How to get to Chureito Pagoda from Tokyo

by | Feb 1, 2018 | Asia Pacific, Japan | 6 comments

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It’s a question that arises frequently in relation to Japan travels: how to get to the Chureito Pagoda from Tokyo followed closely by inquiries as to the possibility of using a JR Pass to travel there. It’s possible to use the JR Pass for most of the journey to the Chureito Pagoda before switching lines and purchasing a ticket for the final part of the trip. Read on for a detailed breakdown of how to get to the Chureito Pagoda by JR Pass as well as the other transport options available.

 

Travelling in Japan

We travelled throughout the country with a green JR Pass which we purchased prior to travelling to Japan. It’s also possible to use this for the train journey to the Chureito Pagoda – you can check out the latest prices for green and ordinary passes on Japan Rail Pass where we purchased our JR passes.

Click here for the best JR Pass prices!

 

How to get to Chureito Pagoda by JR Pass

You will need to budget almost a full day to visit the Chureito Pagoda by train. It’s possible to make most of the journey using your JR Pass however you will need to switch to the Fujikyu Railway Line to travel between Otsuki and Shimoyoshida and purchase a separate ticket for this portion of the journey. The ticket costs ¥960 which is less than US $10.

The view of Mount Fuji from the Chureito Pagoda

 

Option 1: Ltd Exp Kaiji

  • From Tokyo Shinjuku take the Ltd Exp Kaiji to Otsuki – the journey time is 62 minutes
  • Switch to the Fujikyu Railway Line to travel between Otsuki and Shimoyoshida – the journey time is 43 minutes and the ticket costs ¥960 (less than US $10)
  • The Arakura Sengen Shrine with the Chureito Pagoda is a ten to fifteen minute walk from Shimoyoshida Station and requires a 400 step climb to the view point.

 

Option 2: JR Chuo 

  • From Tokyo Shinjuku take the JR Chuo Special Rapid Service for Otsuki to Takao Tokyo – the journey time is 40 minutes
  • At Takao Tokyo switch to the JR Chuo Line to travel between Takao and Otsuki – the journey time is 36 minutes
  • Switch to the Fujikyu Railway Line to travel between Otsuki and Shimoyoshida – the journey time is 43 minutes and the ticket costs ¥960 (less than US $10)
  • The Arakura Sengen Shrine with the Chureito Pagoda is a ten to fifteen minute walk from Shimoyoshida Station and requires a 400 step climb to the view point.

 

Other ways to get to Chureito Pagoda

It’s also possible to make the journey to the Chureito Pagoda by bus, rental car or to join a private tour.

 

Option 1: Bus

Fujikyuko Bus and Keio Bus operate an express service between Shinjuku and Kawaguchiko Station and Shibuya and Kawaguchiko Station with tickets costing ¥1,750 and a journey time of less than 2 hours. The train from Kawaguchiko to Otsuki costs ¥300 (less than US $10) and the journey time is 13 minutes. The Arakura Sengen Shrine with the Chureito Pagoda is a ten to fifteen minute walk from Shimoyoshida Station and requires a 400 step climb to the view point.

 

Option 2: Rental Car

Driving takes around 2 hours each way from Tokyo. We rented a car from a rental place close to Tokyo Station and visited Nikko, the Chureito Pagoda and Hakone all in one day which, although rushed, would simply not have been possible with public transport. The rental cars are very reasonably priced in Tokyo, however be aware that the road tolls can add up quickly. The single day of driving cost us over $50 in road tolls. We found driving relatively easily and used Google Maps to navigate.

 

Option 3: Private Tour

Although expensive, another option that will allow you to see everything in the Mount Fuji area in one day is a day tour from Tokyo. Here’s an example of a private tour which takes in everything in the area including the Arakura Sengen Shrine – check tour prices here!

Click here to book a tour to the Chureito Pagoda

 

 

6 Comments

  1. Michelle

    Thank you!! Im traveling to Japan in 2 weeks and there is no clear info on how to get to Chureito Pagoda but you gave me all the answers I need, thanks! 🙂

    Reply
  2. Miguel

    Thank you for this. I had some doubts and now I can go secure of what I’m doing! I’m going next week, thank you so much!

    Reply
  3. Hanna

    Hi. Thanks for the information. I’m planning to visit Chuerito Pagoda on end of November. Hoping for peak autumn during my visit. Btw how much is approx of total duration for visiting chuerito ? From shimo yoshida to go up until back to shimo yoshida? Thanks in advance

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    • Elaine McArdle

      Hi Hannah

      We spent a few hours there – it was super cloudy and we had to hang around waiting for Mount Fuji to peek through the clouds! If you’re limited for time you could spend anything from a few minutes there enjoying the views.

      Elaine

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      • RK

        Once you get to the area, what’s the walking path to the pagoda? Are there signs? Are there a lot of other people/tour groups there that we can follow?

        Reply

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