You will visit three viewing spots in this tour. 1)Arakurayama Sengen Park 2)Mt. Kachikachi Ropeway or Cruising at Lake Kawaguchi 3)Oshino Hakkai
Also, highway bus from Shinjuku to Shinyoshida(Kawaguchiko area) about 90 minutes.
Basic itinerary is as follows: 8:00 Meet at your Hotel and move to Shinjuku by Subway. 8:55 Highway bus from Shinjuku to Shinyoshida about 90 minutes.
Climb up to Arakurayama Sengen Park. You can take a picture of Mt. Fuji with five-story pagoda. Please be noted that we have to climb up 398 stairs.
11:52 Train from Shimoyoshida to Lake Kawaguchi about 15 minutes.
Mt. Kachikachi Ropeway. At the height of 1,075 meters, you can see a panoramic view of Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. Or enjoy Cruising at Lake Kawaguchi about 20 minutes.
15:00 Bus from Lake Kawaguchi to Oshino Hakkai about 25 minutes.
Strolling Oshino Hakkai. It’s a set of eight ponds with very pure snow melt water. You can take a picture of Mt.Fuji with traditional Japanese houses.
16:40 Highway bus from Oshino Hakkai to Shinjuku. 18:55 Arrive at Shinjuku and move back to your hotel.
The above is the basic itinerary. As my tour is so flexible, we can change our destinations to the following places when we can’t see Mt. Fuji due to a bad weather. – Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum. You can enjoy several kinds of mini concerts. – Ichiku Kubota Art Museum. You can appreciate a beautiful Kimono and Japanese garden. – Narusawa Ice Cave and Fugaku Wind Cave – Oshino Ninja Village
If you would like to view beautiful Mt.Fuji, we recommend to book our guide in Mt.Fuji area.
As you know, there are five lakes in Mt.Fuji area(it is called “the Fuji Five Lakes”).
However, the places you can see beautiful Mt.Fuji is Kawaguchiko area.
Kawaguchiko area is easily accessible from Tokyo(around 2 hours by using high-way bus), it is possible to return in a day.(Of course, it is better to stay at around Kawaguchiko lake.)
Also, popular visiting spots in Kawaguchiko area is below.
1)Kachi Kachi Yama Ropeway On the lower eastern edge of Kawaguchiko lake, this ropeway runs to the Fuji Viewing Platform. The ropeway reaches the summit in three minutes and from this observation area (1,075 meters), there is a panoramic view of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi.
2)Itchiku Kubota Art Museum This museum exhibits the art of kimono by Itchiku Kubota. In an attractive Gaudi-influenced building, a small number of lavishly dyed kimonos from his life’s work of continuous landscapes are displayed. This Michelin-rated venue also holds a beautiful garden that you can explore.
3)Kitaguchi Hongu Sengen Shrine The start point of the Yoshida Climbing Route to the summit of Mt.Fuji is located in the precinct of this shrine. This shrine is related to the Shinto animistic worship of volcanoes and circles the mountain for this reason. Feel its serene atmosphere, history and religious attributes.
4)Ide Sake Brewery Using the spring waters from Mt.Fuji, this small-scale sake brewery has been producing excellent sake for over 150 years. It’s tours provide a fascinating insight into the production process and a souvenir glass.
Anyway, there is many highlights in Kawaguchiko area,if possible, we recommend to do the tour not half-day but full-day.
I paid my first visit of the year to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine at Kamakura. Many of the Japanese visit a shrine on a New Year’s Day and consecutive 2 days, therefore, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine was empty.
1)Great Buddha of Kotokuin Temple designated as a national treasure 2)Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, the symbol of Kamakura 3)Komachi Street with a lot of shops and restaurants where you can enjoy lunch 4)Engakuji Temple with a beautiful Japanese garden where you would relax.