Ideally, if you can do a Hakone overnight trip at Hakone, experience the onsen and explore the mountains, lake, and villages there, then the next morning, move to Lake Kawaguchi to continue to experience this magnificent Mt. Fuji Five Lakes area.
Below is a sampling of suggested stops but there is so much more to do here.
Oshino Hakkai “Spring of the Gods,” Mt. Fuji World Cultural Heritage Site
Tenjo Yama Park Mt. Kachi Ropeway
Kawaguchiko Music Forest
Maple Corridor (in Autumn)
OUR LAKE KAWAGUCHI ITINERY
This is our Driver-san, Hasegawa-san booked through Voyagin. He was so super duper kind. He gave the beloved Japanese fans and me, these beautiful Japanese handkerchiefs.
Our itinerary was:
- Shinkansen train from Tokyo Station to Odawara Station (about 20 mins). Pick up by Hasegawa-san at Odawara Station.
- Hakone Glass Museum
- Drive to Yamanashi to go to Oshino Hakkai, Tenjo Yama Ropeway, Kawaguchiko Music Forest, Maple Corridor. If you can do at least an overnight stay, that would be best as there is so much more to explore here.
- Hasegawa-san dropped us off at Kawaguchiko Station in time for our express bus (2 hours 9 mins) to Tokyo Station.