Saturday, March 31, 2018

(Japan Oct 2016) Day 14: Tokyo to Kawaguchiko

Day 14 (13 Oct 2016): Tokyo to Kawaguchiko. Stay Kawaguchiko


Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi) is a nice place to go if you want to see Mt Fuji.

From Shinjuku, there are actually a few ways to go to Kawaguchiko:
1) Take bus from Shinjuku (costs 1750yen for 1 way, takes about 2 hours)
2) Take either regular JR Chuo line train or Limited Express train to Otsuki station, then transfer to the Fujikyu local or Limited Express train to Kawaguchiko.

Use the hyperdia website to calculate the train schedule/fares


This is the Limited Express train that we took from Otsuki station to Kawaguchiko station.



storybooks at the play area on the train for children to read



There's a toilet onboard this Limited Express train.


We finally arrived at Kawaguchiko station, and saw a Thomas train parked at the station. So I sneaked a few photos of it. :)
Thomas train






The locker room at Kawaguchiko station

Kawaguchiko station. 

 Before heading to our ryokan, we walked to a convenience store not too far away from Kawaguchiko station to buy some drinks and snacks for our overnight stay, since I was pretty sure there isn't any convenience stores near our ryokan.


 After we arrived at our ryokan, we deposited our luggage and headed out to find lunch.

We originally planned to take the ropeway to the viewpoint, but since it was a cloudy day and Mt Fuji wasn't really visible, so we decided to skip the ropeway.

Low clouds


About 5 mins walk from our ryokan, we came across this restaurant.

Katsudon 

Gyoza filling stuffed in Chicken wing

Tendon

Hello Aiba!
 There was still a little time before we could check in at our hotel, so we took a slow stroll along the lake back to our ryokan after having our lunch.



Our room


The view from our room's window.  Too bad it was so cloudy, so we could only see the peak of Mt Fuji on this day.

Go next to Day 15: Kawaguchiko to Tokyo



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