KAWAGUCHIKO GUIDE

Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi) is one of the best locations to view Mt Fuji. Kawaguchiko is part of Fuji Five Lakes system. Guide to accessing Kawaguchiko.

Kawaguchiko is famous for its  unobstructed views of Mt Fuji making it is a very popular location to view and photograph Mt Fuji. Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi) is part of Fuji Five Lakes system and is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Kawaguchi, the township, is located on the Southern side of Kawaguchiko, between the lake and Mt Fuji (see Mt Fuji Map). Kawaguchiko has a train station so it is relatively easy to access from Tokyo (see below).

Kawaguchiko Station with Mt Fuji

Mt Fuji with Kawaguchiko Station

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Kawaguchiko Attractions & Activities

In addition to sight seeing and photographing Mt Fuji from Kawaguchiko and surrounding area, there are many other activities and attractions.

Mt Fuji from Ubuyagasaki Kawaguchiko

Mt Fuji from Ubuyagasaki - Kawaguchiko

JAPAN MAP - KAWAGUCHIKO



KAWAGUCHIKO ATTRACTIONS

KAWAGUCHIKO LANDMARKS

Mt Fuji 5th Station (Kawaguchiko)

Mt Fuji 5th Station (Kawaguchiko)
Mt Fuji 5th Station (Kawaguchiko) is the 5th point on the walk up Mt Fuji from the Kawaguchiko side. Outside of winter this location is visited by many tour buses....

Ubuyagasaki

Ubuyagasaki
Ubuyagasaki on the edge of Lake Kawaguchiko is considered to be one of the best locations for viewing Mt Fuji. Ubuyagasaki is popular and famous for its cherry trees which are used to frame ...

KAWAGUCHIKO SHRINES

Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine

Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine
Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine is the oldest shrine around Mt Fuji. Takeda Shingen is worshiped in this shrine. Every April, the Spring festival called 'Hana Matsuri' (Flower Festival) is held at ...

Gold Bishamonten Shrine

Gold Bishamonten Shrine
Gold Bishamonten Shrine on the edge of Lake Kawaguchiko and next to the Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, is one of the Shichifukujin (Seven Lucky Gods) enshrined in Kawaguchiko area in recent time...

Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine
Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine was bulit in 865 to enshrine the Konohana Sakuyahime goddess. Today the shrine is famous for the Chingono mai (the children dance) during the Magomi matsuri festival ...

KAWAGUCHIKO MUSEUMS and ART GALLERIES

Kawaguchiko Museum of Art

Kawaguchiko Museum of Art
Kawaguchiko Museum of Art features a collection of paintings, block prints and photos of Mt Fuji. Kawaguchiko Museum of Art is sited on the edge of Lake Kawaguchiko and has fabulous views of...

Kawaguchiko UKAI Music Box Museum
Kawaguchiko UKAI Music Box Museum features old music boxes and assorted automatic musical instruments. Kawaguchiko UKAI Music Box Museum is near Kawaguchiko....

Yamanashi Gem Museum
Yamanashi Gem Museum is the only gem museum in Japan showcasing around 3000 gems from all over the world including very rare ones. Yamanashi Prefecture is the primary place for manufacturin...

KAWAGUCHIKO THEATRES and CONCERT HALLS

Kawaguchiko Monkey Performance Theater
Kawaguchiko Monkey Performance Theater is one of the many attractions around Kawaguchiko, which is close to Mt Fuji....

KAWAGUCHIKO GARDENS and PARKS

Oishi Park
Oishi Park is one of the best spots to view Mt Fuji. The view from Oishi Park consists of Mt Fuji in the background, Kawaguchiko (Lake) in the mid ground and the lavender of Oishi Park in th...

Tenjo-Yama Park

Tenjo-Yama Park
Tenjo-Yama Park on Mt Kachi Kachi in Kawaguchiko features an observatory that provides views of Mt Fuji, Fujiyoshida, Fuji-Q Highland and the Aokigahara forest. The name 'Mt Kachi Kachi' com...

KAWAGUCHIKO LAKES and BAYS

Lake Kawaguchiko

Lake Kawaguchiko
Lake Kawaguchiko is a very popular destination for viewing Mt Fuji, particularly in cherry blossom, as it is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. The town of Kawaguchiko i...

KAWAGUCHIKO TRAIN STATIONS

Kawaguchiko Station

Kawaguchiko Station
Kawaguchiko Station has one of the best views in Japan. From the platform at Kawaguchiko Station there are unobstructed views of Mt Fuji. Kawaguchiko Station is the closest station to Kawagu...

KAWAGUCHIKO CABLE and ROPEWAYS

Tenjo-Yama Park Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway

Tenjo-Yama Park Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway
Tenjo-Yama Park Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway (officially know as Kawaguchiko Mt. Tenjo Ropeway) is an aerial lift that climbs from the edge of Kawaguchiko (Lake) to the observatory in Tenjo-Yama ...

Other Activities
You can enjoy water sports such as fishing, canoe, motor boat, wake board and water ski. Other sports and actives include Tennis, golf, paragliding, lake cruise and Hiking. There are many hiking courses you can enjoy panoramic views of Mt Fuji and surroundings.
 

Kawaguchiko Mount Fuji Self Guided Tour

Below is a suggested self guided tour. The times do not include the time you would spend at each attraction. You should also allow extra time at some attraction for queues, particularly the Tenjo-yama Park Mt Kachi Kachi Ropeway. It is not practical visit all of the suggest attractions in one day, so simply drop the attractions that you are less interested in.

Station/Stop

Transport

Duration

Places to visit

JR Shinjuku

JR Kaiji

1h02min

 

JR Otsuki

Fujikyuko Railway

43min

 

Kawaguchiko

Retro Bus Kawaguchiko Line

12 min

 

Stop #7, Kawaguchiko Herb-kan

Walk

1 min

Kawaguchiko Herb Center

Stop #8, Yamanashi Hoseki Hakubutsukan

Walk

1 min

Yamanashi Gem Museum

Stop #10, Ropeway Iriguchi

Walk

1 min

Tenjo-yama Park Mt Kachi Kachi Ropeway

Stop #14, Ubuya-mae

Walk

2 min

Ubuyagasaki

Stop #15, Kawaguchiko Bijutsukan

Walk

1 min

Kawaguchiko Museum of Art

Stop #15, Kawaguchiko Bijutsukan

Retro Bus Kawaguchiko Line

25 min

 

Stop #1, Kawaguchiko-eki

Retro Bus Saiko Line

16 min

 

Stop #54, Fuji Omuro Sengen Jinja Shrine

Walk

1 min

Fuji Omuro Sengen Jinja Shrine

Stop #54, Fuji Omuro Sengen Jinja Shrine

Retro Bus Saiko Line

16 min

 

Kawaguchiko

Fujikyuko Railway

3 min

 

Fujikyu Highland

Walk

1 min

Fuji-Q Highland

Fujikyu Highland

Fujikyuko Railway

2 min

 

Fujiyoshida

Fujikkogo Bus

20 min

 

Oshino Hakkai

Walk

5 min

Oshino Hakkai

Hananomiyako Koen

Walk

1 min

Hananomiyako Park

Asahigaoka

Taxi

10 min

Panorama-dai

Nagaike Shinsui Koen

 

1 min

Nagaike Shinsui Park

Fujiyoshida

Fujikyuko Railway

46m

 

JR Otsuki

JR Kaiji

1h04min

 

JR Shinjuku

 

 

 

Kawaguchiko Access

By train from Tokyo:
Shinjuku Station take the JR Chuo Line (45min)
Change trains at Takao Station to the JR Chuo Honsen Line (45min)
Change at Otsuki Station take the Fuji Express (54min)
Arrive Kawaguchiko Station for viewing.

Optional - take Fujikyu Yamanashi Bus (50min) to Mt Fuji 5th Station
2390 Yen one way (JR Pass covers first two legs and Fuji Express is an extra 1,110 yen), 1500 yen for optional bus.

By train from Hakone:
There is no train line between Hakone & Mt Fuji. You have to go back to Hachioji (JR Chuo Honsen, 40min from Shinjuku Station) and change the line.

By bus from Tokyo:
Shinjuku Station take the Fujikyu Bus (145min) to Mt Fuji 5th Station
2600 yen

or

Shinjuku Station take the Fujikyu Bus (105min) to Kawaguchiko
It goes to Lake Motosu and Lake Yamanaka as well.
1700 yen

Kawaguchiko Retro Bus
Kawaguchiko Retro Bus

Kawaguchiko "Retro Bus"

Once in Kawaguchiko you can take the "Retro Bus from Kawaguchiko Station to see the highlights of the region. There are two lines of ‘Retro Bus, one goes to Lake Kawaguchi (1000 yen a day) only and the other goes to both Lake Kawaguchi and Lake Saiko (1300 yen a day). You’d better plan ahead with its timetable as it is not so frequent.

Mount Fuji Organised Tours

If you want to see both Mt Fuji and Hakone in one day it is easier to take one of the organised tours from Tokyo to see Mt Fuji as accessing Mt Fuji area via public transport is more challenging and best done over two days. Of course trying to see Hakone and Mt Fuji is going to be a compromise as there is not enough time in one day to see both properly. We recommend doing this trip on a week day as the roads out of Tokyo can be packed on the weekends. Most organised tours include the near by Hakone and some include a return trip on the Shinkansen (bullet train).

Mt Fuji and Hakone Day Tour from Tokyo: Return by Bullet Train
Mt Fuji, Hakone and Onsen 2-Day Tour from Tokyo: Return by Bullet Train
Mt Fuji Day Trip including Lake Ashi Sightseeing Cruise from Tokyo
2 Day Mt Fuji and Kyoto by Bullet Train from Tokyo
3 Day Mt Fuji, Nara and Kyoto by Bullet Train from Tokyo
 

Author: Craig Fryer

Japan

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