[NEW] Lake Kawaguchiko Cycling Tour ＜Depart from Tokyo＞
The tour takes you directly from Tokyo (Shinjuku South Exit) to Kawaguchiko Station by highway bus to enjoy the view of Japan's largest mountain. You can enjoy Kawaguchiko Plus, which is approximately 17 km in circumference, and the surrounding attractive sightseeing spots.
This tour can be enjoyed all year round, including winter. Because Lake Kawaguchiko is located on a plateau, the average temperature is 5 to 6 degrees lower than that of Tokyo, which makes it possible to enjoy cherry blossoms and other flowers in May, one month later than in Tokyo.
Most of the cycling routes are bike lanes, so you can enjoy comfortable touring. In addition, when the weather is bad, such as when it rains, we will use circular buses instead of bicycles.
(1) Yagisaki Park and Muse Museum
Japanese dolls that look like living children are on display.
(2) Kawaguchiko Natural Life Museum
Enjoy the flowers that color the four seasons and the view of Mt. Fuji.
(3) Kawaguchiko Museum of Music and Forest Art or Kubota Itchiku Museum of Art
※This tour will be centered on the above and will visit facilities according to their availability.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
On this tour, you will visit the famous Mt. Fuji, the iconic symbol of Japan. The tour starts with a trip to Mt. Fuji’s Fifth Station (approx. halfway up the mountain) to enjoy the sensational views of the natural scenery below. After exploring the mountain area, you will then descend the mountain by bus and visit facilities around the Lake Kawaguchiko area by bicycle. Below are some of the main highlights of the tour:
●Mt. Fuji’s Fifth Station & Ochudo Trail
The Fifth Station is best known for its breathtaking views of Fuji’s peak, not to mention the valleys, mountains, hills and lakes below. It is also a surprising area of interesting foliage, as rhododendrons and Japanese spruces grown in its harsh natural terrain. These can be seen best from the Ochudo Trail, a hiking route leading around the mountain at the same elevation.
While up at the station, your guide will take you around part of the Ochudo trail, as well as Fuji Komitake Shrine, a sacred place for the practice of mountain worship. There are also several shops and restaurants to look around.
● Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine
You will then cycle to Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine. Mt. Fuji was once worshipped as a deity, and climbers purified their bodies and souls at shrines dedicated to the mountain before visiting it. Fuji Omuro Sengen is the one of these shrines, and the oldest one to boot. Established in 699AD, there are a number of nationally important cultural properties dotted around its grounds. The shrine is also famous for it yabusame (Japanese horseback archery), and in the summer months, you can often see archers competing at the shrine.
●Yagisaki Park & Kawaguchiko Muse Museum
Following Mt. Fuji, you will visit Yagisaki Park by bicycle. Yagisaki Park is a rich green area aside Lake Kawaguchiko, the second largest of the five lakes that surround Mt. Fuji. A number of herbs and flowers grow in the park, and it is an excellent place for views of the mountain. The park is also home to Kawaguchiko Muse Museum. The museum exhibits small lifelike dolls made by acclaimed Japanese artist Yoh Yuki, as well as handmade kimonos.
●Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center
The penultimate stop of the tour is Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center, a resting place known for its spectacular views of Mt. Fuji with Lake Kawaguchiko in the foreground. On clear days, you can even see the reflection of the mountain on the lake – and as you can imagine, it is a very good spot for photographs.
Flowers are also always in bloom at the center, and it is particularly popular from June to July, during which purple lavender can be seen in its gardens. As well as beautiful nature, the rest spot also serves various local specialties, many made from the blueberries grown in the center’s fields.
The tour routes are as follows.
Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal - (Highway Bus) Kawaguchiko Station - FUJIYAMA MUSEUM - Kawaguchiko Muse Hall - Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center - Kawaguchiko Station - Ide sake brewery - (Highway Bus) Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal
Total Price = Basic Fee + Fee per Person * Number of Participants + Tax
Yagisaki Park and Muse Museum
Kawaguchiko Natural Life Museum
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
Ide sake brewery
・ Food and drink, shopping expenses, etc.
・ Transportation expenses to the meeting place
・ Transportation expenses from the tour end place
※ If you wish to pick up at your hotel, an additional 3,300 yen (tax included) will be added.
※ If you wish to use an electric bicycle, an additional fee of 3,300 yen(tax included) is required.
◆ If it is difficult to ride a bicycle due to rain, wind, etc., we use a bus intead.
◆ Be sure to follow the guide's instructions during the program. We are not responsible for any accidents caused by not following the instructions of the guide.
◆ In principle, the supported language is English. If you would like a guide for Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Italian, etc., please apply in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will answer about whether or not it can be implemented. For languages other than English, an additional charge of JPY 1,100 will be charged per person.
◆ Our business hours are from 8:00 to 17:00 on weekdays and from 8:00 to 10:00 on Saturdays. Please note that inquiries outside business hours will be handled on the next business day.