Finally the journey has come to an end and here’s the final part of my Tokyo itinerary – Kawaguchiko Lake (河口湖). This is one of the best place for the awesome Mount Fuji view with the most easily accessible of the Fuji Five Lakes by train or direct bus connection from Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Kawaguchiko Lake is located at the border of Fujikawaguchiko and Minobu which is the second largest of the Fuji Five Lakes. It is a nice place for a walk and also photo shoot. We had a lot of fun here!
We were here early of spring, however the spring was late in Kawaguchiko Lake as the transition seasons took a while and we can still see some snow on the mountain and the street. The cherry blossom has not bloomed yet and we were sadly a little disappointed because we were not able to enjoy either the breathtaking white snow or cherry blossom view. Nevertheless, we still lucky enough to see the Mount Fuji view as the mountain was not always visible due to the clouds although it’s located right at the base of Mount Fuji.
The snow that we spot on the street.
You can simply purchase the limited express train ticket with your Suica Card at the user friendly ticket vending machine or walk in counter. Kindly take note about their train schedule in order not to miss their last train that travels from Kawaguchiko Station to Tokyo. Consequences, you have to overnight at Kawaguchiko and it’s not convenient to find a place to stay at night as the accommodations are usually packed and crowded with visitors especially during cherry blossom period.
Hoto Noodle is one of the must try dishes here and it is a hearty hot pot dish (Nabemono) that can be enjoyed all over the Fujigoko region at some specialized restaurants. The dish consists of thick wheat noodle which is in a miso based soup. It is so easy to be found in the restaurant next to Kawaguchiko Station and they are selling a limited season products such as Sakura Chocolate and Sakure Wine.
Limited season souvenir: Sakura Gold Wine
Chureito Pagoda is one my favourite attraction in Kawaguchiko where the admission fee is free and you manage to overlook the spectacular views of Fujiyoshida City and Mount Fuji. It is a five storied pagoda on mountainside and visitors have to climb a very long staircase in order to reach the peak and the spot is particularly popular among the photographer as it allows some wonderful landscape shots of Mount Fuji.
Thanks for reading once again and I hope you guys enjoy your Tokyo’s trip very much just like I did. Don’t forget to check out my other pages as well for more interesting Tokyo’s itinerary. Sayonara!