Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus for climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan. Backpacking Japan travel blog.

 

Mt Fuji 5th station is the “base” or start of the Yoshida Trail, the most popular of the 4 hiking trails that will take you to the Mt Fuji summit.

I took a direct bus from Tokyo to Mt Fuji 5th station to start the climb up Mt Fuji, so this will be a bit of what you can expect if you’ll be doing the same thing.

If you don’t want to hike to the top of Mount Fuji and would rather admire the mountain from far away, see some of the best things to do for Mt Fuji views in Kawaguchiko.

Also be sure to see where to go for the iconic view of Mt Fuji you’ve probably seen in photos!

 

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Arrival time at Mount Fuji 5th station. How much time from Tokyo to Mt Fuji. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

 

Climbing Mt Fuji as a 2-day hike

This is what my 2 days of climbing Mt Fuji looked like:

I arrived to Tokyo by bullet train from Kyoto, so I also had a short train ride from Shinagawa to Shinjuku before the direct bus to Mt Fuji 5th station.

 

 

So…

Do you need to buy bus tickets in advance?

It’s highly recommended to buy bus tickets from Tokyo to Mt Fuji 5th station in advance.

This direct bus only operates during the summer.

In general, weekends are said to be busier than weekdays.

So if you have flexibility, it could be best to try to go during the week.

 

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus. How much does it cost? How long does it take? Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan. Backpacking Japan travel blog.

 

The bus ticket will cost around 2,500 to 2,700 yen (US$25).

It’ll take around 2.5 hours to get from Tokyo to Mt Fuji 5th station by bus.

 

See more costs of climbing Mount Fuji.

 

 

What if bus tickets to Mt Fuji 5th station are sold out?!

There are alternative ways to get to Mt Fuji 5th station.

It will just take longer.

If you find that you can’t get a direct bus from Tokyo to 5th station but you are still determined to start your Mt Fuji climb on that day, the next best option will likely be to get yourself to Kawaguchiko.

And then once there, you can get a bus from Kawaguchiko to Mt Fuji 5th station.

Google Maps can be a reliable way to get around Tokyo and Japan, so consult Google Maps for the suggested route!

My brother showed up to the Shinjuku bus station at 6am or 7am one morning, hoping to get a bus to 5th station, but he wasn’t able to get one.

So he had to resort to plan B. Which was to get to Mt Fuji 5th station the best way that Google Maps says there is!

He was still able to get to 5th station that morning, climb up Mt Fuji and then back down in one day, aka he did the Mt Fuji bullet climb which actually really isn’t recommended.

I opted to do it over 2 days by staying at a mountain hut on Mount Fuji!

 

 

Bus ticket for Mt Fuji 5th station to Tokyo?

So what about after you finish climbing Mount Fuji?

How to get back to Tokyo?!

I only bought a ticket to get to Mt Fuji, as I didn’t know how long it would take me to complete the trail.

After I finished climbing Mt Fuji and got back to 5th station, there just happened to be a bus to Kawaguchiko leaving soon, so I hopped on that bus, since my plan was to stay the night in Kawaguchiko anyway.

Even if you want to make it back to Tokyo immediately, it could be easiest to head back through Kawaguchiko. (So Mt Fuji 5th station to Kawaguchiko, and then Kawaguchiko to Tokyo.)

 

 

Now…

Here’s a bit of what Tokyo to Mt Fuji 5th station by bus might look like!

 

 

Arrive at Shinjuku bus terminal

You may want to give yourself a bit of extra time to navigate around the Shinjuku station.

The train station and bus station are located in the same general area, but it’s still a rather expansive area.

 

If you see this…

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: How to get to Shinjuku bus terminal - across the street from Shinjuku JR train station. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

Or this…

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: How to get to Shinjuku bus terminal - across the street from Shinjuku train station. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

You want to make sure you’re on the other side of the street!

 

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: How to get to Shinjuku bus terminal - Shinjuku station. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

The Shinjuku bus terminal is on the 4th floor, and this street level is considered the 2nd floor.

Follow the signs!

 

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: How to get to Shinjuku bus terminal - highway expressway bus 4th floor. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: How to get to Shinjuku bus terminal - highway expressway bus 4th floor. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: How to get to Shinjuku bus terminal - highway expressway bus 4th floor. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

Or if you’re arriving by train to Shinjuku station, you can just follow the signs for the “highway bus”!

 

 

Coin lockers at Shinjuku bus station

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Shinjuku bus terminal - coin lockers for luggage storage at shinjuku bus station. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

You can find coin lockers right in front of the main entrance.

These coin lockers are more suitable if you’ve arrived at the bus station early and want to wander around Shinjuku a bit.

The ones I saw here were showing a 2-hour rate. (Unlike other coin lockers that show a daily rate.)

 

 

Convenience store at Shinjuku bus station

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Shinjuku bus terminal - convenience store at shinjuku bus station. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

There’s also a convenience store right near the entrance.

So if you need to do some last minute shopping for drinks and snacks to bring with you on your hike, you can stock up here!

 

 

So once you enter the bus terminal area…

You can go straight to the information desk and ask about where to wait for your bus.

 

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Shinjuku bus terminal information desk. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

You can also confirm by looking at the sign.

 

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Shinjuku bus terminal - bus timings for bus Mt Fuji in waiting area. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Shinjuku bus terminal - bus timings for bus Mt Fuji. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

 

And then…

Wait for the bus to Mt Fuji!

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Shinjuku bus terminal waiting area. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Shinjuku bus terminal - buy tickets and waiting area. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

The Shinjuku bus terminal is a major transportation hub, and you can find buses that leave from here to a lot of different places.

If you wanted to buy tickets at the bus station, you can do so here.

 

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Shinjuku bus terminal - buy tickets at ticket counter. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Shinjuku bus terminal - buy tickets at ticket counter. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

 

Bus to Mt Fuji arrives!

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Bus to Mount Fuji 5th station. How much time from Tokyo to Mt Fuji. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Bus to Mount Fuji 5th station. How much time from Tokyo to Mt Fuji. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

You can show the bus ticket on your phone if you bought the ticket online.

 

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Bus ticket for Tokyo to Mount Fuji 5th station. How much time from Tokyo to Mt Fuji. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

There’s a luggage storage area under the bus if you have a bigger backpack.

 

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: luggage storage for big backpack. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

Or you can carry it onto the bus with you.

 

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: luggage storage for backpack. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

There’s also toilet on the bus, so be sure to stay well-hydrated before you start your big hike!

 

 

Bus ride to Mt Fuji

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Bus ride to Mount Fuji 5th station. How much time from Tokyo to Mt Fuji. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

And your journey to Mt Fuji officially begins!!

So with the bus ride being around 2.5 hours long, it may be tempting to try to catch up on some sleep if you had an early morning.

But be sure to be awake for your first views of Mt Fuji from the bus!

 

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Mount Fuji views. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Mount Fuji views. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

And in case you were wondering… you can apparently bike to Mt Fuji 5th station too. 😉

 

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Biking to Mt Fuji. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

 

And then finally…

Arrival at Mt Fuji 5th station!

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Buy bus tickets from Mt Fuji 5th station to Tokyo. How much time from Tokyo to Mt Fuji. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Arrival time at Mount Fuji 5th station. How much time from Tokyo to Mt Fuji. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

It’s a good idea to wander around 5th station for a bit to help your body get used to the higher altitude little by little. (Or so they say.)

 

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Arrival time at Mount Fuji 5th station. How much time from Tokyo to Mt Fuji. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Start yoshida trail at Mount Fuji 5th station. How much time from Tokyo to Mt Fuji. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

 

And off you go to reach the top of Japan!

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Start yoshida hiking trail at Mt Fuji 5th station. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Start yoshida hiking trail at Mt Fuji 5th station. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

Shinjuku to Mt Fuji 5th station bus: Start yoshida hiking trail at Mt Fuji 5th station. Climbing Mount Fuji from Tokyo. Hiking Japan

 

HAPPY TOKYO TO MT FUJI BUS RIDE!

 

Climbing Mt Fuji as a 2-day hike

 



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NEW way of buying individual shinkansen train tickets online!
I will start by saying I have NOT bought train tickets online this way (yet!) to verify this! (But it's on my list for my next trip to Japan!)

There's an online train ticket booking method that's popular for other parts of Asia, and they are just now branching out to Japan.

You can now buy train tickets online here for popular shinkansen train routes. (And some bus routes too.)

I've used this booking site for taking the train from Thailand to Malaysia, and it worked out well, so I would expect it to work out well in Japan too!

The thing is, though, that you need to pick up the physical train tickets in person.

So it won't be enough to just buy the tickets online. I had to do this in Bangkok for my train ticket - and it was easy! So again, I would think it'd be easy for Japan train tickets too.

Search for popular routes in Japan here. For example, Tokyo to Kyoto.

If you end up buying train tickets online this way, I would love to hear how it goes! Whether that's good, or if it came with some challenges!

Natural disasters in Japan
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My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon.

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