About Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida City is the closest city to Mt. Fuji.

You can see Mt. Fuji from many places in the city. It is extremely big; it overwhelms everything. You will find the Yoshida Trail, one of the mountain trails of Mt. Fuji, here. It bustles with those climbing from the Zero Station (foot of the mountain) and climbers aiming for the summit from the 5th Station from July to September. It is approximately two hours from Shinjuku to Fujiyoshida. There is a direct bus from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal, so it is convenient.

Kofu has very hot summers and cold winters. The large difference in seasonal temperatures is due to the region’s geographic location within a basin surrounded by mountains on either side.
Despite the area’s elevation average temperatures remain relatively high thanks to these geographical surroundings.
The city is easily accessible from Tokyo via a two-hour journey by the JR Chuo express train or expressway coach.

Superb Views of Mt. Fuji

Many people gather in Arakurayama Sengen Park to view a five-storied pagoda, cherry blossoms and Mt. Fuji in the spring. The street of colored leaves is a wonderful sight in the fall. If you like mountain climbing, we recommend the view from the summit of Mt. Shakushi. There are also many other spots where you can see Mt. Fuji in the city.

Spots Where You Can See Mt. Fuji

History and Festivals

Mt. Fuji was worshipped as a sacred place long ago in Japan. There was a faith in Mt. Fuji in which followers attempted to obtain divine protection by climbing the mountain. Many believers gathered at Fujiyoshida - a base for climbing the mountain. Those historic sites and the culture of that still exist here to this day. One part of that culture is the Yoshida Fire Festival. This is famous as an unusual festival even for Japan. It has a history of more than 400 years as a festival to mark the end of the climbing season of Mt. Fuji. The highlights include the moment when the torches are lit and the powerful portable shrines.

Historic Spots

Food, Sweets and Alcohol to Make You Happy

Yoshida udon noodles, the firmest noodles in Japan, are an inexpensive, tasty and popular lunch. The soup is a blend of miso and soy sauce. It is topped with cabbage and horse meat. You can taste and compare freshly made beer in the restaurant adjoining the Fujiyama Beer brewery in the city. There are also many horse meat restaurants here. You can taste horse meat to go with local sake at night. There are plenty of sweets perfect for when you spend time in a cafe and as souvenirs (e.g., cakes and cookies in the shape of Mt. Fuji).

Tastes of Fujiyoshida

Stylish Fabric Products

Silk used in kimonos, the traditional clothing of Japan, was also produced in Fujiyoshida. Currently, those weaving techniques are being utilized for cute accessories, umbrellas and ties. There are also shops where you can purchase the fabric products of Fujiyoshida in the city.

Fabric Events