For many visitors to Japan, Mount Fuji is one of the destinations at the top of the bucket list. Access to Kawaguchiko - the area right around the mountain - used to involve a somewhat longer travel time and even multiple transfers.
But all that changed in March 16, 2019, when the new Fuji Excursion train connected the Mt. Fuji area directly to Shinjuku Station, one of Tokyo's busiest transit hubs. Follow along as we introduce the Fuji Excursion, its schedule and fees!
About the Fuji Excursion train
The Fuji Excursion is the result of a partnership between Japan Rail (JR) and Fujikyu Corporation, the major rail operator in the Mt. Fuji area. According to the new timetable, the journey to Mt. Fuji from Tokyo will be shortened to just 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Two trains began operation from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko on weekdays, with three operated on weekends.
The Fuji Excursion stops at several convenient spots before reaching Kawaguchiko. We'd like to mention two of them briefly.
Otsuki: Perfect place to switch over to the JR line and head further west, or hop on a bus to see the world's fastest train at the Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center.
Fujikyu Highland: Japan’s largest amusement park, it's filled with exciting roller coasters, attractions, and more. Thrill seekers from all over the world flock here - right at the foot of Mount Fuji.
How & where can I get tickets for the Fuji Excursion train?
Tickets for the Fuji Excursion may be purchased at the JR ticket counter ('green window'), at a JR ticket machine, or online at https://www.eki-net.com/pc/jreast-shinkansen-reservation/English/wb/common/Menu/Menu.aspx.
Given the popularity of the Fuji Excursion, reserved seats are advisable.
When does the Fuji Excursion leave from Tokyo?
When does the Fuji Excursion leave from Kawaguchiko to return to Tokyo?
How much does the Fuji Excursion cost?
Shinjuku ⇔ Mt. Fuji, Fujikyu Highland, Kawaguchiko
-Express fare, one-way: 1,600 yen (900 yen for children)
-Ticket, one-way: 2,460 yen
-Total cost, one-way: 4,060 yen
Shinjuku ⇔ Tsuru-bunkadaigaku-mae
1,400 yen (800 yen for children)
Otsuki ⇔ Mt. Fuji, Fujikyu Highland, Kawaguchiko:
600 yen (400 yen for children)
Otsuki ⇔ Tsuru-bunkadaigaku-mae:
400 yen (300 yen for children)
Unless noted otherwise, prices above are one-way express fares only and do not include price of ticket. Prices are current as of April 3, 2019.
FAQ: Fuji Excursion Train
Can I use the Japan Rail Pass with the Fuji Excursion?
Yes. If you have a Japan Rail Pass, you may ride the Fuji Excursion. However, at present only the JR portion of the ticket (Shinjuku ⇔ Otsuki) would be covered. Passengers would be responsible for the Otsuki ⇔ Mt. Fuji, Fujikyu Highland, Kawaguchiko portion of the ticket plus express fare.
・Otsuki→Kawaguchiko: 1,140 yen (one-way)
・Express fare (one-way): 600 yen for adults; 400 yen for children
・Total: ~1,740 yen (one-way)
Can I use the JR Tokyo Wide Pass to ride the Fuji Excursion?
Yes. Express fare plus ticket is included. However, it is recommended to speak with a JR ticket counter ('green window') staff to make a seat reservation, given the popularity of the train. Reservations are free.
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*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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