Exploring One of the Fuji Five Lakes: Lake Kawaguchiko

Japan has everything that a tourist needs to enjoy a trip abroad. If you want a fast-paced city life experience, then go to Tokyo. But if you want a serene and peaceful environment by the lake, then you might want to consider going to Lake Kawaguchiko. Continue reading the article about the majestic Lake Kawaguchiko, which is part of Japan’s Fuji Five Lakes.


Lake Kawaguchiko is the second largest lake of all the Fuji Five Lakes. During the 18th century, Lake Kawaguchiko was considered as a sacred place because the lake was part of the pilgrim route of many Fujiko adherents. The pilgrims bathed in the sacred waters of Lake Kawaguchiko before climbing on top of the mountain to purify their bodies and souls before their pilgrimage 

Lake Kawaguchiko offers a majestic view, so there are many resorts and lake houses located on its shores. Many tourists flock to the lake to get away from the busy city life. Some of the things you can do while in Lake Kawaguchiko is to go to resorts, onsen, and even go fishing in the famous lake.

Activities to do in and around Lake Kawaguchiko


Family-friendly Canoe Adventure

If you want a unique bonding experience with your family while you enjoy the majestic view that Mt. Fuji offers, then you can rent a canoe and paddle your way through the lake. It is a great way for you to enjoy the afternoon and bond with your family while enjoying the serene and peaceful ambiance of Lake Kawaguchiko. There are many canoe rental places around the shore of the lake. 

Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center

The Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center is a quaint area that offers one of the best views of Mt. Fuji. Aside from breathing clean air and enjoying the view, you can also purchase homemade jams made out of blueberry and other fruits. What’s more is that you can also harvest fruits in the area! If you have more time, then you can also choose to undergo a jam-making course. There are also many cafes and shops with the majestic view of Mt. Fuji. Lastly, the Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center also has the Oishi Park where you can see beautiful lavender flowers in the park. If you are in the area from late June to the middle week of July, you can also join the Herb Festival where you can see the lavenders in full bloom and sample Japanese snacks and treats in food stalls in the park.

E-bike rental around Lake Kawaguchiko

If you want to do something more active during your stay in Kawaguchiko, consider renting a bicycle or an e-bike. You can enjoy the sights and sounds that Lake Kawaguchiko offers for a maximum of twelve hours per rental. You can book a bike at the Mt. Fuji Activity Booking Center or shops like Soranoshita Kawaguchiko where you can rent a bike for 1,000 yen (regular bike for three hours) to 3,000 yen (electric bike for three hours). If you have more time, then you can also add a hot noodle-making class at the central Fujikawaguchiko area to learn something new!


Lake Kawaguchiko Onsen

After a fun day of biking or canoeing, you can choose to end your day with the famous Lake Kawaguchiko Onsen. Lake Kawaguchiko Onsen is a public bath that gives you a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji! You can take a relaxing bath for just 3,300 yen for 50 minutes! 

If you want to, you can also opt to stay at Hotel Konanso which boasts of the minimalist architectural design of Japan with the view of Mt. Fuji from your room! You can also enjoy a sumptuous breakfast buffet afterwards, where you can sample all the authentic Japanese meals.

Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway

If you want a unique aerial view of Lake Kawaguchiko and Mt. Fuji, then consider going to the Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway. It ascends about 400 meters towards the observation deck. From here, you have a unique yet spectacular view of Mt. Fuji, the lake, and the city! A round trip ticket will only cost you about 900 yen – a deal once you get to see Mt. Fuji! For those who are a bit more adventurous, you can also plan a hiking trail. The Mt. Tenjo Hiking Course, in particular, will take you 40 minutes to complete.