A gateway to the Fuji Five Lakes area, Fujiyoshida is a charming mid-20th-century town north of Mount Fuji. It clusters around the historic Gekkō-ji area and is near the Fuji-Q Highland theme park and walking trails of Aokigahara.
Things to do in Fujiyoshida
Soak up the photogenic views of Mount Fuji from the shores of Lake Kawaguchi, the second largest of the Fuji Five Lakes. Alternatively, head to the horseshoe-shaped Lake Shoji and rent a boat or try your luck at catching Japanese crucian carp.
If you’re visiting Lake Kawaguchi, stop in at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum to learn about the ancient Tsujigahana style of silk dyeing. Get up close to stunning kimonos created by renowned textile artist Itchiku Kubota and admire his unfinished kimono masterpiece “Symphony of Light”.
Fujiyoshida is home to one of Japan’s largest amusement parks, Fuji-Q Highland, which boasts what was once the world’s tallest roller coaster. Experience the 121-degree drop of the Takabisha roller coaster and the hair-raising speed of the Dodonpa, with a Thomas the Tank Engine themed area for kids.
Drive from Fujiyoshida to the “Sea of Trees” at Aokigahara, a forest famed for its volcanic caverns and lava beds formed during Mount Fuji’s eruptions. Follow the trail to the aptly-named Wind Cave or experience the Ice Cave that stays frozen throughout the year while keeping an eye out for Japanese mink.
Getting around Fujiyoshida
Fujiyoshida is just over two hours by train from Tokyo and around two hours’ drive from Haneda Airport. Buses travel throughout the Fuji Five Lakes area or you can rent bicycles.