Arakurayama Sengen Park and Kawaguchiko Sakura Festival Trip

2021 April 11 (Sunday)

Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi

Let's explore the Japanese outdoors and see beautiful cherry blossoms and picture perfect views of Mt. Fuji!

This Trip Features;

  • Arakurayama Sengen Park/Chureito Pagoda; a 15min walk passing some beautiful sakura trees along the many stairs leading to the Chureito Pagoda. This is the place you can get the best and most photogenic view of Mt. Fuji with it's iconic snow capped peak (weather permitting). Together with the Chureito Pagoda and the gorgeous cherry blossoms, you'll see the most famous view of Mt. Fuji exactly as what you see on Japanese postcards. Absolutely jaw dropping on a clear day!
  • Kawaguchiko Lake; a leisurely and flat bicycle ride around Kawaguchiko Lake (about 18km) stopping by some parks here and there to see beautiful cherry blossoms on our way to the Kawaguchiko Sakura Festival.
  • Mt. Tenjo; a short (but optional) hike up to the 'Observation Deck' of Mt. Tenjo to enjoy superb views of Mt. Fuji and of Kawaguchiko Lake.
  • Mt. Fuji; Japan's most famous and iconic mountain with it's snow capped peak.
  • Akafuji Wine Cellar; Local wine cellar where we can taste (for free) and buy some local wines.

One of our best trips in the Spring so don't miss out!

Trip Itinerary

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 7am
  • Get on the bus
  • Catch up on your sleep
  • Short stop for breakfast on the way
  • Arrive at Shimoyoshida station around 9:15am
  • 10mins walk to the Arakurayama Sengen Park
  • Conquer the 398 steps to the 5 storey Pagoda and the observatory
  • Enjoy the breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji with the Pagoda and cherry blossoms (30mins)
  • Walk back to Shimoyoshida station
  • Get on the bus at 10:30am
  • Arrive in Kawaguchiko around 10:45am
  • Get the rental bicycle (mamacharin)
  • Leisurely and flat bicycle ride around Kawaguchiko Lake
  • Stop by Kawaguchiko Sakura Festival to enjoy cherry blossoms
  • Have some lunch at the festival
  • Continue biking around the lake
  • Return the bicycles around 1:45pm
  • Short optional hike up to the 'Observation Deck' of Mt. Tenjo (45mins) *Time permitting
  • Enjoy gorgeous views and take some pictures of Kawaguchiko Lake and Mt. Fuji
  • Hike back down to Kawaguchiko Lake (15mins)
  • Get on the bus at 4pm
  • Arrive at Akafuji Wine Cellar around 4:15pm
  • Enjoy tasting locally made wines and grape juice
  • Get on the bus at 5pm
  • Short stop for some food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 7:30pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Price includes;

  • Round-trip private bus transportation
  • Fun, cute and experienced (English/Japanese speaking) tour guides ;p
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax

Extra; [Pay directly on the day]

  • 18k Mamacharin Bicycle Tour (2,000yen) *Includes bike rental and guide

Discounts;

  • Birthday on Apr 11 (3,000yen)
  • Early-bird (500yen) *Pay before 3pm on Mar 11
  • Group of 4 or more (1,000yen/person) *Group payment required
Price: 9,900Yen
Space left: 21 out of 30

Important Notes

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • In case of bad weather, we will cut the outdoor activities short and visit some museums, onsen and wineries in the area.
  • Reasonable fitness not required but an advantage.
  • The biking path around Kawaguchiko lake is mostly flat so don't worry if you think you are unfit.
  • We will bike around the lake in less than 3 hours.
  • You can skip the bicycle tour and just walk to the Sakura Fetival (very nice 45mins walk) if you like.
  • Mt. Tenjo (short hike) can only be done if you finish the bike tour on time.
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.

What to wear/bring

  • Picnic lunch
  • Windbreaker/waterproof jacket and pants
  • Fleece and thermals
  • Trekking or hiking shoes
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Book (to read on the bus)
  • Camera
  • Smartphone
  • Cash

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