Kawaguchiko Station is the terminus of the Fujikyu Railway Line and as such, one of the most convenient stations for accessing Mount Fuji and the surrounding area.
While small, the station handles a lot of traffic due to its proximity to Fuji, which can be easily seen from the station. Regular tourist buses run to and from the station including to Mount Fuji – see below for details.
Fujikyu Railway Line
The Fujikyu Railway Line operates along the Otsuki and Kawaguchiko lines and in doing so, connects Otsuki Station to the most convenient stations in the region around Mount Fuji, terminating at Kawaguchiko Station.
The line also includes stops at the following:
Otsuki / Kamiotsuki / Tanokura / Kasei / Akasaka / Tsurushi / Yamuramachi / Tsurubunkadaigaku-mae / Tokaichiba / Higashikatsura / Mitsutoge / Kotobuki / Yoshiikeonsen-mae / Shimoyoshida / Gekkoji / Mt. Fuji (Fujisan) / Fujikyu-Highland / Kawaguchiko*
*Please note, stations marked in bold / red on the map are stops on all services. Those not marked in bold are only serviced by certain services throughout the day.
This train line is not covered by any Japan Rail (JR) Pass. For further information, please refer to our ‘Fujikyu Railway Line’ page.
Bus Services to/from Kawaguchiko Station
Visitors intending to climb Mount Fuji can use the Fujikyuko Bus service from the station to head to the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station. Enroute the bus also stops at the 3rd and 4th stations.
It is worth noting that the bus originates at nearby Mt. Fuji (Fujisan) Station and can be very busy, especially during the climbing season from July to September. To get a seat on the bus, it’s best to start from Mt. Fuji Station from where it takes around 60 minutes to reach the 5th station (or 50 minutes from Kawaguchiko Station).
A one-way journey costs around JPY1570 per adult or JPY2300 for a round-trip.
Several sightseeing buses also operate from the station, carrying visitors to many nearby destinations. For further information, please refer to the Fujikyoko Bus website.
Accommodation Nearby the Station
Given the proximity of Kawaguchiko to Mount Fuji, the area around the station and lake is home to many excellent hotels and guesthouses. Many have their own ‘onsen’ (hot springs) from where you can take in the view of Fuji.
With many attractions and activities spread around the Kawaguchiko area, it is an ideal place to stay overnight or explore over multiple days. For accommodation listings in the area, please refer to our ‘Kawaguchiko (Kawaguchi Lake) Onsen Area’ page.
Recommended Nearby Attractions & Activities
Directly accessible from Kawaguchiko Station, Mount Fuji is Japan’s tallest mountain and and draws countless visitors each year. Some come to climb it while many others come just to see it, with outstanding views of Fuji available from Kawaguchiko (Kawaguchi Lake), Chureito Pagoda and Oshino Hakkai.
Visitors looking to venture onto the mountain should head to either Mt. Fuji (Fujisan) Station or Kawaguchiko Station, from where buses run to stations on Mount Fuji including the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station – the most popular place from where to ascend Fuji on the Yoshida Trail.
Fujikyu-Highland Station provides direct access to Fuji-Q Highland amusement park. Known for its fantastic rollercoasters and numerous other rides, Fuji-Q is always popular.
Around Kawaguchiko, visitors are spoiled for choice with many excellent hotels and guesthouses affording amazing views of the mountain.
For further information about the attractions and activities around the mountain, please refer to our ’30 Things To Do Around Mount Fuji & Central Japan’ page.
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