Lake Kawaguchi (Kawaguchiko) is one of the Fuji Five Lakes that can be found around Mount Fuji, the most iconic mountain in Japan. It is also the most accessible lake amongst the Fuji Five Lakes. Here are 6 spots around Lake Kawaguchi that you definitely have to visit!
1. Enjoy the various views of Lake Kawaguchi (Kawaguchiko)
The marvelous lake that offers a fantastic view of beautiful landscape and the iconic Mount Fuji has various locations that will offer you a different atmosphere. One of the recommend locations to enjoy a great view is the Tozawa Campsite, just 10 minutes from Kawaguchiko Station by car. Here, you can appreciate the marvelous scenery of Mount Fuji’s reflection on the lake, also known as “Sakasa Fuji”, or the “Upside-down Mt Fuji”.
Address: Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru, Yamanashi Prefcture
Opening Hours: 24 Hours
Access: 13 minute walk from Kawaguchiko Station of Fujikyu Railway
2. A bird’s eye view from Mount Kachi Kachi Ropeway
Mount Kachi Kachi Ropeway is conveniently located just 13 minutes from Kawaguchiko Station. You will be able to access the top of the mountain, also known as the Tenjoyama Park, via a 3 minute long ropeway ride. Those who prefer an adventure can walk up the hiking route too. From the top of the mountain, you will be offered an amazing view of the city, Kawaguchiko, Mount Fuji and the other nature that surrounds it. Different sceneries can be enjoyed according to the season.
Mount Kachi Kachi Ropeway
Address: 1163-1 Azagawa, Minamitsuru, Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture
Opening Hours: Depends on season, please refer to official website
Access: 13 minute walk from Kawaguchiko Station
Website: Mount Kachi Kachi Ropeway
3. The soothing music boxes of Kawaguchiko Music Forest
The Kawaguchiko Music Forest is a museum about 30 minutes from Kawaguchiko Station by bus. Here, various types of music boxes are placed on display, together with one of the biggest mechanical organs in the world. There are a total of 3 exhibit halls and cathartic music will serenade you as you walk around the museum. Furthermore, if you happen to visit Kawaguchiko Music Forest around June, you will also be able to enjoy a fantastic rose garden outside where over 720 species of roses will be on display!
Kawaguchiko Music Forest
Address: 3077-20 Kawaguchi, Minamitsuru, Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture
Opening Hours: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Access: 26 minute bus ride from Kawaguchiko Station
Website: Kawaguchiko Music Forest
4. Appreciate the seasons at Oishi Park Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center
Oishi Park Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center is one of the best places around Kawaguchiko to appreciate the seasons – one of the boons of Japan’s geographic location. For those who love photography, one of the best seasons to visit this place is during summer, especially in June and July. During this period, various types of flowers will be blooming, creating a marvelous scenery of colorful flowers, a huge lake, and the beautiful Mount Fuji.
Oishi Park Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center
Address: 2585-2 Oishi, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru, Yamanashi
Opening Hours: Please refer to official website
Access: 12 minute bus from Kawaguchiko Station
5. The Herb Festival at Yagizaki Park
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The lavender is one of the most popular flowers in the Kawaguchiko region. At Yagizaki Park, a Herb Festival is held annually during late June to early July, where the whole park will be saturated with beautiful purple lavender flowers in full bloom. A sweet scent will guide you to the park and apart from the beautiful scenery of lavender flowers with the lake and Mount Fuji, you can also enjoy other snacks such as Lavender Ice Cream! Definitely a must-try!
Address: 912-1 Kodachi, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru, Yamanashi
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Access: 10 minute bus from Kawaguchiko Station
Website: Yagizaki Park
6. Maple Corridor at colored leaves festival
A beautiful scenery of maple leafs is the epitome of Japan’s autumn landscape. From November 1 to November 23, the colored leaves festival will be held at the Northern region of Kawaguchiko. One of the highlights of the festival is the “maple leaf tunnel” where over 60 maple trees with bright yellow and orange leaves will be lit up, creating an extremely dreamy scene. This is an event that is highly recommended! More information about the festival can be found on the official website.
Colored leaves festival (Maple Corridor)
Address: Kawaguchi, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru, Yamanashi (refer to the map)
Hours: 24 hours. Night light up is from 7pm to 10pm
Access: 25 minute bus from Kawaguchiko Station
Website: Colored leaves festival
Admire the beauty of Kawaguchiko
Mount Fuji can be viewed from almost any spot around Kawaguchiko, but the different destinations will give a different taste to the amazing spectacle of the mountain. Many of the areas can be accessed conveniently via the route bus from Kawaguchiko Station. Plan your trip early and enjoy Japan!
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