these transport passes!
Trust us, the Mt Fuji Pass is the only pass you’d need when travelling around the Fuji Five Lakes area. Whether you choose a 1, 2 or 3-day pass, you’ll get unlimited rides on the sightseeing Omni buses around the Mt Fuji area with the Mt. Fuji Pass. The pass also lets you get on the Fujikyu Railway and Fujikyu Bus with no extra charge. But that’s not all – with the pass, you’d be able to enter many exciting attractions like Mt Kachi-Kachi Ropeway, Fuji-Q Highland, Grinpa Amusement Park and Narusawa Ice Cave 😉
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If you’re travelling in Hakone, you won’t want to miss getting the Hakone Free Pass. The pass covers unlimited travels on 8 different types of transportation in Hakone and you can use it for 2 or 3 days. Not only will you get a round-trip on the Odakyu Railway from Shinjuku to Hakone-Yumoto Station, but you’d also be able to ride the Hakone Tozan Train, Hakone Tozan Bus, Hakone Ropeway and even a sightseeing cruise on Lake Ashi. Furthermore, you’d be able to get a discount at over 50 places (including hot spring resorts and souvenir shops) when you use the pass 🤗
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#HHWT Tip: To get a discount on the Hakone Free Pass, we recommend getting the pass on Klook as it’s slightly cheaper and you’d also get a peace of mind when you book it prior to your trip. You can redeem your pass from the Odakyu Sightseeing Service Centre in Shinjuku and you can even get it earlier than the date you selected in your booking.
Stock up on convenience store snacks
If you’re travelling around Mt Fuji and Hakone but find that it’s too expensive to indulge in a meal or you’re too far from the nearest halal restaurant, we recommend stocking up on Muslim-friendly snacks from convenience stores! One of the snacks that’s filling, and we really love is onigiri (Japanese rice ball). There are many types of onigiri and although they usually have a small label in English, the ingredients list is always in Japanese. An important thing to note is that not all seafood onigiri is halal as they might contain mirin, alcohol spray or emulsifiers 😔
But the plain and salmon onigiri from 7-11 and Family Mart do not contain alcohol or other animal-based products, so you might want to stock up on these! Here are other Muslim-friendly convenience store snacks you can buy:
- Soyjoy Bar – vegetarian energy bars which come in different flavours like strawberry, apple, raisin and more
- Bulgaria Meiji Yoghurt – Alcohol-free yoghurt using only plant-based ingredients and comes in different flavours as well
- Family Mart Strawberry Sandwich – no alcohol or animal-based product is used in this sandwich
- 7-11’s Urumochi Shokupan(うるもち食パン) or Sliced Bread – get this with Rising Strawberry and Orange Jam for a filling meal
#HHWT Tip: If you’re unsure of the ingredients of any snacks, use Google Translate’s camera feature to snap a photo of the ingredients and it’ll be automatically translated, so you’ll know what ingredients are in the product.
Disclaimer: Do note that these snacks are not halal-certified, but they don’t contain any alcohol or animal-related products, so do dine at your own discretion!
6. Things to do (other than seeing Mt Fuji)
Mt Fuji Area:
Skiing at Snow Town Yeti
Want to ski while admiring Mt Fuji? Head over to Snow Town Yeti, one of the only 2 ski resorts around Mt Fuji. This ski resort is special as it’s one of the first snow resorts in Japan to open in mid-October every season using manmade snow 😱
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With only two lifts and 4 runs, the resort is small but there’s a wide range of beginner to advanced courses. So, you don’t have to worry if it’s your first time! There’s also a snow play area for kids, sledding and beginner skiers, making it a family-friendly attraction 👍
Opening hours (mid-Oct to Apr): 9am – 10pm (weekdays), 8am – 10pm (weekends and PH), 3.30pm – 8am (all night skiing, refer to this calendar)
Full day tickets: ¥4000
Night tickets: ¥2500
Challenge yourself to the thrilling rides at Fuji-Q Highland. The amusement park is best known for its record-breaking roller coasters, so if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, this is the best place to go! Try all 4 of their famous coasters – Fujiyama, Takabisha, Do-donpa and Eejanaika. The most exciting coasters are Takabisha which has the record for steepest fall (121 degree freefall), and Eejanaika, one of the world’s only 2 “4th dimension coaster” where seats can rotate backward or forward 360 degrees in a controlled spin 😨
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However, if these rides are not for you, try the other rides like log flume, pirate ship and ferris wheel. If you’re here with kids, head over to Thomas Land, modelled after the Thomas train series!
#HHWT Tip: Pay less when you book your Fuji-Q tickets on Klook. The best part is, you can enter the park directly with a Klook voucher, so you can get to the rides straight away especially during peak periods. With the pass on Klook, you can also enjoy unlimited entries to the rides! The entrance fee for Fuji-Q Highland is also covered by the Mt Fuji Pass. Plus, you’ll also get a free entry to 1 attraction of your choice too.
Opening hours: 9am-5pm (until 6pm on weekends and holidays)
Directions: Take the Fujikyu Railway Line and alight at Fujikyu Highland station. Many highway buses also make a stop at Fuji-Q Highland. Fuji-Q is also served by the Omni buses on the Kawaguchiko Line.
If you’re up for some adventure and want to immerse yourself in the gorgeous nature of Mt Fuji, go camping at one of the many campsites around the mountain. Most of these campsites are well-equipped with water facilities, and most of them have access to convenience stores. The best part is, you’ll get a chance to wake up to a breathtaking view of Mt Fuji in the morning 😍
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One of the well-known campsites is Lake Tanukiko Camp Ground and that’s because of its commanding view of Mt Fuji in the background. You don’t need to reserve for this campsite and it costs around ¥2500 per night plus ¥200 charge per person. Other than camping here, you can also row a boat on the lake and go fishing. If you’re not staying for the night, perhaps Koan Camping Ground at Lake Motosu is a great option as you can just pick a spot along the lake and pitch your tent without any reservation.
7. Tips for families with kids
Research and layer up in cold weather
If you’re visiting Mt Fuji with kids, make sure you do plenty of research on the weather before your trip. As a rule of thumb, temperatures at Mt Fuji (especially the 5th Station) are lower than in surrounding areas or Tokyo, especially in autumn and winter. Never underestimate the temperature at Mt Fuji as it can be significantly lower! For instance, on our recent trip to Japan, the temperature in Tokyo was around 10-15 degrees but the temperature on Mt Fuji 5th Station was already 1 degree 😱
Do remember that while your kid needs to be warm, you’d also need to factor in their movements (if he/she is a toddler). Dress your kids in cotton shirts as the layers below their outerwear trap heat and you won’t want them to sweat unnecessarily. For outer jackets, make sure they aren’t too big for your kids too – do check that the cuffs around the ankles and wrists are tight enough to block the cold from creeping in. Don’t forget to put on the mittens and a warm hat too, as the head and fingers are usually more vulnerable to cold!
Use baby carriers instead of strollers
When visiting the places of attractions around the Mt Fuji area, we recommend using a baby carrier instead of a stroller as there will be a lot of travelling involved, so it’ll be a hassle to move your stroller around unless you’re travelling in a car. Furthermore, for places like Mt Fuji 5th Station, there are steep slopes and uneven grounds which makes it easier to carry your kid on a baby carrier. Not to mention that some attractions are popular with tourists, so you might have to jostle with the crowd in order to move your kids’ stroller.
#HHWT Tip: As travelling with kids might take more of your time, we recommend picking just one area (Mt Fuji or Hakone), so that you’ll have ample time to explore the sights. Get the Mt Fuji Pass or Hakone Free Pass on Klook to travel easily around the two regions.
Of course, while travelling with kids, it’s useful to plan some activities to keep them occupied. Here are 2 kid-friendly activities that we’d recommend:
a) Makaino Farm
Perched on a hillside with a stunning view of Mt Fuji, Makaino Farm is one place you won’t want to miss with your kids. Not only can they bask in the mountain’s beauty from afar, there’s also an area with sheep and cows and a petting zoo 😊
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Your toddlers can also enjoy the climbing and athletic area or go on a pony ride. If you’d like, you can also take a goat for a walk!
#HHWT Tip: There are 3 baby rooms within the farm and you can use the boiling water and microwave facilities in their restaurants to prepare meals for your kids.
Address: 1327-1 Utsuno, Fujinomiya 418-0104, Shizuoka Prefecture
Admission fee: ¥800 (Adults), ¥500 (Children)
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm, 9am – 5pm (1 Dec – 20 Mar), closed every Wed from 1 Dec – 20 Mar)
Directions: Take Fujikyu Bus or Fujikyu Shizuoka Bus (towards Fujisan Station) for 30 minutes from Fujinomiya Station and alight at Makaino Bokujo bus stop. The Fujikyu bus is covered by the Mt Fuji Pass.
b) Fuji Safari Park
Here’s another kid-friendly spot that’s sure to keep your kids energised – Fuji Safari Park! Located in the lush nature at the foot of Mt Fuji, around 900 animals roam free at this park. Take a Jungle Bus through the safari zone to witness lions, tigers and cheetahs in their natural habitat. The closest interaction you can get with these wild animals are through the wire-netted windows of the bus.
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Other than the Safari Zone, you can also head over to the Fureai Zone where you’ll get a chance to pet and feed kangaroos and wallabies. You can even try horse-riding! A day at the safari park will surely be a rewarding experience for your kids (and you!) ☺️
Address: Japan, 〒410-1231 Shizuoka Prefecture, Susono, Suyama, 字藤原2255−27
Admission Fee: ¥2700 (Adults), ¥1500 (Children)
Opening hours: 9am – 4.30pm (11 Mar – 31 Oct), 10am – 3.30pm (1 Nov – 10 Mar)
Directions: Take a train to JR Gotemba Station and transfer to the Fujikyu Bus to Fuji Safari Park. The Fujikyu bus is covered by the Mt Fuji Pass.
We hope these 7 tips will keep you covered on your trip to Mt Fuji and Hakone. From must-visit sights to exciting activities and halal food, there’s just so much to do in Mt Fuji and Hakone, whether you’re travelling with friends or family. With transport passes and day tours that you can get on Klook, planning your trip just got easier! So, if you’ve never thought of visiting Mt Fuji and Hakone, time to call your travel buddies and plan a trip you’d never forget 😊
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