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Mt. Fuji × Cherry Blossom Collaboration! A 2 Day 1 Night Model Route Using a Great Deal on a JR Pass!

Cherry blossoms are a quintessential part of spring in Japan! The Kanto region is home to many locations where you can enjoy beautiful views of cherry blossoms. This time, we will be introducing popular cherry blossom viewing locations where you can enjoy a combination view of the flowers and Mt. Fuji! Certain locations also host events during the cherry blossom season, so be sure to check that out too!
Here is this time’s model route, which takes you through Japan’s gorgeous scenery over 2 days and 1 night!

* Information about the Economical JR Pass is in the last half. Be sure to read to the end so you don't miss it!

View of Mt. Fuji From Arakurayama Sengen Park
View of Mt. Fuji From Arakurayama Sengen Park

Day 1

Departing from Shinjuku Station, our first stop on the itinerary is Kawaguchiko Station. As you might expect from the base of Mt. Fuji, this is the location of one of our recommended locations where you can see both Mt. Fuji and cherry blossoms together.

1) Mt. Fuji × Somei Yoshino! Fuji・Kawaguchiko Sakura Festival

Here you can enjoy the view of cherry blossoms against the backdrop of magnificent Mt. Fuji and the lake surface from the northern side of the Lake Kawaguchi and Ubuyagasaki. The “Fuji•Kawaguchiko Sakura Festival” is held along the perimeter of Lake Kawaguchi. The festival hosts not only cherry blossom viewings, but a variety of other events for all ages. Enjoy the lovely cherry blossoms while taking a stroll through the rows of trees.
Local specialties and delicacies are also sold at the festival. The cherry trees are lit up at night while they are in full bloom.

In the Right Weather Conditions, You Can See Mt. Fuji Reflected on the Lake’s Surface
In the Right Weather Conditions, You Can See Mt. Fuji Reflected on the Lake’s Surface
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Fuji・Kawaguchiko Sakura Festival – Basic Information

Event Period
April 14 – 22, 2018
Address
Near 3030-1 Kawaguchi, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi[MAP]
Access
About 25 minutes by bus from the Fujikyuko Line’s Kawaguchiko Station
Tel
0555-72-3168 (Fujikawaguchiko Town Tourism Division)
WEB
URL(English)

2) An Activity to Enjoy Lake Kawaguchi to the Fullest! Canoeing Experience

Be sure to enjoy some of the unique activities offered in the Lake Kawaguchi area after seeing the cherry blossoms! The Canadian canoeing experience, offered by the Country Lake System, is fun for all ages. The instructors carefully teach and watch over participants, so even beginners can participate without worry! Enjoy your view of the water as you look out to Mt. Fuji. Additionally, the “Aokigahara Sea of Trees and Cave Experience” program is popular among foreign tourists, so be sure to give it a look if you’re interested.

Enjoy the Freeing Experience of Canoeing with Beautiful Mt. Fuji as a Backdrop
Enjoy the Freeing Experience of Canoeing with Beautiful Mt. Fuji as a Backdrop
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Country Lake Systems – Basic Information

Address
2954-1 Oishi, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Access| About 30 minutes by bus from the Fujikyuko Line’s Kawaguchiko Station[MAP]
Tel
0555-20-4052
Business Hours
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed
No scheduled holidays
Accepted credit cards
American Express, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
WEB
URL(English)

3)Mt. Fuji × Shiba-sakura! Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival

The view here is sure to take your breath away. Around 800,000 Shiba-sakura (moss pink) bloom here at this enormous area at the base of Mt. Fuji, creating a magnificent view. Be sure to take a photo of the gorgeous scene of Mt. Fuji and the Shiba-sakura together.
Also be sure to check out the “Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival,” packed with treats you can only find here, like limited sweets and foot baths. There are plenty of fun events scheduled.
The magnificent Mt. Fuji is visible from anywhere at the venue.

Beautiful Gradation of Shiba-sakura
Beautiful Gradation of Shiba-sakura
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Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival – Basic Information

Address
Fuji Motosuko Resort, 212 Motosu, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi[MAP]
Access
About 30 minutes by special temporary event bus “Shiba-sakura Liner” from the Fujikyuko Line’s Kawaguchiko Station
Tel
0555-89-3031
Event Period
April 14 – May 27, 2018
Business Hours
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed
Open daily during the festival period
Admission
¥600 (Adult)
WEB
URL(English)

4) Relax in a Bath With a View of Mt. Fuji

Relax your tired muscles after your day of exploring in an onsen. “Koraku Onyado Fuji Ginkei” is a facility whose appeal lies not only in the view of Mt. Fuji from every room, but also in the open-air bath with a view of Mt. Fuji on the top floor. Take some time and relax your body and mind. You can also enjoy the facility’s warm reception with their variety of available dishes using seasonal ingredients.

Heat Up Your Body to the Very Core in This Quality Onsen
Heat Up Your Body to the Very Core in This Quality Onsen
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Koraku Onyado Fuji Ginkei – Basic Information

Address
132 Asagawa, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi
Access
About 5 minutes by taxi from the Fujikyuko Line’s Kawaguchiko Station
Tel
0555-72-0010
Accepted credit cards
American Express, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
WEB
URL(Japanese)

Day 2

5) Mt. Fuji × Somei Yoshino! Arakurayama Sengen Park

Our second day also starts out with a gorgeous view of cherry blossoms. Arakurayama Sengen Park is the most popular view of Mt. Fuji in the Fuji Five Lakes area, and the beautiful scenery attracts tourists from within and outside of Japan. When the approximately 650 Somei Yoshino cherry trees in the park are in bloom, they create a breathtaking and stunning view. This is the only place where you can get Mt. Fuji, a five-story pagoda, and cherry blossoms in a single photo.
The Arakurayama Sengen Park Cherry Blossom Festival features things like stage events and booths packed with local gourmet dishes.

A Beautiful View of Blue Sky, Red Five-Storied Pagoda, and Cherry Blossoms
A Beautiful View of Blue Sky, Red Five-Storied Pagoda, and Cherry Blossoms
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Arakurayama Sengen Park Cherry Blossom Festival – Basic Information

Address
3353-1 Arakura, Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi[MAP]
Access
About 10 minutes on foot from the Fujikyuko Line’s Shimoyoshida Station
Tel
0555-21-1000 (Fujiyoshida Tourism Promotion Service)
Event Period
April 7 – 22, 2018 (Planned)
WEB
URL(Japanese)

6) Local Gourmet Dishes! Kofu Torimotsu-Ni at “Okuto”

Be sure to enjoy some of the local cuisine after spending your day enjoying the cherry blossoms and Mt. Fuji.
Okuto was the first restaurant to serve the local gourmet dish kofu torimotsu-ni, chicken organs simmered and dressed in a salty-sweet sauce made with sugar and soy sauce. The delightful balance between sweet and spicy goes perfectly with rice as a main dish or sake as a side.

The Delicious Flavor of the Sauce Spreads Through Your Mouth, Making You Want More.
The Delicious Flavor of the Sauce Spreads Through Your Mouth, Making You Want More.
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Okuto Honten Kofu Ekimae – Basic Information

Address
1-7-4 Marunouchi, Kofu City, Yamanashi[MAP]
Access
About 1 minute on foot from JR Kofu Station
Tel
055-232-0910
Business Hours
11:00 am - 2:30 pm , 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm ※Last order 15 minutes before close
Closed
Every Thursday
Accepted credit cards
American Express, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
WEB
URL(Japanese)

The JR TOKYO Wide Pass is a Great Deal When Viewing Cherry Blossoms Around Kanto!

Not only is this pass valid for 3 days of unlimited travel using reserved seats on Shinkansen and limited express trains within the Kanto area, but it also covers the Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Rinkai Line as well as Echigo Yuzawa and GALA Yuzawa, popular international tourist destinations.

Comparison of Travel Costs for This Route!

Haneda Airport International Terminal Station⇒Kawaguchiko Station⇒Shimoyoshida Station⇒Kofu Station⇒Haneda Airport International Terminal Station
This route typically would cost 12,490 yen.
With the JR TOKYO Wide Pass, it costs just 10,000 yen!

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[Details of the JR TOKYO Wide Pass]

Period of Use
All year
Sale Period
All year
Valid For
3 consecutive days
Price
Adults (12 years and older) 10,000 yen, Children (6-11 years) 5,000 yen
Terms of Purchase and Use
Must be a foreign national with a foreign passport (passport will be checked upon purchase)
WEB
URL(English)