There are plenty of shops around the lake shore with the common expected souvenirs, most of them related to Mount Fuji. This one was a bit more special with some unique local handcraft items. Even I couldn’t resist and bought a fridge magnet ;-)
another row of the very expensive shops and restaurants in the 5th station of mount fuji selling very expensive stuff! Here in Kawaguchiko 5th Station, you'll be bombarded with souvenir shops, restaurants and in this tip are the souvenir shops farther away from the tourist bus stops. The shops are nearer to the Komitake Shrine dedicated to Mount Fuji Gods.
What to buy: i bought my favorite mount fuji mochis here at these shops and their quite expensive at 1,000 yen for a big carton. I also bought a mount fuji poster and they costs 100 yen per piece! My friend bought mount fuji key chains and they cost 500 yen here!
What to pay: a lot since haggling is not allowed here! try not to buy many stuffs, just the ones which has a mount fuji logo in it as the prices are really atrocious.
it is very expensive to buy at 5th station shops!Secially here at Kawaguchi Fifth Station The so calledKawaguchi fifth station here on Mt. Fuji is located at an altitude of 2305 meters or 8,200 feet and is also the home to Komitake Shrine - residence of Mt. Fuji's protective god - as well as a large number of souvenir shops and restaurants. Kawaguchiko 5th Station, where you'll be bombarded with souvenir shops, restaurants, and busloads of tourists.
What to buy: a caveat: prices here are sky high for the tourist especially the gaijin (foreigner) like you and me! haggling is not accepted here and the prices of items are more expensive than in tokyo like a bottled water here is 160 yen (only 140 yen in tokyo), refrigerator magnets are 1,000 yen and my favorite shot glasses at a highway robbery price of 2,500 for a larger glass and 1,500 for a smaller glass.
another favorite souvenir item of mine. another cool collection from Mount Fuji as I'm also a ref magnet collector too. Refrigerator Magnets are nice stuffs for a souvenir, I have been an avid collector of refrigerator magnets since i've started travelling and has tons of the stuff at my refrigerator that some are just stored to my cabinet due to lack of space hehehe. here in Mount Fuji, i must buy one and the choices are endless and the prices start from 400 yen for a simple plastic ref magnet and 700 yen for the porcelain heavy ref magnet that I bought (see the picture) and again haggling is difficult here at the mount fuji fifth station.!
What to buy: the plastic ref magnet with mount fuji autumn view at 700 yen
a favorite souvenir of mine, the shot glass. I bought one since i'm an avid shot glass collector besides being an equal avid refrigerator magnet collector. I have lots of shot glass collection in my study table and buying a tokyo shot glass is a must to bolster my collection. shot glasses here in japan comes in different designs and kinds of glasses like the frosted glass, tempered glass, regular glass, etc. and the prices starts at 400 yen for a simple frosted shot glass and goes up to 2,500 yen for a larger tempered glass shot glass, you can try to haggle but haggling is difficult in japan as it is not in the culture.
What to buy: I bought the expensive taller shot glass at 2,500 yen, it was very expensive for a shot glass but i don't go to mount fuji everday right!
various stores in the lake ashi boat stops like in Moto Hakone sells assorted things. Every shop from mom and pop trinket store to clothing, to restaurants along the street sells green tea (Macha), vanilla and chocolate, mochi, local delicacies, t-shirts, umbrellas, local crafts and way way lot more stuffs. The stores and stalls are varied and are numerous that you will have a hard time deciding on what to buy(if you are buying anything at all hehehhe).
What to buy: depends on what you buy! my favorite mount fuji style mochi at 1,000 yen for a big box, the hakone style manju at 700 yen a big box, ice cream cone at 450 yen a scoop, umbrellas at 550 yen each, souvenir hakone t-shirts at 1,500 yen each.
What to pay: depends on what you are buying
this is the mount fuji version of the mochi, the rice cake is flavored with o macha or green tea and the filling inside is crushed mongo beans. the mochi is a sweet, short-grained, very glutinous rice with a high starch content. Mochi is commonly used to make rice cakes, for which it is pounded in large tubs until it becomes extremely sticky. It is then formed into balls or squares, which can be found in Japanese markets. Mochi is also used in confections and rice dishes. Again this sweet snack is present everywhere in japan that every town and region has it's own style and kind of mochi with assorted fillings.
What to buy: a small box of mount fuji style mochi containing 12 pieces costs 500 yen and a big box containing 24 pieces at 1,000 yen.