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Chubu
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Lake Kawaguchiko

The gateway to the Fuji Five Lakes area, this lake holds hot springs resorts, museums and both lakeside and mountain views of Mount Fuji.

Lake Kawaguchi serves as the main entry portal to the Fuji Five Lakes area in Yamanashi Prefecture. At Kawaguchiko station, buses arrive regularly from Tokyo and depart for the lakes. As the terminus of the Fujikyuko railway line, the station is only one stop away from the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park.

Museums, hot springs resorts and restaurants specializing in the regional dish of houtou (flat wheat flour noodles) dot the landscape around Kawaguchiko. To try this dish, check out Houtou Fudou, a well-known restaurant with several local stores that serve houtou noodles.

Photo by: Wiki Houtou, a regional dish from Yamanashi.

The lake is a popular site for viewing spring cherry blossoms and autumn maple leaves with Mount Fuji in the background. Those looking for an elevated view of the mountain and lake will find it at the end of the Kachi Kachi Ropeway.

The Kachi Kachi Ropeway

“Kachi Kachi,” the onomatopoeic sound of fire crackling, is actually a nickname for Tenjo, a mountain with an observation area near its summit. At an elevation of over 1,000 meters, this observation area provides a nice, full-on view of Mount Fuji. The ropeway itself gives an impressive view of Lake Kawaguchi while climbing.

Photo by: Joshua Meyer Kachi Kachi Ropeway view.

A few steps away from the observation area are a so-called “Usagi Shrine” and “Tanuki Tea House.” These commemorate the origin of the mountain’s nickname in an old Japanese folk tale involving a rabbit who sought fiery revenge on a raccoon dog.

Museums and resorts

Continuing past the ropeway along the eastern shore of Lake Kawaguchi, you will come upon Hotel Mifujien.

Day trippers, take note: this hot springs resort has baths with a view of Mount Fuji that are available to guests outside the hotel from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Admission is ¥1,200.

View of Mt Fuji from Lake Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture

Head to the Fuji Five Lakes region to get the best angles of the iconic mountain.

Up near the lake’s northern shore is the Kawaguchiko Music Forest. Another interesting museum in the vicinity is the Itchiku Kubota Museum. A beautiful collection of 36 silk-dyed kimonos is on display here. Part of an unfinished series themed to the four seasons, these kimonos represent the life’s work of famed textile artist Itchiku Kubota.

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Things To Know

Houtou Fudou

This eatery has a station-front store and Fujikyu’s Red Line Omni Bus gives easy access to the ropeway, hotel, and museums.

How To Get There

Address

3641-1 Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi-ken 401-0301, Japan

By train

Take the Chuo Line from Tokyo station or Shinjuku and change to the Fujikyuko line at Otsuki. 

By bus

Various Highway buses are also available.

Where To Stay

Kawaguchiko Station Inn
  • Funatsu 3639 Minamitsuru-Gun Fujikawaguchiko Mac, Yamanashi 401-0301
  • 9/10
  • 0.1 km
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Plaza Inn Kawaguchiko
  • Funatsu 3639-14 Minamitsuru-Gun Fujikawaguchiko Mac, Yamanashi 401-0301
  • 8.1/10
  • 0.1 km
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Fuji scenic house 73
  • funatsu 3647-8 Minamitsuru-Gun Fujikawaguchiko Mac, Yamanashi 401-0301
  • 9.4/10
  • 0.1 km
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Mt. Fuji Hostel SAMURISE Kawaguchiko
  • Funatsu 3611-35 Minamitsuru-Gun Fujikawaguchiko Mac, Yamanashi 401-0301
  • 8.5/10
  • 0.1 km
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