Fuji Highlights Bike Tour

   Full-Day
   Panoramic Views
   Art, Culture and Outdoors

Tour highlights:
  • travel between relatively short, easy cycling segments in our support car so you can see the best sights without having to bike the long hills and less-scenic roads connecting them
  • stand beside a magnificent pagoda that frames the quintessential postcard shot of Mt Fuji
  • explore a village of thatched-roof houses where artisans display traditional crafts in a setting that preserves the look of ancient Japan
  • bike on three lakeshores with outstanding views of Mt Fuji and the surrounding forests and countryside
  • visit vast flower fields at the foot of the mountain or a cave with spectacular ice formations (depending on the season and your preferences)
  • take in panoramic views of the Fuji Five Lakes region from the bridge over Lake Kawaguchi
  • see Mt Fuji not only from the most famous viewpoints but also from quiet, picturesque country roads relatively few tourists visit
  • explore an atmospheric shrine in a grove of giant cedar trees
  • bike under the branches of lakeside cherry trees that flower in spring
  • view Fuji framed by maples and ginkos whose leaves turn red and yellow in fall
Difficulty: Easy
Typical duration: 7½ hours
Maximum duration: 8 hours
Terrain: Flat bike paths and country roads
Length: 30 km (20 mi)
Total elevation gain: 15 m
Departs from: Kawaguchiko Train Station
Tour fee: ¥25,000/person for 3 or more people, ¥37,500/person for 2 people or ¥75,000 for 1 person
What's included: Support car (to ride in between flat, scenic areas and whenever you get tired), English-speaking guide, bicycle, entrance fees for traditional village and flower park or cave visited during the tour, basic insurance, helmet, bottled water, lunch and snacks


Description: This tour takes you to the best attractions and viewpoints around three of the lakes at the foot of Mount Fuji while keeping the biking distance short enough to be easy for a person of low to average fitness. Our support car drives you between the most scenic segments of the cycling route so you can skip the hills and enjoy a leisurely bike ride on the area's flattest courses.

Cycling segments of the tour are complemented with numerous opportunities to explore local culture and picturesque countryside on foot. At a beautifully-preserved ancient village, you'll have the opportunity to see the work of local artisans who create traditional hand-made ceramics, wood carvings, paintings and indigo-dyed fabrics. Discover the most impressive pagoda and shrine nestled among towering cypress trees in Fuji's foothills. Stop at a beach where white swans are often seen floating across the mountain's reflection on the water's surface.

Take in views of the iconic mountain framed by outstanding seasonal attractions like maples whose leaves turn fiery colors in autumn and cherry trees that bloom in spring. Depending on the season and your preferences, you'll also view Mt Fuji foregrounded by vast fields of flowers or visit a cave with unique ice and lava formations.

Itinerary:
  • Meet our guides at Kawaguchiko Station
  • Our support car takes you to a lookout point with a spectacular view of Mt Fuji and a lake in its foothills (45 minutes)
  • Ride to Lake Yamanaka in our support car (10 minutes)
  • Cycle part of the way around Lake Yamanaka (typically 50 minutes)
    • Bike past plum and cherry trees on the waterfront, enjoying flower viewing in spring
    • Stop at a beach with an excellent view of Mt Fuji
    • Cycle past maple trees, viewing colorful leaves in fall
    • Ride on dedicated bike paths and boardwalks from which swans can be seen floating on the lake
  • Ride to a flower park in our support car, and view fields of seasonal blooms foregrounding Mt Fuji (typically 30 minutes) [Not included in the itinerary in winter or when you wish to substitute a visit to a cave with ice and lava formations, as described below].
  • Our support car takes you to a majestic shrine in a cypress grove where you explore on foot (typically 30 minutes)
  • Short break for snacks
  • Ride to Lake Kawaguchiko in our support car (15 minutes)
  • Bike part of the way around Lake Kawaguchiko (typically 1 hour)
    • Cycle over a bridge that spans the lake and offers beautiful views
    • Stop at a lookout point on the lakeshore
    • Bike beside rows of cherry trees on the waterfront, enjoying cherry blossom viewing in spring
    • Cycle through the "Maple Corridor," viewing colorful leaves in fall
    • Visit a flower park
  • Lunch break (typically 45 minutes)
  • Ride to Lake Sai in our support car (5 minutes)
  • Cycle half way around Lake Sai (typically 30 minutes)
    • Bike past plum and cherry trees on the waterfront, enjoying flower viewing in spring
    • Stop at a beach with an excellent view of Mt Fuji
    • Cycle past maple trees, viewing colorful leaves in fall
  • Explore on foot at an ancient village of thatched-roof houses where local artisans display traditional Japanese crafts (typically 1 hour)
  • Ride in our support car to a cave with unique ice and lava formations where you explore on foot (typically 30 minutes) [Not included in the itinerary when you wish to substitute a visit to a flower park with fields of seasonal blooms foregrounding Mt Fuji, as described above].
  • Our support car takes you to Arakurayama Sengen Park where you explore on foot (typically 45 minutes)
    • view Mt Fuji framed by the Sengen Shrine's gate
    • walk up 400 steps to Chureito Pagoda
    • enjoy views of Mt Fuji framed by the pagoda, along with cherry blossoms in spring and colorful leaves in autumn
  • Ride to Kawaguchiko Station in our support car (15 minutes)
  • Tour concludes at Kawaguchiko Station

Photos from the Fuji Highlights Bike Tour