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Mount Tenjo & Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway

An iconic view, a lovers’ bell, and a vengeful rabbit…

The Lake Kawaguchiko area is known as the spot to catch a spectacular view of Mount Fuji, and one of the best places in the area to admire this iconic sight is from Mount Tenjo. But there is more to Tenjo than a good view from its observation point. This mountain in Yamanashi Prefecture has folklore and attractions of its own that make it a worthwhile trip.

Photo by: Ashley Owen The Bell of Tenjo.

There are two ways to reach the summit of Tenjo, where most attractions are located. The first option is to make your way up on foot using the hiking trail. This takes approximately 45 minutes, and unlike Fuji, it is suitable for even the most inexperienced hikers.

You’ll be rewarded with panoramic views and the perfect shot of Mount Fuji on a clear day.

The second – and more popular – option is to take the Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway (also called the Kachi Kachi Ropeway). This cable car brings you up the 220 meters to the observation point and offers fantastic views of the lake as you ascend. Whichever method you choose, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views and the perfect shot of Mount Fuji on a clear day.

Kachi Kachi Ropeway on the way to the observation point near the summit of Mount Tenjo.

One of the most popular features of the mountain is the Bell of Tenjo. Legend has it that your wish will come true if you ring the bell while looking at Mount Fuji through its heart-shaped silver frame. Its romantic image makes it particularly popular with couples hoping for a long and happy relationship.

Raccoon dog and rabbit dolls at an observation deck overlooking Lake Kawaguchiko.

Kachi Kachi Yama

As you wander around the area, you can’t help but notice several large statues of a rabbit and a tanuki (raccoon dog). These colorful characters are from an old Japanese folktale titled Kachi Kachi Yama, and Mount Tenjo is actually the setting for the tale. The characters in the story may appear cuddly, but it’s actually quite a dark tale where the rabbit gets revenge on the murderous tanuki by setting him on fire before drowning him…(awkward…) But, the statues themselves are cute!

Inspired by the story, the cafe underneath the observation deck sells tanuki and usagi  (rabbit) dango (mochi on a stick). Next to the cafe is a shrine also dedicated to the rabbit from the tale.

Tanuki dango in Tanuki Chaya Teahouse at Tenjo.

The peak of Mount Tenjo (1,104 meters) is about a 10-minute walk from the observation point, and it is marked by a small shrine.

Photo by: Ashley Owen The Tenjo “rabbit” shrine.


Lake Kawaguchiko and the surrounding area is studded with tons of sightseeing spots, including several museums like the Kawaguchiko Music Forest, onsen, and plenty of places to try local food and drink. For a sake experience, try Ide Sake Brewery. For keen hikers, there’s also the option to continue from Tenjo to Mount Mitsutoge (1,785 meters). It’s about a six-hour hike there and back, so be sure to start early.

If you are visiting Lake Kawaguchiko, climb Mount Tenjo to get the best panoramic view and to walk inside the world of a Japanese folktale.

Things To Know

Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway

The ropeway is open daily from 9 a.m. (9:30 a.m. from December to February), with departures every 5-10 minutes. A round trip is ¥800 for adults and ¥400 for children, or one-way tickets are available for ¥450 and ¥230 respectively. You can take the ropeway until 5:10 p.m (4:40 p.m. from December to February). Official website:

How To Get There


1163 Azagawa, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi-ken 401-0303, Japan

By foot

Mount Tenjo is located on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi, an easy 10-15 minute walk from Kawaguchiko station. (You can take the Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway from here.)

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