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Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Kawaguchiko Area: Top Things To Do Around Mount Fuji

by Tsvete Popp

This post is part of the series Japan

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After being in Tokyo for 6 nights, it was time to leave the buzzing metropolis. Tokyo is loud, intense, shrill and hectic. Tokyo makes one tired, and so were we! The next stop of our journey to Japan was the Kawaguchiko Area around Mount Fuji!

 

One of my biggest (travel) dreams was to travel to Mt. Fuji. Well, June is not the best time to travel to Mt. Fuji! You will ask me why? The statistics show that Mt. Fuji is totally visible only on four days in June and partly visible on 10 days during that month. We were going to stay in Kawaguchiko Area for two nights so that the chance of seeing Mt. Fuji was not big at all! But no risk, no fun! We booked our hotel and then we booked the bus tickets from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko too.

 

It took about 2 hours by bus, and it was raining since we first so the mountains of Japan! It was not only rainy but foggy too! We stared through the bus window in awe as the majestic Mt. Fuji flashed between the clouds .. for seconds. After the moment of joy, Mt. Fuji was no longer visible. So I thought to myself “At least we saw it for several seconds. It is still better than nothing!”

 

After arriving in Kawaguchiko, the rain stopped, the clouds were gone and we had the most beautiful June weather for the next 48h that anybody could ever wish for! On the day we were leaving, it started raining again …

 

We stayed at Fujisan Station Hotel – nothing special, but with great location near the Mt. FUJI STATION. The room with its 18 km² was three times bigger than the previous in Tokyo 😀 And the price was better too:

 

 


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For all of you who will ask why we didn’t climb Mt. Fuji? The answer is – it was not possible to! The official climbing season
starts in the beginning of July and goes to mid-September. Only during these months all the trails and mountain facilities are open. Therefore we decided to visit at least the region around Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi.

 

Chureito Pagoda

 

 

Chureito Pagoda is one of the most photographed and one of the most beautiful spots in Japan! Located in Asakura Sengen Shrine in Arakura Sengen Park the Chureito Pagoda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013. Chureito pagoda was built in 1963 as a piece of memorial. But if you want to enjoy the marvellous views too, you will first have to climb the 400 steps starting from Shiogama Shrine.

 

Chureito Pagoda

Chureito Pagoda

Chureito Pagoda

Chureito Pagoda

 
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Chureito Pagoda, View of Mt. Fuji

Chureito Pagoda, View of Mt. Fuji

Chureito Pagoda

Chureito Pagoda

Fujikyuko Line

Fujikyuko Line

Fujimi Kotoku Park

Fujimi Kotoku Park

Fujiyoshida Shiritsu Suwanomori Natural Park

Fujiyoshida Shiritsu Suwanomori Natural Park

 
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Kawaguchiko

Kawaguchiko

Kawaguchiko

Kawaguchiko

 

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

 

There is no doubt – Japan is home to countless enchanting places! Some of them are very popular, some of them you will find by walking without any direction. This happened to us while walking near the Fujiyoshida Shiritsu Suwanomori Natural Park.

 

 

Kitaguchi Hongu Sengen Jinja has a history of 1900 years as it was built in 799. The shrine was meant to protect to villages around Mt Fuji from the volcanic activities. Back in the Edo Era, the Japanese people were beginning their pilgrimage here. One day emperor Yamato Takeru-no-mikoto visited the regions around Mt. Fuji. “Worship the mountain spirit of Mt. Fuji from the north!” he said, and some years later a small shrine was constructed here.

 

The goddess of Mt. Fuji, Konohana-sakuya-hime-no-mikoto, Hikoho-no-ninigi-no-mikoto, and Ooyamazumi-no-kami are worshipped here. Nowadays the main shrine, the eastern and western shrines are considered as important cultural properties in Japan and part of Mt. Fuji World Cultural Heritage Site Asset.

 

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

 
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Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

 

Oishi Park

 

Oishi is a beautiful park located on the north bank of Lake Kawaguchi. Here you will be able to enjoy some of the most beautiful views over Mt. Fuji. But not only! The garden is huge and full of stunning flower fields! This place is also a must-see for all who love photography and stunning panoramas. And the best time to visit Oishi garden is during June and July as many of the flowers will be blooming! On the west side of Oishi Park, there is a 350m long “Flowers road”! Everybody can enjoy some beautiful flowers throughout the year for free!

 

The marvellous lake Kaweachiko has various locations that will offer you a different atmosphere and a different view over Mt. Fuji! On our back to Kawaguchiko, we walked the whole way back. The connecting bridge also offers some amazing views over the mountains, so don’t miss it when the weather allows it!

 

 
Lake Kawaguchi

Lake Kawaguchi

Lake Kawaguchi

Lake Kawaguchi

Lake Kawaguchi

Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

Oishi Park, Lake Kawaguchi

 

Some Other Places to Visit While in Kawaguchi

 

Mount Kachi Kachi Ropeway

 

Another opportunity for enjoying some great views over Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi is from Kachi Kachi Ropeway (1075m). Kachi Kachi connects Kawaguchi-Kohan Station with Fujimidai Station which is on top of the mountain within only three minutes! The mountain is known as Tenjoyama Park. If you are adventurous enough you can climb to the top too.

 

Fuji-Q Highland

 

Fuji-Q Highland is one of most popular amusement parks in Japan due to its close location to Mt. Fuji! Some of the attractions even hold Guinness World Record for their height, speed, and great angle drops: Fujiyama,Takabisha, and Dodonpa.

 

Ramen in Kawaguchi

Ramen in Kawaguchi

Sunset Lake Kawaguchi

Sunset Lake Kawaguchi

 

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