One Day Trip from Tokyo to Yamanashi: The Best Activities, Tours & Experiences

Yamanashi prefecture prides itself in the exclusive wonders of the country’s tallest mountain, Mt Fuji. The graceful conical form that rises 3,776 meters above sea level makes a good reason for taking up a one day trip from Tokyo to Yamanashi, with snow-capped scenery and the panoramic sweeps of colorful fields below providing magical sightseeing. Walk above a sea of clouds, as you journey into the heavens and meet mountain shrines and gods. Home to the folklore-laden Aokigahara Jukai forest, Mt Fuji also ensures the best forest expeditions that guests can enjoy on horseback, MTBs, ATVs, and in a sleek convertible! You can even sightsee in style on a Harley motorcycle, which especially makes for movie-like riding in the gorgeous Fujisan sunsets of summer!

Despite being a landlocked prefecture, Yamanashi has many watersport delights for your one day trip from Tokyo. The five lakes of Fuji have created beautiful water paradises within the endless plains, offering much in the way of wakeboarding, hoverboarding, SUPs, and banana boat rides. Rafting the Katsura river is among the regions’ most daring and fun activities, and it’s a great experience that you should consider on your next Yamanashi trip.

What more does your one day trip from Tokyo to Yamanashi have to offer? We break down the prefecture’s most sought-after attractions in a nutshell:

1. Canoeing in the largest and most beautiful Fuji Lake

Prized members of the famous Fuji five lakes, Lake Kawaguchi and Lake Yamanaka offer serene canoeing adventures at the base of Mount Fuji. Sunrises from the water are especially magical as the ball of yellow peeps over Fuji’s towering frame!

富士漫遊社株式会社
Cruise on Lake Kawaguchi on a Canoe and Make Unforgettable Trip Memories with Your Friends and Family
Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi
富士漫遊社株式会社
Canoeing Tour on Lake Kawaguchi with the Magnificent Mt. Fuji Views in the Background
Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi
富士漫遊社株式会社
Indulge in a Canadian Canoeing Tour Surrounded by the Beautiful Mountains and Nature of Lake Kawaguchi
Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

2. SUP with a view on Lake Yamanaka

Lake Yamanaka’s northern shore avails great scenes from Mount Fuji in the backdrop and provides excellent clear waters for SUP. The same goes for Lake Motosu, the westernmost of the five Fuji lakes, which is populated with rainbow and brown trout!

マリーナエイティーン(marina eighteen)
Enjoy a Leisurely Outdoor Activity Surrounded by Mt. Fuji: Lake Yamanaka SUP Experience
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi
ガクロクマリン
SUP Tour in the Beautiful Nature Overlooking Mount Fuji! (Beginner-Friendly Course)
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi
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Relish the Magnificent Views from Above the Water on SUP on Lake Motosu
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

3. Mountain bike adventure below Mt. Fuji

Mountain bike adventure in Yamanashi promises great pleasure and greater views. Explore the nature around Fuji’s foothills, and around Kawaguchi Lake as well, famous for its range of color in the spring and fall!

富士山サイクルアクティビティショップBonVelo
Enjoy the Magnificent Nature of Mt. Fuji the World Heritage Touring on a Mountain Bike!
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi
富士山サイクルアクティビティショップBonVelo
Beginner-Friendly Guided Cycling Tour Around the Incredible Nature of Lake Motosu
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi
富士山サイクルアクティビティショップBonVelo
Explore the Mysterious and Breathtaking Forest and the Wildlife in a Guided Cycling Tour at the Foot of Mount Fuji!
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi
富士山サイクルアクティビティショップBonVelo
Cycling Course to One of Lake Kawaguchi's Most Popular Spots: the Seven Lucky Gods Tour
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

4. Discover ice caves and myths at Aokigahara Jukai

Admire icy stalactites in Mt Fuji’s lava caves, before venturing to the northwestern flank to wade through the “Sea of Trees” that is Aokigahara forest! A place of many myths in Japanese culture, Aokigahara Jukai is famous for more than just its endless maze of canopies!

冨士エコツアー・サービス(fuji eco tour service)
Discover the Deepest Parts of Aokigahara Jukai, Enter 3 Natural Underground Caves Where Ordinary Tourists Can't Enter, and Experience a Real Forest Adventure
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi
THE HIGHEST PEAK
Explore a Giant Ice-Cave in the Mysterious Aokigahara Jukai Forest
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

5. Flyboard: Fly like Superman

If you ever wanted to know what flying like a superhero is like, this flyboard experience on Lake Yamanaka is your chance! Channeling water pressure into the power of flight, and whizz across the water surface while Mt Fuji stands guard behind you!

マリーナエイティーン(marina eighteen)
Exhilarating Flyboarding Experience on Lake Yamanaka
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi
しゅうすいや(SHUSUIYA)
Enjoy the Feeling of Flying in the Sky Over the Sea at Yamanakako
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

6. Wakeboarding Yamanashi: The lake is your oyster

How good is your bottom turn? Practice cool surfing moves such as these as you domineer the waves while wakeboarding in Lake Yamanaka! Japan’s tallest mountain lingering in the periphery is sure to provide great inspiration!

ハクタカマリン
Wakeboarding Experience at One of the Best Schools in Japan!
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi
wakeboard shop TRIBE
Beginner-Friendly Wakeboarding Experience with Mt Fuji Views at Lake Kawaguchi
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi
コア・リゾート(Core Resort)
Lake Yamanaka Thrilling Wakeboarding Experience
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

7. Banana boat rides: More than your typical boating

Why ride an ordinary, mundane vessel when you can up the experience with a unique banana boat cruise? Explore the waters of the Fuji Lakes as you fool around in Yamanaka with friends and family. It’s as photogenic an experience as they come!

静山荘ボート・Rio de Emocion
Feel the Wind of Lake Yamanaka Riding a Banana Boat with Mount Fuji Views
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi
ハクタカマリン
Enjoy the Fun and Excitement of Riding a Banana Boat on Lake Yamanaka
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

8. Hoverboard experience at the foot of Fuji

Yamanaka is also the closest lake to Mount Fuji, so a hoverboard adventure on its waters offers startling scenery of the white cap, more than any of the other four Fuji lakes. Combine panoramic views with a heart-throbbing experience that defies human limitation and gravity!

マリーナエイティーン(marina eighteen)
Exciting Hover Boarding at Lake Yamanaka Surrounded by Nature and Mount Fuji!
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi
ハクタカマリン
Fly in the Sky with Water Pressure Hoverboard & SUP Free Rental on Lake Yamanaka with Delicious BBQ Lunch
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

9. Rafting & Canyoning: The best of Yamanashi watersports

Climb waterfalls and ride the rapids across a thunderous stretch of the Katsura river off Otsuki City in Yamanashi! You’ll find joy in the white splashes and a healing relaxation at more quiet and serene lengths of the speedy stream!

本流堂
Half-day River Rafting Adventure at Fuji River
Minamikoma District, Yamanashi
フジヤマアドベンチャークラブ
Enjoy the Nature of Katsura River and Experience Thrilling White Water Rafting Course
Otsuki, Yamanashi
大月・桂川ラフティングwinds
Katsura River Canyoning & Shower Climbing Tours
Otsuki, Yamanashi

10. Wash down outdoor fun with Yamanashi barbecues

Do you know what goes well with Yamanashi’s many watersports? A barbecue! Meat lovers will have their fill with the region’s specialty beef and pork, while vegetarians still have plenty of options at their disposal, including delicious fried noodles and Yamanashi’s rich array of vegetables!

ハクタカマリン
Enjoy One-Day of Fun Water Sports and Delicious BBQ at Lake Yamanaka: Wakeboarding, SUP, Banana Boat, and Charter Boat Tour!
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi
清水国明の森と湖の楽園
Outdoor BBQ Set Rental in the Amazing Nature of Shimizu Kuniaki's Paradise of Forest and Lake (Recommended for Big Groups)
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi
清水国明の森と湖の楽園
Enjoy BBQ with Your Friends at Shimizu Kuniaki's Paradise of Forest and Lake
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

11. Horseback riding in the beautiful Yatsugatake outdoors

The untamed wild scenery at the base of the Yatsugatake mountains makes for the most authentic horse-riding experience ever! Learn the basics of horse riding and conquer the saddle!

八ヶ岳ロングライディング(YATSUGATAKE LONG RIDING)
Experience Horse Riding Course (Beginner-Friendly Plan)
Hokuto, Yamanashi
ホースファーム ポラリス
Horseback Riding Adventure in the Refreshing Forest Overlooking Yatsugatake Mountains and Mount Fuji
Hokuto, Yamanashi

12. A Yamanashi ATV that knows no bounds

Branded as the roller coaster of the forest, a Yamanashi ATV tears across the unpredictable terrain of Kawaguchi with ease, ensuring no corner of the forest and mountain is beyond your reach! Even little children can join in on the group ride!

カントリーレイクシステムズ
Drive All-Terrain Vehicles Through Nature and Feel the Refreshing Wind of the Forest!
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi
カントリーレイクシステムズ
Experience a Dynamic Run with Eight-Wheel Buggies in Yamanashi
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

13. Trekking in the clouds of Yamanashi

An adventure that combines calorie-burning exercise and strolls among the clouds of the nation’s highest peak, Yamanashi trekking is without equal! The summer shades of Aokigahara Jukai will wow you just as much as selfies with Fujisan!

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Fuji Mountain Summit Climbing Tour
Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi
冨士エコツアー・サービス(fuji eco tour service)
Trekking Experience Above the Clouds: Enjoy Heaven on Earth with a Great Mountains Views of the Mt. Fuji and the Southern Alps
Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi

14. Exploring Mt Fuji on a Harley

Roar through the forestry in Yamanashi, as you blaze the asphalt around Fujisan and its famous lakes on a Harley-Davidson. Exploring the generous treasures of Mother Nature in one of the top sightseeing spots in the country has never been cooler!

スマイリーレンタルバイク
Explore the Best Tourist Attractions of Yamanashi on a Harley! (1 Night and 2 Days)
Kofu, Yamanashi

15. Sightseeing Mt Fuji on a sleek convertible

Yamanashi is amassed with open plains and expansive roads, which can best be experienced by taking up a stylish, mini convertible rental! A multi-course sensual experience of fresh countryside air, chirping birds, fragrant flowers, and majestic images of Fuji and Kawaguchi await!

D-LIVE(ドライブ)
Take a Tour of Unconventional Open Cars on a Course Packed with Extraordinary Scenery of Lake Kawaguchi, Including Mount Fuji!
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

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