GUIDE Exploring the Shizuoka Foothills of Fuji
Journey to the southern side of Mt. Fuji to walk scenic highlands, visit waterfalls and access three of the key Fuji climbing trails
Mt Fuji is split between Yamanashi Prefecture on the north side and Shizuoka Prefecture on the south. The Shizuoka side is the most common departure point for mountaineers, with three of the four trails located here. Regardless of whether or not you intend to climb Mt. Fuji , the surrounding area offers numerous natural attractions and amusements.
- Get some of the best views of Mt. Fuji from the grasslands of Asagiri-kogen
- Visit Fujisan-Hongu Sengen-taisha Grand Shrine, the original starting point of a Fuji climb
- Take an extended trip to the beaches of the Izu Peninsula
Walk through the prairies of the Asagiri-kogen Highlands
Situated on the western side of Mt. Fuji, this expansive plateau is home to herds of cattle, making it Japan's dairy capital. Walking along the prairie you'll come across picture-perfect scenes of Mt. Fuji mirrored in lakes and ponds, with cows and goats grazing nearby. You can also enjoy hands-on activities such as cow-milking and walking with goats.
Gorgeous waterfalls in lush surroundings
Head to Shiraito Falls to see an impressive wall of water flowing straight down a wide expanse of rock. The water creates a gradated spectrum of white and blue hues, with the dense trees above framing the falls in a sea of green.
An African safari in Japan
Animal lovers will enjoy a trip to Fuji Safari Park , which trumps other zoos by providing the animals with ample outdoor space tailored to their natural habitat. Board a bus (or drive your own car) to see giraffes, elephants, cheetahs and lions living life under the shadow of Mt. Fuji.
Traditional boat rides and fish markets
Experience a traditional boat ride across the Kano River. Lasting around 20 minutes, an experienced boatman will row you across the river. After the ride, relax in Senbonhama Park, or head to the Numazu Fish Market to browse through the stalls of fresh fish.
Deep blue oceans and dense green forests
For an extended trip, head south to the Izu Peninsula , where you'll discover oceanside inlets lush with vegetation. The sea and mountains collide with one another, creating unbeatable views and plenty of recreational opportunities. Relax in an outdoor spa, walk along undisturbed beaches, swim, surf and trek along mountain paths through typically Japanese natural landscapes.
The first stop for Mt. Fuji's pilgrims and hardcore climbers
Visit one of the most important spiritual sites for Mt. Fuji's pilgrims, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine , to purify yourself before tackling the mountain from its traditional start point. In cherry blossom season, you can enjoy cherry trees in the shrine grounds and views of the snow-capped peak of Mt. Fuji.
Affordable brand-name shopping
Shoppers will find great deals at Gotemba Premium Outlets, which are filled with around 170 stores. With beautiful views of the mountain, this outdoor shopping promenade is an ideal stop to stock up on any gear for your trip, find discounts on luxury brands or have a bite to eat.
How to Get There
How to Get There
From Tokyo, numerous train and bus services provide access to the various attractions around Mt. Fuji. By train, ride the Hikari service on the Tokaido Shinkansen to Mishima or Shin-Fuji stations. From there, many of the surrounding destinations are a short local train or bus ride away.