I took a day trip to Lake Kawaguchi 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 let go of planning for the day. I just tagged along with them. 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 by clouds, and stayed that way for the rest of the day.
There is a lot you can do in Kawaguchiko, depending upon how much time you have.We were more interested in enjoying the landscape so we rented bicycles and went around the lake.
The lap around the lake is around 20 km and can be done 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, took another train from Takao to Otsuki and changed again 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 on Tokyo.
When to visit?
I visited Japan in October. You can visit it all year round. The weather was cloudy and windy, but pleasant otherwise.