Funatsu Lava Tree Molds (Kawaguchiko Field Center)

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Kawaguchiko Field Center is located on the Ken-Marubi lava flow (1,050m above the sea level) at the northern foot of Mt. Fuji. Around the center, there are more than 100 lava tree mold caves, which are geologically very unique in the world. The lava tree molds are trees coated with solid lava, which flowed out from Mt. Fuji at the time of eruption. They are nationally designated as Natural Monuments. How about a guided walk through nature, strolling around a group of these unique lava tree mold caves? The special nature guides help you find paw-prints, and offer interesting knowledge about birds, plants, and nature, which you would not be able to learn on your own. If you want to enjoy the nature at your own pace, choose a Holiday Guide Walk for families. Or if you want to walk on your own, choose a Self Guide Walk and enjoy walking according to the guide sheet. Craft-making courses give you experiences of craftworks made of natural materials, such as a paperweight with pressed flowers, an owl made of pampas grass, and a paintable birdcall. Why don’t you make your own one-of-a-kind souvenir to treasure forever? All craftworks take about an hour and anyone can casually enjoy them. There is also the Sozo-no-mori camping site 500m away from the center, where you can enjoy day-camping from April to mid-November. Our staff will gently instruct how to cook outdoors, so even beginners can have an enjoyable time!

Venue Address

401-0301 6603 Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun

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Other Indoor Activities

  • The village of Narusawa is home to many lava tree molds, hollow lava formations formed around large tree trunks, which were formed in the great eruption of Mt. Fuji in the year 864.

  • Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine is located amidst a dense old-growth forest, which denotes ties to the spirit world. The long, atmospheric approach to the main shrine is lined with mossy stone lanterns and shaded by tall cedar trees.

  • All throughout Aokigahara Forest are underground caves formed by lava from the massive eruption of Mount Fuji in 864 CE. One of these is the Fugaku Wind Cave, which has an average internal temperature of 3°C and was historically used as a natural refrigerator.

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