Yamanashi Hiking & Climbing Ideas

Yamanashi Hiking & Climbing Ideas

Yamanashi is located near the center of Honshu and seventy-eight percent of the prefecture is covered with forests. It features four national and quasi-national parks, including Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Mountain climbing and hot springs are among the most popular forms of recreation in Yamanashi Prefecture.

  • Mt. Fuji

    Mt. Fuji may be the most recognizable symbol of Japan. Not only is it the highest mountain in Japan, it is also the most climbed mountain in the world. At 12,385 feet, this dormant volcano is known throughout the world for its symmetry as it majestically rises out from the valley. Located between Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures, Fuji-san is the main attraction of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. More Details: Mt Fuji National Parks

    • Yoshidaguchi Climbing Trail

      This traditional climb begins at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinga and takes you through Nakanochaya, Umagaeshai, the 6th stage and finally to the summit. With the construction of the Fuji Subaru Line, and the pollution and garbage produced, the popularity of this route has declined recently. Regardless, four kilometers up the trail from the shrine brings you to Nakanochaya, the first resting point. The area is surrounded by Fujizakura (Fuji cherry trees), and in the beginning of May are in bloom. When you reach the summit of Mt. Fuji you will see there are eight peaks around the edge of the crater. Of the eight peaks, Kengamine is the highest point at 3776 meters. There is also a meteorological station. A walk around the crater takes about an hour.

    • Mt. Mitsutoge

      This mountain was famous as a pilgrimage destination. Recently, however, it is better known as a rock climbing area. The hiking course is very popular, it takes about four hours from Mitsutoge Station to the summit. The view of Mt. Fuji from the top is fantastic.

    • Oniwa and Okuniwa

      This area, next to the Fuji Subaru Line, is spread around the edge of Mt. Fuji’s forest area between 2150 and 2300 meters. There is some beautiful scenery in the area, including Japanese larch beaten by the wind, giving it a look of a bonsai garden.

  • CAMPSITES

    • Choei Utsukushi-mori Takane-so

      Address: Kiyosato, Takanecho, Kita-koma-gun
      Contact: (0551) 48-2311
      Open: March - September
      Fee: Y1000 per person
      Rental: Bungalow Y4100 per person, lodge Y5500 (w/out meals), Y7800 (with 2 meals)
      Facilities: Restaurant, bath, water, toilets and cooking area
      Activities: Kiyosato Heights; cycling, hiking, tennis
      Getting There: 10 minutes by bus from Kiyosato Station, Koumi Line to Takaneso-iriguchi Bus Stop.

    • Saiko Lakeside Camp-mura (Camp-village)

      Address: 1030, Saiko, Ashiwada-mura, Minamitsuru-gun
      Contact: (0555) 82-2323
      Open: All year round
      Fee: Y500 per person
      Rental: Trailer Y3000 per person
      Facilities: Shop, showers, water, toilets and cooking area
      Activities: Lake Saiko; boating, cycling, hiking, fishing, tennis
      Getting There: 30 minutes by bus from Kawaguchiko Station, Fujikyu Line to Kuwarubiso-mae Bus Stop.

    • Tozawa Center Camp-jo (Camping Ground)

      Address: 2578 Oishi, Kawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun
      Contact: (0555) 76-8188
      Open: All year round
      Fee: Y1000 per tent plus Y500 per person
      Rental: Cottage Y4500~
      Facilities: Restaurant, shop, showers, bath, water, toilets and cooking area
      Activities: Lake Kawaguchi, (nice view of Fuji-san); hiking, boating, museums
      Getting There: 15 minutes by bus from Kawaguchiko Station, Fuji Kyuko Line to Shimazuyashiki-mae Bus Stop.

    • Koan Camp Ground at Lake Motosu

      Address: 2926 Nakanokura, Shimobe-cho, Nishiyahiro-gun, Yamanashi-ken
      Contact: (0556) 38-0117
      Open: All year (In 8am Out 10am, gate closes at 8pm)
      Fee: Entrance fee Y500 (adult) Y300 (child) tent site Y1000, log cabin Y18, 900, lodge Y8000 (with 2 meals)
      Activities: Great view of Mt. Fuji, fishing, canoeing, windsurfing, diving, cycling (rental available), tennis, 25-minute drive to a wakeboarding area and 20-minute drive to a paragliding site
      Getting there: Take the Chuo Expressway to the Kawaguchi-ko I.C. then follow Route 139 for 25 minutes.