Sacred places of Mt.Fuji worship-Oshino Hakkai & Fuji Shrine

Day Trip
Mount Fuji
English
6 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

Mt. Fuji is known worldwide as a mountain brimming with natural beauty. Besides this, Mt. Fuji has been revered as a sacred mountain since ancient times. This tour gives you a great opportunity to feel the essence of Mt. Fuji worship by visiting two places - “Oshino Hakkai spring ponds" and Fuji Sengen Sengen shrine.

Tomomi Y.
5.00 / 5
(42 reviews)

Meeting Point

Kawaguchiko station

Kawaguchiko Sta.

- Meet at Kawaguchiko station and head for "Oshino Hakkai spring ponds" by bus. (Bus ride: 25 minutes One-way fare: 560jpy)


Toenji temple near Oshino Hakkai spring ponds

- Join the table and chair-style tea ceremony and enjoy matcha green tea you make on your own

*Approx. one-hour experience

*The optional activities you can do at the temple are as follows:

1) Sutra-copying (1,000jpy per person/45 minutes)

2) Zen meditation (1,000jpy per person/45 minutes)

- The booking is required in advance.

- You can’t join either activities when the monks are busy conducting Buddhist services.

Thank you for your understanding.


Oshino Hakkai spring ponds

*Approx. 80-minute walking tour

- Rain and meltwater that fall on Mount Fuji filter through layers of lava for over 20 years, resulting in very clear spring water and gushing out Oshino Hakkai spring ponds.

Those who worshipped Mt. Fuji stopped by the ponds and purified their mind as well as their body with the sacred spring water before the pilgrimage to Mt. Fuji

- Along with the lovely landscape you could enjoy the great view of Mt. Fuji during a walk.

The highlight of the Oshino Hakkai walk is a visit to “Deguchi pond” which is away from the center of Oshino Hakkai. In contrast to the bustling atmosphere around the central area, the pond would welcome you with peaceful and serene atmosphere.

Lunch at the Japanese-style restaurant

The restaurant serves Udon (Wheat noodles) and homemade Soba (Buckwheat noodles)

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen shrine

*Bus ride from Oshino Hakkai spring ponds: 15 minutes One-way fare: 300jpy

*Approx. 50-minute stay

- The shrine in the dense woods has the history of over 1900 years. Dedicated to the deity of Mt. Fuji, it used to be the gateway to Mt. Fuji pilgrimage. The 1000-year-old sacred trees and the magnificent buildings in Shinto-style architecture have created the solemn and serene atmosphere.

Kawaguchiko Sta.

- Go back to Kawaguchiko Sta. by bus. (Bus ride from Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen shrine: 15 minutes One-way fare: 300jpy)

Ending Point

Kawaguchiko station

What to Expect

【 Oshino Hakkai spring ponds 】

Rain and meltwater that fall on Mount Fuji filter through layers of lava for over 20 years, resulting in very clear spring water and gushing out Oshino Hakkai spring ponds.

Those who worshipped Mt. Fuji stopped by the ponds and purified their mind as well as their body with the sacred spring water before the pilgrimage to Mt. Fuji

【 Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen shrine 】

The shrine built in the dense woods has the history of over 1900 years. Dedicated to the deity of Mt. Fuji, it used to be the gateway to Mt. Fuji pilgrimage. The 1000-year-old sacred trees and the magnificent buildings in Shinto-style architecture have created the solemn and serene atmosphere.

【 The detailed itinerary is below. The tour duration is about 6 hours 】

① Meet at Kawaguchiko station and head for "Oshino Hakkai spring ponds" by bus (Bus ride: 25 minutes One-way fare: 560jpy)

② Join the table and chair-style tea ceremony and enjoy matcha green tea that you make on your own

*Approx. one-hour experience

*The optional activities you can do at the temple are as follows:

1) Sutra-copying (1,000jpy per person/45 minutes)

2) Zen meditation (1,000jpy per person/45 minutes)

The booking is required in advance.

You can’t join either activities when the monks are busy conducting Buddhist services.

Thank you for your understanding.

③ Stroll around "Oshino Hakkai"

- Along with the lovely landscape you could enjoy the great view of Mt. Fuji during a walk.

- The highlight of the Oshino Hakkai walk is a visit to “Deguchi pond” which is a bit away from the center of Oshino Hakkai. In contrast to the bustling atmosphere around the central area, the pond would welcome you with peaceful and serene atmosphere.

*Approx. 80-minute walk

④ Have lunch at the Japanese-style restaurant serving Udon (Wheat noodles) and hand-made Soba (Buckwheat noodles)

⑤ Head for "Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen shrine" by bus

(Bus ride: 15 minutes One-way fare: 300jpy)

- The shrine with the history of over 1900 years used to be the gateway to Mt. Fuji pilgrimage.

- One of the highest wooden Torii gates in Japan lies in the precinct.

*Approx. 50-minute stay

⑥ Go back to Kawaguchiko Sta. by bus

(Bus ride: 15 minutes One-way fare: 300jpy)

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

*Guide fee

*Experience of Matcha tea-making


What‘s not included

*Transportation expenses: 1,200jpy per person in total

*Lunch


Important Information

The expenses for the guide’s transportation and lunch are to be charged to you. Thank you for your understanding

*Suitable shoes for a wald (Sneakers are preferable.)

*Highway bus service between Tokyo (Shinjuku) and Kawaguchiko station is available.

・The booking for round-trip tickets is highly recommended as bus tickets for Tokyo are sold out quickly.

*Please note that Mt. Fuji won't be visible depending on the weather conditions.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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Anusha K.

5 / 5
Sep 25, 2023

Excellent experience with Tomomi San

Tomomi San has given us a wonderful experience exploring Fuji. She has excellent local knowledge and has taken to some very beautiful places. I most definitely recommend Tomomi San as your excellent guide. Her English is perfect and she even helped to translate with the hotel we are staying at and booked us taxi rides. All we can say is Tomomi San is the best and has made our experience in Fujisan most memorable.. Arigato Tomomi San... Jacqui and Anusha

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Terrence T.

5 / 5
Sep 14, 2023

Aokigahara is beautiful

Had a wonderful experience with Tomomi exploring the forest. She is very informative and provides clear insights on the region.

Tomomi Y.

Thank you very much again for having me as your guide, Terrence san! I am very happy to have helped you have an enjoyable and precious time in the Aokigahara forest. It has the different charms depending on the seasons, so you can come visit there again to find them! You are always welcome.

Stefano U.

5 / 5
Apr 11, 2023

A knowledgeable, passionate, and sensible guide.

Like other reviewers said, Tomomi-san is very professional from the planning to the execution of the tour. Before the tour she was able to solve quickly my doubts about transportation and during the tour she was very knowledgeable and precise bringing with her detailed info material. But the most incredibile aspect is the passion she is able to show during the tour. Even if she lived her life on the foot of Mt. Fuji, and she probably visited these places hundreds of times, during our tour in Aokigahara (and surroundings) she always expressed such a sense of wonder, that it felt like she was seeing these places for the first time with you. This really makes you feel like you are visiting special places. She is also curious herself, and has shown a high sensibility towards my interests. I was lucky enough to realize my tour with good weather and an astonishing view of Mt. Fuji and I was in the best possible company with Tomomi-san. I will cherish this day in my memory.

Tomomi Y.

Stefano-san ! Thank you for your review which has motivated me a lot. I was very happy that you booked my tour again. It had been three years since you canceled the same tour due to the COVID pandemic. We finally met. The time we spent together wasn’t long, but it was precious. I hope you have more interest in Japanese culture and nature through this tour. ありがとうございました!

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Giovanny M.

5 / 5
Mar 25, 2020

Great tour with Tomomi

The one day tour around the Aokigahara Forest (including the Wind and Ice cave) was amazing. The beauty of the place is unique. Regarding Tomomi, she was such a nice and helpful. All the explanations provided by Tomomi during the tour made the experience really interesting and wonderful. Highly recommend. Tomomi, thank you for the tour!

$107/ per person

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