6. Oshino Hakkai
‘Hakkai’ in Sino-Vietnamese is ‘Bat Hai’, but you probably will not be able to find eight oceans. Instead, this small ancient village has enough eight lakes which are blended with the beauty of a peaceful village. You will see the green vegetable garden around the moss covered house, the corn beds, peaceful quiet copper flower.
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Back to the story of eight lakes, it is said that they are home to eight legendary dragons. The lakes are particularly created of lava layers formed by the geological tectonic process over 80 years and fed by melting snow water from Mt. Fuji. The lake has a depth of at least 8 meters, but it is guaranteed that you can see the bottom of the lake. The water in the lakes is very precious, people in the village called it as ‘holy water’. To enter the village, you have to pass the ‘custom’ in this place, which is embedded in the cool water in a minute only.
There are different names: Deguchiike, Okamaike, Sokonashiike, Choshiike, Wakuike, Nigoriike, Kagamiike, and Shobuike.
Location: Yamanashi District, Minamitsuru District, Oshino Village, Shibokusa 1514 (35.460464, 138.832836)
Opening hours: Full day
Getting there: Pick Fuji lake bus to Oshino Hakkai; or take the shuttle bus [Mt Fuji – Oshino Hakkai – Lake Yamanaka – Hiranoku – Doshi
7. Yamanakako Hanano Miyako Koen (Flower Garden)- Shiba Cherry Blossom Festival
Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park is known for its flower garden and changes every season, such as tulip fields and sunflowers. Especially in the scene of this park together with Mount Fuji on the far distance and Lake Yamanakako, make a color harmonious picture and very beautiful.
Yamanakako Hanano Miyako Koen
Location: Yamanashi Town, Minamitsuru District, Yamanakako Village, Yamanakako 1650 (35.440464, 138.853531)
Opening hours: From 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Getting there: Pick up Fuji lake bus and stop at Yamanakako Park station.
Telephone: (+81) 555-62-5587
In April and May, the nearby Motosu Lake area is also busy thanks to the Fuji Shibazakura Cherry Blossom Festival. At that time, this place was covered with thousands of pink, and it is featured on the blue sky, is the point of watching cherry blossoms and Mount Fuji is very beautiful.
Fuji Shibazakura Cherry Blossom Festival
Getting there: Pick up from Kawaguchi Station to Shiba Liner
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (no illumination)
8. Narusawa-hyōketsu Ice Cave and Fugaku Wind Cave
Around Mount Fuji there are some caves created by lava spraying process from the past, two of which are Narusawa Hyoketsu Ice Cave and Fugaku Wind cave. The entrance of Narusawa Hyoketsu cave is surrounded by the ice wall, inside is beautiful ice pillars 3-4m high and is illuminated to create mystery feeling. Being located close to the ice cave, Fukagu wind cave is also the favorite destination of everyone in the summer because of the cool, refreshing. This is an advice for you, as both caves are very narrow and wet, so be careful when entering the cave.
Note: The time to visit each season is not the same, so you should prepare all things carefully before going
Narusawa-hyōketsu Ice Cave
Location: Minamitsuru District, 8533,, Narusawa,〒401-0320 Yamanashi Prefecture Japan
Opening hours: From 9 am to 5:15 pm
Telephone: (+81) 555-85-2301
Fugaku Wind Cave
Location: 2068-1 Aokigahara Saiko, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun 401-0332, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
Opening hours: From 9 am to 5 pm
Telephone: (+81) 555-85-2300
Getting there: Pick up the Kawaguchi omni bus (green or blue line) to the Narusawa Ice cave station, or stop the Fukagu Wind cave station.
9. Gotemba Premium Outlets
Beside some historical places and natural beauty, Living Nomads would like to introduce you to a shopping destination – Gotemba Premium Outlets. Here is the most concentrated outlet in Japan, and it is very wide. So the shopping lovers must be prepared to pay a lot of money and have a solid psychology to make sure you do not get lost in this place.
Note: Please refer to the map, and determine the area you want to go to.
Gotemba Premium Outlets
Location: 1312, Fukasawa, Gotenba, Shizuoka Prefecture〒412-0023, Japan
Opening hours: Daily from 10 am to 7 pm
Getting there: From Shinjuku, Tokyo station, Shinagawa Station, you pick up highspeed bus; From Kawaguchi, you pick up Fuji bus to Gotemba Premium Outlets.
Telephone: (+81) 550-81-3122
10. Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
It was named from an artist Itchiku Kubota who devoted his life to researching and reproducing the art of Tsujigahana (Dyeing and Forming Kimono). The museum is home to countless Kimono sets that are uniquely decorated, beautifully decorated and characteristic. The interior of the museum also shows the sophistication and meticulousness of the artist.
The museum is surrounded by a lot of maple leaves, so in the summer, you will feel very cool, and in autumn you can admire the orange-red color of maple leaves.
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
Location: 2255, Kawaguchi, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, 〒401-0304 Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
Opening hours: Daily from 10 am to 4:30 pm
Getting there: Pick up the Retro bus Kawaguchiko (Red line), and stop at the Kubikuchi Station
Telephone: (+81) 555-76-8811
The Hakone Town
If you have the time, you can cross the small town of Hakone, where you can sit on the cruise to see the mountains, or relax in the Ōwakudani hot spring. A great combo when you can go 3 points: Mount Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi, and Hakone town.
The last paragraph, Living Nomads will end with a chart of vehicles passing through the points mentioned above for you to conveniently refer and combine the visit in your schedule.
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Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, to and from Tokyo you can refer to
- Private Narita International Airport Transfers (NRT) for Tokyo 23 Wards, Hakone, or Karuizawa
- Private Haneda International Airport Transfers (HND) for Tokyo 23 Wards, Hakone, or Karuizawa
- Airport Limousine Bus Transfers from/to Narita and Haneda International Airport (Free Wifi Onboard)
- Tokyo Amazing Sightseeing Bus Day Tour
- Tokyo Highlights Private Day Tour
- Nikko Day Tour from Tokyo
- Mt Fuji & Hakone Day Tour: Lake Ashi & Ropeway Day Trip from Tokyo
- Nikko Cultural Day Tour from Tokyo
- Tokyo Subway Ticket (24, 48, or 72 Hours)
- Tokyo Skyliner and Tokyo Subway Ticket
- Shuttle Bus Transfers (One Way/Round Trip) from Shinjuku/Ikebukuro to Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea
- Sky Hop-on and Hop-off Bus Pass
- 4G Prepaid Sim Card (JP Airports Pick Up) for Japan
- 4G WiFi (Japan Pick Up) for Japan
- JR Pass for Whole Japan (7, 14, or 21 Days)
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