Day 1 -- Tokyo to Kawaguchi-ko (L)
After pickup from your hotel, your guide meets you at the bus terminal for a 9am departure on a comfortable coach to Mt Fuji. You’ll travel 60 miles (100 km) to the slopes of Mt Fuji and stop in the Fuji Visitor Center where you learn about the geological and cultural history of Mt Fuji. Your coach will take you to the visiting area at 5th station, where more than 200,000 climbers each year begin their ascent to the mountain’s peak, Japan’s highest at 12,389 feet (3,776 meters).
As you stroll around 5th station, your professional guide shares stories of Mt Fuji’s natural history and its role in Japanese culture – it has inspired many pilgrims, paintings and poems over the centuries and was recently added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Snap photos of the incredible views from observation points around 5th station. A jacket is handy as it can be cool due to the elevation.
Next, enjoy a traditional Japanese lunch before heading to Highland Resort and Spa, located right next to Fuji-Q Amusement Park. After checking you into your hotel in the mid-afternoon, your guide will depart and you’ll have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure.
Take a relaxing retreat next door to your hotel at the Fujiyama Onsen Hot Springs, soaking in their indoor or outdoor traditional wooden baths fed by natural hot springs. If you’d like a view of Mt Fuji over dinner, the restaurant at the onsen has a good one. Or pop over to the Fujiyama Museum where you’ll find paintings and illustrations of Mt Fuji. Both the Fujiyama Onsen Hot Springs and Fujiyama Museum entrance tickets are included in your tour.
Day 2 -- Kawaguchi-ko to Tokyo
You will start your day by heading over to Fuji-Q Highland – your tour package includes early admission to this popular amusement park. If you love roller coasters, you’ll find plenty of thrills on Fuji-Q Highland’s hair-raising rides – the four main ones have set world records!
Fujiyama was the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster when it opened in 1996; with a height of 259 feet (79 meters), it reaches a speed of 81 miles per hour (130 km per hour).
Dodonpa, the park’s speediest roller coaster, is the world record-holder for fastest acceleration, going from zero to 107 miles per hour (172 km per hour) in under two seconds.
Eejanaika (2006), a '4th dimension' roller coaster in which the seats do full rotations forward or backward, holds the record for the most number of loops for a roller coaster ride.
Finally, Takabisha, built in 2011, holds the record for the steepest drop.
If you want more thrills and chills, venture into the truly scary haunted house! Or take younger children to the elaborate anime-themed attractions such as the Hamutaro rides – which include a kid-sized roller coaster and pirate ship – and Thomas Land with its Thomas the Tank Engine small rides and 3D theater.
In the late afternoon, catch the bus from Fuji-Q Highland back to Tokyo using the assigned tickets provided to you by your guide. Your tour concludes upon arrival at Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal in Tokyo.