One of the best views of Mount Fuji is the one you get from Lake Kawaguchi. So if we travel to Japan we must include it in our list of places to visit. The Five Lakes region is connected to Tokyo and is one of the trips that can be done in a day.
Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and appears in all the images representing this country, therefore it should be part of our journey. If your idea of enjoying goes beyond just seeing it, you have to get Kawaguchiko to connect with the routes of ascent to Mount Fuji.
The ascent with guides lasts two days if you start in the fifth station, with the promise of seeing a unique sunrise from the top of Mount Fuji.
How to enjoy the view of Mount Fuji
Funicul Kachi Kachi
One of Kawaguchiko’s greatest options for enjoying this wonderful scenery are the funiculars. The view from the heights is excellent, especially in spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. Along with the cherry blossom time, hanami is celebrated. A festival where families and friends gather to see the blossoms.
If you can’t travel during the spring, you can go between the autumn months, when the leaves of the trees turn a reddish colour, or momiji. The Koyo Tunnel is one of the must-see sights on this Japan Trail, due to the number of maple trees there.
The level of pleasure increases when you admire Mount Fuji from one of the volcanic hot spring baths at the foot of the mountain. The osen are located on the northern shore of the lake and from some of them you can see Mount Fuji.
There is a direct connection between Kawaguchi and Tokyo, so we recommend staying at the Hotel New Otani Executive House ZEN. It is located in the heart of the city centre while preserving large indoor and outdoor natural spaces. Luxury and comfort surround the residents during their stay.
Kawaguchi Lake boat trips
A good way to enjoy this wonderful scenery is to take a boat trip on Lake Kawaguchi. These boats are shaped like animals, such as swans and turtles. There are also small pedal boats to make the experience complete.
Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park
To see the various sights around Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi, you’ll need at least two days. One of them will be spent at Fuji-Q Highland Park, one of the must-see attractions. Seeing the scenery from the top of its roller coaster is a view you can’t get any other way.
Kawaguchiko Shizen Seikatsukan
Surrounded by the lake and Mount Fuji is this nature centre with large expanses of blueberry plantations and flower gardens. From its terrace you can enjoy the scenery and homemade delicacies made from blueberries picked in the park itself. Specialities include blueberry ice cream and blueberry jams. If you are walking around during the harvesting season, you can pick them yourself and even make your own jam. All year round you can smell the sweet aroma of blueberries.
Saiko Iyashi No Sato Nenba is a picturesque place at the foot of Mount Fuji. It was destroyed by a typhoon a few years ago and after its reconstruction it is an open-air museum. The first thing you notice when you arrive here is the lush vegetation, the orchards of giant orange gourds protected by scarecrows and the thatched roofs. These reconstructed houses are now used as shops specialising in ceramics, incense or textiles, museums, workshops or restaurants.
Other Kawaguchiko attractions
In this area there are several attractions to see and enjoy along with the surrounding scenery. These include the Kubota Ichiku Museum of kimonos and silks, the Kawaguchiko Musical Forest, which displays a collection of automatic musical instruments such as music boxes and metal organs.
There is also an art museum with images of Mount Fuji, the Yamanashi Gem Museum, the Perfume Hall and the Herb Hall, where medicinal and aromatic herbs are grown.
On the north side of Mount Fuji, in the Aokigahara Forest, is the Sai Lake Bat Cave. It is one of the largest, consisting of several lava tubes, where bats can be seen.
Other interesting places to visit are Saiko Yacho no mori Koen, known as the forest of birds, and the Fugaku Fuketsu lava cave.
At the top is the five-storey Chureito Pagoda or Chastain Tower. Its stepped tower-like structure was built as a peace memorial to honour the citizens of Fujiyoshida who died in the wars from the mid-19th century until World War II. To get there you have to climb about 400 steps, which is worth it for the spectacular view of Mount Fuji from the top.
Where to stay?
If you want to take a trip to Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi, there is nothing better than staying at the Hotel New Otani Executive House ZEN. It is ideal for families, groups of friends and business people who want to feel comfortable in a luxurious environment. Because it is a sanctuary surrounded by an amazing Japanese garden in the centre of Tokyo, just minutes away from Roppongi, Shinjuku and Ginza. In terms of service, Executive House Zen offers the ultimate in luxury without neglecting traditional Japanese hospitality.