Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Experience the ancient pilgrimage to the summit of Mt. Fuji

During the Edo Period (1603-1867), followers of the Fuijiko faith would embark on a pilgrimage from Edo (modern-day Tokyo) to the top of Mt. Fuji on foot. The trail is still very popular today.

Don't Miss

  • Stay overnight on Mt. Fuji and then climb to the top to see the sunrise
  • Reserve proper trekking gear from La Mont, which has a shop in Kawaguchiko, to be delivered to you at the Yoshida Trail 5th Stations
  • During the climbing season at night, look at the northeast side of Mt. Fuji and you will see thousands of climbers' lights twinkling like a glow worm

How to Get There

Mt. Fuji is located in southeastern Yamanashi near the border of Shizuoka, accessible by JR train or bus from Shinjuku Station.

Take an express train on the JR Chuo Line, and change at JR Otsuki Station for the privately-run Fuji Kyuko Line (JR Rail Pass not accepted). Alternatively, you can take a bus to Kawaguchiko Station from JR Shin-Fuji Station (2 hours and 15 minutes) or JR Mishima Station (1.5 hours), which are both on the JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line.

Mt. Fuji Station (Fujisan Station) is the closest station to the Yoshida Trail. Once you arrive at either Mt. Fuji Station (Fujisan Station) or Kawaguchiko Station, you can get a bus to Mt. Fuji 5th Station. You can also get to Mt. Fuji 5th Station via bus from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal in just under 2.5 hours. The bus journey to Kawaguchiko Station takes almost 2 hours.

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine

The historic entrance to Mt. Fuji, located at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine, is a must see for those who plan to climb the sacred volcano. Proceed slowly along the approach to the shrine in order to study the sublime moss-covered stone lanterns lining your way. The enormous gate (Fujisan Ootorii) marks your departure from this world and your arrival in the world of the sacred.

Thousand-year-old trees surrounding the shrine

Pay particular attention to the massive Japanese cedars that surround the shrine. These thousand-year-old trees stand as a testament to the ancient practice of venerating Mt. Fuji. Taro is the name of the tree at the front of the shrine, while Jiro, his twin, can be seen at the back.

The Yoshida Trail

Although it is still possible to walk directly from the back of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine to the top of Mt. Fuji, the path between the shrine and Umagaeshi, the entrance to the Yoshida Trail, has been lost to time. It is still possible to start the ascent of Mt. Fuji from the shrine, but a GPS feature on your smartphone will be indispensable to ensure you stay on course.

Bus to Umagaeshi during climing season

Once you arrive at the entrance to Umagaeshi, you will be greeted by a pair of stone monkeys guarding the gate. Enter here to climb to Mt. Fuji 5th Station in virtual undisturbed silence. For the less intrepid climber, there is a bus that departs Mt. Fuji Station (Fujisan Station) for Umagaeshi during the climbing season (July and August).

Experienced climbers ascending Mt. Fuji outside the official climbing season (July 1 to September 10), and do so at their own risk

Mt. Fuji's 5th Station

As your peaceful ascent to Mt. Fuji's 5th station draws to a close, savor the last moments just before you encounter the dozens of expressway buses that have arrived via the Fuji Subaru Line. Now you can resupply for the most challenging part of the climb. Remember that you will be ascending beyond the tree line, so it's going to get much cooler, especially at night. You will be able to access many services at the 5th station, so be sure to have a look around before you continue your ascent of Mt. Fuji.

Make sure you're prepared

Take this opportunity to send a post card or ask any final questions of the tourist information staff. Be sure to have warm clothing, rain gear, and a good pair of hiking boots as Mt. Fuji can become a very inhospitable place in a sudden downpour.

The Yoshida Fire Festival

Each year, on the night of August 26, the “Chinka Taisai” is held to prevent Mt. Fuji from erupting. This 400-year-old festival is also known as the mountain's closing festival. At the festival, three-meter-high bonfires are lit along the national road leading to the base of Mt. Fuji. These fires are an offering to Mt. Fuji, the God of Fire. This festival is one of Japan's greatest.

Fujisan World Heritage Center

The entrance fee to the south hall is well worth the price of 420 yen as the exhibits tell the story of how Mt. Fuji became both a sacred place of worship and an artistic inspiration to the Japanese people. Pay particular attention to the the small dioramas that depict the ascent of Mt. Fuji in ancient times. The center offers multilingual audio guidance in English, Chinese, Korean, Thai and Indonesian. You can also get tourist information about Mt. Fuji and the surrounding area.

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