Mastering Mt. Fuji in 24 Hours: Your Essential One-Day Sightseeing Guide

Mastering Mt. Fuji in 24 Hours: Your Essential One-Day Sightseeing Guide


Mount Fuji is known as the most famous volcano in Japan, so you cannot travel to Japan without seeing it. This impressive volcano, shaped like a perfect cone, is the highest in Japan and is considered sacred. It appears in countless paintings and for hundreds of years people have been climbing the mountain. In the past, they climbed as part of a religious ceremony and today, as a tourist attraction.

We recommend enjoying the beautiful area for several days, but it is certainly possible to enjoy the beauty of the mountain even in one day. Here are our recommendations for a magical day viewing Mount Fuji as part of your itinerary to Japan.

Start your day with one of Mount Fuji’s most beautiful and well-known viewpoints,  the Chureito Pagoda. Nestled in the Five Lakes region of Fuji, this iconic pagoda stands proudly against the backdrop of Japan’s most admired mountain. Note that to get to the pagoda and see these amazing views, you have to walk up 398 stone steps. The effort of the ascent pays off once you reach the top.

There is a toilet before the stairs and also some nice food trucks. 

Parking: Arakurafujisengen Shrine Parking Lot 


Noon: Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway

Now, take a short drive to Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway. This ropeway allows you to view Mount Fuji from another angle, as well as the five lakes. Park your car in the adjacent parking lot and purchase a ticket. It is possible to buy a round trip or just the way up and walk down by foot. At the top, there is a terrace with an open 360-degree view of Mt.Fuji and the lakes. Whether you are a nature lover, photography enthusiast or just looking for an unforgettable experience, the Mount Fuji panoramic ropeway is definitely recommended. Here you can find more information about opening hours and ticket prices. 

Parking: Lake Kawaguchi Free Parking


Afternoon: Fuji-Q Highlands

Finish your day at Fuji-Q Highlands. This place is an exciting theme park nestled in the shadow of Mount Fuji. This park combines the beauty of nature with the excitement of world-class attractions. Fuji-Q Highlands boasts an impressive lineup of roller coasters, including the iconic Fujiyama, which once held the record for the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world. The park offers amazing views of Mt.Fuji and the possibility of free entrance to the park if you are not considering riding the attractions. There are excellent restaurants and cafes and a lovely atmosphere. You can find more information here.


Dinner: Restaurant Zoo

Zoo is a Japanese restaurant serving Okonomiyaki Hiroshima style. It has a great atmosphere and options for vegetarians. 


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