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Fuji Express》JR Limited Express train from Shinjuku, Tokyo to Lake Kawaguchi & Mount Fuji!

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Traveling from Tokyo to Mount Fuji on the FUJI EXCURSION

If you plan to travel from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi, which means of transportation should you choose?

Maybe you will consider taking the Fujikyuko bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko Station, or taking the Fujikyuko train to Otsuki Station first, and then changing to the Fujikyuko train from Otsuki Station to Kawaguchiko Station. These two are the general means of transportation from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko Station.

However, in addition to Fujikyuko buses and general JR trains, you can actually choose to takeFUJI EXCURSIONThe limited express train, a very suitable means of transportation for day trips to Mount Fuji.

As long as you board the train of the Fuji Immigration Line in the morning, you can arrive at Kawaguchiko Station on time and start your sightseeing trip without worrying about traffic congestion. Then on the return journey, take the Fuji Tour train back to Tokyo again. Never miss Tokyo's liveliest dinner time.

Fuji Tour Tokyo Kawaguchiko Mount Fuji JR Limited Express Train
The Fuji Tour Train is specially designed for Mt. Fuji sightseeing itineraries. (Click to enlarge the picture)


The most attractive part of the Fuji Tour train is that it combines the advantages of Fujikyuko buses and Fujikyuko trains. For example, if you take the Fuji Tour train from Shinjuku, you can go directly to Kawaguchiko Station without changing trains. At the same time, you can also avoid taking buses on holidays, because of traffic congestion and need to be trapped on the expressway.

Although some people will say that the fare of the FUJI EXCURSION is relatively high, but as a means of transportation that can arrive at the destination on time and match the sightseeing itinerary, it also provides a carriage environment like the Shinkansen, even if the fare is a little higher question. I believe that you will not choose to spend precious sightseeing time on different means of transportation in order to save ¥1,000 in fares.

Fuji Tour Tokyo Kawaguchiko Mount Fuji JR Limited Express Train
The equipment of the Fuji Tour train is similar to that of some long-distance Shinkansen trains. (Click to enlarge the picture)

The most convenient way to travel from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi

If you have arranged a one-day trip and plan to go to Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi for sightseeing, you will probably choose to start from Tokyo in the morning and return to Tokyo in the evening. The Fuji Tour is the most suitable means of transportation for this kind of itinerary.

Fuji Tour Route Map

Under normal circumstances, if you depart from Shinjuku Station to Kawaguchiko Station, you must take two different trains, JR Chuo Line and Fujikyu Line, to reach the Mount Fuji area. However, because the Fuji Tour is a train jointly operated by JR East Japan and Fuji Mountain Railway Company, you can start from Shinjuku Station without changing trains at Otsuki Station, but you can always take the Fuji Tour to Kawaguchiko Station.

For many travelers departing from Tokyo just to go to Lake Kawaguchi to appreciate Mount Fuji and enjoy the hot springs, the Fuji Tour Train is definitely a punctual and convenient mode of transportation.

Fuji Tour Route Map
The Fuji Tour is a sightseeing train route that combines the Chuo Line and the Fujikyuko Line. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Timetable of Fuji Tour Cruise

On the other hand, choosing to take the Fuji Tour Cruise can also be matched with the itinerary of a day trip to Mount Fuji. For example, in summer, arrange a trip from Shinjuku, Tokyo to Lake Kawaguchi at 07:30 in the morning, and return to Shinjuku, Tokyo from Lake Kawaguchi at 17:36 in the afternoon, so that you can use up every minute and every second of the summer sunshine time to go sightseeing in the Mount Fuji area.

Or the itinerary during winter, because many scenic spots in Kawaguchiko will close early, as long as you choose to take the train from Kawaguchiko Station to Shinjuku Station at 15:03 in the afternoon, you don’t need to spend a lot of time waiting for the train at the station. It is possible to return to Tokyo earlier to arrange other itineraries.

However, since the distance between Kawaguchiko Station and Shinjuku Station is a bit far, if you want to buy more time for sightseeing in the Kawaguchiko area, it would be more appropriate to choose to take the train departing at 07:30 in the morning.

Fuji Tour Cruise Timetable
The schedule for the morning departure of the Fuji Tour Cruise from Shinjuku Station. (Click to enlarge the picture)
Fuji Tour Cruise Timetable
The timetable for Fuji Tour Cruise departing from Shinjuku Station in the afternoon. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Fares for the Fuji Tour Cruise

It is a bit complicated to calculate the ticket price of the Fuji Tour train, because it is necessary to calculate the JR Chuo Line ticket, the Fujikyu Line train ticket, the reserved seat ticket, and the express train fare together, and finally the actual ticket can be obtained TOLL. Generally speaking, if you buy a ticket with JR staff at Shinjuku Station, the one-way fare from Shinjuku Station to Kawaguchiko Station is about ¥4100. It will cost about ¥8200 to go back and forth from Shinjuku Station to Kawaguchiko Station.

To be honest, if you only need to spend ¥8,000 yen for the transportation budget to and from Mount Fuji, you may choose to go to some high-end restaurants instead of sightseeing in the Mount Fuji area. However, for most overseas tourists who can purchase JR Pass, using JR Pass to go back and forth to Mount Fuji can completely solve the problem of transportation costs.

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How to use the JR Pass to take the Fuji Excursion Cruise?

If you want to save more transportation budget for long-distance JR trains, you can buy a JR Pass to take the Fuji Tour train, other sightseeing trains, and more new line trains.

However, because JR East Japan sells a variety of JR Passes for different regions, you must pay more attention when purchasing JR Passes.

Until now, JR East's JR Pass has onlyJR TOKYO WIDE PASSThis package ticket allows you to take the Fuji Tour train unlimited times. For other JR East Japan Rail Passes, JR Pass All Japan Rail Passes, etc., you need to purchase additional tickets to take the Fuji Tour train.

One thing worth noting is thatJR TOKYO WIDE PASSThe price of the train is only about ¥11,000, and the round-trip fare of the Fuji Tour train is only about ¥3,000. If you will take the N'EX train connecting Narita Airport-Tokyo, or consider going to Karuizawa, Nikko and other areas for sightseeing, the one-way ticket for these trains is already more than ¥3,000 yen.

In other words, just spend ¥3000 more to buy oneJR TOKYO WIDE PASS, which is equal to the opportunity to get free unlimited rides on Shinkansen trains.

Of course, if you have already purchased the JR Pass All Japan Rail Pass, but you also want to go sightseeing in the Mt. Fujikyu train tickets. Compared with taking the Fujikyuko bus directly from Shinjuku Station, this mode of transportation can save a little more traffic budget.

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How to reserve a seat on the Fuji Tour Cruise?

Since the Fuji Tour trains are arranged with reserved seats for all trains, it is necessary to go to each major station of JR East Japan before departure. Midori no Yuguchi(Ticket Office) to purchase tickets. You can buy a ticket that departs on the same day, or reserve a ticket for the next month with JR staff. In this way, it can be ensured that the drive from Shinjuku to Lake Kawaguchi can enjoy the view of Mount Fuji very comfortably.

and purchasedJR TOKYO WIDE PASS, JR Pass All Japan Rail Pass, because these preferential packages do not include the fare of designated seats, so you can choose some seats that have not been reserved when you take the bus, or consider purchasing reserved seats before departure ticket.

Another thing to note is that there are lights of different colors on each seat to indicate whether the current seat is reserved. If you haven't reserved a reserved seat on the Fuji Tour train, you can only take the seat with the red light on it. Those seats shown as yellow and green lights are seats that have been reserved or will be reserved. In addition, the seats shown as red lights will also be converted into seats with yellow or green lights because they are reserved in the middle of driving. It also means that the seat needs to be given up to other passengers who have already purchased tickets.

To put it simply, if you want to take a car from Shinjuku to the end of Lake Kawaguchi, it is highly recommended to go there before departure.Midori no YuguchiBook a reserved seat ticket.

Points to note when using the JR Pass All Japan Rail Pass

If you have purchased the JR Pass All Japan Rail Pass and plan to take a day trip to Lake Kawaguchi and Mt. Fuji on the Fuji Tour, you must note that the JR Pass can only allow you to take the JR Central Line to Otsuki Station, and the subsequent Fujikyu Line , that is, Otsuki Station - Kawaguchiko Station, this section requires an additional fare.

In addition, if you use the JR Pass to take the Fuji Tour train, you also need to purchase a ticket for a designated seat. If you do not reserve a reserved seat ticket before departure, you may need to stand halfway until the end.

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If you start from Tokyo to Lake Kawaguchi and arrange a one-day trip to Mt. Fuji, taking the Fuji Tour Train is the most convenient means of transportation. However, because the Fuji Tour train is so convenient, it is often full of seats on holidays. So if you have already decided to visit Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi on that day, it is recommended to book a ticket for the Fuji Tour on the day you arrive in Tokyo. This ensures that you can enjoy Mt. Fuji from the comfort of your seat during the ride!

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