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How to Get to Mount Fuji

How to Get to Mount Fuji

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Located around 2.5 hours to the west of Tokyo, Mount Fuji is approachable from many directions and using different methods of transport. The following page provides information to reaching the area around Fuji – and Mount Fuji itself using local bus services from the nearest stations – primarily using the train network.

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It should be noted that express bus services operate between several major cities including Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and others – a good option for visitors with limited time and needing to make the journey directly to Fuji. For others, doing so by train allows allows a visit to the mountain to be combined with some of the region’s many attractions. For tips and suggestions of what to do, please refer to our ’30 Things To Do Around Mount Fuji & Central Japan’ page.

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For visitors wanting to explore the region in the comfort and convenience of their own vehicle, we can arrange private charters to any destination in Central Japan including Mount Fuji – a great option for families and groups wanting to avoid the hassle of public transport.

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For further information, please refer to the information below and whatever your plans, we hope the following information assists with planning your visit to Mount Fuji:

From Mt Fuji (Fujisan) Station or Kawaguchiko Station

If you intend to head onto Fuji, bus services operate from both Mt Fuji (Fujisan) Station and Kawaguchiko Station, taking around 60 minutes to reach the mountain.

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For further details, please refer to the specific station page.

From Otsuki Station

A convenient stop on the Chuo Main Line running from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo to Matsumoto Station, Otsuki Station is the terminus of the Fujikyu Railway Line that runs to stations nearby Mount Fuji including Mt Fuji (Fujisan) Station and Kawaguchiko Station. Most visitors coming to and from Fuji by train will do so via Otsuki.

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All services on the line stop at both Mt Fuji (Fujisan) Station – 35 to 55 minutes / JPY1040 to JPY1640 – and Kawaguchiko Station 45 to 65 minutes / JPY1170 to JPY1770.

From Nagano

When heading to Mount Fuji from Nagano Station, visitors have the option of doing so via Matsumoto or Omiya – in Saitama/greater Tokyo. We recommend doing so via Matsumoto. By doing so, travellers can incorporate other destinations and activities in Central Japan into their itinerary and it avoids using crowded inner-city train lines in Saitama/greater Tokyo – which can be tricky to navigate when carrying luggage.

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To do so via Matsumoto, take the Limited Express Shinano service from Nagano Station to Matsumoto Station – approximately 50 minutes / JPY2370.

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Once at Matsumoto, follow the direction below under ‘From Matsumoto’ to reach Fuji.

From the Snow Monkey Park

To reach Fuji from the Jigokudani Monkey Park takes time and requires visitors to go through Nagano Station. From the park, you have the option of: 1. a direct express bus from the park to Nagano Station or 2. a local bus to Yudanaka Station followed by an express train to Nagano Station.

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Starting from the park, the express bus costs JPY1500 each way and takes 55 minutes to reach Nagano Station. In comparison, taking the local bus from the park to Yudanaka Station followed by the train, takes 15 minutes and costs JPY310  before the limited express train to Nagano takes 45 minutes and costs JPY1290 – a total journey of around 60 to 70 minutes and costing JPY1600.

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Once at Nagano Station, follow the directions above.

From Tokyo

Reaching Mount Fuji from Tokyo is straightforward, most easily done via Shinjuku Station. Running on the Fujikyu Railway Line, the Limited Express Fuji Excursion runs direct from Shinjuku to stations including Otsuki, Mt Fuji and Kawaguchiko – taking around 115 minutes / JPY4130 to make the journey.

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There are however only a limited number of these services each day. If the Fuji Excursion is not running at a convenient time, take the Limited Express Kaiji to Otsuki Station and transfer any service on the Fujikyu Railway Line – a journey that takes around 130 to 150 minutes / JPY3730 (depending on the specific service).

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It should also be noted, some Limited Express Azusa services stop at Otsuki, allowing passengers to transfer to the Fujikyu Railway. Most however do not making the Limited Express Kaiji the most likely convenient service to reach Otsuki.

From Narita Airport

Mount Fuji can be reached from Narita Airport via Shinjuku Station. While not all Narita Express (NEX) services run to Shinjuku, so do and are the quickest way to make the onward journey to Fuji. Services that run to Shinjuku Station take around 75 minutes / JPY3270. Alternatively, visitors can take the NEX to Tokyo Station and transfer to the JR Chuo Line Rapid Service or Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line bound for Shinjuku – a total journey of around 75 minutes / JPY3270.

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Once at Shinjuku Station, follow the directions above.

From Haneda Airport

Fuji can be reached from Haneda Airport via Shinjuku Station. To do so, take the Tokyo Monorail to Hamamatsucho Station and then switch to the JR Yamanote Line bound for Osaki. This service stops at Shinjuku Station – a total journey of around 50 minutes / JPY700.

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Once at Shinjuku Station follow the directions above.

From Matsumoto

The Limited Express Azusa runs regularly from Matsumoto Station. All services stop at Kofu Station while some also stop at Otsuki Station. Taking a service that stops at Otsuki Station – 100 minutes / JPY4220 – is the most convenient, as it allows passengers to transfer onto the Fujikyu Railway Line headed toward the mountain.

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Alternatively, take the Limited Express Azusa to Kofu Station and transfer to the Limited Express Kaiji service to Otsuki Station. Once in Otsuki, follow the directions above to reach Fuji.

From Takayama

To reach Fuji from Takayama, visitors have the option of doing so via Matsumoto or Nagoya. To do so via Matsumoto the Nohi Bus service to Matsumoto – approximately 2.5 hours / JPY3500. The bus departs from the Takayama Bus Terminal, located next to Takayama Station. Once in Matsumoto, transfer to the train and follow the directions above.

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To do so via Nagoya, take the Limited Express Hida service from Takayama Station to Nagoya Station – 145 to 160 minutes / JPY5610. Once at Nagoya – follow the directions below – under ‘From Nagoya’ – to reach Fuji.

From Kamikochi

From the Hirayu Onsen Bus Terminal – around 20 minutes from Kamikochi – take the Nohi Bus service to Matsumoto – around 75 minutes / JPY2700 – and follow the directions above. The journey can also be made via Takayama, however it is faster and easier to do so via Matsumoto.

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Please see the following page for information including timetables and fares.

From Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

From one of the bus stops in Shirakwawa-go and Gokayama, take the Nohi Bus Takayama-Shirakawago/Kanazawa Line to either Takayama or Kanazawa. Both bus journeys take around one hour to reach the respective stations. Please see the following page for information including timetables and fares.

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Once in Takayama, follow the directions above or once in Kanazawa, follow the directions below.

From Kanazawa and Toyama

To reach Mount Fuji from Kanazawa or Toyama requires visitors to use the Hokuriku Shinkansen to first reach Omiya Station – 130 to 170 minutes /  JPY13,310-JPY14,040 from Kanazawa Station and 110 to 145 minutes / JPY12,000-JPY12,730 from Toyama Station (depending on which service you choose).

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Once at Omiya, transfer to the JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line or JR Saikyo/Kawagoe Line Rapid service to Shinjuku Station – 30 minutes / JPY480. Once at Shinjuku, follow the directions listed below under ‘From Tokyo’, to reach Mount Fuji.

From the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

When heading to Mount Fuji directly from the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route, it will be most convenient to do so via Nagano Station. To do so, descent on the Nagano-side of the mountain range to Ogizawa Station – 145 minutes / JPY2600. Once at Nagano, follow the directions above.

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Alternatively, from the Toyama-side/Tateyama Station, use the Toyama Chiho Railway to reach Toyama and then follow the directions above.

From Nagoya

From Nagoya Station, take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Shin-Yokohama Station and transfer to the JR Yokohama Line for Hachioji Station. Once at Hachioji, transfer to the Limited Express Kaiji or Limited Express Azusa bound for Otsuki Station – a total journey of around 160 minutes / JPY11,870.

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Once at Otsuki Station, follow the directions above.

From Kyoto and Osaka

From Kyoto Station or Shin-Osaka Station, take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Shin-Yokohama Station and transfer to the JR Yokohama Line for Hachioji Station. Once at Hachioji, transfer to the Limited Express Kaiji or Limited Express Azusa bound for Otsuki Station – a total journey of around 195 minutes / JPY14,510 from Kyoto and 210 minutes / JPY15,510 from Osaka.

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Once at Otsuki Station, follow the directions above.

Private Charters to/from Mount Fuji

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Based in Nagano City and operating all year round, we are Nagano’s No.1-rated tour and charter operator, offering a range of services including group tours, private tours and charters.

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Our drivers and vehicles are fully certified, allowing us to transport you to and from your preferred destinations, in combination with any activity that suits your interests and schedule including transport to and from any ski resort in the region.

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We can arrange both private tours with an English-speaking guide or a private charter, including a private vehicle and driver but without a guide. We’d love to be part of that experience and help you discover even more!

Why choose us?

Awarded a 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for our 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour – recognised as one of the Top 10 Experiences in Japan – we have the local knowledge and experience to help you get the most out of your time in Nagano.

Got a question about arranging a charter to/from Mount Fuji? Feel free to contact us at snowmonkeyresorts@machinovate.com and let’s get planning together!