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Stop At: Aokigahara Forest, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun 401-0332 Yamanashi Prefecture
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Mt. Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station, Narusawa-mura, Minamitsuru-gun Yamanashi Prefecture
Duration: 30 minutes
KEIO PLAZA HOTEL TOKYO, 2 Chome-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan
11 hours 30 minutes
If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
This little excursion to the ice cave was the highlight of our trip to Japan. The cool and leisurely walk through the tranquil and peaceful forest was a pleasure punctuated with interesting tidbits of information provided by our very knowledgeable and fluent guide, Ms Mina Ono. The descent into the cave was thrilling but safe. The absolute darkness in the cave and the sound of water droplets dripping was mesmerizing and the feeling was awesome. Ms Mina was really friendly and patient and we thoroughly enjoyed the outing.
AMAZING! This was our favorite tour while visiting Japan! Beautiful forest, very informative guide, and exciting caves.
When in Tokyo, visiting Mt. Fuji is a must do.
Joining a tour provides the additional value of getting a commentary about the history and culture of Japan and of Mt Fuji. It saves you the hassle of figuring out how to get there too. The guide gave ideas of what we can do at the 5th Station, e.g. sending a post card with a special stamp from Mt Fuji, trying out the local Fuji pastry.
We took the less popular package of checking out the Aokigahara Forest and Cave. If you like nature and hiking, this is a good option. The tour provides the gear for the hike and the trek into the cave, i.e. overall, gloves, hard hat. The guide gives the background of how the forest and the ice caves were formed. She also generously took photos. Just note those photos can be used by the guide company.
My daughter and I did this trip and it was great. You don’t get to spend much time on the 5th station at Mount Fuji but the trip to the ice cave is worth it! You do need to be able to climb and be steady on your feet but it’s an incredible experience. Our guide Yaya was very knowledgeable and gave us loads of information about the ecosystem in the forest. Make sure you wear good walking shoes/running shoes and warm clothing. At the end you get a public bus back to Shinjuku which takes around and hour and a half. If you get back early you can ask to get an earlier bus back. Overall worth doing and a great trip to escape the hustle of Tokyo
We were so lucky to be one of the 10% of people who actually see Mt. Fuji in July! It was beautiful, even without snow. And the ice caves were incredible - although good, non-slip shoes are vital. And the walk through the forest with Kevin was very informative.
This trip was well worth it ! the mountain is beautiful although if your doing this tour mostly for the mountain you will be disappointed bc you only spend a small amount of time at the 5th station. the forest was pretty awesome and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and amusing . the cave was cool but wasnt as cool and icy as we thought but we did go in october so maybe bc it was winter it wasnt as icy ! everything was well organized.
The bus ride out to Mt. Fuji was beautiful! So much green and lush mountain terrain. And our tour guide - a tiny Japanese women with a thick accent - was ADORABLE! She told the story of the two mountains and did voices for the different characters - we couldn't stop laughing. She also gave us sheet music and sang us a traditional Japanese nursery song. No - she can't sing - which made it even better. She made the long bus ride - which would normally be tedious - one of the best parts of this tour. When we got to the 5th station, it was foggy. Too foggy to see the mountain. So, we went into the little shopping center for some souvenirs. After a bit, our tour guide found us in the crowd and ushered us outside. There was a break in the fog and just for a moment you could see Fuji. She could have left us in the store - but she went out of her way to make sure we saw the mountain when we could! AND THEN, the forest. So beautiful. So creepy. Pictures don't do it justice. I grew up in the mountains of Oregon and I have NEVER seen anything like this. The ice cave was like any other ice cave - wonderful if you've never been in a volcanic lava tube before. But it was very small. Probably the smallest lava tube I've been in, including, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Italy, and Australia. Come for the forest, and don't expect much from the ice cave.
Very nice trip. Weather was very good so I was able to see Mt.Fuji very good, also forest trip connected with visiting cave was great thanks to great guide.
Long drive to/from but worth it to see iconic landmarks. Even though both pieces were conducted by two completely different tour groups, it was coordinated very smoothly. The guide from the first part was very concerned with our transition to the next tour operator as we were the only 2 people going on the forest tour. Lunch was included at the hotel restaurant for the main group, but he explained to us an option to walk down the street to the mall and eat in the food court. After the got the rest of the group settled in the hotel restaurant for lunch, he came down to the mall to make sure we found our way there okay and were okay before leaving us. He also drew us a map to a restaurant he recommended after we asked for a suggestion for when we'd be back in Tokyo that night. We were a bit concerned about how to get back to Tokyo and where we'd be but our guide from the forest trip personally walked into the bus station, spoke to the counter lady to see if we could get on an earlier bus, and made sure we knew what to do and where to go before he left us alone. Both guides were very informative and personable. Although we didn't really do much with the Mt Fuji portion and it wasn't all that exciting, I don't regret going as I got the photos that I wanted. The forest wasn't as spooky as we had thought it would be but was instead very peaceful and tranquil. We had also wanted to see the famous root structures but it had snowed the day before so most of the roots were covered in snow. The ice cave exceeded our expectations. The red overalls provided didn't do much for warmth it was below freezing but they were good to protect our clothes from the rough volcanic rock while climbing down to the cave. The forest guide was also kind enough to take some pictures of us with his camera and emailed me those photos a few days after our trip. He was the type of person who I would come back to Japan just to see him again.
The Aokigahara Forest day Trip was AMAZING! It did rain that day but the experience and walk through the forest was well worth it. Yaya was our tour guide and she is extremely knowledgeable. That being said our trip to Mt Fuji was completely overshadowed by the Ice cave. You have 30 mins to see Mt Fuji (if there’s no fog) but you’re not the only tour bus there. You basically have sufficient time to go to the bathroom, glance at souvenirs, and go hunting for your tour bus.
Visit Japan’s iconic Mt Fuji and nearby Aokigahara Forest on a day trip from Tokyo. Discover the unique natural environment of this formerly active volcanic region, and see ice and wind caves that have been formed by lava. Stop at the 5th Station for breathtaking views of Mt Fuji from an altitude of 7,610 feet (2,305 meters). Your day trip ends in Tokyo’s bustling Shinjuku precinct.