Sunday, August 21, 2016

Mt. Fuji, Japan (Kawaguchiko Herb Hall)

 

Summer for me has always been equivalent to sunny days and warm weather. Little did I know summer in other parts of the world could be cloudy, cool and windy. I am referring to Tokyo. As I was planning this trip I envisaged the days to be bright and warm. I prepared light and breezy ensembles perfect for my vision of summer weather. But when we got to Tokyo I was wrong. It wasn’t cold but it was cool (around 22-25 degrees C). It wasn’t gloomy but it was cloudy. Thus, Mt Fuji decided to hide behind the clouds. I had imagined myself to be one of the lucky few who were able to see its majestic beauty but I was wrong. It did not show itself and I left feeling like I was robbed of a huge opportunity. I was hurt.

We walked around the area of Lake Kawaguchi which is the biggest of the 5 lakes around Mt Fuji. There are a lot of places you can go around the lake but because it was such a huge lake and we only have a few hours to spend, we decided to do three things: 1.) visit Kawaguchiko Herb Hall; 2.) En Soleil Excursion Ship; and, 3.) Kachi Kachi Ropeway.

We first visited Kawaguchiko Herb Hall because I wanted to see the lavender in bloom. I initially suggested to my mom and sister that we join the tour with the lavender field but they did not like the idea so we visited the herb hall instead. It is a small shop with a small lavender field at the back. It has a small greenhouse with a stall that sells ice cream. We bought the lavender ice cream because we were all curious. This is one of those cases wherein my curiosity did well. It was the best tasting ice cream I had (probably an exaggeration but I swear, it is good!). I have a thing for weird-flavoured ice cream (silken tofu and black sesame anyone?) and I love trying out different flavours. They also grow many other herbs and flowers. There is another shop at the back (beyond the herb field and across the narrow street) that sells fragrances and other beauty stuff (but very expensive!).

It was a worthwhile visit and it shouldn’t take longer than 30minutes (unless you want to hoard all the stuff they sell that is infused with lavender). It is a nice side trip for your visit to Mt Fuji (and because there is no entrance fee). I highly recommend trying the lavender ice cream because it is a memorable experience in itself.

Some important tips:
  • It is quite a walk from the Kwaguchiko bus station but the journey is nice especially on a cool, windy day like that day. The character and vibe of the houses and shops you will pass by are a sight to see and will make your approximately 20-minute walk to the herb hall enjoyable.
  • You can ask for directions and get a map of the vicinity at the tourist information in the bus station. The receptionist can speak English so you don’t have to worry about communication problems.
  • Make sure you go to the bus station at least 15 minutes before departure time because the bus will depart on time – on the dot! If you’re late, then sorry, catch the next bus.
  • We decided to take the bus because it is cheaper than taking the train. It is also less confusing. It will take you from Shinjuku bus station direct to Kawaguchiko bus station so you don’t have to worry about which station to get off and which train to transfer to. We reserved our bus a week before because I want to make sure that we will be able to get a bus to Mt Fuji. You can reserve yours here: http://highway-buses.jp/fuji/
  • Roundtrip ticket is ¥3500.00. You can pay in cash or credit card at the bus station. You just have to print your reservation, exchange it for a ticket and pay at the ticket counter at the Shinjuku bus station. Bus trip to Mt Fuji is approx. 2 hours (depending on the traffic).
  • There is a vintage bus you can ride on to go around Mt Fuji but we decided to walk because we like to look around. And as I said, the journey to the herb hall is quite fun!
  • Hoto noodles are a famous specialty in Mt Fuji which we were unable to try. I was sad because I really wanted to taste it but it was also a bit expensive. The restaurants are also packed with people so we ended up buying convenience store food instead and ate at the bus station while we were waiting for our bus.








































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36 comments :

  1. Belo sorvete.

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  2. Jakub ŻelechowskiAugust 21, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    Perfect pictures and amazing place!
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  3. I enjoyed reading your post and this could be helpful in the future! When is the best time to see Mt.Fuji? :)


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  4. fabulous . My sister visited Mt fuji last month and it has been a dream since then. I heard we see the best view from the airplane too.
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  5. Great post! it was very interesting!
    Photos are just amazing!

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  6. Amazing post!
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  7. this post is so lovely and the pics are so mesmerizing..
    xx

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  8. Looks like such a fun visit! So gorgeous with all the lavender! Xx

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  9. Lovely and interesting pictures.

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  10. Such an interesting post! Lovely pics and delicious ice-cream!
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  11. I want to visit too Japan... Liliac ice cream cool
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  12. The pictures look beautiful! I love the look of the ice cream x

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  13. That icecream definitely looks delicious! Wish I could visit Japan faster. x

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  14. Aww! beautiful breathtaking pictures.The icecream looks yummy.

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  15. I was lucky enough to visit Japan last year but I didn't go to Mt. Fuji. It's such a beautiful place, I love the photos you took. I hope you had an amazing time <3

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  16. Lavender ice cream sounds delicious! I like weird flavors too, but to some extent haha sometimes a basic chocolate is what I would go for. When you mentioned tofu, it reminded me of this tofu cheesecake I once tried, that was weird.
    It looks so nice there at mt fuji! there are so many flowers
    thanks for sharing jenn!

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  17. Did you like the tofu cheesecake? Yeah, that sounds weird but I would give it a try too! I am not really that adventurous when it comes to food. So long as it looks edible to me I will try it. But I can never get myself to try weird Filipino dishes like balut and kuhol. I just can't fathom how those things can be edible! Haha!

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  18. Awww! You should've made the trip! Even if we didn't see Mt Fuji it was still worth the visit because the area around is a wonder.

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  19. Thank you! It is! Very delicious!

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  20. It is! When are you visiting?

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  21. Thank you! Yes, I was surprised I actually loved it. I didn't expect much but I loved it!

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  22. It is. Japan has always been a dream of mine and now I have been there 3 times! Dreams do come true.

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  23. You should! And yes, it is very delicious.

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  24. Thank you! It is a delicious ice cream. More companies should make this.

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  25. It was very fun and made special by this lavender ice cream.

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  26. Yes. But not on a cloudy day. I am not really sure when the best time to visit Mt Fuji is. I went during summer but it was really cloudy and could not make out of the mountain. You can also see it from the shinkansen.

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  27. Thank you! Hmmm...I am not really sure when the best time to visit Mt Fuji. I went during summer and one would think it would be a clear day and the mountain would show itself but nope! It was cloudy. I guess the drier months like April to May (spring) when it is clear and sunny but cold.

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  28. everything is so cute. I'm in love with all of these small & floral stuff. My eys are full of hearts.
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  29. Beautiful places<3
    Love lavender..<3

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