5th Station: The unrevealed Scenery

Located in Mt Fuji (Japan), the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station is the most popular station on Mt Fuji and the best developed. In this station you will find restaurants, shops, stunning views of Fuji Five Lakes and the starting point for those hikers and climbers. Yoshida and Ochudo trails start by this point

I could see a cozy atmosphere on this place during my visit despite the crowds found in the main point. Its trails won’t disappoint you, especially the quietness and foliage found in Ochudo trail which makes it worthy to be explored.

HOW TO GET THERE

From Kawaguchiko Station, you may buy a round trip ticket at the ticket counter inside of the station at 2100 yen. The journey takes about one hour. The cost of one way trip is about 1540 yen

EXPLORING AROUND

Arrived to 5th Station, there are several options to choose. The starting point offers a great view of Fuji Five Lakes. Probably will be super crowded as was in my case and will be really challenging to find a spot for a nice shot. Unfortunately, was very foggy and cloudy during my visit and barely could enjoy of a nice scenery

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My “hike” started by Ochudo Trail trying to leave the crowds behind me and have a quiet walk. Despite the weather conditions were not good at all, the fog on this trail made the journey unique and gloomy. The air was very humid but really cooling and fresh

As walked through this trail, the weather was turning more foggy to the point of I couldn’t see the trail at all

Unfortunately due to the weather conditions, I had to turn around and explore the next trail, Yoshida.

Walking through Yoshida Trail, I faced the same problem but less fog intensity than Ochudo though.

 

After walking about 15 minutes, there is a clear spot to take nice shots of the scenery. Only few seconds were needed for the clouds to cover again these great views

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Sadly and due to this weather inconveniences, I left with a bad taste of not having a chance to see these stunning views, leaving the 5th Station as an unrevealed scenery.

 

 

Chureito Pagoda: Stairways to the Heaven

Chureito Pagoda 忠霊塔 (Japan) is a pagoda on a mountainside with Mount Fuji & Fujiyoshida City views that was built in 1963 as a peace memorial being part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine

The location offers stunning views of Mt Fuji and Fujiyoshida from the top of the mountain after climbing up its 400 steps

HOW TO GET THERE

From Kawaguchiko Station, you can take the Fujikyu Railway Line to Shimo-Yoshida Station at 300 yen. The journey takes about 10 minutes by train.

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Arakura Sengen Shrine is about 10-15 minutes walking distance from Shimoyoshida Station. There are indications on the way, so it’s hard to get lost.

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EXPLORING AROUND

On the way to Arakura Sengen, you may have a walk by the town. I found really beautiful its streets and views. Worth to spend 15 minutes strolling around

 

Once arrived to Arakura Sengen, you may follow the stairs to the pagoda. During the climbing, there are some photo spots located on the right side. From these spots you will have awesome views of the city and Mt Fuji, but not as beautiful as the top of the mountain though.

Views of Mt Fuji from one of these spots

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On the way up, you may find several spots from the stairs. Worth to keep looking behind to don’t miss any chance since the combination of the Mt Fuji + vegetation offers a great composition

Once arrived to the pagoda after 10 minutes of walk, simply follow the road located on the right side to reach to the top for a better views of the area

Finally on the top, one of the most beautiful views of Fuji will be spotted right behind of the pagoda

I hope this little guide has been helpful and you have enjoyed of this wonderful place

DETAILS

  • Location: Chureito Pagoda 忠霊塔 @ Arakura Sengen, Fujiyoshida
  • Transportation: Fujikyu Railway Line to Shimo-Yoshida Station
  • Time spent: 4 hours
  • Weather conditions: Sunny. However, was cloudy and with showers the rest of the days.
  • Season: Early October
  • Score: 10/10