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Top Choice Museum in Kawaguchi-ko

Kubota Itchiku Art Museum

In an attractive Gaudí-influenced building, this excellent museum exhibits the kimono art of Kubota Itchiku (1917–2003). A small number of lavishly dyed kimonos from his life's work of continuous landscapes are disp…
Mountain in Fuji Five Lakes

Mt Fuji

Fuji is divided into 10 ‘stations’ from base (first station) to summit (10th), but most climbers start from one of the four fifth stations, reachable by road. The most popular is the Yoshida Trail, because buses run…
Brewery in Kawaguchi-ko

Ide Sake Brewery

Using the spring waters from Mt Fuji, this small-scale sake brewery has been producing Japan's favourite tipple for 21 generations. Tours (9.30am and 3pm; around 40 minutes) provide a fascinating insight into the pr…
Museum in Kawaguchi-ko

Fujisan World Heritage Center

Get up to speed on Mt Fuji at the new South Hall of this visitor centre. Its circular, beautifully designed exhibition hall features interpretive displays detailing the spiritual and geological history of the mounta…
Shinto Shrine in Fuji-Yoshida

Fuji Sengen-jinja

A necessary preliminary to the Mt Fuji ascent is a visit to this deeply wooded, atmospheric temple, which has been located here since the 8th century. Notable points include a 1000-year-old cedar; its main gate, whi…
Cave in Sai-ko

Narusawa Hyōketsu

Not for the claustrophobic, the Narusawa Hyōketsu (ice cave) was formed by lava flows from an eruption of Mt Fuji in 864. It takes about 10 minutes to walk through to the end to see the ice pillars, which are at the…
Noodles in Kawaguchi-ko

Hōtō Fudō

Hōtō are Kawaguchi-ko's local noodles, hand-cut and served in a thick miso stew with pumpkin, sweet potato and other vegetables. It's a hearty meal best sampled at this chain with five branches around town. This is …
Cultural in Fuji-Yoshida

Yoshida no Himatsuri

This annual festival is held to mark the end of the climbing season and to offer thanks for the safety of the year's climbers. The first day involves a mikoshi procession and the lighting of bonfires on Fuji-Yoshida…
Cultural Centre in Sai-ko

Sai-ko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba

Built in 2006 on the site of historic thatched-roof houses washed away in a typhoon 40 years earlier, these reconstructed frames offer an insight into a forgotten time. There are demonstrations of silk and paper cra…
Bar in Kawaguchi-ko

Mt Fuji Base

While the army-base theme may not be your jam, all the camo decor here is balanced by petite potted plants on tables and the usual friendly Japanese hospitality you'll find in closet-sized cafes all over Japan. This…