Arakurayama Sengen Park, Jukai 'Suicide' Forest, Caves and Autumn Leaves Walk Trip

2017 November 5 (Sunday)

Narusawa, Yamanashi

Let's explore and discover another one of Japan's hidden gems!

This Trip Features;

  • Arakurayama Sengen Park with it's many stairs leading to seasonal autumn leaves, a 5 storey pagoda that makes a dramatic and picture perfect view of Mt. Fuji.
  • 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 thru the forest on it's beautiful nature trail can be spooky.
  • 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; is 201 meters long in total and 8.7 meters high, and will take 15 minutes to explore. 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
  • Ryugu Doketsu; a 96m deep lava cave which enshrines the water god Tyotamahime no mikoto and is also a designated natural monument. Entrance into the cave not permitted.
  • Koyodai; a view spot to see Mt. Fuji upclose and just in front of you. It is a lovely landscape that you can get a view of Mt. Fuji and the vast ocean of trees of Aokigahara which widely spreads on the foot of the iconic mountain and to the other side of it.
  • Gorgeous view of Saiko Lake and the surrounding mountains covered in autumn leaves
  • Fuji Yurari Spa; onsen with a superb view of Mt. Fuji

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 Ryugu Dokestu Cave 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/spa (1 hour) *Optional)
  • Get on the bus at 5pm
  • Short stop for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 7:15pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Price includes;

  • Round-trip private bus transportation
  • Fun, cute and very experienced (English/Japanese speaking) walk guides
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax

Extras;

  • Narusawa Ice Cave (350yen) *Pay directly at the counter
  • Fugaku Wind Cave (350yen) *Pay directly at the counter
  • Fuji Yurari Onsen (1,500yen) *Towels included

Discount;

  • Group of 4 or more (1,000yen) *Group leader/name required
Price: 8,900Yen
Space left: 43 out of 45

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 walk due to safety reasons, we will do more sightseeing around 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 a MUST!
  • 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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