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Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

We are going from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko on 17 April (Tuesday).

Our likely route, based on Hyperdia is:
Depart Shinjuku 0930 (Ltd Express Kaiji 101)
Arrive Otsuki 1037
Depart Otsuki 1050 (Fujisan Express 5)
Arrive Kawaguchiko 1137

We have a few questions:
(1) Our JR Pass will cover the Shinjuku to Otsuki travel. Where do we buy ticket for Otsuki to Kawaguchiko?
(2) When we pre-book our Shinjuku to Otsuki seats at the JR Station, can we book it all the way to Kawaguchiko (i.e. including the Fujikyu train?)
(3) If (2) is possible, can it only be done in Shinjuku Station or can we pre-book the tickets from Kyoto Station, where we will be the week before?
(4) There is only a transfer time of 13 minutes to get from JR Platform to Fujikyu Platform. Is this enough time?
(5) What if we miss the Fujisan Express train? Will the ticket be completely void?
(6) Is there a ‘through train’ all the way from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko, without getting off the train?

If there is a better train option other than the one we have chosen, please advise.

Thank you so much.


  • Hi,
    In short:
    1. In the Fujiden station.
    2. No.
    3. --
    4. Yes if you don't linger. The Fujiden station is next to the JR station.
    5. If you buy the ticket at the Fujiden station, there is no reason you'd miss the train.
    6. No. See above.

    Best regards.
  • Thanks, Tenjin. In that case, it might be better for us to take the earlier train from Shinjuku to Otuski so that we have enough time to buy the Fujisan train ticket? 13 minutes seem a bit tight for us to get out of train, queue to buy ticket and go in again.
  • It makes sense to me.
    Also if you want to see the shibazakura, there is a special bus for that from Kawaguchiko.
    Good luck.
  • For Kawaguchiko, direct buses are more convenient than trains. You could reserve a bus ticket online and there are many bus routes from Shinjuku, Shibuya, Akihabara, Tokyo, and Shinagawa/Haneda. You have to buy a ticket other than the Japan Rail Pass but the bus arrives earlier.

  • Thanks very much, Tenjin and Luisjp for your suggestions. Much appreciated.
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