I am starting Tokyo Direct Diary 2015 with Mt. Fuji topic. Which is your favorite?
1. Komitake Shrine Charm
Every Japanese temple and shrine sells charms like this, so they are standard souvenirs of those places. I don’t mean it’s boring. It’s a must, especially in the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji! Mt. Fuji and cherry blossoms are the best souvenir on Japan, aren’t they?
2. Replica Wooden Stick
Many Mt. Fuji hikers get traditional wooden stick to support them. You want it but it is too long to bring back home… This 37cm replica stick is the right choice. The mark reads, “The 5th Station Komitake” in Japanese.
At Shop Komitake in the 5th Station
3. Fuji-chan Mascots
For you are a mascot lover, the image character Fuji-chan items are the best. They are available only near Mt. Fuji – they are rare even in Japan!
At souvenir shops in Mt. Fuji hillside 5th Station and Lake Kawaguchi
4. Folding Fan Shaped Written Oracle
Small but great. If only it were not only Japanese language…
Anyway, it is so cool to put it on your backpack.
200 yen at Komitake Shrine
5. Mt. Fuji Soy Sauce Dish
This is my best souvenir of Mt. Fuji. How wonderful? Just put soy sauce.
Really cool! and the pattern depends on the amount of sauce.
You can put wasabi on the moon.
I think it can be used for other kind of sauce.
How about taking it to a sushi restaurant?
1680 yen at Miharashi in the 5th Station
You might ask me, “Why Mt. Fuji on New Year’s Day?”
There is a reason for it.
In Japan, there is a superstition that it brings you good luck if you have a dream of Mt. Fuji in the first night of the year. (The 2nd best is hawk and the 3rd is eggplant.)
So, before you go to bed on 1 January, see this.
See Mt. Fuji from Tokyo!!!
And have you memorized 5 Best Souvenirs in Mt. Fuji?
Fill your mind with Mt. Fuji and you will have a good dream.
Good luck and have a wonderful year!
Previous Mt. Fuji Posts
- Mt. Fuji – Fall Foliage and the First Snow
- Attractions in Mt. Fuji the 5th Station – the hillside of Japan’s highest mountain
- Things to Do around Lake Kawaguchi & a folk tale in Kachi Kachi Yama
Visitor Information on Mt. Fuji
How to get to Mt. Fuji
- By Train: The major way is to take JR Chuo Line Express from Shinjuku, change trains into Fujikyu Line at Otsuki Station and go to Mt. Fuji Station or Lake Kawaguchi (=Kawaguchiko) Station. It takes 2 hours from Shinjuku to Lake Kawaguchi.
- By Bus: There are some fast buses from Shinjuku, Tokyo Station, Shinagawa, Haneda Airport, etc.
- By Car: 98 km from Tokyo City
The ways to Mt. Fuji are quite complicated even for a Tokyo local, so it is a good idea to find a tour you like. There are also discount train tickets by JR and Fujikyu Railway.
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Accommodation near Mt. Fuji & Lake Kawaguchi
Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi are not places of world wide hotels like Hilton, but there are some 5-star superb hotels of traditional Ryokan style. Most of them feature hot spring bathes (Onsen in Japanese) with stunning views of Mt. Fuji.
I listed up some fabulous hotels with high ratings.
- Kozantei Ubuya – Winner of the 2014 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award.
- Fujikawaguchiko Onsen Konanso – A 5-star, traditional style, lakeside hotel. The location is convenient to go to the attractions around Lake Kawaguchi and the station.
- Shuhokaku Kogetsu – You expect to see Mt. Fuji itself and Mt. Fuji Reflected on Lake Kawaguchi (sakasa-fuji in Japanese) on calm sunny days. The views are fantastic.
- Highland Resort Hotel & Spa – An excellent hotel right next to Fujikyu Highland, the amusement park by Fujikyu Railway.