I took a day-trip to Kawaguchiko from Tokyo. I basically joined three German tourists I had met in Kyoto, for this trip. One of them was quite adept at planning and I was relieved to just tag along for a day. The plan was to visit Kawaguchiko (Ko is Lake in Japanese), and visit the Pagoda at Shimyoshida and get a good view of Mount Fuji. Due to cloudy weather however, we dropped the plan of visiting Shimyoshida and headed back to Tokyo.
The only glimpse of Mount Fuji I got, was from the train. It was soon covered in clouds, and stayed that way for the rest of the day.
Cycling around Kawaguchi-ko
You can do a lot in Kawaguchiko, depending upon how much time you have. As we were more interested in viewing the landscape, we rented bicycles and cycled around the lake.
The lap around the lake is around 20 km. You can cover it in a couple of hours at a leisurely pace. All the points of interests are mentioned on the map.
How to reach?
We took a train from Shinjuku station in Tokyo to Takao, switched to another train from Takao to Otsuki and changed at Otsuki to reach Kawaguchiko. Apparently, you can also take a bus directly from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko. It takes almost a couple of hours from Shinjuku.
You can use the JR pass from Shinjuku to Otsuki. To know more about JR pass, and whether or not you should buy it, read my blog post on Transportation in Japan here.
If you want to know how to spend a couple of days in Tokyo, read my blog post things to do in Tokyo.
When to visit?
I took the day-trip to Kawaguchiko from Tokyo in October, however, the. weather was cloudy and windy, but otherwise pleasant. I think it must be beautiful all year round.