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Top 10 Awesome Sightseeing & Food Spots Around Mt. Fuji - Recommended by Locals!

Top 10 Awesome Sightseeing & Food Spots Around Mt. Fuji - Recommended by Locals!

Date published: 16 March 2020
Last updated: 5 January 2021

Mt. Fuji is Japan's iconic mountain loved by locals and tourists alike, which means there are plenty of spectacular views and adorable snacks to celebrate its beauty!

Here we'll look at some recommended sightseeing spots and delicious local dishes from around Mt. Fuji and its Fuji Five Lakes.

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Yoshida no Udon: Specialty Local Fujiyoshida Cuisine
  2. 2. Mt. Fuji Melonpan: Adorable Fuji Shaped Cakes!
  3. 3. Fuji Radar Dome Building: Best Spot for Viewing Mt. Fuji
  4. 4. Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park: Enjoy the Colors of Each Season
  5. 5. Fujikyu Highland: Japan's Leading Roller Coaster Theme Park
  6. 6. Yamanakako Teddy Bear World Museum: So Many Teddy Bears!
  7. 7. Yamanashi Prefectural Mount Fuji World Heritage Center: Learn All About Mount Fuji
  8. 8. Kawaguchiko Herbkan/House of Fragrance: Create Dry Flower Arrangements and Pressed Flowers
  9. 9. Michi no Eki Narusawa: A Rest Area Overlooking Mt. Fuji
  10. 10. Fujiyama Komitake Shrine: Adorable Mount Fuji Amulets

1. Yoshida no Udon: Specialty Local Fujiyoshida Cuisine

1. Yoshida no Udon: Specialty Local Fujiyoshida Cuisine
Yoshida Udon (courtesy of:Fuji Five Lakes Tourism Federation)

Yoshida no Udon is a traditional dish from Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture. It is an impressive udon dish of thick noodles, horse meat, and boiled cabbage. There are nearly 50 shops that serve Yoshida Udon scattered about the city. Each shop boasts its own unique flavors, so you can find the one you love the most!

Each shop uses a condiment called 'suridane,' a mix of sesame, Sichuan pepper, and chili pepper. The suridane seasonings also vary by shop, just like the noodles, so you can enjoy a different taste wherever you go.

2. Mt. Fuji Melonpan: Adorable Fuji Shaped Cakes!

2. Mt. Fuji Melonpan: Adorable Fuji Shaped Cakes!
Mt. Fuji Melonpan (courtesy of https://fujiyoshida.net/feature/fujisan_gourmet/index)

Mt. Fuji Melonpan, or melon bread, is sold at the Amanoya Bakery, located at the Mt. Fuji 5th Station Rest House.

These adorable melonpan are made in the shape of Mt. Fuji, and have become quite popular among young people. With a crisp outside and fluffy inside, these limited-edition breads can only be found here! A must-try when visiting the Fuji Five Lakes area.

  • Amanoya
    あまの屋
    • Address 8545-1 Narusawa-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0320
    • Nearest Station Take the Fujikyu Bus from Fujikyu Fujisan Station (approx. 1 hour)
    • Phone Number 0555-72-1341
    • Hours: Weekdays: 8:30AM-6:00PM; Sat & Sun: 8:30AM-6:30PM
      *Closes when sold out
      Regular Holidays: Open year-round

3. Fuji Radar Dome Building: Best Spot for Viewing Mt. Fuji

3. Fuji Radar Dome Building: Best Spot for Viewing Mt. Fuji
Fuji Radar Dome Building (courtesy of https://fujiyoshida.net/feature/Mt.Fuji_view/index)

The Fuji Radar Dome Building has long been used for Japanese weather observations. It currently serves as a place for children to learn through hands-on activities.

The Fuji Radar Dome Building is also a famous scenic spot for viewing Mt. Fuji! The vastness of Mt. Fuji looming right before you is a powerful view that you are unlikely to experience anywhere else.

  • Fuji Radar Dome Building
    富士山レーダードーム館
    • Address 1936-1 Araya, Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture, 403-0006
    • Nearest Station Take bus from Fujikyu Railway Fujisan Station (approx. 15 minutes); walk 5 minutes from the Sun Park Fujimae bus stop
    • Phone Number 0555-20-0223
    • Hours: 9:00AM-5:00PM (last entry 4:30PM)
      Regular Holidays: Every Tuesday (and closed in July and August)

4. Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park: Enjoy the Colors of Each Season

4. Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park: Enjoy the Colors of Each Season
Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park (courtesy of the Fuji Five Lakes Tourism Federation)

Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park has an expansive scenery of flower fields set against a Mt. Fuji backdrop.

The 300,000 square meter area is covered with all kinds of flowers, whose colors change with the seasons. There are plenty of activities for families to enjoy in Hananomiyako Park in addition to the free outdoor area, including Seiryu-no-Sato Park, and a limited-edition flower shop.

Information on what flowers are in bloom is regularly updated on the official website, so you can check it out before your visit.

  • Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park
    山中湖 花の都公園
    • Address 1650 Yamanakako Village, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0501
    • Nearest Station Take Fujikko-go Bus from Fujikyu Fujisan Station (30 minutes)
    • Phone Number 0555-62-5587
    • Hours: April 16 to October 15 (8:30AM-5:30PM); October 16-April 15 (9:00AM-4:30PM)
      Regular Holidays: Every Tuesday from December 1 to March 15 (excluding New Year holidays)

5. Fujikyu Highland: Japan's Leading Roller Coaster Theme Park

5. Fujikyu Highland: Japan's Leading Roller Coaster Theme Park
Fujikyu Highland (courtesy of the Fuji Five Lakes Tourism Federation)

Fujikyu Highland is famous for its scream-machine roller coasters, including 'FUJIYAMA,' 'DODODONPA,' 'Eejanaika,' and 'Takabisha.'

In addition to roller coasters, there is plenty to be enjoyed by all kinds of people, from friends and families to couples, including the haunted house, 'The Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear,' and the family-friendly, foot-pedaled rowboat, 'Water Ace.' There are also food courts where you can enjoy local cuisine, fast food, and cafes. You can easily spend an entire day at this park.

  • Fuji-Q Highland
    富士急ハイランド
    • Address 5-6-1 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture, 403-0017
    • Nearest Station Walk from Fujikyu Highland Station
    • Phone Number 0555-23-2111
    • Hours: Hours may vary each month; please see website for details
      Regular Holiday: Irregular closings

6. Yamanakako Teddy Bear World Museum: So Many Teddy Bears!

6. Yamanakako Teddy Bear World Museum: So Many Teddy Bears!
Yamanakako Teddy Bear World Museum (courtesy of the Fuji Five Lakes Tourism Federation)

Of course, teddy bears are loved by all kinds of people all around the world. This private museum, the Yamanakako Teddy Bear World Museum, has a collection of such teddy bears, and is located right on top of a small hill near Mt. Fuji and Lake Yamanaka. There is a wide variety of works on display, from top artists to collaboration items, making it a fantastic place to visit for teddy bear fans from all over.

There is a wealth of teddy bear goods at the museum shop, all carefully selected by staff. There are even original, limited-edition items that you can only find here, definite must-haves for teddy bear fans. After the museum, enjoy a delicious meal at the neighboring ramen shop, Lille Cafe. Adored by the locals, this shop is pretty famous for its delicious ramen!

  • Lake Yamanaka Teddy Bear World Museum
    山中湖テディベアワールドミュージアム
    • Address 493-111 Hirano, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanakako-mura, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0502
    • Nearest Station Take Fujikko-go Bus from Fujikyuko Fujisan Station (approx. 45 minutes), get off at Yamanakako Asahigaoka bus stop (approx. 15 minute walk)
    • Phone Number 0555-20-2800
    • Hours: 10:00AM-4:00PM *Business hours differ in winter (January-February)
      Regular Holiday: Thursdays *May close in winter due to weather (January to February)

7. Yamanashi Prefectural Mount Fuji World Heritage Center: Learn All About Mount Fuji

7. Yamanashi Prefectural Mount Fuji World Heritage Center: Learn All About Mount Fuji
Yamanashi Prefectural Mount Fuji World Heritage Center (courtesy of the Fuji Five Lakes Tourism Federation)

The Yamanashi Prefectural Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center is the center for understanding the value of Mt. Fuji as a World Heritage Site. The Fugaku 360 (360-degree view of Mount Fuji) is a multiscreen sculpture of Mt. Fuji made from traditional Japanese washi paper, which fully explains all about Mt. Fuji and its surrounding area.

Download the official guide app, Fujimeguri, for a more useful and interactive tour of the museum. Scan markers on the floor map or the figures of people related to Mt. Fuji to see original animations explaining various information about Mt. Fuji and the Asama Shrine. Museum guidance is available in seven languages including English, Chinese, and Korean.

At Fujisan Sengen, you can share a personal message about what you think about Mt. Fuji and how you hope to protect it. You can even reread older messages you wrote by searching the date and hometown. What a great way to create fond memories of your trip!

  • Yamanashi Prefecture Fujisan World Heritage Center
    山梨県立富士山世界遺産センター
    • Address 6663-1 Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0301
    • Nearest Station Take Free Fujikyu Loop Shuttle Bus from Fujikyuko Kawaguchiko Station (5 minutes), walk 1 minute from Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center bus stop
    • Phone Number 0555-72-0259
    • Hours: 9:00AM-5:00PM (July-September:8:30AM-6:00PM, December-February: 9:00AM-4:00PM)
      Closed: North Building open year-round; South Building closed every fourth Tuesday

8. Kawaguchiko Herbkan/House of Fragrance: Create Dry Flower Arrangements and Pressed Flowers

8. Kawaguchiko Herbkan/House of Fragrance: Create Dry Flower Arrangements and Pressed Flowers
Kawaguchiko Herbkan/House of Fragrance (courtesy of the Fuji Five Lakes Tourism Federation)

Kawaguchiko Herbkan / House of Fragrance is located on the southern shore of Lake Kawaguchi. This tourist attraction is free to enter, and you can enjoy food, shopping, and even hands-on experience classes. The herb garden is full of about 200 kinds of herbs, such as lavender, rose and chamomile. At the café inside the glass house, you can enjoy single flavors, blends, and more, made with different colors and aromas depending on the day.

In the workshop on the second floor of the main building, there are a wide variety of things you can create and experiences to try, including herb flower arrangements, pressed-flower postcards and bookmarks, beautiful interior decorations such as herbariums, pressed flower picture frames, and resin-covered flower pendants and acrylic coasters. Experience classes are open to children as well as adults at all times, so if you visit Kawaguchiko Herbkan House of Fragrance, why not give one a try?

  • Kawaguchiko Herbkan/House of Fragrance
    河口湖ハーブ館・香水の舎
    • Address 6713-18 Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0301
    • Nearest Station Take Fuji Five Lakes Sightseeing Bus (Red/Green Line) from Fujikyuko Kawaguchiko Station, approx. 7 minutes
    • Phone Number 0555-72-3082
    • Hours: 9:00AM-6:00PM
      Regular Holiday: Open year-round

9. Michi no Eki Narusawa: A Rest Area Overlooking Mt. Fuji

9. Michi no Eki Narusawa: A Rest Area Overlooking Mt. Fuji
Michi no Eki Narusawa (courtesy of the Fuji Five Lakes Tourism Federation)

Michi no Eki Narusawa, located along National Route 139, is a roadside station that has become popular for of its location overlooking Mt. Fuji. Michi no Eki Narusawa offers a wide range of dishes, from local specialties to light snacks. Enjoy popular local specialties, made with local ingredients, such as Fuji Sakura Soft Serve and Sendo Soba, which can only be tasted here. At the Bussankan Product Shop, you can buy local Narusawa vegetables such as fresh potatoes and tomatoes. It's also a great place to buy souvenirs.

  • Michi no Eki Narusawa
    道の駅なるさわ
    • Address 8532-63, Narusawa-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi 401-0320
    • Phone Number 0555-85-3900
    • Hours: Museum: 9:00AM-6:00PM, Snack Bar: 9:30AM-5:30PM
      Regular Holiday: Open year-round

10. Fujiyama Komitake Shrine: Adorable Mount Fuji Amulets

10. Fujiyama Komitake Shrine: Adorable Mount Fuji Amulets
Fujiyama Komitake Shrine (courtesy of https://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/kankou/spot/p_9503.html)

Fujiyama Komitake Shrine is a historical shrine founded in 937 (Johei Era Year 7). This shrine is located at the fifth station of Mt. Fuji. It is sometimes called the 'Tengu Garden,' which comes from a legend in which a Tengu (a Japanese folkloric goblin) once ruled the shrine. Many people come to pray here for many things, such as a long, healthy life, safe childbirth, and a happy marriage. You can also buy these cute and popular Mt. Fuji-shaped charms at Fujisan Komitake Shrine. They are popular with tourists, and make a great memory of your trip to Japan.

  • Fujisan Komitake Shrine
    冨士山小御嶽神社
    • Address 5617 Kamiyoshida Kamiyoshida, Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture 403-0005
    • Nearest Station Take bus from Fujikyuko Kawaguchiko Station (50 minutes), walk from Fuji Subaru Line Fifth Station bus stop
    • Phone Number 0555-72-1475
    • Hours: 9:00AM-4:00PM

All the recommended sightseeing attractions and gourmet introduced here are within the Mt. Fuji and Fuji Five Lakes area, and can be explored in a single one-day trip. This is a highly recommended spot for those looking for something short and sweet to enjoy. If you haven't been here yet, by all means, pay a visit!

In collaboration with Fuji Five Lakes Tourism Center

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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