Where to Go in the Mount Fuji Area
So you’ve climb Mount Fuji and the view from the top has left you wanting to explore more of this beautiful region below. The sightseeing options around the area are infinite and can take you around the foot of the iconic Fujisan from the Fuji Five Lakes area in the north to Fujinomiya in the southwest. Along the way you can appreciate blossoming flowers, stroll through unique hot spring ponds, visit an open-air museum and former traditional village, and feel the freshness of mystical waterfalls.
Yamanakako Flower Park (Hanano Miyako Kouen)
If you are an enthusiast for alluring flowers, the Yamanakako Flower Park is a must when traveling to the Fuji Five Lakes. The highlight here, of course, are the blooming flowers which, depending on the season, include tulips, poppies, zinnia, and sunflowers among other beauties. The park has a free flower-viewing field so you can just hang out with the flora for as long as you like. There is also a paid area with access to other leisure activities including a small water park, and the flower dome where kids and adults can gain insight into flower cultivation and ecology.
Oshino Hakkai Springs
The Oshino Hakkai Springs are a set of ponds that are considered sacred, constituting an underwater system flowing directly from Mount Fuji. Besides their spiritual significance and, being yet another World Cultural Heritage Asset of the area, the water from the ponds have also played a role in world history; the water from the Wakuike Pond was carried into space in 1983 by the Space Shuttle Challenger as part of an experiment to make snow in outer space. You should set an hour of your day schedule to enjoy the ponds and try the local snacks sold at the old-fashion houses adorning the grounds.
Gaspard and Lisa Town
Gaspard and Lisa Town is the perfect preamble to a high-energy afternoon at Fuji Q Highland amusement park, especially if travelling with young children who might not be able to get on the big rides inside the park. This cute town themed around the British animated series Gaspard and Lisa is small but packed with enough hands-on and interactive activities to keep the littles ones entertained. Kids can try out one of the crafts at the Gaspard and Lisa Atelier, watch the animated series at the museum, and make the rounds at the Eiffel Tower Carousel.
Iyashi No Sato Nenba at Lake Saiko
Deep inside the Fuji Five Lakes area and off the shores of Lake Saiko the Iyashi No Sato Nenba is a reconstructed village of thatched roof houses where visitors can get handy and try out various traditional crafts, learn about Japanese traditions, and enjoy the local dishes at one of several restaurants. For a small fee you can walk up and down the hilly village and stop along the way to take in the scenic mountain views which, depending on the weather, can include Mount Fuji on the horizon.
The Shiraito Falls are ranked among the most beautiful waterfalls in Japan and are a popular sightseeing destinations around Mount Fuji. The water stream comes from the melting snow at the top of the volcanic mountain and creates the dreamy falls which are at their strongest point during the summer season. Before reaching the waterfall, you’ll walk through a short path flanked by cafes and souvenir shops as well as the Otodomeno Falls which have a significant place in Japanese history books.