The Fuji 5 Lakes region is one of my favorite areas of Japan.  It is an easy drive from Tokyo but a completely different look at Japan.  While you can go on a tour, and it is possible to hit some areas on the train, I recommended renting a car for the day if you can. Make sure to pick a clear (non-hazy) day for the trip so you can see and fully appreciate Fuji-san.

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Chureito Pagoda is the famous view of Mt. Fuji with the pagoda and flowers in the foreground.  This area can be accessed by train (Shimo-Yoshida Station) and is especially beautiful in the spring and fall.  Please note it is a short (20 minutes) but steep walk to the pagoda.

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There are five lakes at the base of Mt. Fuji.   Kawaguchiko is the largest, most developed, closest to Tokyo, and the easiest to access by bus/train.  The surrounding town looks like a resort town with tons of shops and places to eat.  You can take a boat on the lake and a gondola for magnificent views of Fuji.

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If traveling with kids, Fuji Q highland should be considered.  When built in the 80s, this park had some record breaking roller coaster.  Today it is still a first rate park with amazing views of Mt. Fuji and the nearby lakes.  It is a win-win.

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If here in the spring, I highly recommend driving out to the Shiba-sakura Festival.  The flowers are magnificent, the views of Fuji are awesome, the food is fantastic and the drive is beautiful!  I went twice in 2019 and it was open from mid-April through the end of May.

In late May through June, and in September, driving to the 5th station for views of the lakes is a wonderful option as well.  You can only hike Fuji in July or August.  See my earlier post for more information.

Here is a great link to public transportation to the area if you don’t have access to a car.

 

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