Mountain Shrine Bike and Hike Tour

   Full-Day
   Panoramic Views
   Bike and Hike
   Art, Culture and Outdoors
   Optimal for Social Distancing

Tour highlights:
  • our support car takes you to one of the area's more remote lakes where there are relatively few tourists
  • hike to a uniquely-beautiful Shinto shrine on a forested mountainside
  • ascend to a wildflower-dotted peak with sweeping views of Mt Fuji, the Japanese Alps and the lake below
  • bike the shores of a lake where swans float across Fuji's reflection on the water
  • cycle on excellent bike paths and picturesque lakefront boardwalks away from roads and cars
  • visit a flower park where vast fields of blooms foreground Mt Fuji
  • this is one of our best tours for seeing cherry blossoms in spring and colorful leaves in fall
Difficulty: Easy
Typical duration: 5 hours
Maximum duration: 6 hours
Terrain: Flat bike paths and country roads, Mountain trails
Length: 15 km (9 mi), 8 km (5 mi)
Total elevation gain: 20 m (65 ft), 650 m (2,100 ft)
Departs from: Kawaguchiko Train Station
Tour fee: ¥19,000/person for 3 or more people, ¥28,000/person for 2 people or ¥55,000 for 1 person
What's included: Support car, English-speaking guide, bicycle, basic insurance, helmet, bottled water, lunch and snacks


Description: Our support car brings you to one of the most scenic and remote lakes in Mt Fuji's foothills. There you'll hike through evergreen, beech and bamboo forests to a uniquely-beautiful Shinto shrine on a mountainside. The hiking course ascends to a wildflower-dotted peak with some of the region's best views of Mt Fuji, the Japanese Alps and the lake below.

After descending from the hiking trail, you'll cycle the picturesque lakefront on dedicated bike paths and boardwalks. The cycling course is bordered by trees filled with delicate white and pink cherry blossoms in spring and vibrant red and yellow maple leaves in fall. Along the way, you'll pass swans that float across Fuji's reflection on the water. Stops include a flower park where vast fields of seasonal blooms foreground the iconic mountain.

This tour offers you the opportunity to experience charming, colorful countryside routes where there are relatively few tourists. It's an excellent way to see Mt Fuji while getting off the beaten path.

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 Mountain Shrine Trail (typically 2½ hours)
    • Pass through the shrine gate and ascend 400 stairsteps to the start of the trail
    • Visit the mountain shrine
    • Follow the trail to a mountaintop outlook point with panoramic views
    • Short break for snacks
    • Hike down the mountain
    • 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 Mountain Shrine Bike and Hike Tour