Tokyo Rail Days Trip | Day 4 : Fujiyama & Kawaguchiko

Day four of our Tokyo Rail Days Trip - we're going to visit nothing else but one of the most famous tourist attraction in Japan: Lake Kawaguchi and Mount Fuji!

1. DEPARTURE

We departed from Tokyo Station in the morning with JR Train to Shinjuku Station. From Shinjuku Station we will continue the trip by using two different trains - Azusa7 Train to Otsuki Station, then Fujisan Express to Kawaguchi Lake Station.

Yellow, Maroon & Black coordination for our outfit today.

While my sister went Faux Fur and mom went Dark Fuschia!

I love cable-knit shawl.

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This is our Azusa7 train, from the inside.

I always try to buy different flavor of can drinks from the vending machines. This one is a hot milk tea. Japanese vending machines are so convenient I could literally spend all of my coins trying everything inside it!


2. FUJISAN EXPRESS

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At Otsuki Station, we change our train to Fujisan Express, the special carriage for tourist who wants to visit both Kawaguchi Lake and Mount Fuji area. It's a cute train with Fujisan emoticons painted on its side, colored in white and blue! The cars in this train are non-reserved, so we have to queue early if we want to get seated or we'll have to stand throughout the trip.

Look at those faces!

Me and the cutest Fujisan smiles.

The Fujisan Express menu form where we can get information of what they sell onboard.

Ticket-checking time.

Take a window seat so you can enjoy Mount Fuji as the background... it's just too beautiful, esp. on a bright day!l

We passed the famous Fujikyu Highland, the adventure park! Next time I'd definitely visit this place and take a ride on its wild rollercoaster.

Taking train to Kawaguchi Station will me more interesting because not only getting there faster, we can also enjoy better view along the way. Let alone the comfortable train facility and helpful staff. Definitely a nice way to travel around.

3. KAWAGUCHI LAKE CRUISE

So HERE WE GO! Kawaguchi Lake once again! On my previous visit, I didn't take any cruises trip because I arrived in the evening. Now it's sunny and early, so we decided to take the round cruise trip across Kawaguchi Lake!

The dock upon Kawaguchi Lake Bus Stop

Our old-styled boat for the mini cruise.

Now, let the pictures talk for itself...

On the cruise, we can enjoy beautiful scenery of Mount Fuji and Kawaguchi Lake town, breezy wind in a sunny day, and he reflection of sky on the lake. It's very affordable to go on this short trip so I suggest you to try when you visit this place.

4. FUJIYAMA MUSEUM

We "hike" to the top of the hill to visit the Fujiyama Museum area, by using cable car. Here are the pictures from the area...

5. SIGHT-SEEING AROUND THE LAKE


6. LUNCH

We took a lunch in one of Kawaguchi's finest local restaurant - a walking distance from the bus stop. Tried the traditional udon which was so delicious!

7. ITCHIKU KUBOTA ART MUSEUM

Next stop, we went to the famous Itchiku Kubota Art Museum - where the artist showcase his artworks and kimono collection for public. I will share a few photo here only because I'm making one special post about the museum (to be poasted later).

8. DEPARTING HOME

PERSONAL OPINION : IN EVERY DESTINATION WE GO, THERE WILL BE A FAMOUS PLACES AND MUST-VISIT TOURIST ATTRACTION. THE KAWAGUCHI LAKE AREA AND MOUNT FUJI ARE TWO OF THEM. COST-FRIENDLY, BEAUTIFUL SCENERY, MANY SPOTS FOR ART AND NATURE ENTHUSIAST. put them on your travel itinerary!

It's been, as always, a delightful day with Tokyo Rail Days! <3


ITINERARY DETAILS

DESTINATION : KAWAGUCHI lAKE, YAMANASHI

1. Depart from Tokyo Station  by Train - JR CHUO Line (8:01)  Shinjuku Station  (8:15)

2. Continue from Shinjuku Station with Train - Azusa7 (8:30) to Otsuki Station (9:39) 

3. From Otsuki Station, take the special Fujisan Express Train (9:46) to Kawaguchi Lake Station (10:35) 

4. Arrived at Kawaguchi Lake Station then go to the Main Exit, take the bus to Kawaguchi Lake.

Total Trip Time : (approximately) 2,5 hours.


TIPS FOR FIRST-TIMER

If you want to visit Kawazu too, you can use Tokyo Rail Days Tour package - just like we did. It's easy and cheaper to travel around by using train, and it's not as difficult as what people think, so I recommend this to everyone who wants to experience the nature outside Tokyo on one-day trip. Some advantages of using Tokyo Rail Days:

  • To refresh your mind about this trip, please read this post first: WHAT IS TOKYO RAIL DAYS?
  • Tokyo Rail Days Tour is EASY TO GET. You can purchase from LOCAL TOUR AGENTS in your country (in Indonesia, most established Travel Agents have provided the tour, so you can ask them for the available tour packages (based on the season) and they will help you to plan and reserve the tickets.
  • You can check the promotion and offered package on TOKYO RAIL DAYS WEBSITE (click on the link), then consult with your agents about how you can buy the packages. You can also try to make online itinerary and set the date/time/etc via the website. Payment can be done online or via tour agent. EASY TO BUY!
  • The tour packages are cheaper and only available for non-Japanese tourist. So it's a very good deal for us. EASY TRY!
  • Tokyo Rail Days is a flexible tour, so you can pick your own schedule and train time by yourself. No need to hire a private guide at all (that can cost A LOT).
  • The train is clean, convenient and easy to get in. Most staff in the station also understand English, so there's no need to be worried about not getting helped. The train is also available in direct routes, so don't worry about changing trains. EASY GO!

 

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