Located on the Chuo Main line running from Tokyo into Central Japan, Otsuki Station is a small but convenient station through which visitors can explore Central Japan.
Multiple services operate to and from the station, however for international visitors, the following three services will be of most interest:
1 / Limited Express Kaiji: running from Shinjuku Station to Otsuki and onto Kofu Station, the Kaiji service connects the station to Tokyo
2 / Limited Express Azusa: also runs from Shinjuku to Otsuki and onto Matsumoto Station. As such, the Azusa travels much further into Central Japan than the Kaiji service however it should be noted that Otsuki Station is not a regular stop on this service. If your intention is to travel to Otsuki from Shinjuku, the Limited Express Kaiji is likely to be your best option.
3 / Fujikyu Railway Line: runs from Otsuki Station to Kawaguchiko Station via Mt Fuji (Fujisan) Station and Fuji-Q Highland Station. In doing so, visitors can head to Mount Fuji and its many nearby attractions from Otsuki Station.
For further information regarding each service, please see below for details.
Limited Express Kaiji
Most Limited Express Kaiji services run to and from Shinjuku Station and Kofu Station however it should be noted that a couple of services each day start from Tokyo Station and continue onto Ryuo Station.
*Please note, all listed stations – marked in red on the map – are stops on all services. For further information, please refer to our ‘Limited Express Kaiji’ page.
Limited Express Azusa
Most Limited Express Azusa services run to/from Shinjuku Station and Matsumoto Station, with some services extended to stops prior to Shinjuku Station including Chiba – Funabashi – Kinshicho – Tokyo; and after Matsumoto Station including Toyoshina – Hotaka – Shinano-Omachi – Hakuba – Minami-Otari. The following are regular stops:
*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.
**While some Azusa services stop at Otsuki Station allowing passengers to transfer to the Fujikyu Railway Line headed to Mount Fuji, most services do not. When traveling to Otsuki Station from Shinjuku Station, we recommend using the Limited Express Kaiji. All Kaiji services stop at Otsuki Station whereas only some Limited Express Azusa services do so.
For further information, please refer to our ‘Limited Express Azusa’ page.
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.
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. For further information, please refer to our ‘Fujikyu Railway Line’ page.
Japan Rail (JR) Passes covering travel to/from Otsuki Station
There is no escaping the fact that travel using rapid services, including the shinkansen network, is expensive. Given the speed and distances covered by these trains, travelers should think of them much like taking a flight, with tickets accordingly priced. International visitors to Japan have the option of purchasing one of several passes which allow for unlimited use on most major rail lines:
Japan Rail (JR) Pass
Covering all 9 shinkansen lines in Japan and many other train services, the Japan Rail (JR) Pass is a great option for visitors planning to use the shinkansen more than a handful of times and/or travel large distances. Travelers have the option of 7, 14 and 21-day passes covering either Ordinary or Ordinary and Green Cars.
The JR Pass allows for use of any service on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line at no additional cost and most services on the Tokaido Shinkansen line. This pass also covers the Kaiji and Azusa services however does not cover the Fujikyu Railway Line.
Purchasing a JR Pass
Passes can be purchased via the official website or via a JR-affiliated sales office. Once you completed payment, you will receive an exchange order. This is a proof of payment and looks almost like a flight ticket with your personal details, type of Pass, and validity (three months from the date of issue).
It is important to note that the exchange order is not your actual pass and will need to be exchanged for your pass once in Japan. Whatever you do, do not lose the exchange order and prioritise exchanging it for your pass when you arrive.
Activating a JR Pass
Prior to using your pass, you must actually get your hands on it by exchanging the order/proof of purchase you received online. While passes cannot be exchanged/activated at Fukui Station, numerous JR Pass Exchange Offices can be found at major train stations and airports including: Narita Airport / Haneda Airport / Chubu Centrair International Airport / Kansai International Airport.
To exchange/activate your pass you will need your exchange order and passport. Make sure you allow adequate time to exchange and activate your pass if you are intending to use it on the same day or do so a day or two before you plan to start using it (you can always nominate a later activation date).
Once you have your activated pass you are free to ride however you can’t insert your pass into the ticket gates. Simply walk through the side booth (permanently attended by station staff) and show your pass. You will be waved through and you can make your way to the platform.
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