Adventures in Fuji Five Lakes with Country Lake Systems
As special as climbing Mt. Fuji is, it is not the only way of getting your adrenaline fix at the Fuji Five Lakes. With all the natural settings in the area, from the lakes to a mystical forest and the surrounding mountains, the options to get your heart pumping by venturing out into nature are almost endless. One awesome way to do this while staying safe is by joining one of the activities offered by Country Lake Systems in Lake Kawaguchiko.
Country Lake Systems is an outdoor adventure company operating on the north bank of Lake Kawaguchiko. With almost two decades of experience in the Fuji Five Lakes area, it is one of the best known tour operators in town and one offering an extended list of leisure activities to make your trip to the lakes a thrilling one. Available all year round, owner Koji-san and his team of professional guides are always ready to take you out on a guided adventure whether it’s canoeing on Lake Kawaguchiko, ATVing on treacherous trails, and exploring the vast Aokigahara forest, among other activities.
For those who enjoy a good paddle, Country Lake Systems offers some alternatives to getting in a canoe no matter your skill level. You can join a group tour while paddling to locations like Unoshima Island, take the “step up” course and improve your canoeing technical skills, or opt for the leisurely tour around the lake where the professionals do the paddling for you. You also have the option of renting a canoe and going your own way, although these rentals are only possible if there at least two people riding the canoe. If you are in luck, and depending on the season, you’ll have Mount Fuji right in front of your eyes almost the whole time.
If being on the water is not your thing, there’s no need to worry as pretty much all other activities are on dry land. One cool way to explore the geography around the lake is to hop on an ATV to take on the mountain trails behind the Country Lake System building. The guided ATV experience includes a run at the company’s own private course that will have you riding along swirling dirt roads and splashing through muddy waters. You can choose between riding your own ATV or going for the fun ride on the 8-wheelers driven by an expert. Chances are you’ll be left wanting more, and if you are, you can add on an ATV ride to the mountain summit or the more adventurous night ride.
To top off an adventure-filled trip with Country Lake Systems, Koji-san and his crew also offer a caving experience that will take you on a tour of the massive Aokigahara forest at the foot of Mount Fuji. For this one you’ll need a red jump suit, a helmet, a pair of comfortable shoes, and a headlight. A tour guide leads the way into the mystical forest and inside one of Mount Fuji’s pitch black lava caves for about two hours of underground exploration. Along the way the guide gives out curious details about the plants and wildlife of Aokigahara which make this activity all the more worthwhile.