Great nature, breathtaking scenery
The attractions are rather touristy and crowded
The Hakone area is not to be missed as it is very beautiful and relaxing
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...more
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...more
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...more
Cafe Gout Temps is a really unique and odd place located near Lake Yamanaka, not far from Mount Fuji. From the outside this restaurant resembles a poorly constructed European castle, but from the inside, it looks like a haunted house. We arrived in a fierce rainstorm, adding to the eerie atmosphere. The dollhouse "musium" upstairs was also deserted...more
Our hotel offered inclusive a full traditional Japanese dinner and we wasn't sure how this going to be. But then we realize that this was a great deal with friendly table service and excellent food. Our waiter was able to tell us in English the food details and also some instructions how to eat it LOL :))) Check out the 5 photos here to see the...more
the local japanese restaurant of the Resort Class Hotel Regina in the lake kawaguchiko area. most of the mount fuji day tours w/ set lunch included pass by here and take their set bento lunch at this Jukai Japanese restaurant inside Hotel Regina. The Jukai Japanese resto has a simple design and the menu is limited, the Bento Box inluded in the meal...more
Hanging around outside after dinner we realize that the side of the lake shore that we are on is not exactly for the wild party guru's. Maybe it was more uphill to the station direction, anyhow, we were perfectly fine with our hotel cozy bar with a lake view and the cold sake wine we were tasting. Additional to this there was also local band...more
I do not know if there is any nightlife in Hakone National Park. You can have your "usual" nightlife with discos, pubs and casinos when you are staying in Tokyo or Osaka/Kyoto or some other big town. In Hakone you have instead a wonderful possibility to enjoy night-bathing in the outdoor onsen. And believe me, it was a fantastic experience to sit...more
I asked our guide Sugahara to give me a travel plan of how to get to the Mount Fuji from our New Otani Inn Hotel. She was so kind as to make such a plan and you can see it on the picture. FujikyuTokyo Shinagawa-ku (New Otani Inn Hotel) - Shinjuku Bus Terminal (9.30-10.00) by train.Shinjuku Bus Terminal at 10.00.Shinjuku – Lake Kawaguchi...more
Lake Ashi Boat goes on a cruise to lake ashi and goeas in between boat stations Togendai, Kojiri, Moto Hakone and Hakone Machi, there are two companies, Hakone Sightseeing Boats and Izuhakone Sightseeing Boats, operate boats between Moto-Hakone and Hakone-machi at the lake's southern shores and Togendai and Kojiri at the northern shores. A boat...more
Again there are 2 main lake ashi cruising companies and the first is the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise which operates the pirate ships and the terminal is in Togendai and the Izuhakone Boat Company which has modern boats and the terminal is here in Hakone Kojiri Terminal. You can take catamaran ferry or motorboats from lake Ashi’s northern terminal to...more
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...more
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....more
After going through the rituals at the 2 main shrines, the women will then queue up and get a slip of paper from a counter which will tell them their fortunes related to love and marriage. Once this is done, they will proceed back to the Kuzuryu Shrine boat jetty to take the boat back to Moto-hakone town. The boat leaves at about 12.30pm, which...more
After going through the ritual mentioned at part 3 at the main shrine, the people will then proceed to queue up in front of a smaller shrine near to the lake and repeat the same ritual of ringing the bell, praying and then dropping some money into the container. This is then followed by going to the shore of Lake Ashi where they will scatter some...more
Although I've been to Japan more than 10 times, this was my first driving experience near Tokyo. It turned out that we picked a holiday weekend for our Fuji adventure and we ended up spending a huge amount of time in traffic. It took 30 minutes longer than expected to make it out to the Mt. Fuji visitor center (1.5 hours was the expected time) but...more
Even though it maybe hot and humid in Tokyo. It will get cold when you are climbing up Fuji. Even at the 5th camp it may only be a bit chilly by the time you get to the top you will be extremely cold. Make sure your jacket is waterproof. It rained when I was going up and I was very thankful for it. We went up during Obon so expect a long slow climb...more
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. It happened in 1993. I had an analog camera with two photo films for making slides (72 stills). You remember we had to use sparingly every still then before making every shot. And I...more
In the summer you need only summer cloths & sandals, the temperatures were most of the time around the 30°c. However, for this particular location I knew that Mount Fuji can be cold and I packed one fleece as well as I had my hiking shoes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Life System Repellent is a must if you plan to go into the forest.
Photo Equipment: Take all what you have and can carry :)
This region is full in forest and lakes, fantastic for hiking. Beside the obvious trails on the Fuji mountains there are also plenty of trails and tracks around. One of this is this nice road up the hill by the Kawaguchiko village which in the top you can have a nice view of the mountain.In the summer, taking a good mosquito repellent with you will...more
This tip falls into the category of: those Japanese think of everything! In this case, it's the Fuji Subaru Line Toll Road, which actually plays music when you drive over it! Astoundingly, the builders of the road grooved the pavement in both the upgoing and descending directions so that the vibrating tires hit musical notes as they drive over it,...more
If you can fit the dates you visit this place, there's a traditional "fire festival" at the end of August (maybe 26th and 27th). Very nice way to understand a little more about this ancient culture. The road that drives to the Fujiyama is completely taken by hundreds of pires that burn all night long, while people walks by, having some sake (and,...more
The hike up and down can be done in one day, but it's a long day. There are a lot of stops along the way that sell water, etc. You can also stay overnight in one of the huts. The trail is that it's very busy but plenty wide. There are small volcanic rocks that will get in the tops of your shoes, otherwise. Climbing season is only from July-August. There are tons of people and services on the trail, so you don't need a guide.
Equipment: Don't skimp. Take quick drying shirt and pants. (I.e. Under Armor.) Take a fleece and warm clothes. Wear hiking socks and hiking boots. Take rubber bands or something similair to wrap your pants over the tops of your boots, or you'll get loose gravel in your shoes all the way down the mountain.
Take water (recommend a Camelback). They sell it at various stops up the mountain, but it gets expensive. Take lots yen too. Take at least a cheap rain poncho and pants. Yes, they sell these too but by the time you get to a stations where they do you'll be drenched.
When you set off on your climb - whichever trail you use - you will be able to buy a wooden walking stick. Depending on length and whether they have a cloth covering, the price is between 800¥ and 1,500¥. The stick will also have the 5th station (that's where you typically start) stamp a well as a couple of others. As you climb, almost every...more