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The touristy town around Lake Kawaguchiko offers an assortment of museums along the lake's southern and northern shores, varying in themes from conventional arts to herbs and music boxes. Below is a list of some of the museums found in the area:

Art Museums

Kubota Itchiku Museum

Hours: 9:30 to 17:30 (Apr to Nov), 10:00 to 16:30 (Dec to Mar)
Entry ends 30 minutes before closing.
Closed: Tues, Dec 26-28 (open holidays and everyday in Oct and Nov)
Admission: 1300 yen
A unique museum that displays kimono created by Kubota Itchiku, who spent his lifetime reviving the lost art of Tsujigahana silk dyeing. The kimono on display depict themes of nature and the cosmos and include his unfinished masterpiece "Symphony of Light", comprised of 80 kimono that together form a picture of Mount Fuji.

Kawaguchiko Museum of Art

Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (admission until 16:30)
Closed: Tue (unless Tue is a national holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 800 yen
The Kawaguchiko Museum of Art houses temporary exhibitions of Japanese and foreign modern artists as well as a small permanent collection of paintings and photographs featuring Mount Fuji.

Fujiyama Museum

Hours: 10:00-17:30 (weekdays), 10:00-20:30 (Saturdays), 9:00-20:30 (Sundays and holidays). Entry ends 30 minutes before closing
Closed: seasonal, check their website for a current schedule
Admission: 1000 yen
The Fujiyama Museum is devoted to a wide variety of paintings and other illustrations of Mount Fuji. The museum is operated by and located just outside of the Fuji Q Highland amusement park behind the Fuji Resort Hotel and next to the Fujiyama Onsen.

Other Museums

Fujisan World Heritage Center

Hours: 8:30 to 17:00 (until 18:00 from July to September, until 19:00 during summer holidays)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free for the North Hall, 420 yen for the South Hall
The Fuji Visitor Center at the entrance to the Subaru Line toll road to the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station contains a small museum with exhibits and a movie about the formation and ecology of Mount Fuji as well as the cultural history of the mountain.

Kawaguchiko Music Forest

Hours: 9:00 to 17:30 (entry until 17:00)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 1500 yen
More theme park than museum, the Kawaguchiko Music Forest is devoted to automatic musical instruments, such as music boxes and mechanical organs. The beautifully designed grounds with European styled gardens have nice views of Mount Fuji and are operated by the Ukai Group which also runs the Glass Forest in Hakone.

Yamanashi Gem Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:30 (Mar to Oct), 9:30 to 17:00 (Nov to Feb)
Entry ends 30 minutes before closing.
Closed: Wed (unless Wed is a national holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 600 yen
The Yamanashi Gem Museum displays gems, precious stones, and large quartz crystals collected from Japan and around the world. Half of the museum is a store where you can purchase jewelry and other trinkets made with the same types of gems and precious stones on display.

Herb Hall

Hours: 9:00 to 18:00 (until 17:30 November to March)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free
The Herb Hall is basically a store with a herb garden and greenhouse where you can view and purchase herbs, tea and dried flowers. Behind the Herb Hall stands the Perfume Hall where you can buy perfumes, aroma oils and soaps.

Access

Kubota Itchiku Museum

Please see the Kubota Itchiku Museum page for details.

Kawaguchiko Museum of Art

Retro buses along the Kawaguchiko Line connect Kawaguchiko Station to the Kawaguchiko Museum of Art (30 minutes). Get off at the Kawaguchiko Bijutsukan bus stop in front of the museum.

Fujiyama Museum

Occasional retro buses along the Kawaguchiko Line connect Kawaguchiko Station to the Fujiyama Museum (10 minutes). Get off at the Fujiyama Onsen bus stop, from where it is a short walk to the museum.

Fujisan World Heritage Center

Please see the Fujisan World Heritage Center page for details.

Kawaguchiko Music Forest

Please see the Kawaguchiko Music Forest page for details.

Yamanashi Gem Museum and Herb Hall

The Yamanashi Gem Museum and Herb Hall are a few steps from the Kawaguchiko Herbkan bus stop along both retro bus lines. The bus ride from Kawaguchiko Station takes about 10 minutes.

How to get to and around the Fuji Five Lakes

Bus Network Map:

Hotels around Fuji Five Lakes

Recommended Hotels
Highland Resort Hotel and Spa
Official hotel of the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park at the base of Mount Fuji.
Book:
Agoda Japanican Booking
K's House Mount Fuji
Affordable backpackers hostel on the southern side of Lake Kawaguchiko.
Book:
Hostelworld Agoda Booking
Kawaguchiko Station Inn
Conveniently located, inexpensive hotel across the street from Kawaguchiko Station.
Book:
Hostelworld Agoda Japanican Booking
Kozantei Ubuya
Luxury ryokan along the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko.
Book:
Agoda Japanican Booking
Kukuna
Stylish luxury ryokan on the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko.
Book:
Agoda Japanican

Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: February 14, 2017