Fuji Subaru Line: enjoy a drive among the clouds in Japan

Mount Fuji is an active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–08. At 3,776m (12,389ft) above sea level it’s the highest mountain in Japan.

Fuji Subaru Line

Where is Mount Fuji?

Located in Yamanashi Prefecture, to the southwest of Tokyo (visible from there on a clear day), Mount Fuji is a well-known symbol of Japan and 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 to Mt. Fuji?

Tucked away on Mount Fuji's lower northern slopes, the road to the summit is entirely paved. It’s called Fuji Subaru Line. It runs from Lake Kawaguchi to the fifth stage of Mt. Fuji at 2.305m (7,562ft) above 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 touch the summit of Mount Fuji.

Is the drive to Mt. Fuji worth it?

The 5th Station, at the end of the Subaru Line Tollway, is the largest station on Mt. Fuji with the most facilities and services. It has souvenir shops, restaurants, toilets, and a viewing platform. There is also a large guidance center where local firefighters and police are stationed, as well as 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 issues. It’s a great spot for sightseeing. It is a great place for those who want to view Mt. Fuji, for those who have brought their family, and for people who aren’t physically able to climb the mountain.

Is Fuji Subaru Line open?

The Fuji Subaru Line is closed to private vehicles on 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 accessible. Weather around Mt. Fuji changes quickly and sometimes drastically, so the area may experience sudden snowfall or frozen road surfaces. If you drive through the line in winter, please drive carefully by using winter tires or bringing snow chains.