Day 1: Tokyo – Kawaguchiko (L D)
Take the early bus to Lake Kawaguchi, one of the five lakes situated at the foot of Mt. Fuji.
Upon arrival, meet with our guide at Kawaguchiko Station and start the trip to Okuniwa Nature Park situated at 2,227 m above sea level. Spend the next hour trekking around the park and discovering the plants that have survived the harsh weather and land conditions of the area. With clear skies, there might be a chance to catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji.
After the hike, proceed to the 5th Station, the starting point for hikers who climb Mt. Fuji during climbing season (July and August). A postcard can be purchased and sent from this point, serving as a nice souvenir and memorabilia from visiting the world-famous mountain.
The guide will provide an escort back to Kawaguchiko Station, and from there, continue on to the night’s accommodation.
Tonight’s accommodation will be in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese-style inn furnished with paper sliding doors, hot spring baths, tatami floors, and rooms with futon beds.
Overnight in Kawaguchiko
Day 2: Kawaguchiko – Tokyo (B)
Today is a self-guided day.
After breakfast, enjoy the morning doing a bit of independent exploration before catching the bus back to Tokyo.
Suggested Self-Guided Itinerary:
Kubota Itchiku Museum
This museum is dedicated to Itchiku Kubota, the man who spent his life practicing tsujigahana, one of the techniques of shibori (tie-dyeing), in which a small bunch of cloth is tied with string before dying to make the patterns. Discover some of his signature kimonos hanging on wooden bars, reflecting the natural light that comes from the sun. Even the museum itself can be considered as a great artwork, with some of its pillars made from century old cypress trees and its ceiling open so that the visitors can clearly see its wooden structure.
Kawaguchiko Museum of Art
A museum that houses temporary exhibitions of Japanese and foreign modern artists as well as a small permanent collection of paintings and photographs featuring Mount Fuji.
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba
A tiny village with around twenty thatched roof houses that serve as traditional handicraft studios, museums, local restaurants and cafés.
Alternatively, take a boat ride on the lake or ride the Kachi Kachi Ropeway to an observation point near the summit of Mount Tenjo, from where Lake Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji can be seen (during a clear day).
Head back to Kawaguchiko Station to catch the bus back to Shinjuku in Tokyo.
- Hotel accommodation in twin room with daily breakfast (for ryokan, minshuku, and other traditional accommodation, rooms are Japanese-style with futon and meals are half board)
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Roundtrip bus tickets from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko
- English-speaking guide for tour on Day 1 (supplementary charges apply for other languages)
- All entrance fees and public transportation fees as mentioned in the itinerary on Day 1
- Travel Notes as provided by Innovative Travel
- International and domestic flights (quoted separately)
- Some local transport
- Meals other than mentioned above
- Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature)
- Travel insurance (please see below)
- Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above
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Please note that accommodation may be on futon-style flat beds.
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