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Chureito Pagoda and Fuji Mount in the background.

If anyone asks me about the most impressive place in Japan? I will answer immediately that is Fuji Mount. The highest mountain in Japan and the pride of the people here that makes me passionate, beautiful at every angle. In this article I will share my travel experiences of Lake Kawaguchiko area and the best Fuji Mount photography spots (best place to take pictures of Mount Fuji). So, are you looking for a day trip from Tokyo to Lake Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchiko day trip, day trip to Kawaguchiko from Tokyo, day trip to Lake Kawaguchiko from Tokyo)? Let’s check it out our Kawaguchiko travel blog (Lake Kawaguchiko travel blog, Lake Kawaguchi blog) with the fullest Kawaguchiko travel guide for a budget trip and suggested Kawaguchiko itinerary (Lake Kawaguchiko itinerary) for 2 days from how to getting there, where to stay, best places to visit, and what to do in Kawaguchiko to find out the best answer!

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Mount Fuji seen from Oshino Hakkai Village
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Sunset over Mount Fuji
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Aerial view of Mount Fuji
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Sunrise over Mount Fuji
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The Fuji Mount and tea plantations in Spring
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Mount Fuji and Hakone National Park
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Mount Fuji seen from Chureito Pagoda
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Lake Ashi with background is Mount Fuji
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Hakone Ropeway with Mount Fuji in the Background

Lake Kawaguchiko is one of five lakes surrounding Mount Fuji, also known as Fuji Five Lakes, in which Kawaguchi has the longest shore strip and at the lowest position. It can be said that the Lake Kawaguchiko and surroundings has the most beautiful scenery of the 5 lakes around Fuji Mount, as a charming painting. Kawaguchiko’s four seasons with distinct nuances, can’t help but bewitching when just look at the postcards and see the charming, wonder scenes.

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Lake Kawaguchiko, one of the most beautiful lakes around Mount Fuji | kawaguchiko travel blog
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Beautiful landscape of lake Kawaguchi
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Kawaguchiko Lake in autumn
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Perfect place for resting and meditation

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Kawaguchiko travel guide: How to get to Lake Kawaguchiko from Tokyo?

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Fuji Mount seen from the downtown of Tokyo.

Usually those who plan to go to Kawaguchiko often depart from Tokyo, because of convenient transportation and Tokyo is the largest city near Kawaguchiko. You can also start from other points but travel is more difficult. In the mountain areas, there are few public transport options.

Bus from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko (Tokyo to Kawaguchiko bus)

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Retro Station of Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji behind.

From central Tokyo to Lake Kawaguchi you can take a bus. There are many departing points from the city you can consider depending on the location of your hotel. You should buy tickets online at least 3 days in advance because the tickets will running out quickly, you can reserve via www.bus.fujikyu.co.jp or www.kosokubus.com.

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Tokyo Station

From Tokyo Station: The central point but the Tokyo station is too big so you need to go early to walk to find the way to the bus stop. The final point is Lake Kawaguchi / Mt. Fuji / Fuji-Q Highland, ticket price of 1.800 JPY ($16.56) and travel time is about 2-2.5 hours. I take Fujikyuko bus, the pick up point at Yaesu South Exit.

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Tokyo Station Yaesu South Exit
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Fujikyuko Bus
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Inside Fujikyuko Bus
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Kawaguchiko bus station

From Shinjuku Station: Follow the direction of South Exit or New South Exit and then go to Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal. You can buy tickets directly at the automatic ticket machines for 1.750 JPY ($16.11) / person.

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Shinjuku Station
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Shinjuku station South exit
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Shinjuku Highway Bus Terminal

From Shibuya Station: Follow the direction of Tamagawa Exit, then find the escalator to the 3rd floor of Shibuya Mark City. Then go to Avenue Exit and go up to the 5th floor you will see the bus stop.

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Map of bus stop Shibuya at Shibuya Mark City
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Bus from Shibuya at 5th Floor of Shibuya Mark City to Lake Kawaguchiko
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Inside the bus

Train from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko

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Fujikyuko Line at Kawaguchiko Station | kawaguchiko travel blog

The easiest way to take a train from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko Station is departs from Shinjuku Station. Take the JR Chuo Line-Limited Express to getting to Kofu and stop at Otsuki Station. This line is JR Line, so if you have JR Pass, it’s free.

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Inside the train

From Otsuki Station you change the line to Fujikyuko Line to getting to Kawaguchiko Station. This line is not covered by JR Pass, so you have to buy a ticket at 1.140 JPY. The total travel time is about 2 hours 30 minutes.

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Beautiful retro Kawaguchiko Station | kawaguchiko travel blog

Lake Kawaguchiko travel blog: Events and festivals in Mount Fuji you should know

Around the area of Kawaguchiko Lake is a series of days with year-round festivals and events, vibrant and beautiful as Japanese comic books. If you have the opportunity to come here at the right festive seasons, it is wonderful.

April: Fuji Kawaguchiko Cherry Blossom Festival

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Cherry blossoms around Kawaguchiko lake

Cherry blossoms may bloom a little early in late March, but the full blooms may be in mid-April. There will be cherry blossom festival and detailed on the advertising posters that you can see everywhere in town. Many food stalls will serve snacks for visitors. Cherry blossoms bloom throughout the roads around the lake Kawaguchiko, looming in the shadow of Mount Fuji creating a beauty that is nowhere to be found.

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Fuji Kawaguchiko Cherry Blossom Festival
Spring in Fuji Kawaguchiko | kawaguchiko travel blog

April – May: Fuji Shibazakura Festival

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Right after the cherry blossom season is the Shibazakura flower season (phlox moss or pink moss in English). The dominant pink color of this flower can be found in many national parks in Japan.

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Shibazakura festival | kawaguchiko travel blog

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Phlox moss or pink moss around Mt Fuji

June – July: Fuji Kawaguchiko Herb Festival

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Lavender flower

The festival takes place in Yagizaki Park and Oishi Park. Oishi is the final point of a Tourist Bus route in Kawaguchi and you can easily getting here to see purple lavender flower beds around the lake.

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Lake Kawaguchiko Herb Festival

November: Fuji Kawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival

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Autumn leaves and Mount Fuji in background

Autumn festival (red leaf season, momiji festival) takes place in many countries like Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan too. The areas with the most beautiful red leaves around Lake Kawaguchi are in the north of the lake. Don’t forget to pose the best shots of Fuji Mount on the background of beautiful red leaves.

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Stunning view

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The most beautiful season in Kawaguchi.
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The road around the lake covered with red maple leaves
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Romantic scene

November – March: Winter – the coldest season of the year

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Lake Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji in winter | kawaguchiko travel blog

This is the coldest season of the year with dense covered snow, but it is sometimes a favorite time for tourists. Winter creates a beautiful layer of white snow on top of Mount Fuji, in contrast to the summer when the snow melts, it also loses a part of the feeling when watching Mount Fuji.

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Mt. Fuji over the lake Kawaguchi in winter

Kawaguchiko travel blog: Where to stay in Kawaguchiko?

Although I found the hotel room quite close to the departure date, luckily, I still found my favorite hotel. The hotel I choose is Plaza Inn Kawaguchiko only a few dozen meters from Kawaguchiko station, right by the road.

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Exterior view of Plaza Inn Kawaguchiko

This hotel is not too big but quite ok, clean room, friendly staff. I travel alone so I only rented a single room, full of necessary services and equipment. The small toilet is beautiful and very clean. The price for this single room is US$50/night.

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The 1st floor
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The reception
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The restroom

A top rated 3-star hotel with room rates from $45/night. You can check rates, reviews and book this hotel on Agoda.com or Booking.com

If you plan to stay in Kawaguchiko for 1 or 2 nights, you should choose a hotel near Kawaguchiko station where there are many services, restaurants around and convenient to move. If you want to live slowly, then you can choose a hotel closer to the lake, experience cycling around the lake in the morning to breathe the fresh air that not anywhere to be found.

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Hotel Fufu Kawaguchiko

Below we recommend more best cheap, budget, mid-range and upscale hotels in Kawaguchiko from $38/night with good ratings and reviews you can refer to.

Fuji Kawaguchiko Onsen Hotel Konansou (Address: 4020-2 Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi 401-0301, Japan / Phone: +81 555-72-2166), a top rated and best seller 5-star hotel with room rates from $382/night. (You can check rates, reviews and book on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

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Fuji Kawaguchiko Onsen Hotel Konansou

Fuji View Hotel (Address: 511 Katsuyama, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi 401-0310, Japan / Phone: +81 555-83-2211), a top rated 4-star hotel with room rates from $171/night. (You can check rates, reviews and book on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

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Fuji View Hotel

Kawaguchiko Hotel New Century (Address: 180-1, Asakawa, FujiKawaguchiko-machi, MinamiTsuru-gun,, Fujikawaguchiko, Fujikawaguchiko, Japan, 401-0303 / Phone: +81 555-72-1422), a top rated 3-star hotel with room rates from $248/night. (You can check rates, reviews and book on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

Kawaguchiko Hotel New Century
Kawaguchiko Hotel New Century

Lavista Fuji Kawaguchiko (Address: 2395 Kawaguchi, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi 401-0304, Japan / Phone: +81 555-76-5220), a top rated 4-star hotel with room rates from $236/night. (You can check rates, reviews and book on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

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Lavista Fuji Kawaguchiko

Wakakusa no Yado Maruei (Address: 498 Kodachi, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi 401-0302, Japan / Phone: +81 555-72-1371), a top rated 3-star hotel with room rates from $398/night. (You can check rates, reviews and book on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

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Wakakusa no Yado Maruei

Kaze no Terrace Kukuna (Address: 70 Azagawa, Fujikawaguchiko-cho, Minamitsuru-gun, Fujikawaguchiko, Fujikawaguchiko, Japan, 401-0303), a top rated 4-star hotel with room rates from $399/night. (You can check rates, reviews and book on Agoda.com).

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Kaze no Terrace Kukuna

Asafuji (Address: 358 Azagawa, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi 401-0303, Japan / Phone: +81 555-72-1259), a top rated 4-star hotel with room rates from $255/night. (You can check rates, reviews and book on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

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Asafuji

Hotel Regina Kawaguchiko (Address: 5239-1 Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi 401-0301, Japan / Phone: +81 555-20-9000), a top rated 4-star hotel with room rates from $165/night. (You can check rates, reviews and book on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

Hotel Regina Kawaguchiko
Hotel Regina Kawaguchiko

You can find more, check rates, availability & book for Kawaguchiko hotels on Agoda.com or Booking.com or Airbnb.com.

Kawaguchiko guide: Getting around Kawaguchiko

By Bus

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Red Line

With a Kawaguchiko itinerary for 2 day in Kawaguchiko you should buy Kawaguchiko Day Pass (1 Day Pass, 2 Day Pass, 3 Day Pass) with unlimited rides for Sightseeing Bus routes around the lake. There are 3 main lines: Kawaguchiko Bus (Red-Line), Saiko Bus (Green-Line), Narusawa / Shojiko / Motosuko Bus (Blue-Line), covering almost of the attractions in Kawaguchiko. For 2 Day Pass you will be able to use the all bus routes for 2 days from the date of Pass purchase, priced at 1.500 JPY ($13.81). The details of the bus routes schedule you can see here.

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2 day ticket (2 Day Pass)
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Blue Line
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Green Line
Map of Kawaguchiko Sightseeing Bus
Map of Kawaguchiko Sightseeing Bus

By Train

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Colorful train in Kawaguchiko

This means of transport is for attractions not covered by 2 Days Pass above. Including attractions such as Arakurayama Sengen Park, the town center (you can also take a bus but it is better to take a train). This train and local train, not belong to the JR Line, so you cannot use the JR Pass. A small secret, the train in Kawaguchi is very beautiful, colorful, and very cute.

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Kawaguichi train

Lake Kawaguchiko travel blog: What to eat and where to eat?

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Kawaguchiko Cuisine

This Lake Kawaguchi area has a signature dish that is Houtou noodles, which food you definitely must-try when coming here. Houtou is made from udon noodles and vegetables, broth. However, people do not consider this as udon noodles because the noodles are slightly different.

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Houtou Noodles | kawaguchiko travel blog

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