Fuji Five Lakes, as the name connotes, are the lakes surrounding the all famous Mt. Fuji, these are located at the northern base part. They also provide good vistas if one wants to capture a poster-material view of Fuji. But, more than being spots to take photos of this famous peak, I personally suggest a trip to the lakes and the surrounding areas. From Tokyo’s Shinjuku to Five lakes, one has to take an hour train ride. If one is not into hiking, there is a climbing bus to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji. Do note that there are ten stations to it to reach the amazing top.
I was already fascinated by the train ride on the way there. Well, I love train rides, I always get amazed by it.
At Otsuki, we had to transfer for the train on the Fujikyu line which would then take you to Kawaguchiko.
Since I only had a day to venture around, I decided to take the retro buses located right outside of Lake Kawaguchiko visitor center. And then there are also the ordinary passenger buses that you just pay a fare for.
Initially, I really thought that I can visit all the five lakes, but I didn’t know that it was way impossible to do that in a day as the prefecture distances are really so far from each other. Kawaguchiko is the famous and well trodden of all, so most tourists flock here. In addition, this area is the most developed amongst the five.
I went to Oshino Hakkai which is a set of eight ponds right in the small village of Oshino.
There are also a number of food shops that sell local delicacies, souvenirs and there are also restaurants.
The most exciting for me was the bus going around Lake Kawaguchiko. Other than the lake per se, the surrounding area is a calm tourist place, one that you can just go to if you want total r&r. And the scenery was just downright beautiful, add to the fact that the weather was one with the view, cool and crisp air.
Kawaguchiko Natural Living center is a must go as well. Lavender fields await you and this is the first time I see something like this. It is very fresh, calm and beautiful.
The Kawaguchiko Musical Forest is a small, musical box themed open air museum. Apparently, I reached there at almost closing time 😦 so I was not able to get inside. But I promised myself that I will come back here again next time. (So I just sat and rested myself there and used their wifi, lol)
During this trip, I never really captured much photos because I was enjoying the vistas a lot. It came to a point where I just placed my camera inside my bag and savoured the weather and the place. A day trip would not be enough as there are really a number of things that you could do and places that you can visit in Kawaguchiko. But then, there is always a next time, so definitely I will be back here again in the future. 🙂
And oh!!! Not to mention, I did not see the Fuji as it was hiding at that time, it was an overcast weather. And that gives me more reason to come back.
The starving me, at the end of the trip, ate at the visitor center itself and got myself a hot bowl of Udon. 🙂