Discover a Sea of Trees and a Wind Cave
Explore a national park in your wheelchair
Traveling poses some accessibility issues for wheelchair users, but one tour has been developed especially for nature lovers who happen to use a wheelchair. Guided private tours by Houdini Corporation, available in English, allow your group of up to 6 people, including one wheelchair user, to get the most out of the incredible natural phenomena contained in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.
Explosions of Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji in the 9th century created lava flows, and located at its northern foot is Aokigahara Forest, which covers these ancient flows. Legendary lava tubes also formed as a result of volcanic activity in this area, the largest of which is known as Wind Cave. Its basalt walls and airy chambers keep a constant temperature of about 3 degrees Celsius, and so the cave was used for silkworm storage in the past when sericulture flourished in Japan, before refrigeration technology was developed in Japan. Feel the mystery of this environment, where water drips along its walls, keeping it cold in all seasons. Even compasses have been known to malfunction in this labyrinth of caves.
One of Japan’s greatest old-growth forests, Aokigahara Forest, which is a part of the Mt. Fuji area, is recognized not only as a Natural Monument of Japan, but also as a part of a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Aokigahara’s Sea of Trees contain rare geographical phenomena resulting from Mount Fuji’s erstwhile eruptions. Take in the tranquil yet tantalizing ambience of the forest and caves from the comfort of your wheelchair, as drones and handy cameras are used by your guide to display real-time images of icicles, lava terraces, and other fascinating features, such as the imprints of burnt fallen trees on cave walls.
Transportation is wheelchair accessible, as are trails (for manual, not battery-powered wheelchairs). The nature trails are walkable for most other tour participants.
Access: From Shinjuku Station, take JR express train to Otsuki Station, about 1 hour, and change the trains for Kawaguchiko Station, about another 1 hour (Also there is a direct connection available). From Kawaguchiko Station, take the bus to Fugaku Wind Cave, about 50 minutes.
Fuji Hokuroku Universal Adventure Tourism Cooperative
approx. 60 min. or more