Golden Highlands Bike and Hike Tour

   Half-Day
   Kid-Friendly
   Panoramic Views
   Bike and Hike
   Optimal for Social Distancing

Tour highlights:
  • travel by private car to one of the most quiet, scenic lakes near Mt Fuji
  • hike a short trail to a summit with panoramic views
  • bike around a lake with dedicated cycling paths and boardwalks
  • visit a flower park where vast fields of blooms foreground Mt Fuji
  • see magnificent swans floating close to shore
  • if weather conditions are right, see a "double Fuji" image of the mountain towering over its reflection in the lake
  • cycle under the branches of cherry trees that flower in spring
  • ride among maples and ginkos whose leaves turn red and yellow in fall
Difficulty: Easy
Typical duration: 3½ hours
Maximum duration: 4 hours
Terrain: Mostly flat and downhill country roads and bike paths, mountain trail
Length: 16 km (10 mi), 2 km (1 mi)
Total elevation gain: 20 m (70 ft), 200 m (650 ft)
Departs from: Kawaguchiko Train Station
Tour fee: ¥17,000/person for 3 or more people, ¥25,000/person for 2 people or ¥50,000 for 1 person
What's included: Support car, English-speaking guide, bicycle, basic insurance, helmet, bottled water and snacks


Description: Our support car brings you to the highlands above one of the most quiet, scenic lakes in Mt Fuji's foothills. There you'll hike a short trail up a mountainside dotted with wildflowers and blanketed with tall pampas grass that turns gold in fall. Panoramic views of Mt Fuji and the surrounding landscapes await at the summit.

After descending from the hiking trail, you'll bike the shores of a lake with dedicated cycling paths and boardwalks from which swans can be seen floating close to shore. Stops along the cycling course include a flower park where vast fields of seasonal blooms foreground the iconic mountain.

Conditions on the lake frequently create the opportunity to see Mt Fuji towering over its reflection in the water, forming an exceptionally photogenic "double Fuji" image.

The cycling route offers outstanding seasonal attractions, including cherry and plum blossoms in spring, colorful maple and ginko leaves in fall and downy swan chicks swimming with their parents in early summer.

Itinerary:
  • Meet our guides at Kawaguchiko Station
  • Ride to the trailhead in our support car, enjoying lakefront and countryside views on the way (30 minutes)
  • Hike the Golden Highlands Trail (typically 45 to 60 minutes)
    • Follow a trail that ascends through fields of pampas grass
    • At the summit, visit an outlook point with panoramic views and a picturesque shrine
    • Hike down the mountain
    • Short break for snacks
    • Conclude the hiking segment of the tour
  • Cycle around Lake Yamanaka (typically 70 minutes)
    • Bike past plum and cherry trees on the waterfront, enjoying flower viewing in spring
    • Stop at a beach with an excellent view of Mt Fuji
    • Cycle past maple trees, viewing colorful leaves in fall
    • Ride on dedicated bike paths and boardwalks from which swans can be seen floating on the lake
    • Complete the bike ride around Lake Yamanaka
  • Cycle to a flower park and view fields of seasonal blooms foregrounding Mt Fuji (typically 20 minutes)
  • Ride to Kawaguchiko Station in our support car (25 minutes)
  • Tour concludes at Kawaguchiko Station

Photos from the Golden Highlands Bike and Hike Tour