If you own a kayak, where do you take it? I realize not many people have this problem, but several years ago I impulsively acquired an inflatable kayak. I used it on Lake Biwa a few times, but then I moved to Tokyo. One good option near Tokyo is Lake Motosu, one of the Fuji Five Lakes. On a summer day you can find kayakers, wind surfers and paddle boarders there. Except for the cute swan boat ferrying tourists back and forth there were no motorized boats on the lake. A parking area with a grassy area beside the lake and a shallow stony beach made setting up and launching easy. Sadly the haze completely hid Mount Fuji, but on clear days Lake Motosu offers a great view of the mountain. Another good place for kayaking is nearby Lake Saiko.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.