Mt. Fuji, standing at 3776 meter high, is Japan’s tallest and most photographed mountain, often regarded as a symbol of Japan. The beautifully symmetrical cone shaped mountain is located on the prefectural border between Shizuoka and Yamanashi, and has been worshiped by Japanese people for generations. Climbing Mt. Fuji is a rite of passage for many Japanese. Also there is an increasing number of foreign climbers since the past few decades. If you are not into mountain climbing, or just want to enjoy the mountain at a leisurely pace, Fujigoko (Fuji Five Lake) region at the northern foot of the mountain is recommended.
[ Transportation ]
From Tokyo, the easiest and most popular option is to take a direct bus from Shinjuku to the trailhead at Kawaguchiko Fifth Station.(2 to 2.5hrs.) There is no direct access to Mt. Fuji by train, but you can get pretty close and change to a bus for the rest of the way. From Tokyo, the two main staging points are Fujiyoshida and Gotemba. If you drive, take the Chuo Expressway from Shinjuku.
September / 2010