Mt. Fuji shows its superb view around Lake Kawaguchiko.

From lakeside: the north shore of Lake Kawaguchiko.

Mount Fuji was designated as an UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage Site in 2013.

Mt. Fuji has been popular destination among overseas tourists. But many of Mt. Fuji tours offered to them are actually Hakone tours to view Mt. Fuji from Lake Ashi which is located at 30km south west of the mountain. Lake Kawaguchiko is at the north foot of Mt. Fuji and the distance is 15km from its summit. It is just less than two hours from Shinjuku by direct bus services via Chuo Expressway and one day is enough for get around there for busy tourists.

DeepJapan published "Mt. Fuji Travel Guide" e-book. I would like to pick up here some superb view spots here. There are a lot of good locations to glance over Mount Fuji, especially along the north shore of Kawaguchiko. Nagasaki Park and Oishi Park are about 30-minute ride from Kawaguchiko Station by Kawaguchiko Sightseeing Bus Red Line, Both sights are good to capture the great landscape of Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko with your camera or smartphone.

Nagasaki Park
Kawaguchi, Oishi, Fujikawaguchiko Town
Sunnide Resort / Nagasaki Park Ent. stop, Kawaguchiko Sightseeing Bus Red Line

Oishi Park
2585 Oishi, Fujikawaguchiko Town
Kawaguchiko Shizen Seikatsu-kan (Natural Living Center) stop, Kawaguchiko Sightseeing Bus Red Line

From vehicles: excursion ship and ropeway.

Enjoy 20-minute calm cruise on the Lake Kawaguchiko. The view of Mount Fuji and the scenery of town from the boat on the water are wonderful and would change your image of Lake Kawaguchiko. The boat service runs every 30 minutes. Enjoy the night cruise for a cool evening breeze (weekend only), and enjoy the sunset cruise during mid-summer.

Kawaguchiko Excursion Ship Ensoleille
4034 Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko Town
Sightseeing Boat / Ropeway Ent. stop, Kawaguchiko Sightseeing Bus Red Line
9:00-16:30, 9:00-17:30 (late July - end of August), 9:00-16:00 (mid November - mid March)
Adult: 930 yen, child: 470 yen (elementary school student)

Mt. KachiKachi is a small mountain located near the east bank of Kawaguchiko. Looking down the Lake, a ropeway connects you to the top of Mt. Kachikachi in three minutes. From the observation platform at 1075 meters above sea level. you can get a superb view of Mt. Fuji and the Southern Alps.

Tenjoyama Park Mt. Kachikachi Ropeway
1163-1 Azakawa, Fujikawaguchiko Town
Sightseeing Boat/ Ropeway Ent. stop, Kawaguchiko Sightseeing Bus Red Line
9:00-17:10, 9:00-17:20 (Apr.16-Oct.15), 9:30-16:40 (Oct.-Feb.)
Round trip / adult: 720 yen, child: 360 yen (elementary school student)

Set tickets for ropeway and sightseeing boat
Adult:1240 yen, child: 620 yen (elementary school student) *valid for 2 days

From attractions: old folk house village and onsen hot-spring spa.

Step into the old Japanese village, the place used to be one of the most beautiful thatch roofing houses village in Japan. The Healing Village, commands Mt. Fuji and mysterious Aokigahara Sea of forest, restored the old village, that used to be there, to new thatch houses village of 21 centuries. Single step into the village will take you back to the Showa Period (1926-1989). Just sit on a chair and relax. And put yourself in a healing atmosphere with magnificent view of Mt. Fuji. The Healing Village features not only beautiful scenery but also a variety of hands-on-activities, including the samurai-era costume experience, Japanese paper making, hanging hina doll making. Dining, including alimentary soba noodles or local specialty is available.

Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba
2710 Saiko-Nenba, Fujikawaguchiko Town
Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba stop, Saiko Sightseeing Bus Green-Line
9:00-17:00, 9:30-16:30 (Dec.-Feb., Thu.-Tue.)
Adult: 350 yen, child (junior high & elementary school student): 150 yen

Yurari has a wide range of onsen hot-spring bath tubs including open-air bath where you can enjoy the magnificent view of Mount Fuji. Admission includes a towel and a bath towel rental so you can drop by without preparation. You are required to bathe without clothes or towels as well as other public bath houses in Japan. But six types of private baths are offered here for the guests who prefer to enjoy with family or friends without other strangers (1700 yen per room / 50 min. *previous reservation unavailable).

Yurari Bath House
8532-5 Narusawa Village, Minamitsuru County
Fuji Midori-no Kyuka-mura stop, Fujikyu bus from Kawaguchiko Station. Or free bus services from Kawaguchiko Station (11:00, 15:00)
10:00-22:00 (last entrance 21:00)
Weekdays / adult: 1350 yen, child: 650 yen (4-year old - elementary school student)
Weekends and national holidays / adult 1500 yen, child 700 yen

For further information about Mt. Fuji excursion, please refer to my another article;

As a professional tour guide, I am offering one-day excursion to get around Lake Kawaguchiko to enjoy magnificent views from some places around.
Please visit my tour page find the itinerary to visit these places in a day.

As an editor, my ebook "Mt. Fuji Travel Guide" is on sale in 70 more countries, available on Amazon, Google Play and will be sold on Apple iBookStore. This guidebook is illustrated with beautiful photos and covers a wide range of topics: local foods, festivals, onsen (hot spring), popular sights, superb view points, shrines, hotels and transportation.




by Hagi

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