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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.
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.
Mount Fuji took on its current shape about 5,000 years ago
The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji was in 1707
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.
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.
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.