Mount Fuji, listed a few years ago as a Unesco World Heritage Site, is not only a volcano to climb but also a delight for the eyes. Here are 11 places that will delight you during your trip to Japan and after your ascent of Mount Fuji!
1. Lake Kawaguchi (河口湖)
Of all the tourist sites in the surrounding area, the Kawaguchi Lake offers the best access and a spectacular view of Mount Fuji. You can also enjoy the walks along the shores of the lake.
Information site on Lake Kawaguchi
2. Itchiku Kubota Art Museum (久保 田 一 竹 一 術館 術館)
Itchiku Kubota is a major modern kimono designer who rediscovered and revived the Tsujigahana dyeing technique created around the middle of the Muromachi period.
The Tsujigahana process has taken the tie-dye technique to its most extreme limits. For the parts which could not be carried out by this technique, other techniques were adopted freely, such as lines drawn in black or vermillion, added nuances, overprinting of a gold or silver leaf, embroidery, etc …
Not only are the kimonos in the exhibition absolutely fantastic, but so are the surrounding building and gardens. You will be able to enjoy a calm and peaceful moment in this place.
Museum address: 2255 Kawaguchi, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi 401-0304
3. The Mount Kachikachi funicular (カ チ カ チ 山 ロ ー プ ウ ェ イ)
The Mount KachiKachi funicular takes you to the observation platform at the top of Mount Tenjo at an altitude of 1,075m and allows you to enjoy an exceptional view of the Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. You can go down to Kawaguchi-ko station in 40 minutes by taking the small paths in the middle of maple trees, pines and other cypresses.
Mount Kachikachi funicular site
4. Oshino Hakkai (忍 野 八 海)
Oshino Hakkai is the name given to a large number of pools from which the crystal-clear snow water of Mount Fuji gushes out after being filtered for 80 years. Located between Lake Kawaguchi and the Yamanaka lake in a place that was once also a lake, Oshino Hakkai is a pilgrimage site linked to the cult of Mount Fuji. We pray to the eight dragon deities, Hachi Dai Ryuo, of the eight lakes. Pilgrims to Mount Fuji purify themselves with their waters.
Address: Shibokusa, Minamitsuru-gun, Oshino-mura 401-0511, Yamanashi Prefecture
Oshino-mura Tourist Site
5. Aokigahara forest and its surroundings (青木 ヶ 原 樹 海)
The forestAokigahara is an extremely dense forest located at an altitude of 1,000 meters which covers the site of a large lava flow that buried the region during the eruption of the year 864. A path through the forest allows you to discover unique landscapes such as caves carved out by ice or even caves sheltering bats.
Aokigahara is also the site of most of the hanging suicides taking place in the Yamanashi prefecture, hence a large number of stories of forest haunted by wandering spirits. It is considered to be one of the most suicide sites in the world along with the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
6. Shiraito no Taki (白 糸 の 滝)
Shiraito no Taki is a waterfall 20m high and 150m wide whose water comes from the underground flows of Mount Fuji. The name, which translates to white thread drop, comes from the white color of the falling water. You can also admire the nearby Otodome no Taki Falls.
Shiraito no Taki Map
7. Fuji-Q Highland (富士急 ハ イ ラ ン ド)
The Fuji-Q Highland is a Japanese theme park located near Mount Fuji. If you are a thrill-seeker and therefore a roller coaster enthusiast, you cannot miss the Fuji-Q Highland: on 4 roller coasters, 3 have a still current world record and the fourth has one just recently beaten. For those who are a bit more down to earth, there are tons of other rides you can use while taking in the spectacular view of Mount Fuji.
Fuji-Q Highland Site
Okay, a little fun time, if you have your heart set! The * beeps * are not haiku! 🙂
8. Ko no Hana Museum (木 ノ 花 子術館)
Do you know the book “Dayan the cat”? It is set in the wonderful world of cats and has become so popular around the world that it has been translated into several languages. The museum contains the original drawings of this series by the author Akiko Ikeda. The museum also has a restaurant where you can relax, making it an ideal stopover for cat lovers or if you have children on your return trip from Mount Fuji and your emotions on the Russian mountains!
Ko no Hana Museum website
9. Kawaguchi-ko Sarumawashi Gekijo (河口湖 猿 ま わ し 劇場)
This place is perfect for people with young children. Adorable little monkeys provide an entertaining spectacle of a history dating back more than 1,000 years. Although the show is translated into English, you can enjoy it without even understanding what is being said. After the show, you can play with the monkeys, which the kids will love!
Kawaguchi-ko Sarumawashi Gekijo site
10. Fuji Chobo no Yu Yurari (富士 眺望 の 湯 ゆ ら り)
If you want to bathe in a hot spring while enjoying a view of Mount Fuji, Yuyari is for you! And after trying the 16 different types of baths and a great massage, why not enjoy some traditional Japanese food in the local restaurant?
Fuji Chobo no Yu Yurari website
Address: 8532-5 Narusawa, Narusawa-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture
11. Sengen Shrine (浅 間 神社)
The main building of sanctuary Sengen was first built in 788. In the past, the ascent of Mount Fuji from the north face started here and it took about two days to reach the top and return. The start of the path is still visible behind the main building and a few rare traditionalist climbers always pray at the temple before starting their ascent here. The torii wooden next to the main building is all that remains of the original building.
Sengen Shrine Site
Source – 11 great places to visit on your way back from Mt. Fuji
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