The Aokigahara Forest day Trip was AMAZING! It did rain that day but the experience and walk through the forest was well worth it. Yaya was our tour guide and she is extremely knowledgeable. That being said our trip to Mt Fuji was completely overshadowed by the Ice cave. You have 30 mins to see Mt Fuji (if there’s no fog) but you’re not the only tour bus there. You basically have sufficient time to go to the bathroom, glance at souvenirs, and go hunting for your tour bus.
Long drive to/from but worth it to see iconic landmarks. Even though both pieces were conducted by two completely different tour groups, it was coordinated very smoothly. The guide from the first part was very concerned with our transition to the next tour operator as we were the only 2 people going on the forest tour. Lunch was included at the hotel restaurant for the main group, but he explained to us an option to walk down the street to the mall and eat in the food court. After the got the rest of the group settled in the hotel restaurant for lunch, he came down to the mall to make sure we found our way there okay and were okay before leaving us. He also drew us a map to a restaurant he recommended after we asked for a suggestion for when we'd be back in Tokyo that night. We were a bit concerned about how to get back to Tokyo and where we'd be but our guide from the forest trip personally walked into the bus station, spoke to the counter lady to see if we could get on an earlier bus, and made sure we knew what to do and where to go before he left us alone. Both guides were very informative and personable. Although we didn't really do much with the Mt Fuji portion and it wasn't all that exciting, I don't regret going as I got the photos that I wanted. The forest wasn't as spooky as we had thought it would be but was instead very peaceful and tranquil. We had also wanted to see the famous root structures but it had snowed the day before so most of the roots were covered in snow. The ice cave exceeded our expectations. The red overalls provided didn't do much for warmth it was below freezing but they were good to protect our clothes from the rough volcanic rock while climbing down to the cave. The forest guide was also kind enough to take some pictures of us with his camera and emailed me those photos a few days after our trip. He was the type of person who I would come back to Japan just to see him again.
We really purchased this tour to see the Aokigahara Forest / Ice Cave. The Mt. Fuji portion was alright. Met up at the hotel and they drove us up to the 4th highest elevation stop to see Mt. Fuji, but since we were so close to it it was an awkward picture. Now the best part of the tour was definitely seeing the Aokigahara Forest and Ice Cave. I would not recommend this tour for anyone that has physical or walking issues. You will be going down a bamboo ladder into the cave and do some light climbing. It will be dark inside so make sure that you wear shoes that has a good grip and is waterproof since the floor is very wet and slippery. Our guide, Toshi, was great! He was very informative and passionate about the forest and Mt. Fuji.
I feel that I need to point out something that wasn't clear in any of the reviews my husband and I read prior to booking this tour. The ice cave is not for anyone with any physical issues. This is an actual cave, not a tunnel. Parts of the descent into the cave are at a steep angle. There is also a 6-step bamboo ladder. If you are in good physical health, this tour is for you. The cave was beautiful, but again, be sure that you are physically capable of tackling it. The jumpsuits/helmets/headlamps in the photos of this tour are NOT for show.
The tour guides for both portions of this tour were great you begin the day with a larger tour before you break off to visit the forest and ice cave. I have to say that the tour guide for the forrest was amazing.
This tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Japan. Although there was a delay in getting to Mt Fuji due to roadworks, the tour guide worked hard to keep us entertained and catered for. Mt Fuji station was our first stop. It was freezing and we could not see the mountain unfortunately due to rain and clouds. Our next stop was the Aokigahara Forest and Ice Caves - and this is a MUST DO for those interested in seeing a unique side to Japan. I loved every second of it - and our guide was very funny, informative, and we all felt safe with him as he guided us into the underground cave. After this amazing experience, we drove back to our pick up site where our bus was due to take us back to Tokyo and were greeted with a parting of the clouds and a magnificent view of Mt Fuji - it was quite an awe inspiring experience. I would highly recommend this trip to others and have done so. FIVE STARS - thank you for such an amazing experience!