Discovering Fuji Area

 

 

Located 132.7km from Tokyo stands Japan’s highest mountain, Mount Fuji. It took us almost two hours to arrive at this iconic mark. Aside from Mt Fuji, there are a number of picture perfect spots in Fuji Area and here are some of the places we visited

How to get there:

We actually rented a car to tour us around Fuji Area. However, there are a number of ways to visit the Fuji: Click Here.

Chureito Pagoda

Fee: Free

This place is one of the best spots to see the beauty of Mt Fuji especially during Spring when cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The view also includes the Fujiyoshida City.

Before getting to that beautiful site, one needs to climb 400 steps up the mountain. So be ready and get some stretching before heading.

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Lake Saiko

Fee: Free

Lake Saiko is just one of the many beautiful lakes in Fuji Area. The lake is located on the way to Iyashi No Sato. Another more developed lake is Lake Kawaguchiko which offers a spectacular view of Mt Fuji. However, we have not took time to stop by this lake.

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Iyashi No Sato

Operating Hours: 9:00am -5:00pm from April to November;

9:30am-4:30pm from December to March

Closed during Wednesday from December to February

Fee: JPY 350

Iyashi no Sato is an open air museum which exhibits Japan’s traditional village. Each house has its own craft: pottery, weaving, incense and other handicrafts.Here you can rent a Japanese Kimono or Samurai Armor and stroll around the village.

A beautiful view of Mt Fuji is also visible here if the weather permits. Here you can see that the clouds are covering Mt Fuji.

 

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Mt. Fuji 5th Station

Fee: Free

After visiting village, we went straight to Mt Fuji 5th Station. This is the closest station to Mt Fuji, 2,305 meters above sea level. It took us more than an hour to arrive here but the view is indeed remarkable.

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Gotemba Premium Outlet

Operating Hours: 10:00am-8:00pm

Fee: Free

An hour from Mt Fuji 5th Station is  Gotemba Premium Outlet, Japan’s most popular outlet mall. It features 200 stores of internationally known brands like Ralph Lauren, Balenciaga, Bally, Birkenstock, Cath Kidston, Chloe, Givenchy, Gucci and a whole lot more. Click here for the store listings.

I must say two hours is not enough to do the shopping here. I just visited 7 stores for 2 hours. I think it requires at least half day or even whole day to fully explore the mall.

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View of Mt Fuji from Gotemba Premium Outlet

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