Fuji Five Lakes: Lake Kawaguchi (Kawaguchi-ko)
Mt. Fuji is on everyone’s list of must-see places. You can climb the mountain only for two months a year but the surrounding area around the foothill is accessible all year round. Especially popular are the five lakes among which Lake Kawaguchi is the most popular since its easy to get to from Tokyo and there is plenty to do around this beautiful lake.
If you’re fit enough, mentally and physically, then you can even climb Mt. Fuji till the end of September. Don’t forget to check “All you need to know about climbing Mt. Fuji.”)
Kawaguchiko Lake is one of the Fuji Five Lakes. It has a long shoreline and is at the lowest altitude among the five lakes. There are many museums and art galleries around the lake where you can experience nature as well as culture.
As in any part of Japan, the views change every season and Lake Kawaguchi is no exception. You see cherry blossoms by the shore with Mt. Fuji in the background in spring and blazing red and orange colors of foliage in autumn. Of course, the weather has to be clear for you to see Mt. Fuji.
Cruise and other water activities
If you want to enjoy the scenic beauty of the lake peacefully, then you can also take a ride in Kawaguchiko Yuransen Ensoleille, a pleasure boat that cruises for about 20 minutes. You can comfortably enjoy the sights without having to walk around.
A wide range of lake activities are available at Lake Kawaguchi, such as canoeing, kayaking and wakeboarding. The most popular one is flyboarding. You don’t want to miss this new wave activity that allows you to fly through the air with the help of water pressure.
From nature to art: Kawaguchiko Art Museum
Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, located beside Lake Kawaguchi, exhibits artworks that uses Mt. Fuji as a prominent motif. Aside from the permanent exhibition, special exhibitions are held and they also exhibit the photography of Mt. Fuji. You can enjoy not only the artworks, but also an outstanding panoramic view of Lake Kawaguchi and Mt. Fuji. On the 14th of every month, the admission fee is free.
Mount Fuji theme works
They permanently exhibit various paintings, prints and photographs that use Mt. Fuji as a key subject. They also exhibit various works from ancient to modern art in special exhibitions held four to five times a year. You can also see the artworks by French painter Georges Rouault, and Japanese painter Yokoyama Taikan.
Cafe & Museum Shop
We also recommend relaxing at the cafe or in the grass field in front of the museum. In Cafe Kawaguchiko View, you can enjoy coffee and sweets made of fruit from Yamanashi prefecture with a view of the large lake in front of you. You can take a break after seeing the artworks. There are various items related to Mt. Fuji including postcards and photography books in the museum shop.
Make your own music box: Kawaguchiko Music Forest
Mansions and streets of medieval Europe stand by the banks of a lake overlooking the great Mt. Fuji. Kawaguchiko Music Forest is a museum of music where you can see things like the biggest dance organ in the world, automatic playing instruments that were originally meant to board the Titanic and antique music boxes. In the interactive workshop, it is even possible to make an original, one of a kind music box.
3,500 rose bushes of 720 different kinds bloom filling the park with the scent of roses! There is also a viewing area with a magnificent view of the roses with Mt. Fuji in the background.
Learn about the tallest mountain: Mount Fuji World Heritage Center
Mount Fuji World Heritage Center, or Fujisan Sekai Isan Center is located at the foot of Mt. Fuji which is a part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The facility shows a short movie about Mt. Fuji on a big screen and has comprehensive displays about nature and culture. The imposing Mt. Fuji can been seen from the observation deck on the second floor. It is famous as a great viewing spot of Mt. Fuji. The center offers a tour in foreign languages as it is designated as a “Visit Japan” information center.
The center has four zones where you can learn about Mt. Fuji. In the Geijutsu Tenji Zone (Art Exhibition Zone), Mt. Fuji-themed artwork is displayed. In the Shizen Tenji Zone (Nature Exhibition Zone), you learn about the history of the topography and the eruptions. In the Shinko Tenji Zone (Faith Exhibition Zone), you will be introduced to the structure of the World Heritage. You will learn about the natural park rangers in Katsudo Tenji Zone (Activity Display Zone).
Lake Kawaguchi: GOOGLE MAP List
Just in case you are worried about how to go from one place to the next, we have created a comprehensive google maps list for you!
There are buses from Kawaguchiko Station, so it is quite easy to get to each spot. Hope you get great weather and enjoy Mt. Fuji to the fullest!