HomeMount Fuji Trip + Itinerary Guide for First-Timers By Marcos Detourista. Updated on January 1, 2019.Here’s a starter Mount Fuji travel guide with sample itinerary, budget, places to visit & more. Mount Fuji is the first thing that pops in my head when I think about Japan.No surprise there since it is perhaps the most recognizable and well-known symbol of the country.When I was planning my first trip to Japan, catching a glimpse of Mount Fuji was definitely the #1 travel goal on my bucketlist.I knew “Fuji-san” often shies away behind a thick cover of clouds, so I made sure to spend multiple nights at places known to offer the best views of Japan’s highest mountain. Lucky for me, I was able to enjoy a sublime sunset view of Mount Fuji… with a fantastic snow cover to top it off! The clear view at sunset appeared only during my first day, and then during sunrise on all succeeding days. It really pays off to check the weather reports and plan your trip ahead.There are also a lot of worthwhile things to do in the area apart from the Fuji view. The area is filled with many interesting waterfalls, Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, lakes, onsen (Japanese hot spring) & natural views. In fact, Mount Fuji along with its surrounding region is inscribed in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites as a sacred place and source of artistic inspiration.Traveling to Mount Fuji for the first time? Scroll down to get started on planning your trip. I’ve included a sample itinerary, places to visit/things to do, list of expenses/budget breakdown and extra travel tips.Follow me on Instagram Mount Fuji ItineraryWhat to do in Mount Fuji in 4 days? Here’s a 4 days & 3 nights (4D3N) itinerary for your do-it-yourself (DIY) trip.Feel free to tweak the activities & timings below based on your traveling style, schedule & attractions that interest you the most.Day 1: Lake Kawaguchi Marcos with Mount Fuji view, at Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi Mt Fuji view from Lake Kawaguchi Marcos with Mount Fuji view, at Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi Thomas & Friends-themed train in Mt. Fuji Station Shrimp (Ebi) Tempura at Fuji Tempura Idaten, KawaguchiTimeActivityTrain/bus to Kawaguchi Station/Lake Kawaguchi (Kawaguchi-ko)Arrive at Kawaguchi Station. Claim tours, passes & tickets booked online.Kawaguchi hotel check-inCheapest ratesBest reviewsOishi Park & Lake KawaguchiMt. Fuji Panoramic RopewayLake Kawaguchi Pleasure Cruiser (En Soleille)Fuji-Q Highland theme parkDay 2: Beyond Kawaguchi Marcos with Mount Fuji view, from Chureito Pagoda, near Kawaguchi Marcos with Mount Fuji view, from Chureito Pagoda, near Kawaguchi Marcos at Shiraito Waterfall, near Mount Fuji Marcos at Shiraito Waterfall, near Mount Fuji Fuketsu (Wind Cave) near Kawaguchi & Mt. FujiTimeActivitySunrise at Chureito Pagoda0908 AMBus departure to Shiraito-no-Taki from Mt. Fuji/Fujisan or Kawaguchi Station — via Mt. Fuji Station-Shinfuji line (Fujikyu bus).1020 AMShiraito Waterfall1240 PMBus departure from Shiraito-no-TakiFuketsu – Wind Cave and/or Hyoketsu – Ice CaveKawaguchi to Hakone busGotemba Premium Outlets — Optional. If you’re planning to shop at Gotemba Premium Outlets, consider spending the night in Gotemba and transferring the next day nearer to Gora Station or Lake Ashi.Hakone hotel check-inCheapest ratesBest reviews Day 3: Hakone & Lake Ashi Owakudani sulfur mine in Hakone Hakone Ropeway in Hakone Hakone Sightseeing Cruise pirate ship, in Lake Ashinoko, HakoneTimeActivityHakone RopewayOwakudani Geothermal ValleyHakone Sightseeing Cruise & Lake AshinokoHakone Open-Air MuseumDay 4: Mishima Skywalk Marcos at Hakone Shrine, Lake Ashinoko Odawara Station, Japan Marcos with a view of Odawara CastleTimeActivityMishima SkywalkHakone ShrineBus/cable car/train to Tokyo or onward destination in JapanMount Fuji BudgetYour travel expenses will largely depend on your traveling style and how much you plan to spend on activities, accommodations & food. To help you set your own budget, here are budget estimates if you follow the 4 days and 3 nights (4D3N) itinerary posted above. Make sure to review all discounts & online booking prices.Activities/attraction costs breakdownJPY 7,776Mt. Fuji Pass — 2 days unlimited rides within Kawaguchi, Fuji Five Lakes & Mount Fuji area on selected bus/train lines. PLUS free access to selected attractions.Book discount hereJPY 5,140Hakone Free Pass — 2 days unlimited rides within Hakone area on selected bus/train lines, free access to selected attractions & train to Shinjuku.Book hereBudget Trip – Backpacker expensesJPY 10,500Accommodations — JPY 3,500 average price per night in a budget hostel dorm/bed x 3 nights.JPY 10,000Food — JPY 2,500 per day inexpensive meals budget x 4 days.JPY 20,500Sub-total — Approximately PHP 9,793 / USD 185 / SGD 254. Or, a daily budget of JPY 5,125 / PHP 2,448 / USD 46 / SGD 63.JPY 12,916Activities — Transport/multi-attraction passes: Mt. Fuji Pass & Hakone Free Pass.JPY 33,416Total — Approximately PHP 15,964 / USD 301 / SGD 414. Or, a daily budget of JPY 8,354 / PHP 3,991 / USD 75 / SGD 103.Other expensesJPY 1,067Japan local 4G/4G SIM card — 1GB data for 6 days & up. Japan airport pick-up.Book discount hereJPY 500Japan pocket WIFI hotspot — Per day device rental.Book onlineJapan travel insurance Mount Fuji Itineraries & Travel BlogsMore travel tips coming once the detailed Mount Fuji travel guide is out. In the meantime, feel free to check out my Pinterest board and list of helpful Mount Fuji travel blogs below for inspiration.https://www.pinterest.ph/detourista/mount-fuji-travel-guide-blog/https://www.pinterest.ph/detourista/japan-travel-guide-blog/https://www.pinterest.com/detourista/best-of-detourista/Follow updates on Pinterest @detourista.1 Day ItineraryWhat to do in Mount Fuji area in 1 day (24 hours or less). Day trip from Tokyo.VisitA Day Trip to the Mt. Fuji Area: Lake Kawaguchiko – Truly TokyoVisitFrom Tokyo to Mount Fuji: What to Do If You’re Not Into Climbing or Hiking (Map Included) – JayNDeeVisitDay Trip to Mount Fuji from Tokyo – The Top 8 Viewing Spots – Social Travel ExperimentVisitA Day Trip to Mount Fuji from Tokyo – Chapter Travel2 Days ItineraryWhat to do in Mount Fuji area in 2 days (48 hours or less).VisitFuji and Hakone two days trip sample itinerary – JP Rail Blog3 Days ItineraryWhat to do in Mount Fuji area in 3 days.VisitCamping In Japan: A 3 Day Itinerary From Tokyo To Mt. Fuji – Heart My Backpackhttps://www.pinterest.com/detourista/best-of-detourista/Don’t Stop HereDid you find this travel guide helpful? Share your Mount Fuji experience & tag #detourista. 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