When someone says Japan, I think of Mt Fuji so it definitely felt right to include a visit to the Mt Fuji area during my trip to Japan. The area around the northern base of Mt Fuji is called ‘five lakes’ as there are, you guessed it, five lakes, with the biggest being Lake Kawaguchiko. I opted to stay in Kawaguchiko as it had a train station, the largest amount of accommodation and food options.
I stayed in a private room in this little Air BnB for 2 nights which was a short 5 minute walk from Kawaguchiko Station and had incredible views of Mt Fuji right on it’s doorstep. Waking up to this view each morning was such a treat!
I was super lucky to get 3 days of clear weather and visibility to see beautiful Mt Fuji in all her glory. You can see Mt Fuji from many different vantage points throughout the town.
When I arrived I headed straight to Lake Kawaguchiko where I went on a cruise along Lake Kawaguchiko. This offered spectacular views of Mt Fuji. Note: the wind can get very cold so take a jacket!
Straight after the cruise, I headed for the Mt Fuji Ropeway Lookout which is only a short 5 minute walk away from the lake. It is definitely a very ‘touristy’ attraction however the views of Mt Fuji at the top are beautiful.
The following day I caught the train from Kawaguchiko Station to Shimoyoshida to visit the Chuerito Pagoda – the place where you see the pagoda with Mt Fuji in the background in photos all the time! The journey takes about 20 minutes one way and the Pagoda is about a 10 minute walk from the station. It is well sign posted to get to the entrance of the grounds. From there it is approximately 400 steps to the top and is well worth it. If you’re lucky to get a clear day like I did, the views are beautiful and I imagine cherry blossom season is spectacular.
From the Pagoda, I headed back to Kawaguchiko and back down towards the lake for sunset. Having travelled to Japan in winter from an Australian summer back home, I forgot how much earlier the sun sets in winter so I left myself a bit short on time to make it for sunset. Don’t make the same mistake, give yourself lots of time to see the changing colours of Fuji.
After watching my last sunset in Kawaguchiko, it was time to head back to my accommodation for an early morning departure to my next stop, Hakone.