Explore Mt. Fuji in a wheelchair with support from your guide!
On this tour you can experience the beauty of Mt. Fuji and the Fuji Five Lakes area up close. No one should miss out on Japan’s most famous and stunning mountain, so this is a wheelchair friendly tour which anyone can enjoy regardless of walking ability. We provide an English speaking private guide to help you get the most out of your day. You’ll see panoramic views either from Fuji 5th Station or from the Arakura Fuji Sengen Shrine followed by lunch at a traditional Japanese restaurant. You’ll also visit Oishi Park on the shore of Lake Kawaguchiko where you’ll see hundreds of flowers in front of an impressive full view of Mt. Fuji. From there you’ll visit traditional village Oshino Hakkai and Gaudi-style kimono museum Kubota Itchiku Art Museum.
① Pick-up from your hotel in wheelchair-friendly vehicle (8:00)
② Mt. Fuji Subaru 5th Station (10:30~11:30)
For those who don’t wish to hike all the way to the top of Mt. Fuji, the 5th Station is the highest point you can reach by car. Situated halfway up the mountain, you’ll be able to say you’ve “been up” Mt. Fuji! From 5th Station you can enjoy panoramic views from 7,546 feet (2,300m) high. There’s even a post office where you can send a postcard from Mt. Fuji.
OR Arakura Fuji Sengen Shrine and the Chureito Pagoda (10:30~11:30)
Between July 10th-September 10th private cars cannot access 5th station so instead you will visit Arakura Fuji Sengen Shrine and the Chureito Pagoda. This spot is also recommended during cherry blossom season. If you have ever seen a photo of a pagoda surrounded by cherry blossoms with Mt. Fuji in the background, chances are it was the Chureito Pagoda. You will be driven to the top of the hill where you can relax and enjoy the breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji, surrounded by cherry blossoms if you come during Spring.
OR Ensoleillé, the Lake Kawaguchiko Sightseeing Boat (10:30~11:30)
On this boat cruise you can enjoy floating on the lake, surrounded by the clear waters of Lake Kawaguchi on all sides, while staring up at the mountain above you.
③ Lunch at Idaten by Lake Kawaguchiko (12:10~13:00 *time differs depending on previous activity)
Enjoy traditional Japanese tempura or noodles in this wheelchair friendly restaurant.
④ Kawaguchiko Oishi Park – photos (13:15~13:45)
Head around the sparkling lake to Oishi Park. Oishi Park is home to fields of flowers spreading like a carpet along the lakeshore. You’ll definitely want to get your camera out. This is a lovely spot to breathe in the fresh air of Japan’s countryside and allow the views to relax you.
⑤ Kubota Itchiku Art Museum (13:55~14:55) (*museum is closed on Tuesdays except in October/November so Tuesday tours will instead see the Kawaguchiko Music Forest)
Kubota Itchiku was a renowned artist who revived the traditional fabric dyeing technique of Tsujigahana. Tsujigahana flourished in Muromachi period (1336-1573) but then fell out of favour. In the 1930s he became fascinated by silk dyeing and devoted his life to mastering the Tsujigahana technique. Along the shores of Kawaguchiko stands a museum devoted to him, with several of his most beautiful kimono creations. You can see his unfinished masterpiece "Symphony of Light", a piece comprised of 80 kimonos that together form of a picture of Mount Fuji. The buildings themselves, as well as the garden are also interesting. The buildings are made of Okinawan coral and limestone and built in Gaudi fashion, while the gardens were designed by Itchiku Kubota himself and stretch from the entrance gate far into the wooded slopes behind the museum buildings. Much of the garden is not wheelchair accessible however you can still enjoy the indoor exhibits of the museum, as well as the outdoor architecture.
⑥ Oshino Hakkai (15:20-16:00)
A small village with eight springs filled with breathtakingly blue water and revered as the "springs of the gods", where pilgrims used to purify themselves in the springs. The water comes from the snow melt from Mt. Fuji itself and was designated as a World Heritage site together with Mt.Fuji in 2013.
⑦ Depart and return to hotel (16:00~18:30 *possibility for traffic jams causing delays)
• Experience being on Mt. Fuji from Fuji 5th Station
• Enjoy fantastic panoramic views of Lake Kawaguchiko and Mt. Fuji
• Eat delicious Japanese food in a wheelchair friendly restaurant near Lake Kawaguchiko
• Beautiful flowers amid Mt. Fuji at Oishi Park
• Learn about Japanese culture and kimonos in the unique Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
• Explore a beautiful traditional village filled with freshwater springs
・A maximum of 2 wheelchair spots are available in the car
・Transport or weather conditions may require us to modify the tour
・Japanese are also welcome to take this tour.
This price is per group, not per person.
|Duration||11 hours (approx)|
|Hours of availability||
• Private transportation including gas and highway fees
• Food and drinks
|Participants||2-6（including friends, family, caregivers, etc.）|