Exhausted from the last few days we give ourselves a morning off to catch up on a bit of sleep and laze around the apartment. We had done some research into where was a good place to visit to see Mount Fuji and decided to head to Lake Kawaguchi, given it was October, going to the base camp wasn’t an option.
You can get a direct bus from Shinjuku Highway Bus Terminal (right by the train station), which I think was about ¥1700. The journey takes about 2 hours but there’s no shortage of amazing views, as you leave the city you hit the gorgeous green Japanese countryside.
Hopping off at Lake Kawaguchi bus station we have one priority before finding the Lake itself… Food. Heading left out of the station a little further down the main road we find an amazing tempura place, highly recommend if you’re in the area. It didn’t have a balcony with mountain view like some places had to offer but we couldn’t even see the Mountain due to it being covered by clouds anyway 🙁 For ¥1000 we had unlimited rice, 3 veg and 2 fish tempura and unlimited miso soup.
Heading back on ourselves we start walking to the lake (after picking up a whippy ice cream topped with honey), it was well sign posted and only took about 10 minutes to get down there.
We started to walk around the lake taking in the sights on our way, with Fuji behind us and still covered in cloud, although less cloud than we started, we weren’t overly optimistic we’d get the great view we were hoping for.
About 3/4 way around the lake we found the perfect viewing spot and to our excitement Fuji was only covered by a small bit of cloud. We had plenty of time still before our return bus so decided to stick it out here a bit longer in the hopes it will clear some more.
A little trail by the waters edge took us to this adorable little shrine hidden away.
Then we arrive back at he viewing spot and the cloud had pretty much gone, we got to see Fuji behind the lake after all and it was incredible. One of the most surreal views after dreaming about visiting Japan for so long.
As we slowly walk back around the lake the sky clears some more and the most incredible sunset commences, I almost had to pinch myself to remind me I was really there.
We pop in a few souvenir shops before getting back on the bus to Tokyo, armed with plenty of Mt Fuji shaped treats (honestly, they can make everything Fuji branded apparently) and needless to say it didn’t take long before we were snoozing on the bus.
On the walk back to our apartment we detoured to get some takeout sushi to sample and had another early night for a very early start again.