Get back to nature at Okuniwa National Park. Take a scenic hike to the base of majestic Mt. Fuji, enjoying spectacular views of Lake Kawaguchi and the famous snow-capped peak. Then take a soak at a traditional onsen, letting the restorative hot waters soothe tired muscles.
Hike past Lake Kawaguchi, enjoy miles of uninterrupted wilderness and catch glimpses of Mt. Fuji’s peak.
Stay in a traditional ryokan and dine on authentic cuisine, then take optional tours to unique handicraft studios.
Trek to the ‘5th station’, the gateway for mountaineers wanting to summit the peak and pick up a souvenir postcard.
Lake Kawaguchiko Hike and Onsen - 2 Days / 1Night
Take the early bus to Lake Kawaguchi, one of the five lakes situated at the foot of Mt. Fuji.
Upon arrival, meet with our guide 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 catch 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 provide an escort back to Kawaguchiko Station, and from there, continue on to the night’s accommodation.
Tonight’s accommodation will be 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
Start (guided tour): around 09:25 (at Kawaguchiko Station)
Duration: 5 h
*including pick-up/drop-off and transit times
Today is a self-guided day.
After breakfast, enjoy the morning doing a bit of independent exploration before catching the bus back to Tokyo.
Suggested Self-Guided Itinerary:
Kubota Itchiku Museum
This museum is dedicated to Itchiku Kubota, the man who spent his life practicing tsujigahana, one of the techniques of shibori (tie-dyeing), in which a small bunch of cloth is tied with string before dying to make the patterns. Discover some of his signature kimonos hanging on wooden bars, reflecting the natural light that comes from the sun. Even the museum itself can be considered as a great artwork, with some of its pillars made from century old cypress trees and its ceiling open so that the visitors can clearly see its wooden structure.
Kawaguchiko Museum of Art
A museum that houses temporary exhibitions of Japanese and foreign modern artists as well as a small permanent collection of paintings and photographs featuring Mount Fuji.
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba
A tiny village with around twenty thatched roof houses that serve as traditional handicraft studios, museums, local restaurants and cafés.
Alternatively, take a boat ride on the lake or ride the Kachi Kachi Ropeway to an observation point near the summit of Mount Tenjo, from where Lake Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji can be seen (during a clear day).
Head back to Kawaguchiko Station to catch the bus back to Shinjuku in Tokyo.
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Baggage handling is not included in the above rates, but Japan has a fabulous luggage forwarding service which you can use to send your luggage to your next destination. It will take between 24 and 72 hours to get the luggage to the next point so we recommend preparing an overnight bag when using this service. Luggage can be sent between any two points in Japan and the bell desks or receptions at your hotel will be happy to assist you with arranging this luggage transfer.
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