Lake Yamanaka lies near the base of Mount Fuji, as one of the Fuji Five Lakes. It is the largest and highest elevation of the five lakes, and the third-highest lake in Japan. The lake is part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.
This large recreation area is very popular in the summer for boating, fishing, swimming, jet skiing, and other water activities. The lake is surrounded by a road, bike path, and numerous small towns and resorts.
Lake Kawaguchi is a lake near Mount Fuji. It is the most popular of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of tourists, and is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.
Kawaguchiko also serves as a major hub for those wishing to climb Mount Fuji during the climbing season (July & August). It is situated at an altitude of approximately 800 metres.
I had a wonderful walk at the lake while waiting for a bus to come back to Tokyo after an excursion to the Mount Fuji. I met a German at the bus station. We talked a little about German shepherds and he was very surprised to see a Russian there at the Mount Fuji. He was laughing for almost a minute!
The greatest disappointment I ever had in my travels was when my photo films about Tokyo Yokohama and Fuji were spoiled in a photo laboratory after I came back home...
Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776m. It is an active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–08. Mount Fuji lies about 100 kilometres south-west of Tokyo, and can be seen from there on a clear day.
Mount Fuji's exceptionally symmetrical cone, which is snow-capped several months a year, is a well-known symbol of Japan and it is frequently depicted in art and photographs, as well as visited by sightseers and climbers.
Approximately 300,000 people climb Mount Fuji every year. The most popular period for people to hike up Mount Fuji is from July to August.
I was there in November – no chance even to try to climb it… That’s why I could get the last level by bus and enjoy surroundings. Pity but I haven’t any photo about this my trip…
the wonderful views inside and going to the Mount fuji visitors center. the first stop on a mount fuji tour. the fuji visitors center is a convenient stop as you can stretch your muscles after a 2 hour trip going to mount fuji. You are given 30 minutes to stroll around it or go inside the Visitors Center. Inside the two story fuji visitors center are various murals, posters, pictures, documentaries about mount fuji and they also sell some mount fuji souvenirs like keychains or shirts or ref magnets. there is a restaurant at the second floor where you can buy refreshments or just buy and the various vending machines at the first floor hehehe.
more pictures and views around fuji visitors center with views of the beginning autumn season. If the place is not cloudy then you will see mount fuji from the Mount Fuji Visitors Center too. from here the drive to the fifth station is about thirty minutes at 8,200 feet above sea level. I was here 24 years ago on my first mount fuji trip but it was snowing them (unlike now it is autumn when we went here) and we only came up to the 2nd station instead of the fifth station then. Unfortunately the Weather was very cloudy and rainy so no Mount Fuji View for us at the Visitors Center until the bus was starting to leave it.
more pictures around the fuji visitors center. the fuji visitors center is a convenient stop as you can stretch your muscles after a 2 hour trip going to mount fuji. You are given 30 minutes to stroll around it or go inside the Visitors Center so what else to do after a rest room break and a refreshment break via a vending machine (thank you minute maid and aquarius drinks!) and a fast look see inside the visitors center but to have lots of pictures outside and enjoy the early autumn scenery (it was just october 1 here!) within the complex and view the various maps of the fuji national park (but most are in japanese hhuhuhu).
the odawara castle used to be a stop before going back to tokyo (if your bus cannot climb up to 5th station of mount fuji due to snowy conditions or strong rains then this castle will be included in the to do list) via the shinkansen in odawara station since it is located near the station but not anymore. i have old pictures inside odawara castle 25 years ago but i cant seem to find them. Odawara Castle is probably the best example of a castle to visit in the immediate Tokyo area. The museum in the main keep has a nice collection of artifacts, armor, and weapons. They have also done a great job reconstructing some gates and maintaining the castle grounds. the castle is just a 15 minute walk from the Odawara Train Station.
During my visit to Tokyo(winter) 2009. To climb mount Fuji is not really safe unless you are a professional climber but still with high risk. I love Mount Fuji so much so I decide to climb Mount Toge which is located apposite to Mt.Fuji. Its more suitable with my experience and my gear by that time.
This is the tips and I hope you will enjoy the tracking :
1. Upon arrival to the Kawaguchiko Bus Station. You must visit the tourist office to get the map and more detail information about the trail. (Picture1)
2.Take Fuji kyoko bus for Kofu and get off at Kawaguchikyoko -mea bus stop. Stating point is the shrine called Kawaguchiko Sengen Sharine (15 min bus ride to stating point)-(Picture 2)
3 .After walking about 30 min you will reach a beautiful Water Fall . This is Naha-No-shirata water fall. There is a small Ladder lead you to the mountain trail. (Picture 3)
4. Just enjoy the trail its really nice.
I woke up early enough before sunrise to be able to see all the stages of light of this beautiful mountain. Here included 5 images I try to take just before sunrise when it is still dark outside and with the first sun light over the mountain top.
One of your best chances to catch the mountain with less clouds and fog is early morning before sunrise. So remember to set the clock and wake up early for the beautiful Fuji sunrise. See the 5 photos included here from the sunrise.
You probably (like me) made it all the way here because of the Fuji Mountain. This one of the most famous mountains in the world and famous image icon that can be seen throughout the history of Japan. Fuji is also highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 m.
The town of Kawaguchiko is just by the Kawaguchi Lake. It is an excellent place for settling for your base station for exploring the The Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. It is easy to get here by train or bus and then from here to take the trails around the area.
This is the The Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park which is a large park area with the famous mount Fuji the main attraction here. However, there are plenty of forests and lakes around here for additional adventures and even some superstitious fears or ghosts and spirits in the forests around.
PS: I encounter in no such while I was here ;-)
the large amusement park where mount komagatake ropeway is located. The Hakone-en Lakeside Park is located just after the boat exit at moto hakone station in Lake Ashi and it features an aquarium, some popular childrens rides, a theater, some shops and lots of souvenir concessionaires, some little snack houses and bicyle paths. you would walk in the middle of it going to the Mount Komagatake Aerial Tram so be careful as you would be enticed to buy some souvenir items here like we did ( hey I love to buy stuff and I bought mochi sweets from one of the shops here).
the Hakone area is the most popular Japanese resort for couples and travellers. Yumoto, at the entrance to the Hakone area near Odawara, is Hakone's most famous hot spring with a particularly long history, high quality water and numerous baths and inns. In addition, many more hot spring facilities can be found throughout the mountains of Hakone as well as along the shores of Lake Ashi. Visitors can enjoy a hot spring bath in a public bath house or ryokan, and many ryokan open their baths not only to staying guests but also to daytime visitors. While staying guests can use the baths for free, daytime visitors pay an admission fee of typically between 500 and 2000 yen. However, you can also check at the expensive private Onsens and the overnight rates can be as high as 18,000 yen per person a night!