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Regions of Japan

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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • 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
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • 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
Kanto
Kanto
  • 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
Tokai
Tokai
  • 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
Kansai
Kansai
  • 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
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • 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
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • 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
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • 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
Okinawa
  • 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

Action & Adventure

Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station 富士山五合目

The key waystation on Japan's most revered mountain

Mt. Fuji attracts hikers and climbers from the world over, and most of them start their ascents at the fifth station halfway up the mountain. If a trek to the top doesn't fit into your travel schedule but you want to experience the atmosphere of this symbol of Japan, you can climb or drive to the fifth station.

Don't Miss

  • Watching climbers ascend the volcano’s exceptionally symmetrical cone
  • Sending a post card from Mt. Fuji’s post office

How to Get There

Mt. Fuji Subaru Line fifth station is in southeastern Yamanashi Prefecture near the border with Shizuoka Prefecture and can be accessed by bus, car or taxi.

Take an express train from JR Shinjuku Station to JR Otsuki Station on the JR Chuo Line (about an hour), then change to the Fuji Kyuko Line for Mt. Fuji Station (Fujisan Station) or Kawaguchiko Station.

The express train, Fujisan Tokkyu, takes 45 minutes and the regular train takes about an hour to reach Kawaguchiko Station.

You can take a bus to Kawaguchiko Station from JR Shin-Fuji Station (two hours and 15 minutes) or JR Mishima Station (90 minutes), which are both on the JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line.

Once you arrive at either Mt. Fuji Station (Fujisan Station) or Kawaguchiko Station, you can take a bus to Mt. Fuji Subaru Line fifth station.

You can get to Mt. Fuji Subaru Line fift station via bus from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal in just under two and a half hours.

Quick Facts

Mount Fuji took on its current shape about 5,000 years ago

The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji was in 1707

A convenient base

You can reach the fifth station by car on the Subaru Line, a scenic toll road that climbs Mt. Fuji’s lower northern slopes. The road is accessible most of the year, but is closed to private vehicles during the busy climbing season (July 1 to September 10).

The Mt. Fuji Subaru Line fifth station has parking, coin lockers and restaurants. You can buy climbing supplies like hiking sticks, snacks, bottles of water and oxygen here; these are also sold further up the mountain trail, but the price increases the higher you go.

Commanding mountain views

The Mt. Fuji Subaru Line fifth station is a popular sightseeing spot also for those not climbing the mountain. The observation area here offers views of Fujiyoshida and Lake Yamanaka at Komitake Shrine, behind the shopping area.

Rewarding hikes and a pony ride if you like

In addition to the trail to the summit, there is the Ochudo Trail, which circles the middle of Mt. Fuji at a near- constant elevation, making it a much easier undertaking than climbing to the peak. Follow the trail to Satomidaira for sweeping views of Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Yamanaka and the Japan Alps.

If you prefer to take it easy, you can hire a pony to carry you to some of the best sightseeing spots around the fifth station.

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