I have to confess, that after many times to Tokyo, this is the first time (FINALLY!) that I visit the famous Mount Fuji, & I’m lucky that this season when I visited, the Shiba-sakura festival was going on!
We tried taking the train to Mount Fuji, and it took us about about 3hrs to get there (inclusive of transit time etc.), so I really suggest you guys to take the direct bus from Shinjuku’s bus terminal, only about 2 hours, most importantly save the trouble and time to find your way around the train stations!
This is the Fujisan express that will stop at various stations near Mount Fuji, including the amusement park! We took the normal one instead of the express (save money) heh. The train is so nicely decorated btw, kids will be happy I’m sure!
Upon arrival at Kawaguchiko station, you will see different buses which brings you to various sites around Mount Fuji, do check with the tourist information counter staff first if you are not sure, maps are available too!
From April to May, it blooms in small blossoms of around 1.5 cm diameter, in red, pink, white, or purple. Native to North America, it is also known as “Moss Phlox” Noted for the resemblance of its flowers to cherry blossoms, it is a creeper plant, covering the ground like a lawn, and thus it is called “lawn cherry” (shiba-zakura) in Japanese. This feature makes it a popular choice for edgings or ground cover.
;The festival featured a few types of Shibazakura, although the site is not big, but good enough to spend 3-4 hours, including meals and some photo taking.
We took the last bus from the festival site back to Kawaguchiko station to catch the bus back to city, we couldn’t get seats for the bus bound for Shinjuku, but thankfully there are still seats available for the bus bound for Shibuya!
The bus stop will be stated on your bus ticket, so just follow the assigned number on the ticket and wait there before departure! The bus captain will check your ticket before you board, so don’t worry about boarding the wrong bus! 🙂
Yes, it’s definitely better to take the direct bus in my opinion, save a lot of time and effort!
That’s about it for this Japan trip! 😀