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Recommended spots in the environs of Mt. Fuji [on the Yamanashi side]

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Lake Kawaguchi-ko


This lake is located in the center of the Fuji-go-ko (Fuji Five Lakes) district. A pleasure boat makes a tour of the lake in about 30 minutes. The inverted image of Mt. Fuji reflected on the lake surface is indeed beautiful and is admired by the Japanese who call it 'Sakasa Fuji' ('Inverted Mt. Fuji'). View spots around this lake include the Oishi Koen (park), Kawaguchiko Herb Hall, the Kawaguchi-ko Music Forest (Automatic Musical Instrument UKAI Museum) which houses the world's largest automatic organ, and other attractions.

[Access]

Keio Bus, Fuji Kyuko Bus
Shinjuku Express Bus Terminal > (1 hour and 45 minutes) > Kawaguchi-ko Station

Fujikyu Bus, JR Bus
Yaesu Exit of Tokyo Station > (2 hours and 45 minutes) > Kawaguchi-ko Station

Train
Tokyo Station (or Shinjuku Station) > 1 hour and 30 minutes (or 1 hour in the case of Shinjuku Station) on the JR Chuo Honsen line 'Kaiji' > Otsuki Station > (about 1 hour) > Kawaguchi-ko Station
*On Saturdays and Sundays, special trains are sometimes operated non-stop to Kawaguchi-ko from Tokyo Station and Shinjuku Station.

Lake Yamanaka-ko

Mt.Fuji


Teddy Bear World Museum
Teddy Bear World Museum
This is the largest of the Five Lakes of Fuji. Swan-shaped pleasure boats in association with the famous work Swan Lake by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky make a tour of the lake.
On the lakefront, there are many attractions such as natural food restaurants and the Yamanakako Teddy Bear World Museum which can be enjoyed by all family members, and you can easily spend an entire day here.
Another feature of this lake is that there are many accommodation facilities such as cottages that cater to long stays and also resort hotels upland where you can enjoy gazing at Mt. Fuji.

[Access]

Keio Bus, Fuji Kyuko Bus
Shinjuku Express Bus Terminal > (2 hours and 30 minutes) > Yamanaka-ko Station

Lake Sai-ko



'Narusawa Ice Cave'
'Narusawa Ice Cave'
This lake is the least developed in terms of tourism among the five lakes. Located near the pristine forest Aokigahara Sea of Trees, Lake Sai-ko is recommended for those of you wishing to immerse yourself in nature. Here, you can have eye-opening experiences in the face of the dynamism of nature by visiting the lava caves, namely the 'Narusawa Ice Cave' which is covered in ice cylinders and icicles even in the summer, the 'Fugaku Wind Cave' 201 meters long, as well as the 'Sai-ko Bat Cave' where 5 types of bats live.

[Access]

Keio Bus, Fuji Kyuko Bus
Shinjuku Express Bus Terminal > Kawaguchi-ko Station (1 hour and 45 minutes) > 25 minutes on the Retro Bus Sai-ko Route > Lake Sai-ko

Lake Shoji-ko

This is the smallest of the Fuji Five Lakes. The lakeside promenade, which extends over a distance of 2.5 kilometers, allows you to stroll inside the woods. There also stands an old-established resort hotel that was founded back in 1895 as a hotel exclusively accommodating foreign guests, which illustrates how Mt. Fuji has also been an object of admiration for people from overseas since a long time ago.

[Access]

Fuji Kyuko Bus
Shinjuku Express Bus Terminal > (2 hours and 30 minutes) > Shoji-ko Iriguchi bus stop
Two bus services per day in the summer season

Train & Bus
Shinjuku Station > 1 hour and 10 minutes on the JR Chuo Sen line > Otsuki Station > 50 minutes on the Fuji Kyuko Sen line to Fujisan Station > 35 minutes on the Fujikyu Bus

Lake Motosu-ko

This lake is the most transparent of the Five Lakes of Fuji. The bottom of the pleasure boat is glass-floored, allowing you to observe the depths of the clear lake.

[Access]

Bus:
Shinjuku Station > Fuji Kyuko Bus (2 hours and 10 minutes) > Lake Motosu-ko
This bus service is only available on Saturdays, Sundays and on National Holidays during the winter season.

Train & Bus
Shinjuku Station > 1 hour and 10 minutes on the JR Chuo Sen line > Otsuki Station > 60 minutes by bus > Lake Motosu-ko

Oshino Hakkai


Oshino Hakkai is the name given to the 8 ponds filled with melted snow water that has taken more than 80 years to filter through the underground layers of Mt. Fuji. People have valued this water, which they call 'sacred water'. The clear water surface reflecting Mt. Fuji appears to be veiled in an almost mystic air. Not only do these ponds boast fine-quality water, but they harmonize wonderfully with the surrounding rustic scenery, and the water of Oshino Hakkai is ranked among the best-quality waters of Japan.

[Access]

Keio Bus, Fuji Kyuko Bus
Shinjuku Express Bus Terminal > (2 hours and 10 minutes) > Oshino Hakkai

Train & Bus
Shinjuku Station > 1 hour and 10 minutes on the JR Chuo Sen line > Otsuki Station > 50 minutes on the Fuji Kyuko Sen line to Fujisan Station > 20 minutes on the Fujikyu Bus > Oshino

Fuji-Q High Land


This amusement park is famous for its extremely thrilling attractions. The ride on the roller coaster is made all the more enjoyable as you can gaze at Mt. Fuji. Close by, there stands the resort hotel called the 'Highland Resort Hotel & Spa'.

[Access]

Free pass available (for Fuji-Q High Land, Fuji Kyuko Bus and Fuji Kyuko Sen line combined)
Tokyo Station > 2 hours and 40 minutes on the Fuji Kyuko Bus
Shinjuku Station > 1 hour and 40 minutes on the Fuji Kyuko Bus

Train:
Shinjuku Station > 1 hour and 10 minutes on the JR Chuo Honsen line Limited-stop Express > Otsuki Station > 50 minutes on the Fuji Kyuko Sen line

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