If you’re planning a trip to Japan, seeing Mount Fuji is probably high on your bucket list. And while it’s true that on a clear day you can see Mount Fuji from Tokyo, if you want a truly unforgettable experience, I highly recommend heading outside of the city and spending a night or two in a small lakeside village known for the best views of Mount Fuji.
If you want the ultimate Mount Fuji experience, here are our best recommendations for where to stay, where to get the best views, and how to get around without a car!
How to Get There
I recommend spending 2 nights in the charming lakeside village of Kawaguchiko. This region is famous for its breathtaking views of Mount Fuji. Many of the postcard-perfect photos you’ve seen of Mount Fuji were taken in this area.
Be sure to book your bus tickets in advance — buses fill up quickly, and if you just show up to the station the morning you want to leave, the bus might already be full and you might have to wait an hour or more for the next one.
Here is a website where you can book your tickets in advance: Highway Buses Japan
Where to Stay
The best place to stay in this area would be somewhere within close walking distance to Kawaguchiko Station. This is where all the restaurants are and where all the buses to get around the area will depart from.
We didn’t know the best area to stay when we booked our hotel, so we stayed at Mystays Fuji Hotel. It offers fabulous views of Mount Fuji right from your room! But it’s a bit far from Kawaguchiko Station. On the plus side, it is right across the street from the Fuji-Q Highland Station, so you can easily take the train back to Kawaguchiko (it’s only one stop and maybe a 5 minute ride) but it just adds extra time (and money for train tickets!) every time you want to ride. I think I would have preferred to stay closer to Kawaguchiko Station.
Where to Go
Now that you’ve made it to Kawaguchiko, here’s where to get the best views of Mount Fuji: