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Lake Kawaguchiko (͌) is the most easily accessible of the Fuji Five Lakes with train and direct bus connections to Tokyo. A hot spring resort town with various tourist attractions and views of Mount Fuji is located around the lake's eastern end, while the northern and western shores are mostly undeveloped.

The best views of Mount Fuji can be enjoyed from the lake's northern shores and are particularly breathtaking during the cherry blossom season around mid April and the autumn colors around the first half of November. One of the nicest spots for cherry blossoms is the seaside promenade near the Kawaguchiko Music Forest, while photographers will enjoy the "Momiji Tunnel" for autumn colors, a maple tree covered road section along the lake's northern shore.

Be warned that even though Kawaguchiko is located right at the base of Mount Fuji, the mountain is not always visible because of clouds. Visibility tends to be best in the early mornings (usually before 9am) and in the late afternoons, while clouds often obstruct the view during daytime even on days with fair weather, and especially so during the hazy summer months.

Among the wide range of other tourist attractions available around Lake Kawaguchiko are hot spring baths, various museums, the Fuji Q amusement park, boat tours and a ropeway leading onto a small mountain next to the lake. Kawaguchiko is also a good base for climbing Mount Fuji, although most people start their ascent from Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station halfway up the mountain these days.

Below is a list of some of the tourist attractions around Lake Kawaguchiko:

Mount Fuji Panoramic Ropeway

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (Mar to Nov), 9:30 to 16:30 (Dec to Feb)
Departures every 5-10 minutes
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 900 yen (round trip)
The Mount Fuji Panoramic Ropeway ascends to an observation point near the summit of Mount Tenjo, from where Lake Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji can be seen. The ropeway is one end point of the popular day hike to Mount Mitsutoge.

Museums

Kubota Itchiku Museum

See the Kubota Itchiku Museum page for admission details
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.

Kawaguchiko Music Forest

See the Kawaguchiko Music Forest page for admission details
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 on display.

Herb Hall

Hours: 9:00 to 20:00
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.

Hot Spring Baths

Hotel Mifujien

Daytime Hours: 13:00 to 20:00
Closed: No closing days
Daytime Admission: 1200 yen
This aging hotel is the only among the ryokan and hotels along the northeastern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko, which opens its baths to non-staying guests during daytime. Its gender separated bathing facilities have seen better days, but the views of Mount Fuji are quite nice.

Kaiun no Yu

Daytime Hours: Inquire with the operator
Closed: No closing days
Daytime Admission: 1000 yen for 2 hours
Kaiun no Yu is part of the Royal Hotel Kawaguchiko along the lake's southern shore. The baths are open to non staying guests, however, they are rather average and do not have views of Mount Fuji.

Getting there and around

Kawaguchiko Station is the terminal station of the Fujikyu Railway from Otsuki. The bus terminal for local buses and highway buses to/from Tokyo, Kofu, Gotemba and other destinations is located just in front of the station.

From Kawaguchiko Station, the Omni Bus lines provide tourists with local transportation around Lake Kawaguchiko and neighboring Lake Saiko: The Red Line (or Kawaguchiko Line) operates along Lake Kawaguchi's eastern and northeastern shores, while the Green Line (or Saiko Line) operates along Lake Kawaguchiko's southern shore before continuing to Lake Saiko.

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Hotels around Fuji Five Lakes

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    • Koko
      Budget-friendly
      Open from April 2017, and located in Fujikawaguchiko, KOKO boasts air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Free private parking is available on site. The villa features a kitchen, wardrobe, desk and sofa. There are 3 shower rooms on site. A hairdryer and free toiletries including toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner and body soap are provided. Kawaguchi Asama Shrine is a minute's walk from KOKO, while Lake Kawaguchi is a 5-minute drive away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 90 km from the property.
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    • Lake Villa Kawaguchiko
      Budget-friendly
      Offering a Mount Fuji view from the garden, Lake Villa Kawaguchiko is a self-catering accommodation located in Fujikawaguchiko. Free WiFi access is available. The property is a 15-minute drive from Kawaguchiko Train Station. Each spacious cottage is fitted with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a terrace. There is a full kitchen with a microwave, a fridge and cooking stoves. The private bathroom comes with a bath tub, a shower and a hairdryer. Guests can enjoy barbecuing at the front yard at a surcharge. Guests can use luggage storage services and drinks vending machines on site. The property offers free parking. No meals are served at the property, but guests can prepare their own meals using the kitchen. The property is just a 3-minute walk to Lake Kawaguchi and a 10-minute walk to Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum. Itchiku Kubota Art Museum is located an 8-minute walk away.
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    • Ururun Kawaguchiko
      Budget-friendly
      A 7-minute walk from Lake Kawaguchi, the 2-person cottages at Ururun have a quaint European charm and offer a spa bath with Mount Fuji views. Sleeping arrangements are Japanese-style, with futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor. Parking is free. Each cottage has a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and a living area with a sofa, a TV and a DVD player. Each cottage comes with a spa bath with Mount Fuji views. Free Wi-Fi is available. Kawaguchiko Train Station is a 15-minute drive or a taxi ride and Fuji-Q Highland amusement park is a 15-minute drive away. Kawaguchi Asama shrine is a 10-minute walk from the property, and Nishikawa Bus Stop is a 3-minute walk. In warm weather, guests can unwind out on the patio.
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    • Umeya Annex
      Budget-friendly
      Umeya Annex is a Japanese private home run by an oshi, or a religious teacher that guides and assists visitors on pilgrimages. The property is located next to the oshi's home that was built in 1776 and the only one existing in Kawaguchiko. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. All units are air conditioned and have a flat-screen TV. A microwave and fridge are also provided, as well as a kettle. There is a shared bathroom with a shower in every unit. The Arakura Sengen Shrine and the iconic five storied Chureito pagoda are around 5 km away from the property. The location offers stunning views of Mt Fuji in combination with the pagoda, where guests can also enjoy gazing at cherry blossoms during the spring season. The property is located in Fujikawaguchiko, 2.4 km from Lake Kawaguchi. Mount Fuji is 19 km from the property.
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    • Kawaguchiko Cottage Minami
      Budget-friendly
      Offering free WiFi and a garden, Kawaguchiko Cottage Minami is located in Fujikawaguchiko. Lake Kawaguchi is 300 metres from the property. Free private parking is available on site. All units feature a dining area and a seating area with a flat-screen TV. There is also a kitchen, equipped with an oven. A microwave, a toaster and fridge are also available. Towels are provided. Mount Fuji is 18 km from Kawaguchiko Cottage Minami.
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    • Villa Ensoleille
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring a view of Mount Fuji, Villa Ensoleille offers cosy holiday homes located in Fujikawaguchiko. Boasting seasonal flowers, each building is designed with Southern France architecture in mind. Barbecue facilities are available at an additional charge. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. The individual cottages or maisonettes are all fitted with air conditioning, heated flooring and a fully equipped kitchen. Kitchen appliances include a fridge, a microwave and IH cooking stoves. Other in-room facilities include a flat-screen TV and a heater. A hot tub is provided in the private bathroom. The Ensoleille Villa provides drinks vending machines. Free parking is available on site. The property is just a 3-minute walk from Lake Kawaguchi. Kawaguchiko Train Station is a 12-minute drive away, and free pick-up shuttles are available if booked in advance.
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    • HOSTEL MICHIKUSA-YA
      Mid-range
      Set in Fujikawaguchiko, less than 1 km from Lake Kawaguchi, HOSTEL MICHIKUSA-YA offers accommodation with a shared lounge, free private parking and a garden. The 3-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with a shared bathroom and free WiFi. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. Guests at the hostel will be able to enjoy activities in and around Fujikawaguchiko, like cycling. Popular points of interest near HOSTEL MICHIKUSA-YA include Fujiomuro Sengen Shrine, Kawaguchiko Muse Museum and Yagizaki Park.
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    • JINYA Fujikawaguchiko
      Mid-range
      Just a 5-minute walk from Kawaguchiko Station, JINYA Fujikawaguchiko is located in Fujikawaguchiko. Free WiFi, private parking, a washing and drying machine are provided. All units in the hotel are equipped with a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave and an electric kettle. Guest rooms feature air conditioning, a private bathroom and a toilet. Bed linen, towels and a hairdryer are provided. Selected rooms feature a dining table and a sofa. Mount Fuji is 16 km away from the hotel, while Mount Fuji 5th Station is a 65-minute bus ride away.
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    • Cottage Pastorale
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Cottage Pastorale is set in Fujikawaguchiko. Lake Kawaguchi is a 3-minute walk from the property. Free private parking is available on site. All units include a flat-screen TV. All units feature a kitchen equipped with a microwave and fridge. Each unit is fitted with a private bathroom with slippers and free toiletries. Towels and bed linen are available. Cottage Pastorale also includes a barbecue. Mount Fuji is 18 km from Cottage Pastorale, while Shimobe Hot Spring is 28 km away. The property offers a free shuttle service.
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    • Fuji Guest House Ao
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Fujikawaguchiko, 3.3 km from Lake Kawaguchi, Fuji Guest House Ao provides accommodation with a shared lounge, private parking and a terrace. Featuring free bikes, the 1-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. Local points of interest like Fujiomuro Sengen Shrine and Kawaguchi Asama Shrine are reachable within 2.9 km and 6 km, respectively. Mount Kachi Kachi Ropeway is 1.5 km from the hostel, while Lake Kawaguchi Ohashi Bridge is 2.8 km away.
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