Fuji Subaru Line: enjoy a drive among the clouds
Mount Fuji is the highest mountain of Japan at 3,776m (12,389ft) above the sea level. It’s an active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–08.
Where is Mount Fuji?
Located in Yamanashi Prefecture, to the south-west of Tokyo (can be seen from there on a clear day), Mount Fuji's is a well-known symbol of Japan and it is frequently depicted in art and photographs, as well as visited by sightseers and climbers. It is one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains" along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku.
Can you drive Mt. Fuji?
Tucked away on Mount Fuji's lower northern slopes, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Fuji Subaru Line. It runs from lake Kawaguchi to the fifth stage of the Mt. Fuji at 2.305m (7,562ft) above the sea level. It's a toll road about 30km (18 miles) in length and takes about 40 minutes. The end of the Fuji Subaru Line places you almost close enough to grab the summit of Mount Fuji. The 5th Station, at the end of the Subaru Line Toll-way, is the largest station on Mt. Fuji with the most facilities and services. It has souvenirs shops, restaurants, toilets, and a viewing platform. There is also a large guidance center where local firefighters and police are stationed, and a small post office. There is a Safety Guidance Center a short distance from the start of the climbing trail at the 5th Station, where you can get information on the climbing route, post messages, and get help with injuries and other trouble. It’s a great spot for sightseeing. It is a great place for those who want to just view Mt. Fuji, for those who have brought their family and/or people who aren’t physically able to climb the mountain.
Is Fuji Subaru Line open?
The Fuji Subaru Line is closed to private vehicles many days during July and August for the peak climbing season. During this time, extra buses are available from Fuji Hokuroku Park in Fujiyoshida and Kawaguchiko Station. The Fuji Subaru Line is open throughout the year. It does not have regular closing days. However, the gates are closed after operating hours and the road is not available. Weather around Mt. Fuji changes quickly and sometimes drastically, so the area may have a sudden snowfall or frozen road surfaces. If you drive through the line in winter, please drive carefully by using tires for winter or bringing snow chains.