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While gazing out on magnificent Mt. Fuji, take in the abundant natural beauty around Lake Kawaguchi.

Yamanashi has many sightseeing spots such as Lake Kawaguchi and Mt. Fuji that exemplify Japan's beauty. Mountains, plateaus, rivers and valleys. Yamanashi is blessed with water and nature that make for a unique visit in every season.

Trip Details

Day 1

Kawaguchiko
Station

Bus

Retro-style sightseeing bus – approximately 10 minutes

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Retro-style sightseeing bus

The front-engine buses hail from an earlier time and are very popular. Kawaguchiko Excursion Retro Bus and Saiko Aokigahara Excursion Retro Bus depart Kawaguchiko Station and are convenient ways to travel around all the well-known places of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. And there is a great coupon for two days of unlimited riding.

Timetables

  • See the related website below for details.

Fare

  • Your fare is based on a number on a slip of paper you take from a machine as you board the bus. The number corresponds to where you boarded, and determines how much you will pay.
    See the related website below for details.

Related websites

Mt. Fuji and Fuji-Goko Navi

Kawaguchiko Hall of Herb & Fragrance

On foot

approximately 4 minutes on foot

SightseeingActivitiesShoppingDining

1Kawaguchiko Hall of Herb & Fragrance

Inside is a cornucopia of herb products, and the second floor has a hands-on area where you can create such items as your own wreaths and pressed-flower bookmarks. Step outside to the back yard and stroll around the herb garden and then perhaps have some herb tea in the tearoom.

Hours of operation

  • 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., February to October
  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., November to March

Open 365 days a year

Address

  • 6713-18 Funatsu, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture

Entrance fee

  • There is no admission charge

Related websites

Kawaguchiko Hall of Herb & Fragrance (in Japanese only)

Kawaguchiko Hall of Herb & Fragrance
Kawaguchiko Hall of Herb & Fragrance

Fudo Chaya

Bus

Retro-style sightseeing bus – approximately 4 minutes (Travel from the Kawaguchiko Hall of Herb & Fragrance to the pleasure boats and ropeway entrance)

Dining

2Fudo Chaya

The small Fudo Chaya building is a restored Japanese house made with a traditional thatched roof, something rarely seen these days. Amid the natural beauty of any season, enjoy a leisurely meal of udon, soba or one of the other dishes around the sunken hearth.

Hours of operation

  • 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    The Fudo Chaya closes when the noodles are sold out, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
    If you are going to arrive after 3 p.m. on weekday, it is recommended that you call first.

Open 365 days a year

Address

  • 1222 Kodachi, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture

Related websites

Fudo Chaya (in Japanese only)

Fudo Chaya
Fudo Chaya

Kawaguchiko
"En Soleil" –
Excursion Ship

SightseeingActivities

3Kawaguchiko "En Soleil" – Excursion Ship

Kawaguchiko "En Soleil" – Excursion Ship has three general areas, and the guest cabins on the first floor are furnished with tables and sofas. Take it easy and enjoy the cruise. On fair days, the second floor deck provides 360-degree panoramic views, including of majestic Mt. Fuji.

Hours of operation

  • Regular hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – mid March to mid July and late August to mid November
  • Summer hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – mid July to late August
  • Winter hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – mid November to mid March
    (Please note that days of operation are subject to change.)

Open 365 days a year

  • Operation is subject to unscheduled cancellations due to bad weather.

Fare

  • Adults – 930 yen

Time needed

  • 20 minutes to navigate the lake once

Related websites

Fujikyuko

Kawaguchiko "En Soleil" – Excursion Ship
Kawaguchiko "En Soleil" – Excursion Ship

Kachikachi-yama
Ropeway

Bus

Retro-style sightseeing bus – approximately 9 minutes (departing from the pleasure boat and ropeway entrance)

Sightseeing

4Kachikachi-yama Ropeway

The Kachikachi-yama Ropeway is the scene of "Crackling Mountain," a story by Osamu Dazai, one of Japan's literary masters. In the story, raccoon dog and rabbit dolls are arranged on the gondola and around the observatory, welcoming the visitors. At an altitude of 1,075 meters, the observatory gives a complete view of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi, making it the perfect location for sightseeing.

Ropeway hours

  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. – March 1 to 31, April 1 to 15, October 16 to November 30
  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. – April 16 to October 15
  • 9:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. – December 1 to February 28
    (Ropeway gondolas run every 5 to 10 minutes.)

Open 365 days a year

  • Operation may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

Fare

  • Adults – 720 yen (round-trip), 410 yen (one-way)

Travel time

  • From Kohan Station to Fujimidai Station – approximately 3 minutes

Related websites

Fujikyuko

Kachikachi-yama Ropeway
Kachikachi-yama Ropeway

View from the observatory at Kachikachi-yama
View from the observatory at Kachikachi-yama

Kawaguchiko
Sarumawashi
Theater

Bus

Retro-style sightseeing bus – approximately 9 minutes (departing from the pleasure boat and ropeway entrance)

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5Kawaguchiko Sarumawashi Theater

Kawaguchiko Sarumawashi Theater has a large capacity, holding up to 650 people, and is a recommended sightseeing stop for tourists and locals alike. "Sarumawashi" means "monkey performance," a traditional Japanese art practiced for a thousand years. The impressive show has a lot of repeat visitors who come back to see it again. The monkeys are so cute, it is a highly recommended stop.

Performance times

  • Weekdays – Six hourly performances, starting at 10:00 a.m.
  • Weekends and holidays – Seven hourly performances, starting at 10:00 a.m.
    (Performances last about 40 minutes.)

Open 365 days a year

Address

  • 2719-8 Kawaguchi Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture

Admission

  • Adults – 1,500 yen

Related websites

Kawaguchiko Sarumawashi Theater

Kawaguchiko Sarumawashi Theater
Kawaguchiko Sarumawashi Theater

Kawaguchiko
Natural Living
Center

Bus

Retro-style sightseeing bus – approximately 30 minutes

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6Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center

The Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center is a blueberry cultural center. Each June, the Herb Festival is held here. With a direct view of Mt. Fuji, enjoy the beautiful fields of blueberries and lavender before your eyes. A hands-on classroom is available for learning to make blueberry, rhubarb, and blueberry-raspberry jams. From the start of July to mid-August, you can also experience picking blueberries yourself.

Hours of operation

  • Shop – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (to 5:30 p.m. between November and March)
  • Jam classes – Seven times a day, last one at 4:00 p.m. Jam lessons take about 40 minutes.
  • Tea corner – Until 5:00 p.m. (until 4:30 p.m. between November and March)

Closed

  • Fridays except in June, July and August. Also closed during the end of year holiday

Address

  • 2585 Oishi, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture

Admission

  • There is no admission charge

Related websites

Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center (in Japanese only)

Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center
Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center

Spring Events SightseeingActivities

Springtime Fuji Moss Phlox Festival

The Fuji Moss Phlox Festival is a special spring attraction of Mt. Fuji with some 800,000 shibazakura (moss phlox or moss pink) plants spreading over the natural expanse of the mountain. It is one of the largest collections of shibazakura in the Tokyo area. The new spring growth in the forests, the blue skies, Mt. Fuji and the pink of the shibazakura create a colorful contrast that is a wonder to behold.

Period

  • Mid-April to late May
    Dates are subject to change according to the blooming season.

Admission

  • Adults – 520 yen
    There may be no admission charge depending on the state of the flowers. Please note that pets are not allowed.

Address

  • Fuji Motosuko Resort, 212 Motosu, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture

Related websites

Fuji Moss Phlox Festival (in Japanese only)

Springtime Fuji Moss Phlox Festival
Springtime Fuji Moss Phlox Festival

Kawaguchiko
Station

Shuhoukaku
Kogetsu

Lodging

Shuhoukaku Kogetsu

Built on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi, Shuhoukaku Kogetsu provides views of Mt. Fuji from the guest rooms, bathrooms, outdoor baths and gardens. The kaiseki cuisine that incorporates seasonal ingredients is highly acclaimed, and helps make for a pleasant time.

Address

  • 2312 Kawaguchi, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture

Related websites

Shuhoukaku Kogetsu (in Japanese)

Fuji-View Hotel

Lodging

Fuji-View Hotel

With a direct view of Mt. Fuji's majesty and a grand garden about 10 hectares in size, Fuji-View Hotel is an excellent way to enjoy cherry blossom trees, rhododendrons, crape myrtle, the colors of autumn and nature whatever the time of year. With a short golf course and tennis courts on the grounds, the Fuji-View Hotel puts guests into a resort state of mind amid nature's beauty, an experience that cannot be had in the city.

Address

  • 511 Katsuyama, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture

Related websites

Fuji-View Hotel

Fuji-View Hotel
Fuji-View Hotel

Day 2

Kawaguchiko
Station

On foot or Taxi

Taxi – approximately 5 minutes or approximately 20 minutes on foot

Fuji Visitor Center

On foot or Taxi

Taxi – approximately 5 minutes or approximately 20 minutes on foot

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7Fuji Visitor Center

Fuji Visitor Center is located at the entrance to the mountain, and serves as a base for people visiting the mountain or its northern foot. Sightseeing information is available for all of Yamanashi Prefecture.

The center is staffed with people who speak other languages.

Hours of operation

  • 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – October 1 to June 30
  • 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – July 1 to 19, August 27 to September 30
  • 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. – July 20 to August 26
    (The last entrance to the center is 30 minutes before closing.)

Open 365 days a year

Address

  • 6663-1 Funatsu, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture

Admission

  • There is no admission charge

Related websites

Yamanashi Tourism Organization

Fuji Visitor Center
Fuji Visitor Center

Kawaguchiko
Station

Bus

Mt.Fuji climber’s bus (Hiking bus) – approximately 55 minutes

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Mt.Fuji climber’s bus (Hiking bus)

The bus travels from Kawaguchiko Station and Fujisan Station to Mt. Fuji 5th Trail Station (the fifth station on the Fuji Subaru Line toll road). This bus is recommended as a great way to enjoy Mt. Fuji.

Timetables

  • See the related website below for details.

Fare

  • Adults – 1,540 yen (one way), 2,100 yen (round trip)

Related websites

Mt. Fuji bus schedule (in Japanese)

Mt. Fuji 5th
Trail Station

Bus

Mt.Fuji climber’s bus (Hiking bus) – approximately 55 minutes

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8 Mt. Fuji 5th Trail Station

Mt. Fuji 5th Trail Station has many restaurants and shops, and even has its own post office. The area bustles with people enjoying casual sightseeing, as well as those setting out to conquer the mountain in summer (July 1 to mid-September).

Mt. Fuji 5th Trail Station
Mt. Fuji 5th Trail Station

Kawaguchiko
Station

Bus

Retro-style sightseeing bus – approximately 40 minutes

Saiko Iyashino-Sato Nenba (Healing Village)

Bus

Retro-style sightseeing bus – approximately 35 minutes

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9Saiko Iyashino-Sato Nenba (Healing Village)

To bring back a village of thatched-roof houses, an archetypal image of Japan, about 20 homes were built in Saiko Iyashino-Sato Nenba (Healing Village). Inside each house is a traditional craft that you can practice yourself, there are archives and gallery to browse, shops carry local goods, and there are restaurants and cafes to explore.

Hours of operation

  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., March to November
  • 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., December to February

Closed

  • Wednesdays from December to February

Address

  • 2710 Saiko Nemba, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture

Admission

  • Adults – 350 yen

Related websites

Saiko Iyashino-Sato Nenba (Healing Village) (in Japanese only)

Saiko Iyashino-Sato Nenba (Healing Village)
Saiko Iyashino-Sato Nenba (Healing Village)

Kawaguchiko
Station

Other recommended facilities-1

Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum

In addition to many spectacular music boxes, the Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum has on display and for listening pleasure historical items such as one of the largest dance organs in the world, and an orchestrion that had been scheduled to ride aboard the Titanic. Every November to February, enjoy an illumination show with mystical lights.

Hours of operation

  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (final entrance at 5:00 p.m.)

Open 365 days a year

Address

  • 3077-20 Kawaguchi, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture

Admission

  • Adults – 1,500 yen

Related websites

Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum (in Japanese)

Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum

Other recommended facilities-2

Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

The works of Itchiku Kubota, who perfected the Itchiku Tsujigahana dyeing technique using unique methods, are earning great acclaim in exhibits overseas as well as in Japan. In addition to the pyramid-shaped main building that exhibits representative pieces, the grounds include a gallery of glass beads (tonbo-dama) and Okinawa shells, and a cafe and a teahouse for relaxing. Take a stroll through the gardens with views of Mt. Fuji and enjoy the beauty of nature through the seasons.

Hours of operation

  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., December to March (last entrance at 4:00 p.m.)
  • 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., April to November (last entrance at 5:00 p.m.)

Closed

  • Tuesday, December to September (open on the first Tuesday of January and when Tuesday is a holiday)
  • December 26, 27 and 28
  • Other specially designated days

Address

  • 2255 Kawaguchi, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture

Admission

  • Adults – 1,300 yen

Related websites

Itchiku Kubota Art Museum [PDF]

Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

As of June 2014.
Prices, business hours, transportation and other details are subject to change.

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