Ooishi Park, Kawaguchiko / Photographed by Hosanna S.
Stay at one of the many luxurious ryokan hotels with kaiseki meals, hot spring baths and private views of Mt Fuji from your room. Browse your options on Japanican where you can customise and complete your booking. Ideally located along Lake Kawaguchiko with spectacular all-rounded views, Konansou is a popular choice for those who want to enjoy the luxuries of a modern ryokan without breaking the bank. We highly recommend booking a tatami room with both the private outdoor bath and mountain view. Half-board room rates start from ¥27,273.
Complimentary shuttle service between Konansou and Kawaguchiko Station is available upon request. Check-in is only possible after 4pm (as is common practice throughout Japan) but don’t let that put you off. Store your luggage bags at the ryokan before starting your day.
Momiji Corridor, Kawaguchiko
1 – 24 hours
From Tokyo, start your day at Shinjuku Express Bus Terminal where regular buses to Kawaguchiko start running from 7:15 am. The highway bus is an economic option for those travelling with heavy baggage. On the other hand, the JR limited express train from Shinjuku connects you to Kawaguchiko under 2 hours with one transfer at Otsuki Station onto the Fujikyu Railway – a very popular route for day travelers or those with the JR Rail Pass. Read here for more access information.
From Konansou, easily catch the Kawaguchiko Sightseeing Bus to key sightseeing spots. Single and 2-day tickets are available for purchase at Kawaguchiko Station for the ease of exploring. Do be sure to grab a copy of the bus route map to help your navigation.
Find yourself at the popular Cheese Cake Garden, a short walk from Konansou. Savour a cheese cake or two in their bustling cosy space for a quick pick-me-up. Cakes are available for dine-in and takeaways.
Ooishi Park, Kawaguchiko
Head to Ooishi Park via the Red-Line Sightseeing Bus. Enjoy a hot cuppa or ice-cream at the scenic cafe in front of the lake while watching the world go by. When you are ready, take a stroll along the boardwalk boasting of a 350m trail of flower and plant varieties in the quiet and unique natural environment of Ooishi Park. Don’t miss sighting Mt. Fuji from across the water.
Every November, the Autumn Leaves Festival (Momiji Matsuri) is held annually in the north of Lake Kawaguchiko. The Momiji Corridor is hidden by a short walk from the Kubota Itchiku Art Museum. Admire the brilliant combination of orange and red hues arching over an unassuming canal with beautiful illuminations at night.
Autumn Leaves Festival, Kawaguchiko
The Momiji Tunnel is another popular Autumn viewing path that bustles to life during the festivities. Don’t miss the markets held around the festive grounds to pick out some local souvenirs and snacks.
If you have some time for a late lunch, we recommend either settling down at Fuji Tenpura Idaten or Tetsuyaki for a hearty meal. Both are located around Kawaguchiko Station and are very popular with both locals and tourists.
Enjoy a sumptuous kaiseki dinner prepared and served by the ryokan in a private dining hall between 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Thereafter, feel free to have a go at their gender-segregated public bathing rooms with both outdoor and indoor baths. Foot baths are also available on the rooftop with a good view of the lake.
Mt. Fuji, view from Konansou’s rooftop / Photographed by Hosanna S.
25 – 48 hours
Fumble in the comfort of your futon, warming up to the first signs of the new morning. Arise to the breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji from your room. The brilliance of Mt. Fuji is best view from as early as sunrise to noon in good weather.
Mt. Fuji, view from room
Enjoy a soak in your private quarters with Mt. Fuji’s snow-capped peak glistening in the morning light. Eat your fill at the dining hall, partaking of Konansou’s new and extensively crafted international buffet spread.
Although check-out is at 10 am, you may store your luggage bags at the ryokan until the time of your intended departure. Make full use of your time at the ryokan and head up to the rooftop to take in the brilliant morning and spectacular view as the lake and its sleepy town starts to come alive.
Ohashi Bridge, Lake Kawaguchiko
Take your last stroll along the lake or make full use of the good weather and have a go at the Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway, just one stop away from Konansou for one of the best views of the lake and Mt. Fuji.
Easily find your bus or train connection from Kawaguchiko Station to your next destination. Tickets for highway buses can be purchase on the day of departure from an electronic booth or directly at the sales window depending on availability.
Don’t miss the Softee drizzled with Kawaguchiko Honey at the food hall in Kawaguchiko Station and the Lavender flavored ones from the Kawaguchiko Herb Hall. They were all we could think about on the ride back to Tokyo.