Sea of Trees Bike and Hike Tour

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

Tour highlights:
  • our support car transports you to a rural setting on one of the area's more remote lakes
  • hike on ancient lava beds in the famous Aokigahara "Sea of Trees" forest
  • bike on a lakeshore with outstanding views of Mt Fuji and the surrounding forests
  • stop at a beach where Mt Fuji's image is often reflected on the lake's surface
  • pass through a songbird preserve
  • experience the iconic mountain from quiet country roads relatively few tourists visit
  • this is one of our best tours for seeing cherry and plum blossoms in spring and colorful leaves in fall
Difficulty: Easy
Typical duration: 4 hours
Maximum duration: 4½ hours
Terrain: Mostly flat country roads, Mostly flat forest trails
Length: 10 km (6 mi), 8 km (5 mi)
Total elevation gain: 20 m (70 ft), 120 m (400 ft)
Departs from: Kawaguchiko Train Station
Tour fee: ¥16,000/person for 3 or more people, ¥24,000/person for 2 people or ¥48,000 for 1 person
What's included: Support car, English-speaking guide, bicycle, basic insurance, helmet, bottled water and snacks


Description: This tour begins with a drive in our support car to a picturesque, uncrowded rural area where small farms and country stores give way to abundant greenery. There you'll enjoy a hike in one of Japan's most famous forests, the Aokigahara "Sea of Trees".

Journey deep into lush woodlands where ancient lava beds are blanketed with emerald moss and pocketed with countless caves. Weave through dense groves of cypress and birch. Pass through a nature preserve where wildflowers border the trail and colorful songbirds flit between branches.

After the hike, you'll bike around a scenic lake on quiet country roads with excellent views of Mt Fuji. One of our stops along the way is a beach where the iconic mountain is often mirrored on the lake's surface, creating a spectacular "double Fuji" image.

The lakeshore is an excellent location for viewing cherry and plum trees covered with bright red and pink blossoms in Spring. It's also bordered by maples whose leaves turn yellow and red in Fall, making for spectacular scenery.

This tour is an outstanding choice for those who want to get away from urban areas to Japan's countryside and nature. Both the hike and the bike ride take place on mostly-flat routes, making this our easiest bike and hike tour.

Itinerary:
  • Meet our guides at Kawaguchiko Station
  • Ride to the trailhead in our support car, enjoying countryside views along the way (20 minutes)
  • Hike the Sea of Trees Trail (typically 2½ hours)
    • Cross lava beds in the Aokigahara Forest
    • View trailside caves
    • Short break for snacks
    • Pass through a section of forest that serves as a sanctuary for wild songbirds
    • Conclude the hiking segment of the tour
  • Cycle around Lake Sai (typically 45 to 60 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
    • Complete the bike ride around Lake Sai
  • Ride to Kawaguchiko Station in our support car on picturesque routes (20 minutes)
  • Tour concludes at Kawaguchiko Station

Photos from the Sea of Trees Bike and Hike Tour