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    Lake Kawaguchi

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Apr 27, 2012

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    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...

    Lake Kawaguchi out of my booklet

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    Mount Fuji

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Apr 27, 2012

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    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…

    My booklet about a trip to the Fuji mount
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    Fuji Visitors Center 1

    by machomikemd Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Address: Yamanashi-ken / Shizuoka-ken

    Directions: Fuji Visitor Center: 663-1 Funatsu Kawaguchi-ko Town, Yamanashi, 401-301, Japan

    Phone: (0555) 720 259

    inside paintings pictures to visitors center map of the fuji-hakone-kokoritsu national park
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    Fuji Visitors Center 2

    by machomikemd Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Address: Yamanashi-ken / Shizuoka-ken

    Directions: 663-1 Funatsu Kawaguchi-ko Town, Yamanashi, 401-301, Japan

    Phone: (0555) 720 259

    finally a view from visitors center a cadastral map clouds obstructing the view pose starting of autumn
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    Fuji Visitors Center 3

    by machomikemd Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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).

    Address: Yamanashi-ken / Shizuoka-ken

    Directions: 663-1 Funatsu Kawaguchi-ko Town, Yamanashi, 401-301, Japan

    Phone: (0555) 720 259

    early autumn outside map the facade big map
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    Odawara Castle

    by machomikemd Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Address: Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

    Directions: Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

    the castle dark view
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    Mount Toge Trail

    by badrol_mazlan Updated Feb 19, 2010

    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.

    Address: Mount Toge Trail

    Kawaguchiko Bus Station Kawaguchiko Sengen Sharine Naha-No-shirata The sky Mount Fuji from Mount Toge Trail
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    Hakone-En Park Lake Ashi

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 11, 2009

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    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).

    Address: 138 Motohakone Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun

    Directions: 138 Motohakone Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture 250- 0522, Japan

    Phone: (0460)-83-6473

    Website: http://www.izuhakone.co.jp/ropeway/komarope/

    to the park map directions going up
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    Hakone Onsens

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 11, 2009

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    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!

    Address: Hakone-cho, Ashigara Shimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken

    Directions: Hakone-cho, Ashigara Shimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken

    Phone: (0460)-85-7410

    Website: http://www.hakone.or.jp/english/index.html

    an onsen (resort) the view
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    Mount Komagake Views 2

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 11, 2009

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    more views around the top of Mount komagatake area. Hakone Shrine stands at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi. The shrine buildings are hidden in the dense forest, but are well advertised by its huge torii gates, one standing prominently in the lake and two others over the main street of Moto-Hakone. A path leads from the torii gate in Lake Ashi up a series of steps flanked by lanterns through the forest to the main building of the shrine, which sits peacefully among the tall trees. The shrine is beautiful throughout the year, and is particularly breathtaking when shrouded in mist.

    A second shrine, Hakone Shrine Motomiya ("original shrine") stands at the summit of Komagatake, one of Mount Hakone's multiple peaks. It is accessible by the Komagatake Ropeway from Hakone-en and besides the view of Mount Fuji and lake ashi from here at the Summit of Mount Komagatake, this Shinto shrine is a popular destination at the summit too!

    Address: 138 Motohakone Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun

    Directions: 138 Motohakone Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture 250- 0522, Japan

    Phone: (0460)-83-6473

    Website: http://www.izuhakone.co.jp/ropeway/komarope/

    atop facing Hakone Shrine Motomiya view of mount fuji poster foggy
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    Mount Komagatake Views 1

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 11, 2009

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    the views around the top of mount komagatake area taken after a ride going to the top via the mount komagatake ropeway. From the observation tower on the mountain near the mount komagatake ropeway station, those making the long walk can see Ashi-no-ko (Lake Ashi), Hakone-gairin-zan (Hakone Outer Rims), Mt. Fuji (weather permitting since the top of mount komagatake is usually foggy!) and Suruga Bay in the distance. From the summit there is a hiking course leading to Mt. Kamiyama which stands proudly to the north before continuing on towards Mt. Soun if you have time to go on a trek.

    Address: 138 Motohakone Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun

    Directions: 138 Motohakone Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture 250- 0522, Japan

    Phone: 0460-83-6473

    Website: http://www.izuhakone.co.jp/ropeway/komarope/

    above the clouds pose a buddhist temple atop foggy! the station atop
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    Views Going to 5th Station Mount Fuji

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 11, 2009

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    the views from the bus. the drive to the popular fifth station of Mount Fuji at Kawaguchi at an elevation of 8,200 feet above sea level is about 30 minutes. Since our fuji day tour was in early autumn, snow will be no problem. Mount Fuji's trails and roadsare named into 10 stations, depending on the elevation and the farthest a car or bus can go is on the various fifth stations since the 6th to 10th stations are for mountain climbers only going to the peak of mount fuji. The road to Kawaguchi 5th station is lined with large granite boulders and walls and spectacular hairpin road curves and different green scenery like the birch trees. Areas nearing the fifth station you will see the fuji five lakes region too.

    Address: Yamanashi-ken / Shizuoka-ken

    Directions: Yamanashi-ken / Shizuoka-ken

    mount fuji 1rst station granite wow at 5th station
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    Views Around the Mount Fuji Area

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 11, 2009

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    the 2 hour drive to mount fuji with assorted views via a bus on a mount fuji day trip tour. The Drive to Mt Fuji area via Chuo-express highway. It takes about 2 hours from Tokyo area and along the way there are various wonderful sceneries that you would enjoy like seeing the scenic japanese countryside and the traditonal japanese houses as compared to the condominiums of tokyo. You would also see various mountaijn tunnels bored into the expressway and the fujiyama amusement park near mount fuji, home to the 2nd tallest roller coster in the world and finally to a stop at Mt Fuji visitor center (you can see how Mt Fuji was created and about the history of Mt Fuji area) and the last stop is at one of the fifth stations atop mount fuji.

    Address: Yamanashi-ken / Shizuoka-ken

    Directions: Yamanashi-ken / Shizuoka-ken

    cloudy busy japanese houses autumn leaves amusement park
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    Lake Ashi View 2

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 11, 2009

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    more views of the panoramic and beautiful lake ashi area of which the front picture is the Hakone Jinja Shrine, nestled on the south shore of the lake, close to Moto-Hakone, the Hakone jinja Shrine s a picturesque Shinto shrine with torii gates in water and is the most photographed area of Lake Ashi besides the view of Mount fuji. It is better just to get a mount fuji day tour from tokyo so as you don't need to have the inconvenience of being lost in going there, the mount fuji day tours either go to owakudani or mount komagatake but never to both areas so choose on what fuji day trip you will do. a mount fuji day trip including lake ashi and mount komagatake or owakudani costs about 15,000 yen.

    Address: Hakone-cho, Ashigara Shimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken

    Directions: Hakone-cho, Ashigara Shimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken

    Phone: 0460-85-7410

    Website: http://www.hakone.or.jp/english/index.html

    the shinto shrine lake ashi an onsen autumn leaves facing lake ashi
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    Lake Ashi View 1

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 11, 2009

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    Views around the lake ashi area, Lake Ashi is famous lake in the hakone area. Lake Ashi (Japanese: Ashinoko) was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption 3000 years ago. Today, the lake with Mount Fuji in the background is the symbol of Hakone. 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 cruise from one end of the lake to the other takes roughly 30 minutes and costs 970 yen. The Hakone Free Pass is valid on the pirate ship shaped Hakone Sightseeing Boats but not on boats operated by Izuhakone. you can also view mount fuji from the two ropeways in it, the Hakone Ropeway to The Great Boiling Valley (owakudani) and the mount komagatake Ropeway to Mount Komagatake.

    Address: Hakone-cho, Ashigara Shimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken

    Directions: Hakone-cho, Ashigara Shimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken

    Phone: 0460-85-7410

    Website: http://www.hakone.or.jp/english/index.html

    the lake pirate ship me the ropeway nice views
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