Day 1 - Tokyo - Kawaguchiko (L,D)
Take the early bus to Lake Kawaguchi, one of the five lakes situated at the foot of Mt. Fuji.
Meet the guide upon arrival at Kawaguchiko Station and start the trip to Okuniwa Nature Park situated at 2,227 m above sea level. Spend the next hour trekking around the park and discovering the plants that have survived the harsh weather and land conditions of the area. With clear skies, there might be a chance to have a glimpse of Mt. Fuji.
After the hike, proceed to the 5th Station, the starting point for hikers who climb Mt. Fuji during climbing season (July and August). A postcard can be purchased and sent from this point, serving as a nice souvenir and memorabilia from visiting the world-famous mountain.
The guide will escort you back to Kawaguchiko Station, and from there, you can make your way to your accommodation.
Tonight you will stay in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese-style inn furnished with paper sliding doors, hot spring baths, tatami floors, and rooms with futon beds.
Overnight in Kawaguchiko
Distance and journey time (approximation):
Shinjuku Bus Terminal to Kawaguchiko-eki Bus Terminal: 1 h 45 min
Kawaguchiko-eki Bus Terminal to Fujisan Gogome-mae Bus Terminal: 60 min
Okuniwa Nature Park trek (garden path): 40 min (on foot)
Start (guided tour): around 09:25 (at Kawaguchiko Station)
Duration: 5 h
*including pick-up/drop-off and transit times