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National Parks of Mt.FUJI Area

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Fifth station trekking course

 

Shows page to be printed; enables you to print out the course

How to get there Travel by bus

What you will enjoy on this course

On this course, you will enjoy the natural beauty at the fifth station of Mt. Fuji after learning about Mt. Fuji at the Fuji Visitor Center. You can also look forward to walking far, far above the normal ground level, providing the most outstanding scenic views of all.
The Ochudo trail is a walking path that circles Mt. Fuji halfway up the mountainside.
Among people believing in Mt. Fuji in a religious way, this path was said to be of the highest level of Shugendo ascetic practices, with only those who had reached the peak of Mt. Fuji three times allowed to walk it.
Currently, it is often used as a recreation trail as a route leading from the fifth station on the Subaru Line through the Oniwa area to the Okuniwa area.
From here, you can see not only the dynamic Mt. Fuji that dominates the view in front of you, but also Lake Kawaguchiko, Lake Saiko, Lake Shojiko, Lake Motosuko, the range of peaks of the Southern Alps, and Mt. Yatsugatake.
If it is a very clear day, it is possible to see as far as the Northern Alps, making this a trail with a superb view from high in the sky.
In addition, in the Oniwa area, craters from past eruptions can be seen on the mountainside.

Fujikyu Railway, Kawaguchiko Station

Kawaguchiko Station
Departs from Kawaguchiko Station on the Fujikyu Railway.
As you exit the station’s ticket barrier, you will see an information center for the town of Fujikawaguchiko on your right.

Kawaguchiko Station bus stop

As you exit Kawaguchiko station’s ticket barrier, you will see the bus terminal immediately in front of you.
The number 6 bus stop is where you can catch the “Hiking Bus” heading to “Mt. Fuji fifth station.”
From this bus stop, take the Hiking Bus heading to “Mt. Fuji fifth station.” Hiking Buses offer voice guidance in English and Chinese.

1.8km(approx. 3 minutes)

Visitor Center bus stop

As you get off the bus at the Visitor Center bus stop, you will see the “Fuji Visitor Center” immediately in front of you.

2.5km(approx. 7 minutes)

Yamanashi Prefectural Fuji Visitor Center

Location: Funatsu 6663-1, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minami-tsuru-gun
Tel.: 0555-72-0259

400m(approx. 2 minutes)

Visitor Center bus stop

From the Visitor Center bus stop, take the bus heading to “Mt. Fuji fifth station” and ride it to the final stop, the Mt. Fuji fifth station bus stop.

28.0km(approx. 49 minutes)

Mt. Fuji fifth station bus stop

This is the most commonly used starting point when climbing Mt. Fuji.

100m(approx. 1 minute on foot to the entrance to the Ochudo trail)

The Ochudo trail

The Ochudo trail is a walking path that circles Mt. Fuji halfway up the mountainside. Among people believing in Mt. Fuji in a religious way, this path was said to be of the highest level of Shugendo ascetic practices, with only those who had reached the peak of Mt. Fuji three times allowed to walk it.

The views are stunning and one can clearly see the forest line.

A large number of clusters of Aconogonon weyrichii flowers, the most well-known of Mt. Fuji’s alpine flora, can be observed.

As one sets off from the fifth station side, Lake Motosuko, Mt. Yatsugatake, Hoosanzan, and Shiranesanzan soon come into view. A sea of clouds may also spread out before you.

In the vicinity of the Oniwa area, Mt. Ryugatake and Mt. Kenashi can be seen, and beyond that one can see the entirety of the Southern Alps mountain range.

Part of the walking path is within a coniferous forest zone that includes Abies veitchii and Northern Japanese Hemlock trees.

The places along the walking trail with gravel on the ground have excellent scenery, with stone slabs laid out on the trail.

Along the Ochudo walking trail, one can see trees having one-sided leaf distribution, a distortion due to the winds.

The flora representing the Ochudo trail is Rhododendron brachycarpum. A great number grow wildly here. When the blossoms come into bloom from late July to early August, they are truly a sight to be seen.

Vivid pink blossoms all bloom at once.

Another plant often seen on the Ochudo trail is the lingonberry, which features small white blossoms in about late July.

The lingonberry also bears pure red fruit in early September. The lingonberry is related to the cranberry.

Next to the lingonberries one can find Pyrola incarnata, a flower commonly found on the mountain.

The best time to hike the Ochudo trail is when the Japanese larch turn yellow in early through mid-October.

When the Japanese larch leaves all turn yellow, they make Mt. Fuji look as if it has been dyed yellow.

The yellow foliage that can be seen near Oniwa are quite beautiful and highly recommended.

2.9km(approx. 60 minutes)

Oniwa

Oniwa appears as if it were a garden created by Mother Nature.

800m(approx. 35 minutes)

Okuniwa Nature Park

Okuniwa is truly a garden made by Mother Nature, with scenery featuring Northern Japanese hemlocks, larches, and other trees growing in a way akin to crawling, as a result of the harsh wind and snow.

Oniwa bus stop

From the Oniwa bus stop, take the bus heading to “Kawaguchiko Station.

30.0km(approx. 50 minutes)

Kawaguchiko Station bus stop

The plants of the Ochudo walking trail

 

Walking maps

Walking maps are available to guide you along the walking course introduced here.

The course, covering locations 1 through 3, requires roughly 3 hours to complete.

Bus route from Kawaguchiko Station

This introduces the bus route to take from Kawaguchiko Station. It also indicates the bus situation at present.