JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono


Last additions - Lake Kawaguchi 河口湖
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Inside Houtou Fudo Kitamoto Branch restaurant (ほうとう不動).Jan 06, 2020
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Lunch was Hoto noodles, famous in Yamanashi Prefecture. Thick, flat udon-type noodles in delicious miso-based broth, mixed with cut vegetables. Also came with Inari-zushi. http://www.houtou-fudou.jp/english.htmlJan 06, 2020
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Restaurant where we had lunch. The building was designed to look like clouds or snow on Mt. Fuji. Houtou Fudo Kitamoto Branch (ほうとう不動) near Lake Kawaguchi.Jan 06, 2020
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Imagine living in a town with a view like this. This is Fuji-Kawaguchiko town near Lake Kawaguchi.Jan 06, 2020
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Morning view of Mt. Fuji from my room at Lake Kawaguchi. This is the only glimpse of Mt. Fuji I got during a cloudy and sometimes drizzly weekend.Jan 30, 2013
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Nice Japanese-style room, but no Internet connection. I needed a break anyway.Jan 30, 2013
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My room where I stayed at Lake Kawaguchi. It had a sun deck which provided a good view of Mt. Fuji. I paid only 4,800 yen for the night without meals.Jan 30, 2013
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Statue of Kajiwara Kagetoki (1140-1200 梶原 景時) at Lake Kawaguchi. A warrior against the Taira.Jan 30, 2013
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Maple and ginkgo trees on the southern shore of Lake Kawaguchi.Jan 30, 2013
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Southern shore of Lake Kawaguchi with gingko and poplar trees. I saw quite a few foreign tourists, including Chinese. It's a great weekend getaway for Tokyoites.Jan 30, 2013
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ABout the statue of two sister goddesses dancing over the lake. The sculptor was Gakuryo Nasu.Jan 30, 2013
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Southern shore of Lake Kawaguchi with a statue of two sister goddesses dancing over the lake. The sculptor was Gakuryo Nasu.Jan 30, 2013
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Southern shore of Lake Kawaguchi with a statue of two sister goddesses dancing over the lake. The sculptor was Gakuryo Nasu.Jan 30, 2013
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View of Lake Kawaguchi's northern shore.Jan 30, 2013
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Panorama of the southern shore of Lake Kawaguchi.Jan 30, 2013
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Herb Museum at Lake Kawaguchi.Jan 30, 2013
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Museum at Lake Kawaguchi.Jan 30, 2013
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Bus stop for the retro tourist bus.Jan 30, 2013
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Manhole at Lake Kawaguchi, Yamanashi.Jan 30, 2013
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About Fukurokuju. This area of the lake has seven shrines for all of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune. Jan 30, 2013
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Fukurokuju, one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, is the god of God of wisdom and longevity.. 福禄寿Jan 30, 2013
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A small shrine dedicated to Fukurokuju, one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune. He is the god of God of wisdom and longevity. 福禄寿Jan 30, 2013
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There would be a view of Mt. Fuji from here. Most hotels are on the northern shore so they can see Mt. Fuji across the lake.Jan 30, 2013
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Lake Kawaguchi, Yamanashi.Jan 30, 2013
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On the nearby shore, a few more maple trees.Jan 30, 2013
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Maple trees at Lake Kawaguchi. One of the few that was red.Jan 30, 2013
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Autumn leaves at Lake Kawaguchi (northern shore). The trees are also lit up at night during the Koyo festival.Jan 30, 2013
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What in the world is this doing here, I asked myself at the end of the maple tree corridor. That's what I like about Japan, always something totally unexpected.A Japanese Zero fighter plane??Jan 30, 2013
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Most of the maple leaves at Lake Kawaguchi were still like this when I was there. They are late in turning color this year. Give them 10 more days. Jan 30, 2013
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Adjacent to the maple trees was this park or garden featuring small thatched-roof houses.Jan 30, 2013
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Corridor of maple trees (momiji), but I was too early in Oct.Jan 30, 2013
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A few food stalls.Jan 30, 2013
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Lake Kawaguchi holds its autumn foliage festival (Koyo Matsuri) from late Oct. to mid-Nov. on the northern shore where there is a long corridor of maple trees. Jan 30, 2013
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I caught a retro bus to go to the other side of the lake.Jan 30, 2013
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Lake Kawaguchi is quite well developed for tourists with lodging, shops, museums, onsen baths, and tourist buses. It's the second most popular Fuji Goko lake after Lake Yamanaka.Jan 30, 2013
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You can also catch a bus to Lake Yamanaka and to Mt. Fuji's 5th Station which is about halfway up the mountain.Jan 30, 2013
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Bus stops in front of Kawaguchiko Station. Jan 30, 2013
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Two types of retro tourist buses. One goes to the other side of Lake Kawaguchi and one goes to Lake Saiko.Jan 30, 2013
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In front of Kawaguchiko Station are a number of bus stops. A convenient tourist retro bus goes around the lake and neighboring lakes. I visited in autumn.Jan 30, 2013
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Next to Kawaguchiko Station is this tourist information office. Get free pamphlets, maps, etc. English spoken. Many foreign tourists also visit the Five Lakes of Mt. Fuji.Jan 30, 2013
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Train display in front of Kawaguchiko Station.Jan 30, 2013
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Inside Kawaguchiko Station on the Fujikyuko Line. Buses from Tokyo stop at Kawaguchiko Station as well as local toruist buses. Kawaguchiko Station is the area's transportation hub.Jan 30, 2013
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There are five lakes at the northern foot of Mt. Fuji known as Fuji Goko (富士五湖). They are easily accessible by bus from Shinjuku, Tokyo, taking 2-3 hours for around 4,000 yen round trip.Jan 30, 2013
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The second largest of the five lakes at the foot of Mt. Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi is well developed for tourists. This is Kawaguchiko Station on the Fujikyuko Line. From central Tokyo, going by bus is more convenient, although traffic delays a always possibleJan 30, 2013
     
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