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2-Day Trip to Fujigoko (Five Lakes of Mt. Fuji) in winter 2/3

Lake Saiko Winter Festival

This festival also offers not only ice trees but also Japanese traditional performance such as “Wadaiko” (Japanese drums) and lively “Yosaki” modern dancing performance. Also you can experience “Mochi-tsuki“(pounding boiled rice into mochi). So, it is a great festival where you can experience several aspects of Japanese unique culture at once. The Wild Bird’s Forest Park has a special bird watching stage equipped with telescopes. Approximately, there are 210 kinds of birds coming flying to the park throughout the year. As it is easier to watch birds in winter, even beginners can enjoy.

“Lake Saiko Winter Festival”
Date: January 25 (Sat) to February 2 (Sun)
Illumination: Starting from Sunset to 21:00
Entrance rate: Free
Access:Retro Bus 50 minutes from Kawaguchi Station, Fujikyuko line, Get
  off at Saiko Yachonomori Koen
Website: http://www.fujisan.ne.jp/event/info.php?if_id=553&ca_id=3

『Niagara Winter Illumination at Oishi Park』 Enjoy a Romantic Night at the foot of Mt. Fuji
Niagara winter illumination offers you such beautiful views with Lake Kawaguchi and Mt. Fuji in front of you. The dazzling waves of light are superb. In addition, a 3 m high waterfall of lights appears with Mt. Fuji in the background, with the sea of light appearing as a waterfall. The white lights makes the whole place a fantastic and romantic atmosphere. One important note: As Retro buses do not operate until very late, you should check with your hotel and make sure if you can get a ride back to your hotel in advance.
The last retro bus leaves the park at 18:07 as of January 2015.
Bus time schedule URL:http://bus.fujikyu.co.jp/transportation/2014syuyu2.pdf

Eat one of the best fruits, fresh from the garden!

 Oishiya is the little fruit house located within the Oishi Park, where you can buy local farm products. As it is run by local tourism association, you have access to all the fresh and delicious fruits at very reasonable cost. You can enjoy their sweet and juicy fruits popular among international visitors as deserts or light snack between meals. In additional to delicious fruits, they also offer general goods hand-made by local people and some of them are very rare products that you can buy only at this shop.

“Niagara Winter Illumination”
Venue: Oishi Park at Lake Kawaguchi area
Date: December 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015
Illumination: Starting from 17:00 until 20:00
Entrance rate: Free
Contact: Kawaguchi Natural Living Center, Tel 0555-76-8230
Website: http://www.fujisan.ne.jp/event/info.php?if_id=739&ca_id=3

The Annual Winter Fireworks at HOTEL SHUHOUKAKU KOGETSU

『Enjoy Snow and Fireworks with Mt. Fuji in the background!』 The Annual Winter Fireworks at Lake Kawaguchi is the main event to promote tourism in winter at Fujigoko, Five Lakes of Mt. Fuji. Although summer is usually the season for fireworks in Japan, Lake Kawaguchi Fireworks Festival breaks with the trend and provides beautiful shots of colorful fireworks in the sky during the frosty winter season. With Mt. Fuji covered with snow in the background, the fireworks art would be a perfect memory to enjoy Japan to the fullest. You can enjoy fireworks at Lake Kawaguchi every weekend from mid-January to late February in 2015.

There is a great hotel where you can enjoy watching these fireworks from your room. The Hotel SHUHOUKAKU KOGETSU is one of the best! It has appeared in the very famous Japanese cartoon “Sazae-san”, which features picturesque views from their onsen. From all their guest rooms, you can watch the fireworks and there are “ashiyu” foot bath in each room’s balcony. Their open air bath is also located at the nice spot to view fireworks!

“The Annual Winter Fireworks Details”
Date: Saturdays and Sundays during January 17 – February 23, 2015
February 23, 2015 (Mt. Fuji Day)
Time: 20:00 – 20:20
Contact information:
FujiKawaguchi town Tourism Department, Tourism Association:
TEL 0555-72-3168 (during week day)
FujiKawaguchi city hall: TEL 0555-72-1111 (Saturday, Sunday and holidays)

“Hotel SHUHOUKAKU KOGETSU)”
Plan: Japanese-style rooms of 10 mats [about 18 square meters]) equipped with Ashiyu foot bath: Available from 23,760 yen per person for one night with two meals
Access: Get on a Retro bus from Kawaguchi Station, Get off at ITCHIKU Kubota Art museum (Free shuttle available on call)

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