If you are planning a day trip from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko, you might miss out on a lot of the gorgeous sights in Fuji Five Lakes region. Many people come to see the shibazakura festival or visit one of the historic villages like Iyashi No Sato or Oshino Hakkai. Plus, you can get a bus up to Fifth station on Fujiyama. So if you want to make it an extended trip, here’s where to stay in Kawaguchiko, Japan.
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It’s a great idea to stay relatively close to the train station as that’s where most of the buses around the region also leave. Plus, there’s a free shuttle to the theme park Fuji Q.
Hotel closest to train station
During my visits, I stayed at Kawaguchiko Station Inn because it had affordable prices.
I chose a hostel-dorm-like room where each bed had its own storing space beneath and curtains to separate it from the other guests.
The inn was right by the train station and central bus stops, had its own rooftop onsen (separate) and convenience stores were nearby. There was a free hot tea station, so I could make instant noodles as well.
A more traditional hostel stay in Kawaguchiko is Hostel Michikusa-ya. It’s more modern and sleek with wooden beds that come with curtains as well. It’s right by the Kawaguchi lake and the bus station isn’t far either.
The hostel has its own garden, there is a shared bathroom and rooms are air conditioned and have Wi-Fi. You can prepare your own food in the common kitchen and storing your luggage is possible as well.
FujizakuraInn is more like a typical Western hotel and lies a 15 min foot walk south of Kawaguchiko station and 3.3km from Lake Kawaguchi.
Rooms are air conditioned, there is Wi-Fi and free parking for hotel guests. Rooms are ensuite and you will be provided with slippers and hair dryer.
To enjoy privacy in your very own room, try Togawaso. This traditional hotel in Kawaguchiko is a typical Japanese ryokan and held in a typically Japanese style with tatami mats on the floor. Rooms are minimally furnished but come with a TV, a small desk and Wi-Fi.
You can also avail of the free shuttle service to the train station (10min drive). The location is great for walks by the lake as the park Yagizaki is around the corner with only one minute on foot.
Rooms come with 3 futons, which means you can share them with friends.
Note that rooms don’t come in ensuite. You’ll use a shared common bathroom.
If you want to make your stay in Kawaguchiko as pleasant and stylish as possible, you gotta check into the fancy Hotel Kaneyamaen.
The interior design is absolutely sleek and you’ll feel as if in the lap of luxury. The wood panelling, the spaciousness and the rooftop onsen will make you never want to leave, to be honest. There are different types of rooms and all are decorated in a traditional Japanese style.
Plus, there’s a spa and sauna. What more do you need to relax after a long day of exploring?