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We arrived at this touristy destination and had lunch by the lake, also known as swan lake. After... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2018
Jayne J
Mackay, Australia
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Amazing people, amazing views

We found a great Airbnb host in this area who showed us around. He took us around the lakes and... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2018
Alexa L
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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

We arrived at this touristy destination and had lunch by the lake, also known as swan lake. After lunch we took the 20 minute boat ride and could not believe my eyes, as only meters from the jetty, uiu look back and there is Mt...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Jayne J
Reviewed 2 June 2018

We found a great Airbnb host in this area who showed us around. He took us around the lakes and around the town. The views were absolutely breathtaking. It was actually easier to get to than we expected as well. Only 2 train transfers from...More

Date of experience: December 2017
4  Thank Alexa L
Reviewed 7 December 2017

The area north of Mt. Fuji contains several lakes and is called the Fuji Five Lakes area. The lakes are specifically Kawaguchiko, Saiko, Yamanakako, Shojiko and Motosuko and they afford the best views of Fuji including many of those seen in magazines and advertising. Therefore...More

Date of experience: March 2017
3  Thank SurfingWild
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

For a day trip from Tokyo take the bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko for 1750 yen (one way) it takes 2 hours and the stops are on the screen at the front of the bus. From Kawaguchiko station you can either take the bus (retro...More

Date of experience: October 2017
16  Thank R P
Reviewed 29 September 2017

We spent 4 days at Lake Kawaguchiko in early June, staying in a private home booked through Air B&B. We are familiar with the Japanese lifestyle so sleeping on a futon on the floor was no problem and we enjoyed the traditional bath. We used...More

Date of experience: June 2017
4  Thank Margaret B
Reviewed 22 February 2017

We waited for a beautiful day, which ended up being a sunday. It was great but the buses were booked out. We got there by railway. It was long 3hrs and we had to change a few times. The view from the train was only...More

Date of experience: February 2017
4  Thank juelsM
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Nice place to visit. Especially the museums nearby the area. You should use bicycle if possible to enjoy beauty of the lakes

Date of experience: October 2016
2  Thank Hao T
Reviewed 5 July 2016

You can visit this place even without a tour package. There are buses and trains leaving from Tokyo's Odakyu station going straight for the Five Lakes. Once you get to the FIve Lakes station, there is a hop on, hop off bus that goes around...More

Date of experience: August 2015
8  Thank Hannah Ishael T
Reviewed 19 May 2015

It is a beautiful place but we did not enjoy the place quite much. It is very important to go on the right day when the weather is good. We went in winters and it started to rain and was windy. Its difficult to face...More

Date of experience: December 2014
2  Thank Yesha24
Reviewed 6 April 2015 via mobile

We stayed near fuji highland station and had a great view of the mountain from our hotel West Inn Fuji-Yoshida. We took the train to lake kawichigo. It was a clear day so we went up the rope way to the top of the hill...More

2  Thank Hannahwills196
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25 September 2017|
Response from Margaret B |
We used Air B&B in June and will use it again in November when we go back for the autumn colours. Some accommodations have bikes to hire but the Retro Bus service will take you to most of the best places. Three days may not... More
22 August 2017|
Response from Margaret B |
It's possible and the roads are generally good. Parking can be problematic in some places and at some times.