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Every third Monday in July Japan celebrates umi-no-hi (Marine Day), when many Japanese take a trip to the beach to show their gratitude for the blessings of the ocean. However,
Guide to some of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Yamanashi Prefecture
The Chureito Pagoda in Fujiyoshida, a 10-minute train ride from Kawaguchiko is a popular spot for viewing and photographing Mount Fuji, especially in spring and autumn.
Tourist area centered around 8 spring fed ponds at the base of Mount Fuji has a village of thatched roof houses and a working water mill.
Lake Kawaguchiko is one of the Fuji Five Lakes surrounding Mount Fuji in southern Yamanashi Prefecture. It is the most easily accessible lake out of the Fuji Five Lake region, with Kawaguchiko Station just beside it and buses running to the station as well.
With a pristine location near the base of Mt. Fuji, Fuji-Q Highland theme park offers fantastic views from towering rides that will please even the most extreme thrill seekers.
Read about my experience of horseback riding on Kiso ranch in the foothills of Mt Fuji, and find out how to visit the ranch yourself.
Too late for climbing season? Make your trip to see the iconic Mt. Fuji an unforgettable one by renting a swan boat at Lake Kawaguchiko. Stop by Tozawa Center located at the northern coast of the lake for an adventure you won't forget!