Outdoor experiences at the base of Mount Fuji!

An electrifying view of Mount Fuji from the sky!

Experience the spacious sky and overlook the vast wilderness with Mount Fuji right in front of you. One of the most exciting activities you can enjoy in this area is paragliding. It makes you feel as though the most magnificent mountain in Japan approaches you as you can see it from a totally different angle.

Paragliding may look very difficult at first glance, but the Asagiri kogen Paraglide School has courses that beginners can easily enjoy. Even beginners can have a try at a short flight on the same day if they receive basic training in the “Experience flight” course. You can also fly up in high altitudes if you take the “Tandem flight” course accompanied by an instructor. As you carry your glider and take a running leap down a gentle slope, your body will start to float up in the air before you know it. A stroll up in the spacious sky where the towering Mount Fuji can be seen will surely be a unique and special experience.

Asagiri kogen Paraglide School

Address: Nehara 282-1, Fujinomiya-shi, Shizuoka
Tel: 0544-52-1031

More Exciting Activities!

Fujikawa River torrent rafting

Canoeing in the Fuji Five Lakes

Dash across the land on horseback

Also full of activities that can be enjoyed right away

The base of Mount Fuji is full of activities that the whole family can enjoy. It is refreshing to rent bicycles by the clear waters of the Fuji Five Lakes and enjoy riding them around.

A relaxing trip on an excursion ship on Lake Kawaguchi is also a pleasant experience. If the weather is nice, you might also be able to see a famous sight where Mount Fuji is reflected upside-down on the surface of the water (consider yourself a lucky person if you do!).

Hiking in the “Aokigahara Jukai” is another activity that you cannot experience anywhere else. The Aokigahara Jukai is a primeval forest that was formed over the lava that flowed when the lateral cone of Mount Fuji erupted about 1,200 years ago. When walking along the trail in the green woodlands with “Saiko Bat Cave Information Center” as the starting point of your hike, you will start to hear the singing of wild birds and see trees growing in strange shapes.

ecause there is hardly any soil in the Jukai, the trees get their water from the moss that covers the lava. That is why their roots do not go underground but spread out in all directions over the ground like octopus tentacles – giving off a strange look that makes you feel the mysteries of nature. Furthermore, most of the tall trees are unstable because their roots cannot spread in the soil beneath them so they mostly stand at around twenty meters-tall. The area is called “Jukai (sea of trees)” because there are many evergreen needle-leaved trees such as the Southern Japanese Hemlock and Cypress standing at the same height and resembling the green sea when seen from above.

Another activity in the Jukai is exploring caves made by a volcanic eruption. The Saiko Bat Cave, which is also the starting point of hiking trips, is the largest lava cave at the base of Mount Fuji and is where many bats used to spend the winter hibernating.

The hillside horizontal Fugaku Wind Cave is also unique. Inside the cave is surrounded by silence as the entire surface of the walls is made of bubbly basalt, which absorbs sounds. It is 0 to 3 degrees Celsius all throughout the year inside, and natural ice pillars are formed in the winter.

The main attraction at the vertical Narusawa Ice Cave, with its many uphills and downhills, is the ice pillars formed from the water droplets that seep through the rocks above. It was used as storage space for ice when there were no refrigerators around yet, and the scenery here is still reminiscent of those times.

Saiko Bat Cave Information Center

Location: Saiko 2068, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi
Tel: 0555-82-3111

Activities at the base of Mount Fuji that can be enjoyed immediately

Riding a mountain bike with Mount Fuji in the background

Relaxing boat rides at the Fuji Five Lakes

Camping and outdoor cooking at the base of Mount Fuji

Camping at the base of Mount Fuji is recommended for travelers who enjoy the outdoors. A star-filled night sky followed by a beautiful view of Mount Fuji lit by the morning sun the next day are sights that can only be enjoyed on a camping trip here. Of the many campsites located at the base of Mount Fuji, PICA Fuji Yoshida is convenient for tourists as it offers for rental every camping item necessary such as tents, sleeping bags, and cooking equipment.

Eating outdoors is one of the main fun activities of camping. If you are going to spend time outdoors, you should try cooking outdoors. With advanced reservations, PICA Fuji Yoshida can prepare a set with cooking equipment and food for you. A recommended food is smoked “Kai Salmon (a type of rainbow trout)”, which has been cultured in the Mount Fuji spring waters. Cook your dish with a Dutch oven or skillet and enjoy your gourmet Mount Fuji meal as a main dish.

PICA Fuji Yoshida

Address: 4959-4 Kami-Yoshida, Fuji-Yoshida-shi, Yamanashi
Tel: 0555-24-4343

Refresh yourself with an outdoor bath in front of Mount Fuji after your outdoor activities

Enjoying a dip in a large bath deep down to your shoulders to soothe your body is a standard part of Japanese culture. There are many hot spring facilities at the base of Mount Fuji where you can just take a bath without spending the night, so please be sure to stop by after a good sweat from your outdoor activities. If you would like to take a hot spring bath while viewing the majestic Mount Fuji, a recommended spot is “Benifuji-no-yu”, located on the west side of Lake Yamanaka. Here you can see Mount Fuji whether you are in an outdoor bath or indoor bath, and sometimes even see the “Upside-down Mount Fuji” reflected in your tub.

Benifuji-no-yu
Address: 865-776 Yamanaka, Yamanakako-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi
Tel: 0555-20-2700

Free Wi-Fi service for tourists to enjoy

There are free Wi-Fi spots available throughout Yamanashi Prefecture, which is located on the north side of Mount Fuji. All you need to do is get a free Wi-Fi card at a facility such as a tourist information center and enter the password written on the card into your terminal to use Wi-Fi in designated spots. Check out the locations where Wi-Fi cards are distributed as well as instructions on how to use them at the link below.