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Fujikawaguchiko 富士河口湖町

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Distance
4.34 mi
Elevation gain
443 ft
Technical difficulty
Easy
Elevation loss
443 ft
Max elevation
2,834 ft
TrailRank 
62
Min elevation
2,683 ft
Trail type
Loop
Moving time
one hour 49 minutes
Time
3 hours 13 minutes
Coordinates
1231
Uploaded
April 2, 2024
Recorded
April 2024
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near Funatsu, Yamanashi (Japan)

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Lake Kawaguchiko

Lake Kawaguchiko (河口湖) is the most easily accessible of the Fuji Five Lakes with train and direct bus connections to Tokyo. A hot spring resort town with various tourist attractions and views of Mount Fuji is located around the lake's eastern end, while the northern and western shores are mostly undeveloped.

The best views of Mount Fuji can be enjoyed from the lake's northern shores and are particularly breathtaking during the cherry blossom season around mid April and the autumn colors around the first half of November. One of the nicest spots for cherry blossoms is the seaside promenade near the Kawaguchiko Music Forest, while photographers will enjoy the "Momiji Tunnel" for autumn colors, a maple tree-covered road section further west.

Be warned that even though Kawaguchiko is located right at the base of Mount Fuji, the mountain is not always visible because of clouds. Visibility tends to be best in the early mornings (usually before 9am) and in the late afternoons, while clouds often obstruct the view during daytime even on days with fair weather, and especially during the hazy summer.

Among the wide range of tourist attractions available around Lake Kawaguchiko are hot spring baths, museums, the Fuji Q amusement park, boat tours and a ropeway leading up a small mountain. Kawaguchiko is also a good base for climbing Mount Fuji, although most people start their ascent from Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station halfway up the mountain these days.

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