How to Reach Kawaguchiko from Tokyo – The Ultimate Guide

Whether you want a day trip from Tokyo or an extended stay to escape the capital, Kawaguchiko must be on your Japan itinerary. After all, Kawaguchiko brings your Mount Fuji dream into reality. That said, to live this dream, the first step is to figure out the best way to travel from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko. 

Given Tokyo’s fast-paced and modern transportation, it’s no task to reach Kawaguchiko. However, it can be a tad bit complicated as you can reach Kawaguchiko from Tokyo via train, bus, rentals, and even through a tour. 

When there are so many options in hand, I generally weigh the pros and cons. It helps to finalise a transportation mode as per budget and trip schedule. 

Therefore, to give you a clearer picture of how to reach Kawaguchiko from Tokyo, I have discussed all modes of transportation in detail in this ultimate guide! 

1. Train – The Most Scenic and Convenient Way to Reach Kawaguchiko from Tokyo

If I were to choose, the train would be my first preference to travel between Kawaguchiko and Tokyo. Why? Japan is known for its network of trains. They are affordable, convenient and always on time! Moreover, train rides from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko are full of scenic beauty.

Besides, if you love options, quite a few trains operate between Tokyo and Kawaguchiko, so you can choose accordingly. 

Via Fuji Excursion from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko

If you are planning a day trip to Kawaguchiko from Tokyo, Fuji Excursion is your best bet. With no in-between transfer, Fuji Excursion runs at regular intervals in a day between Tokyo and Kawaguchiko. It makes it to and fro from Tokyo easy.

As the train remains in demand, it is highly advisable to secure your seat! You can book advance tickets before a month. A one-way ticket without JR Pass will cost you around ¥4130 ($26.53).

Via JR and Fujikyuko Limited Express Trains from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko

Your next convenient option to reach Kawaguchiko from Tokyo is via JR Limited Express. Initially, board the express like Kaiji and Azusa from Shinjuku Station. It will take you about one hour to reach Otsuki station and transfer to a train on the Fujikyuko Line. 

If your budget permits, instead of boarding a local train from Fujikyuko Line, you can also avail of the Limited Express trains like Fujisan View Express,

Via JR Chuo Line and Fujikyuko Line from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko

If you are in no rush, the cheapest way to reach Kawaguchiko from Tokyo is via the regular or local trains. Although, comparatively, it takes more time than Limited Express and Fuji Excursion, it is much more flexible if you are an exploreron the go.

You can hop on and off any stations by the Chuo Line to do other activities or stop over as well. Overall, it takes around 3 hours to reach Kawaguchiko from Tokyo.


Duration (Approx.)

One-Way Cost (Approx.)

Fuji Excursion

1 hour 50 minutes 


Limited Express Trains

2 hours


Regular Trains

3 hours 


2. Direct High-Speed Bus to Reach Kawaguchiko from Tokyo

Another affordable way to reach Kawaguchiko from Tokyo is via a bus journey. In Tokyo, there are multiple points from where the high-speed buses leave for the Fuji Five Lakes area. 

Shibuya Station, Shinjuku Station, and Tokyo Station are three major points from which to hop on a bus to Kawaguchiko. On average, a bus takes around the same time as a train , about 2 to 3 hours.

You can book your tickets either online or directly from the bus terminal, and it will cost you about ¥2000 ($12.83).

Departing Station

Duration (Approx.)

One-Way Cost (Approx.)

Shibuya Station

2.5 – 3 hours


Shinjuku Station

2 hours


Tokyo Station

2 hours


3. Drive a Rental to Reach Kawaguchiko from Tokyo

If road trips are your thing, rent a car from Tokyo to go for a solo drive to Kawaguchiko. Driving to Kawaguchiko on your own is a liberating experience. 

Along with the flexibility of time, this is also the fastest way to reach Kawaguchiko. It takes around one and a half hours to cover an approximate distance of 110 kilometers.

Here are some things you will require to rent a car in Tokyo:

  • International Driving Permit (IDP)
  • Driving License 
  • Credit Card

4. Reach Kawaguchiko from Tokyo via Tour Organisers

Don’t feel like booking tickets and planning on your own? Don’t worry! Kawaguchiko, being a popular town, is on almost every traveller’s list. Therefore, there are abundant tour operators who organise and schedule everything for you on a platter. 

Whether you want a group tour or a private one, you can always customise your day tour to Kawaguchiko from Tokyo.

Tips to Travel from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko

To further make your Kawaguchiko from Tokyo travel easy, I have some tips to share:

  • JR Pass or IC Card does not cover the cost of travel from Otsuki to Kawaguchiko. An additional fee is charged.
  • Check the transportation schedule to avoid delays during transfer from the JR Line to the Fujikyuko Line.
  • Always book tickets in advance to avoid last-minute goof-ups.

Which Mode of Transportation will You Choose to Reach Kawaguchiko from Tokyo?

how to reach kawaguchiko from Tokyo

With that, I hope I have addressed all your doubts and put an end to your query of “How do I get from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko?” If you want a convenient option, opt for a train journey. And in case you’re too laid back to plan your trip to Kawaguchiko from Tokyo, travel through a tour organiser.

No matter what you choose, one thing is sure – Kawaguchiko will hold a special place in your heart like it does in mine. Be it Mount Fuji views or the Kawaguchiko Lake, onsens or shrines and temples, it deserves a spot on your solo travel to Japan


An introverted blogger who is looking to make unforgettable solo travel memories with one short life.

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