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From Tokyo Straight To Mt. Fuji! 3 Reasons To Ride The FUJI EXCURSION

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The FUJI EXCURSION, a new limited express train linking Shinjuku and the Mt. Fuji and Kawaguchiko areas, operates since March 16, 2019. Learn how to conveniently travel from Tokyo to enjoy Fuji-Q Highland and all of what the region has to offer.

Translated by Shinji Takaramura

Written by MATCHA-PR

FUJI EXCURSION: A New Limited Express Train to Mt. Fuji

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Mt. Fuji is the spot that most travelers to Japan want to visit. Ltd. Exp. FUJI EXCURSION is a limited express train offering a direct ride to Mt. Fuji from Shinjuku in Tokyo.

This train leaves Shinjuku and uses the JR Chuo Line and Fujikyu Railway straight to Mt. Fuji and Kawaguchiko. We recommend this train those traveling to the Mt. Fuji and Kawaguchiko area. Continue reading to learn why.

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1. Go Directly to the Mt. Fuji - Kawaguchiko Area from Shinjuku

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Picture courtesy of Fujikyuko Co., Ltd.

The biggest appeal of Ltd. Exp. FUJI EXCURSION is that it runs directly from Shinjuku to the Mt. Fuji - Kawaguchiko area, with no train transfers. You can enjoy a bento (a Japanese packed lunch) and enjoy your time on the comfortable ride.

The Magnificent View

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Picture courtesy of Fujikyuko Co., Ltd.

During the ride from Shinjuku to Mt. Fuji, passengers can also appreciate the rich scenery. After the train passes Ōtsuki Station, Mt. Fuji comes into view and will grow larger as the train gets closer.

The Ltd. Exp. FUJI EXCURSION makes stops at the following stations: Shinjuku, Tachikawa, Hachiōji, Ōtsuki, Tsurubunkadaigaku-mae, Mt. Fuji, Fujikyu-Highland, and Kawaguchiko.

2. One Hour and 52 Minutes from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

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Picture courtesy of Fujikyuko Co., Ltd.

Another appeal of this train is its speed. The shortest ride from Shinjuku Station to Kawaguchiko Station, the last stop, takes one hour and 52 minutes. Trains, unlike buses, are not affected by traffic conditions, and there are two round-trips every day of the week, making it easy for travelers to plan their trip. In certain seasons, there will also be additional trains on Saturdays and holidays.

Timetable

There will be two trains from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko in the morning. The following is a timetable for the major stations:

All Day (including Saturdays and holidays) Departing from Shinjuku Arriving at Mt. Fuji Arriving at Fujikyu-Highland Arriving at Kawaguchiko
FUJI EXCURSION No. 1 8:30 10:14 10:19 10:22
FUJI EXCURSION No. 3 9:30 11:14 11:19 11:22

*Please note that the table above does not show all station the train stops at.

Two trains will run from Kawaguchiko to Shinjuku in the evening. The timetable is as follows:

All Day (including Saturdays and holidays) Departing from Kawaguchiko Departing from Fujikyu-Highland Departing from Mt. Fuji Arriving at Shinjuku
FUJI EXCURSION No. 16 15:05 15:08 15:13 16:58
FUJI EXCURSION No. 20 17:38 17:41 17:46 19:27

*Please note that the table above does not show all station the train stops at.

Tourists can spend a full day near Mt. Fuji, and will be able to return to Shinjuku around 19:30, allowing you to visit a restaurant or an izakaya in the city.

3. A Wide Variety of Sightseeing Spots

There are many sightseeing spots along the train route, such as popular Kawaguchiko and Fuji-Q Highland.

Kawaguchiko

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Picture courtesy of Yamanashi Tourism Organization

Kawaguchiko is known for its great views of Mt. Fuji. Visitors can enjoy the cherry blossoms in spring, lavender in June and July, and the autumn foliage with Mt. Fuji as the backdrop.

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Picture courtesy of Fujikyuko Co., Ltd.

Ensoleille, a sightseeing boat, allows passengers to see Mt. Fuji from the lake, while the Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway lets you take in the mountain from mid-air. "Sakasa Fuji," or "Upside-down Fuji," an inverted reflection of the mountain, can be seen from Ubuyagasaki Cape.

There are also restaurants that serve hoto (*1), a local dish, and also places like the Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, so visitors can spend the whole day in the area.

To visit Kawaguchiko, get off at Kawaguchiko Station, which is the last stop on the Fujikyu Railway line, which the Ltd. Exp. FUJI EXCURSION operates on. Kawaguchiko Sightseeing Bus, which covers major sightseeing spots, departs from this station.

*1 Hoto: A dish of flat noodles, pumpkin, and other vegetables cooked in miso.

Fuji-Q Highland

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Picture courtesy of Fujikyuko Co., Ltd.

Fuji-Q Highland, a highly popular amusement park, is also located near the Fujikyu Railway line. The park is famous for its thrilling attractions such as "Fujiyama," which offers a view of Mt. Fuji from 79 meters above the ground, and "Dododonpa," which reaches a speed of 180 kilometers per hour in 1.56 seconds. These roller coasters are truly one of a kind.

Many enthusiasts come a long way to Fuji-Q Highland, to enjoy its diverse attractions. For details, please check the official site. The nearest station is Fujikyu Highland Station, which will lead you right to the park after exiting.

Mt. Fuji Trailheads

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Climbers gathered at the Fifth Station

If you plan to climb Mt. Fuji, keep in mind that Fujikyu Railway stations are located away from trailheads.

Buses heading straight for the fifth station of Mt. Fuji depart from Mt. Fuji Station and Kawaguchiko Station. The ride takes about an hour from Mt. Fuji Station, and fifty minutes from Kawaguchiko Station. Please check this page of the Fujikyu Bus website.

The climbing route from the Fuji Subaru Line Fifth Station is called the Yoshida Trail. Be sure to prepare and plan carefully.

A Comfortable Ride on the E353 Series

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Picture courtesy of East Japan Railway Company

Ltd. Exp. FUJI EXCURSION will use the E353 series of train, which is equipped with a wide variety of services and conveniences. The seats are spacious, so passengers can enjoy a pleasant ride to Mt. Fuji.

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Picture courtesy of East Japan Railway Company

All seats are furnished with a power outlets.

*In some seats, the socket is located at the armrest.

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Picture courtesy of East Japan Railway Company

A luggage storage area is located in the cars, so tourists with a large suitcase need not worry.

*Some special trains may use a different type of car.

How to Buy Tickets and Ticket Fares

To ride this train, passengers must purchase both a basic fare ticket and a limited express train ticket. Please keep in mind that there are only reserved seats available on this train.

Purchase at JR Ticket Offices (Midori-no-madoguchi)

Both basic fare and limited express tickets can be bought at a JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi), located at most JR East stations.

We suggest buying your tickets at the Shinjuku Station ticket office. They can be purchased from 10:00, up to one month prior to your date of departure.

For more information, refer to this page.

Ltd. Exp. FUJI EXCURSION Fare

Section Fare (Basic and Ltd. Exp. Train)
Shinjuku - Kawaguchiko 4,130 yen
Shinjuku - Fujikyu-Highland 4,060 yen
Shinjuku - Mt. Fuji 4,000 yen

All fares are for an adult on a one-way trip.
*A limited express train ticket for an adult, purchased after boarding the train, will require an additional charge of 260 yen.

Ride the Ltd. Exp. FUJI EXCURSION to Mt. Fuji

The limited express FUJI EXCURSION will take you straight to Mt. Fuji, making traveling in Japan much easier.

Ltd. Exp. FUJI EXCURSION Official Site: http://www.jreast.co.jp/hachioji/fuji_excursion/en/

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The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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