Yamanashi, about 2 hours by bus from Tokyo, certainly changed a few perceptions I had of Japan: where Mt. Fuji was, where Japanese wine was made, what the technology to make the world's fastest train looks like. I had wondered about these before moving to Japan, but was completely unaware that one prefecture in the entire country could answer all of them at once.
I was told almost anyone could do this trail, and it was beginner friendly. All I can say is that I must have a very different idea of beginner!
Mount Fuji is one of the most popular mountain climbs in the world. And yet very few people climb it from the start. What is on neglected first half of the track and why don't people walk it anymore?
While there is plenty of nature to discover in the Kawaguchiko area, I'd like to introduce you to the Kawaguchi-ko Herb Festival, held here annually in June and July, during which you can enjoy panoramic views of Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi, all while surrounded by blooming lavender and other herb flowers.
Mt. Fuji is Japan's most famous and beloved landmark so it is on most people's "must see" lists. However, not everyone is willing or able to climb it. Fortunately, there are many ways to enjoy Fuji and the surrounding areas without hiking.
Who doesn’t know about Lakes Kawaguchi and Saiko? Apparently anyone outside Japan. Famous lakes in Yamanashi prefecture, which have always been locations for tourists to take a photo with the beautiful Mount Fuji in the background.
The Shibazakura (Lawn Cherry) Festival was always something I had wondered about. In all my three experience in Japan, I had not even set foot at the festival. This year came around and I put my foot down. It was now time to visit the famous Shibazakura Festival.
It’s at the foot of Mount Fuji. “Fujisan” towers over “Fuji-Q” Highland, so, as you zip around the park on one of the fastest roller coasters in the world, stumble terrified out of the “Haunted Hospital”, or happen to glance up as you are ice-skating around a light-up winter wonderland, there it is.
Arakurayama Sengen Park in Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture is one of the best places in Japan for shooting the amazing natural beauty of the iconic Mount Fuji.