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Lake Kawaguchi is located in Kawaguchiko Town, a hot spring resort, and easy access to the Fuji Five Lakes. The lake is a very popular spot for fishing, camping, and other outdoor related nature activities. While enjoying the crisp air by the lake, it is believed 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. 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 9 AM) and in the late afternoons, while clouds often obstruct the view during daytime even on days with fair weather, and especially so during the hazy summer months.
One of the nicest spots for viewing Japanese cherry blossom flowers is the seaside promenade near the Kawaguchiko Music Forest. The blooming cherry blossoms around the lake is a stunning sight drawing in crowds of locals from Tokyo and international travelers. While the spring time is marked with gorgeous cherry blossoms, photographers will enjoy the "Koyo Tunnel", a maple tree covered road section along the lake's northern shore, for crisp autumn colors of the changing fall leaves. Among the wide range of other tourist attractions available around Lake Kawaguchiko are relaxing Japanese hot spring baths, various contemporary and traditional art museums, the Fuji Q amusement park, boat tours, and a rope-way ride leading onto a small mountain next to the lake. 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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Lake Kawaguchi Cherry Blossom Festival
Small theme park featuring music boxes, automatic musical instruments
Museum displaying unique doll works of Atae Yuki
Museum displaying beautifully crafted kimono
Mountain named after a Japanese folklore about a troublesome raccoon
Japan’s first French style garden
First Open-Air Museum in Japan, Picasso Pavilion and Foot-Bath Hot-Spring
Popular dish in Yamanashi made using miso soup and flat udon noodles