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Is it worth visiting Mt Fuji in late September?

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Is it worth visiting Mt Fuji in late September?

My family and I (with 2 kids aged 8 and 9) are travelling to Tokyo at the end of September. We’re thinking of doing a day trip to Mt Fuji as the kids want to see a snow-capped mountain. Questions - 1) will the mountain be snow-capped at that time? 2) we want to take the Ochudo trail just so we can say we’ve walked on Mt Fuji - will this be open? 3) what is the best way to get to Mt Fuji from Shinjuku? 4) instead of going to the 5th station, is it better to go to the five lakes instead? 5) is it even worth going to Mt Fuji during the off season?

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Hampshire, UK
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1. Re: Is it worth visiting Mt Fuji in late September?

There will be no snow (or very, very little )on Fuji in September. The snow usually comes around November time (but it was all blown off last November by a typhoon). You can see up to date Fuji conditions here live.fujigoko.tv

The trails will be closed by the end of Sept. You can get to 5th station by bus and walk around there. The reason the trail is closed is due to safety.

The 5th station doesn't give a good view of Mt Fuji. The 5 lakes, specifically Kawaguchiko, does. See here my summary of the 5 lakes area https:/… and Kawaguchiko https:/…

If it is a clear day it is a very good idea. Mt Fuji Is my favourite place in all of Japan

Tsukuba, Japan
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2. Re: Is it worth visiting Mt Fuji in late September?

Yes, it will be open, please read this.

https:/…course2.html

It's the best to take a highway bus from the new Expressway Bus Terminal (BUSTA) in front of the South Exit of JR Shinjuku Station to Kawaguchiko (1,750 yen). Here is the site to reserve your seats.

https:/…kawaguchiko.php

If you use the JR Pass, you can alternatively take the Limited Express "Kaiji" of JR Chuo Line from JR Shinjuku to JR Otsuki which is covered by the Pass, but you have to pay for the Fujikyu Railway from Otsuki to Kawaguchiko (1,140 yen).

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6905.html

Brighton, United...
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3. Re: Is it worth visiting Mt Fuji in late September?

Is it feasible to go from Asakusa, where my accommodation (Khaosan Origami) is based, to Kawaguchiko for one day by bus from Shinjuku, and return in the evening to Tokyo? How early in the morning does the bus leave Shinjuku for Kawaguchiko? Your advice would be much appreciated.

Hong Kong, China
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4. Re: Is it worth visiting Mt Fuji in late September?

It is feasible. You just need to get yourself to Shinjuku first which is not a particularly daunting task. See link below for timetable and reservation online:

https:/…

>>>Is it feasible to go from Asakusa, where my accommodation (Khaosan Origami) is based, to Kawaguchiko for one day by bus from Shinjuku, and return in the evening to Tokyo? How early in the morning does the bus leave Shinjuku for Kawaguchiko? Your advice would be much appreciated.

Brighton, United...
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5. Re: Is it worth visiting Mt Fuji in late September?

Thank you for advice.

Would it be better for me to go to Kawaguchiko at the end of my trip, 21 October, instead of going on 30 Sept or 1st October?

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6. Re: Is it worth visiting Mt Fuji in late September?

>>Would it be better for me to go to Kawaguchiko at the end of my trip, 21 October, instead of going on 30 Sept or 1st October?<<

I don't think it matters apart from the weather. 21 October might have some early signs of fall.

IMHO, Kawaguchiko is nice, but Yamanakako is nicer.

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