Kyoto to Nagano


  • Fuji and Fuji Lakes
  • Snow Mountains, Snow Field

No Shinkansen. Visit other places along the way.
New Year 2020, my last trip before COVID-19 outbreak.





Part1: Aichi, Nagoya, Nagoya Castle, Toyota Museum, Nabana no Sato
Part2: Shizuoka, Miho no Matsubara
Part3: Shizuoka, Kunozan Toshogu
Part4: Shizuoka, Fujinomiya & Shiraito Falls
Part5: Yamanashi, Fuji Lakes, Lake Kawaguchiko & Aokigahara (The Suicide Forest)
Part6: Yamanashi, Fuji Lakes, Lake Kawaguchiko & Aokigahara (The Suicide Forest)
Part7: Yamanashi, Fuji Lakes, Lake Saiko & Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway
Part8: Nagano, A tough route to Togakushi Shrine in winter
Part9: Nagano, Ski Resorts (Hakuba 47 & Goryu, Togakushi Ski Resort)
Part10: Nagano, Jigokudani Monkey Park
Part11: Nagano, Hokusai Museum (Ukiyo-e Artworks)

In This Part

ชมทะเลสาบรอบภูเขาไฟฟูจิ สำรวจถ้ำ และป่ามรณะอันเลื่องชื่อ Aokigahara (ป่าทะเลไม้เขียว)

Point 3: Yamanashi, Fuji Lakes

Fuji 5 Lakes

  • Lake Kawaguchiko
  • Lake Yamanakako
  • Lake Saiko
  • Lake Shojiko
  • Lake Motosuko

Mount Fuji on New Year (January 1, 2020)

One goal of this trip is to see Mount Fuji on New Year. From the previous day, I found Kawaguchi area a good place to do so. There was a cable car to see Fuji from a mountain, and there were still several places around to visit (however, many of them closed during new year vacations).

Take a bus from Kofu from at about 9AM

Map (Saiko Lake is the one on the bottom)

Lake Saiko (西湖)

ทะเลสาบข้างๆ Kawaguchiko มีความชุกชุมน้อยกว่า เป็นสถานที่สำหรับตั้งแคมป์

Western Lake, sometimes Saiko, is one of the Fuji Five Lakes and located in the town of Fujikawaguchiko in southern Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan. It is the fourth of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of surface area, and second deepest, with a maximum water depth of 71.1 metres. Wikipedia

One kilometer west of Lake Kawaguchiko. It is less developed. Its view of Mount Fuji is partially blocked by other mountains except at the lake’s western tip.


Comments: This might not be good place to visit unless you want go for relaxing or fishing (under sun light). There was few thing to do. And if you go on holidays, you will have problems on finding a bus to go back.

Bus stop for going back to Kawaguchi


I decided to walk back to see sceneriesinstead of waiting for a bus.

Announcement about fishing

Is that Marijuana/Cannabis (กัญชา) ?

Yamanashi Gem Museum

Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway (河口湖 富士山パノラマロープウェイ)
to Kawaguchiko Tenjozan Park (天上山公園)

Back to the ropeway at Kawaguchiko.

The Tenjō-Yama Park Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway, officially the Lake Kawaguchi Mt. Tenjō Ropeway, is a Japanese aerial lift line in Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi, operated by Fuji Kyuko. Opened in 1959, the line climbs Mount Tenjō from the shores of Lake Kawaguchi, one of the Fuji Five Lakes. Wikipedia


To ride, you would get a queue ticket and might have to wait for hours. There’s a voice announcement and a website to check the queue. There were several shops, but most restaurants closed during new year vacations.

Near the entrance to the ropeway.

Rinsaku park and Rinsaku Kajiwara statue (this park and land is due to donation of Rinsaku Kajiwara born in this district)

Food vending machine. It said “out-of-service”

New Year Sunset with Fuji

Kofu to Nagono

Back from Kawaguchiko to Kofu, then from Kofu to Nagano at night.

Tickets: 5300 JPY in total, time: 3.30 – 4 hours

[Kofu Station] The name of the bell is “Kofuku no Kane (かふふ来の鐘 )”, which has two meanings, “happiness” and “like people come to Kofu”



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