Mt. Fuji is an unmissable attraction for anyone travelling to Japan. It's a World Heritage Site and is constantly crowded with tourists. So, here's a list of 10 recommended restaurants to stop by after you've visited Mt. Fuji!
1. Robata Dining Kuraya (Fuji / Izakaya)
Often talked about by magazines and TV programs, this famed izakaya (Japanese pub) is the favorite of many gourmands. It's located only 3 minutes away on foot from Fuji Station, so it's great to visit after your trip to Mt. Fuji. It offers over 130 Japanese, Western, Chinese, and Korean delicacies - all cooked by experts of each genre - so everything is authentic and delicious. As for the seafood, they never use frozen products, so do order their superb sashimi to grasp the true meaning of freshness. Their meat is also domestically produced and carefully selected. Some dishes that you can enjoy there are [Chicken Skewer Assortment] (890 JPY), made with Fuji chicken that's rich in vitamin E, and [Domestic Horse Sashimi] (1,600 JPY), made with horse meat procured from a local farmer.
Robata Dining Kuraya
: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Normal hours: 5:00 pm - 12:00 pm (Last order: 11:00 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,700 JPYAccess
: Three minutes on foot from Fuji Station on the JR Tokaido Main Line. (Located on the second floor of the building in front of the entrance to the parking loat of the Fuji Holiday Sports Club.)Address
: Ekimae Shigenobu Bldg. 2F, 7-1 Fuji-cho , Fuji, Shizuoka
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2. Botanen (Fuji / Yakiniku)
Visiting Mt. Fuji is definitely tiring, so head here after your journey to recover your energy with some meat! This yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) restaurant can be found near Fuji Station, only 1 minute away from the North Exit. They serve top-quality Kuroge Wagyu, stocked from a highly trusted supplier the restaurant has been working with for many years. In addition to loin and rib meat, their offal, tripe, and liver are so high quality that all you need to do is add a pinch of salt to savor their deliciousness and umami (Japanese savory taste). Above all, don't miss the luxurious [Premium Shabu-Shabu Course] (5,000 JPY plus tax), made with Kuroge Wagyu ribs. Don't worry about the smell on your clothes; the tables are equipped with smokeless grills!
: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)Closed
: Monday *If it's a national holiday, it closes the next day insteadAverage price
: 3,500 JPYAddress
: 2F, Fuji Sky Bldg., 4-6, Hon-cho, Fuji-shi, Shizuoka (Map
3. Belle Pomme Jiro (Fujinomiya / French Cuisine)
This can be reached in 10 minutes from the North Exit of Fujinomiya Station. Within this super cute restaurant that's recognizable by the poinsettias out front, you can casually enjoy French cuisine. Everything you'll be served is house-made. You'll find authentic French delicacies like the [Eggs Cocotte Surprise] (1,620 JPY) and the [Escargots Grilled in the Shell a la Bourguignonne] (1,620 JPY). The chef's motto is to serve "warm food when it's warm and cold food when it's cold." The homey and cozy atmosphere of this lovely restaurant is undoubtedly a result of heartwarming words like that.
Belle Pomme Jiro
: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pmClosed
: TuesdayAverage price
: [Dinner] 2,100 JPY *The chef will gladly treat every customer with food that suits their tastes / [Lunch] 2,100 JPY *There are also options starting from 2,949 JPY and 3,675 JPYAddress
: 224-2, Wakanomiya-cho, Fujinomiya-shi, Shizuoka (Map
4. Il Ponte (Fuji / Italian Cuisine)
Easily accessible from both Fuji Station and Shin-Fuji Station, Il Ponte is a fancy restaurant that combines terrace seats with a wide indoor space where you can enjoy Western-style cuisine. The most recommended dish is the [Tsuke Napolitan del Ponte] (1,180 JPY) which is a new take on a local specialty of Fuji called "Tsuke Neapolitan." It has a delicious and addicting flavor, and even regulars love it. Alternatively, you can purchase one of their bento boxes made with plenty of local vegetables to eat on the go.
: [Monday, Wednesday - Friday] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) *Credit cards not accepted at lunch
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm) *Opening hours are subject to change due to private parties or events on Saturdays and national holidays. Feel free to inquire to make sure it's open.
[Monday, Wednesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm) *On Saturdays and Sundays, the restaurant is often fully booked for private events, so check with them before you go.Closed
: TuesdayAverage price
: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY *Pasta courses start from 2,800 JPY. Both a-la-carte and course options available / [Lunch] 1,080 JPY *Standard dish + 320 JPY (Lunch Set). 7-item lunch of the day costs 1,080 JPYAddress
: 1F, STJ Funamura Bldg., 956, Tadehara, Fuji-shi, Shizuoka (Map
5. Kuimono-Ya Itchome (Fuji / Izakaya)
This restaurant is situated at the back of an alley and is within walking distance from Fuji Station. It's a unique izakaya with an extensive menu, from Japanese homecooking classics like [Nikujaga] (480 JPY) to original delicacies like the [Itchome Croquette] (480 JPY) and the [Itchome Fresh Spring Rolls] (480 JPY). People enjoy how they're able to enjoy all sorts of flavors together with select local liquors and cocktails while admiring the passionate staff working in the open kitchen. There are also courses starting from 3,150 JPY that are particularly recommended if you're looking for a well-balanced meal.
: 5:30 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: SundayAverage price
: 2,000 JPY
*Courses start from 3,150 JPY. You can make it all-you-can-drink for an additional 1,780 JPY.Address
: 1-12, Heigakihon-cho, Fuji-shi, Shizuoka (Map
6. Wagyu Yakiniku - Yoritomo (Kawaguchiko / Yakiniku)
Kawaguchiko Station is the closest to the terminal of the bus that'll take you to Mt. Fuji, and Wagyu Yakiniku - Yoritomo is only a 5-minute walk away from it. In its fine modern Japanese interiors, you'll be served A5-ranked domestic wagyu. For a reasonable cost, you get a chance to savor superb yakiniku of meat with uncompromised quality, including not just top-grade rib meat, but also rare cuts like top blade muscle, tenderloin, and chuck flap. To finish off your meal, order the [Don-chan Nabe] (2,900 JPY, reservation needed) and you'll get a hot pot with a miso-based soup filled with beef small intestine and reticulum, as well as fresh vegetables. This is also one of the many places where you can try Kobe beef!
Wagyu Yakiniku - Yoritomo
: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:15 pm)Closed
: MondayAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,500 JPYAccess
: 5 minutes walk from [Kawaguchiko Station] on Fuji Kyuko LineAddress
: Yozan Sun Plaza 7, 996-21 Funatsu, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi
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7. Nanakusa (Kawaguchiko / Japanese Cuisine)
Nanakusa is situated in a sublime location near Lake Kawaguchi that offers great seasonal views of Mt. Fuji. It is a Japanese restaurant that makes heavy use of seasonal products. If you order their popular and reasonably priced 7-item [Mini Kaiseki] (2,500 JPY plus tax), you can savor specialties such as the [Nanakusa Agemochi] - fried mochi (rice cake) soaked in a special broth; [Salmon Chazuke], served with a delicious sesame-based sauce; and the [Pumpkin Manju Bekko Ankake]. To get an even more memorable experience of Mt. Fuji, pair the food with a cup of the best matching shochu (a kind of Japanese alcohol)! They have rare brands of shochu like Moriizo, Murao, and Mao, as well as local Yamanashi sake. It is strongly recommended to book in advance.
: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:50 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed
: Wednesday *May be open on Wednesday if there are reservationsAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPYAddress
: 1667-1, Funatsu, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi (Map
8. Brand New Day Coffee Kawaguchiko Fuji Oishi Hanaterrace Branch (Kawaguchiko / Cafe)
Once you've finished touring Mt. Fuji, you can take a coffee break or grab something to eat at this cafe. Sit back and enjoy excellent coffee made with specialty coffee beans or sip on a colorful frozen drink flavored with matcha or mixed berries, like their [Frappe Rappe] (580 JPY). As for the food menu, other than authentic Neapolitan pizza (from 1,280 JPY) cooked at 500°C, and you'll find snacks like [Chicken Karaage] (780 JPY) and [French Fries] (580 JPY), perfect if you're feeling a little hungry. On a nice sunny day, take a seat on the outdoor terrace, and you'll get a full view of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi.
Brand New Day Coffee Kawaguchiko Fuji Oishi Hanaterrace Branch
: [Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (L.O. 5:30 pm) *Opening hours may vary according to the seasonClosed
: NoneAverage price
: 1,000 JPYAddress
: 2F, Fuji Oishi Hanaterrace Ridge B, 1477-1, Oishi, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi (Map
9. Chante Le Vente (Kawaguchiko / Western Cuisine)
If you're looking for a lunch spot after exploring Mt. Fuji, walk 6 minutes from Kawaguchiko Station to get to Chante Le Vente, a restaurant that serves up Western-style Japanese cuisine. The proprietress of this restaurant has extensive experience in making all sorts of dishes. Among her many delicacies made with premium ingredients, such as Koshu beef, one item you should try is the [Le Vente Original Curry] (800 JPY), a recipe that took years of trial and error to refine. The ingredients are stewed together for 2 days until they completely melt, and their sweetness and umami create a deep flavor that earned the restaurant a lot of fans. Each menu item comes with a salad and dessert.
Chante Le Vente
: [Monday - Wednesday, Friday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 11:30 am - 3:30 pm (L.O. 3:00 pm)Closed
: ThursdayAverage price
: [Lunch] 800 JPY *It's 1,000 JPY if you want to add coffee (or black tea)Address
: 1513-4, Funatsu, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi (Map
10. Kin-Kao-Kon (Kawaguchiko / Thai and Vietnamese Cuisine)
This authentic Thai restaurant stands very close to Kawaguchiko Station. You'll get addicted to their classic Thai dishes made with plenty of spices and herbs. From classics like [Pad Thai] (Small 800 JPY, Medium 1,180 JPY) and [Kaphrao Rice] (1,150 JPY) to delicacies like the spicy green papaya salad called [Som Tam] (Small 800 JPY, Medium 1,260 JPY) or the Thai-style chicken skewers known as [Kai Yang] (1,180 JPY), the options are countless. Also, don't miss the [Thai Suki-Nabe] which has an unusual pink soup made with fermented bean curd. If you don't have time to sit down, you can order takeout.
: [Tuesday - Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm)
[Monday, Wednesday - Friday, Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
[Saturday] Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)Closed
*Also closes 2 Sundays per monthAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,280 JPYAddress
: No. 7, 2F, Ohashi-dori Tenant, 288-1, Funatsu, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi (Map
After reading this article, if you found a restaurant that you like, head there after you've finished up sightseeing around Mt. Fuji!
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.