Arakurayama Sengen Park and Jukai 'Suicide' Forest Autumn Trekking Trip

2018 November 4 (Sunday)

Narusawa, Yamanashi

Let's explore and discover some of Japan's hidden gems!

This Trip Features:

  • Arakurayama Sengen Park; a 15min walk up passing some gorgeous autumn leaves along many stairs will lead you to the 5-storey Pagoda. Together with the colorful autumn leaves and the 5-storey Pagoda, this is the place you can get THE BEST AND MOST PHOTOGENIC VIEW OF MT. FUJI with it's iconic snow capped peak. Absolutely jaw dropping on a clear day!
  • Aokigahara Jukai Forest; better known as the 'Suicide Forest' or Sea of Trees, is a forest thriving on 30 square kilometers of hardened lava laid down by the last major eruption of Mt. Fuji in 864 AD. Sad facts, Jukai Forest is one of the most popular suicide destinations in the world so walking through the thick forest on it's beautiful nature trail can be spooky.
  • Koyodai; a spectacular view spot to see Mt. Fuji upclose with it's foot surrounded by beautiful and colorful autumn leaves. Totally breathtaking on a clear day.
  • Ryugu Doketsu; a 96m deep lava cave which enshrines the water god Tyotamahime no mikoto and is also a designated natural monument.
  • Narusawa Hyoketsu Ice Cave; a designated 'Natural Monument'. It is a 153m long lava cave with an air hole in a vertical circular shape, created after the outpouring of lava, and located in Aokigahara Jukai. There are ice pillars inside all year round. Walk around the circular cave, enjoying its various expressions.
  • Fuji Fugaku Wind Cave; only 201 meters long and 8.7 meters high, it will take less than 15 minutes to explore this cave. In the past, it was used as a natural refrigerator to keep silkworms or species. Ice pillars which form every year are well known. Echoes do not occur in this cave because the wall of basaltic rock has a property which absorbs sound.
  • Saiko Lake; the most beautiful amongst the Fuji Five Lakes, especially during the Fall Season.
  • Fuji Yurari Spa; outdoor onsen/spa with a fantastic sunset view of Mt. Fuji. One of the best onsens in the region.

A trip you will spend days to visit and explore on your own but with our well thought itinerary and fun outdoor group you'll be able to see and enjoy in just one day!

Don't miss out!

Trip Itinerary

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 7am
  • Get on the bus
  • Catch up on your sleep, or chat with other members and get excited
  • Short stop for breakfast on the way
  • Arrive at Shimoyoshida station bus parking around 9:15am
  • 10mins walk to the Arakurayama Sengen Park
  • Conquer the 397 steps to the 5 storey Pagoda and the observatory
  • Enjoy the breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji with the Pagoda (15mins)
  • Walk back to Shimoyoshida station bus parking
  • Get on the bus at 10:15am
  • Arrive at Fugaku Wind Cave bus stop around 10:45am
  • Enter and explore the wind cave (15mins) *Optional
  • Start the Jukai 'Suicide' Forest trekking around 11:15am
  • Arrive at Narusawa Hyoketsu around 11:30am
  • Enter and explore the Ice Cave (15mins) *Optional
  • Keep trekking/hiking up Koyodai
  • Arrive at the Koyodai View Point around 1pm
  • Enjoy the spectacular and unobstructed view of Mt. Fuji with it's foot surrounded by autumn leaves
  • Short picnic lunch
  • Start trekking/hiking down around 1:45pm
  • Short stop at Ryugu Dokestu Cave and Seno Umi Shrine
  • Finish the trek at Saiko Rest House around 3:15pm
  • Enjoy the gorgeous views of Saiko Lake and the surrounding mountains
  • Get on the bus
  • Arrive at Fuji Yurari Spa around 3:45pm
  • Relax in the onsen and/or have some food/drinks at the restaurant
  • Get on the bus at 5pm
  • Short stop at service area
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 7:30pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Price includes;

  • Round-trip private bus transportation
  • Entry fee to Koyodai View Point
  • Fun, cute and very experienced (English/Japanese speaking) trek guides ;)
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax

Extras; [Pay directly at the counter]

  • Narusawa Ice Cave (300yen)
  • Fugaku Wind Cave (300yen)
  • Fuji Yurari Onsen (1,500yen) *Towels included

Discount;

  • Birthday on Nov 4 (3,000yen)
  • Early-bird (500yen) *Pay before 3pm on Oct 4
  • Group of 4-5 (500yen/person) *Group leader or name required
  • Group of 6 or more (1,000yen/person) *Group leader or name required
  • Regular member (500yen) *Joined more than 5 TG trips/Cannot combine with the group discount
    *** Check Discount Policies ***
Price: 9,900Yen
Space left: 14 out of 22

Important Notes

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • This event is ON rain or shine! In case of bad weather and we're unable to finish the trek due to safety reasons, we will do more sightseeing around the Fuji Fives Lakes area (visit Kawaguchiko Lake, Momiji Corridor, local winery etc.) and spend more time in the onsen.
  • The trek is beginner level but slightly long (around 14k) so reasonable fitness required.
  • Trekking shoes with good traction is recommended!
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.

What to wear/bring

  • Picnic lunch
  • Windbreaker/waterproof jacket and pants
  • Fleece and thermals
  • Trekking or hiking shoes
  • Towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Book (to read on the bus)
  • Camera
  • Smartphone
  • Cash

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