Can you believe that a year ago I was looking at this view? Sometimes, I can’t believe it myself. It really feels like it was just a long and wonderful dream. But in March of last year, I took a day out of my Tokyo trip to visit Lake Kawaguchi or Kawaguchiko in order to get a glimpse of the famous Mt. Fuji.
Since the climbing season for Mt. Fuji is actually quite brief–only a couple months in summer, I decided I had to at least go see Mt. Fuji for myself, and after a bit of research, decided to visit Kawaguchiko. I arrived at Kawaguchiko Station around noon. To get there from Tokyo, you have to take a bus from Shinjuku Station; it takes a couple of hours. The drive through Japan is enjoyable–rural landscape starts to blend into more mountainous areas until all of a sudden you see Mt. Fuji looming in the distance. The sheer size of Fujisan surprised me. I knew it would be huge, of course, but to see it dwarfing all the surrounding mountains was still a surprise. I knew I’d made the right choice to come see it.
However, the first thing on my mind when I arrived was lunch. I asked one of the helpful ladies at the station where to go to get to the actual lake and she provided me with a helpful little map. So I began trekking down the road in Fujikawaguchiko, a small town that was a nice reprieve from bustling Tokyo. I spotted the lake soon, and found a nice little restaurant right on the shore so I could get a bite to eat while enjoying the view.
And this was more or less my view. The lake is wide and surrounded by mountains, making for a spectacular view. There were these little paddleboats and things, but it wasn’t a very busy tourist season, so no one was really out on the lake. Apparently, it’s a popular vacation spot, and I can imagine it getting very crowded in the summer. But while I was there, the streets were still lined with snow and there was a chill in the air, though it was thankfully not as cold as I’d been anticipating. My North Face jacket was more than warm enough.
I walked around the lake to the bridge that cuts across, so I could get the best views of Mt. Fuji. Unfortunately, the sky was a bit hazy, so I didn’t have the perfect view I would have liked, but it was more than satisfactory. I took lots of photos, enjoyed a long walk outdoors, and later in the afternoon, took the bus back to Tokyo.
I know I’ve been slow with updates about my trip from last year. (I mean, it’s been exactly a year now!) But there are only a few more things I want to write about before I get caught up and start talking about my plans for Europe this summer!
As always, thanks for reading.