OK, Fuji-goko (富士五湖)is not on my travel wish list… It all starting with reading this post from a blog that I frequent in the middle of last week. WOW, I thought, I would like to see Mt. Fuji from this paradise too. OK, I can occasionally spot Mt. Fuji from the office… but this is certainly different… where you feel like you’re just right under the mountain, and it’s decorated by a carpet of Shibazakura(Mos Phlox, 芝桜). And the Shibazakura Festival event lasted until May 27th… which meant, either I went last weekend or I would forever miss the chance to see such a beautiful sight. However, I did not plan the trip until Friday night… because I was caught up with work, and I was uncertain about the weather during the weekend. People say there is no point going if you can’t see Mt. Fuji- because even on a clear and sunny day, Fuji-san may still be blocked by clouds, due to its altitude. The best season to visit would be in winter, while summer (June/July) is the worst because it’s a stormy season. One of my colleagues said she visited twice, but she missed Fuji both times. What a pity!
So, the weather forecasts on Thursday and Friday morning said it would be raining on the weekend, so I pretty much gave up the thought. But when I checked it again Friday night- the weekend would be sunny and clear! I immediately researched on where to go (other than seeing Shibazakura). Even though a day trip would be doable too… going for two days made more sense… considering I was traveling to a different Prefecture. I purchased my bus tickets set, along with a discounted FujiQ Highland day pass… and walked to a Lawson to pay the fees at 1am , while the bus would be departing at 7am! I quickly wrote out my itinerary, reserved hotel and packed… then managed to sleep for 4 hours. Learning from my pervious experiences, I decided not to bring my 15 inch MBP to lighten my load. It was the best decision to make!! I pretty much just brought my wallet, camera, phone and a set of clothes.
Took me a long time to find the bus stop. The bus was filled, it’s quite a popular place for locals to have their weekend getaway. Especially when Yamanashi prefecture is just right next to Kanagawa. The Fuji-Goko area (where I was heading), and the Hakone area are famous places for Onsens and sceneries of Mt. Fuji. About Fuji-Go-ko area(富士五湖), you can read more about it here. And during this trip, I’ve seen three of them: Kawaguchiko, Saiko西湖, and Motosuko本栖湖。
I hopped on the bus and fell asleep instantly. When I woke up at around 9:30am, we were almost there!
My first time seeing it that close (OK, postcards don’t count)!
The bus made a brief stop at Yamanakako and then FujiQ Highland. At Yamanakako, Fuji-san appeared bigger than ever! Couldn’t take any photos because I was sitting on the other side of the bus… but it was so beautiful that I made up my mind to just visit Yamanakako next time.
But my stop was Kawaguchiko, the most popular lake of the Fuji Five Lakes. It’s the most developed lake out of the five and where climbers would stay before or after going up Fuji-san, since the mountain base can be easily accessible by train from Kawaguchiko. The area is populated with hotels, and onsens… what’s better than dipping yourself in hotsprings after climbing Fujisan? I will be climbing Mt. Fuji in the summer, so definitely looking forward to visit again!
I had some time (half hour) before the bus departure, so I walked down to the lake.
The bus ride was approx. 30 mins. And the venue was nearby the Motosu lake.
To be continued…