Any good places to visit around Fuji-san?
I'm planning a road trip around Fuji-san and just wondering where the best places to visit are. We'll drive from Tokyo and stay a night at a B&B next to Lake Motosu before returning the car the following evening. I'm thinking places that will give great views of Fuji, or any short hikes around the base or forrests. Temples and old villages would be nice too.
You must drive to the north side of Lake Kawaguchiko for the best view of Mt. Fuji. The mountainous area there is called Mt. Tozawa. Try renting swan boats from Tozawa Center, too! I've also seen many beautiful photos of Mt. Fuji from the Fuji Shibazakura Festival (mid-April to end of May).
Several of my Japanese friends assure me that the best view if Mount Fuji is from Lake Yamanaka. Sadly I can't confirm that because it was cloudy when I went there, but I enjoyed wandering around Oshino Hakkai (thatched roof village with Fuji views.) Fuji Sengen Shrine is nearby too. Please take a look at the Yamanashi Prefecture page on Japan Travel for more ideas!
Kachi Kachi Ropeway at Lake Kawaguchi will also give you a magnificent view of Mt Fuji and the nearby Fujiyoshida city, but you tend to get clear views only around the winter months. Sunrise from the north bank of the lake will also result in stunning shots of Mt Fuji reflected on the calm surface of the lake.
You can check out
Makaino Farm -- http://en.japantravel.com/shizuoka/a-day-in-makaino-farm/10600
Fuji Safari Park
Fuji Q Amusement Park
Lake Kawaguchi and Yamanakako
Fuji River where you can go for a white water rafting
Shiraito Falls -- This is a really amazing place. We had our prenuptial photoshoot here. So far, these are the places I remember.