Most viewed - YAMANASHI 山梨県
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Mt. Fuji from Lake Yamanaka1129 views
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Lake Yamanaka457 views
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Mt. Fuji281 views
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Statue of Takeda Shingen.245 views
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Mt. Fuji as seen from the shinkansen bullet train.229 views
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Otaki Waterfall203 views
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For a full-length account of my climb, see this article.178 views
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JR Kofu Station176 views
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Mt. Fuji from the air.173 views
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Waterfalls158 views
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After climbing for about 40 min., we reached the 6th station here. We're already above the clouds.141 views
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Bags of drink cans.138 views
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Shadow of Mt. Fuji137 views
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Park in front of Kofu Station.131 views
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Rocky trail looking up on Mt. Fuji.131 views
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Rock and more rock on Mt. Fuji.130 views
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We spent the night in the mountain hut with a small dinner.127 views
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A good part of the trail had us going on all fours.125 views
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Taba bus stop and bus garage120 views
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Hut roofs are weighed down with rocks so it doesn't blow away with the wind.119 views
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Bus to Taba. The bus runs from Okutama Station in Tokyo. It is the only public transportation link with the village.116 views
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Branding my walking stick.115 views
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At the summit of Mt. Fuji. It was so windy and rainy that we couldn't walk around the rim. Could hardly see anything.114 views
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Yoshida-guchi trail entrance, we started from the 5th station.113 views
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Our bunk bed.113 views
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Our mountain hut on the 8th station, called Toyokan. 東洋館112 views
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Bus to Okutama, Tokyo109 views
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Taba bus garage108 views
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Looking down at the trail.107 views
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Reaching the summit.105 views
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Lake Kawaguchi, Yamanashi.103 views
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Mt. Fuji torii102 views
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Yoshida-guchi trail entrance sign.100 views
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Watching the sunrise from outside our hut.100 views
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Going down was tiring too. But better than going up.99 views
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After climbing it, my image of this mountain will never be the same.98 views
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Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba, Lake Saiko, Yamanashi.92 views
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Smokestacks mar the view of Fuji.90 views
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Manhole at Lake Kawaguchi, Yamanashi.86 views
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On the nearby shore, a few more maple trees.84 views
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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.83 views
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Scarecrow81 views
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Omatsuri is actually a place name. The small settlement has a lodge and restaurant.79 views
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Waterfall79 views
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Taba bus stop79 views
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The gourds grown here are used for decorative purposes. Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba, Lake Saiko, Yamanashi.79 views
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Scarecrow78 views
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Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba, Lake Saiko.78 views
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Roadside waterwell77 views
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On 2010, Lake Saiko garnered national attention when the native species kunimasu, a type of salmon or black kokanee, thought extinct for 70 years, was discovered in the lake.73 views
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When I walked around, my planned 20-min. stay turned into a 2-hour walking tour of this pacifying place, full of mountains and a clear river. A delightful discovery. Suigen Park71 views
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A few bridges span the river.68 views
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Tama River, looks very inviting in summer.68 views
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If you visit Lake Kawaguchi, you might as well visit Lake Saiko or Lake Sai, a short bus ride away. There are a number of tourist attractions like ice caves and bat caves.68 views
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I was in Okutama and noticed that the bus goes on to Tabayama village in neighboring Yamanashi. I got really curious and rode the bus to Tabayama. This is central Tabayama.67 views
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Completely surrounded by mountains with a clear river running in the middle.64 views
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Trout fishing ponds for customers in warmer months.63 views
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Riverside fishing ponds59 views
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Waterwwheel (not working)59 views
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Waterwheel 水車59 views
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Glorious Tama River59 views
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Camping bungalows59 views
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Camping bungalows along the river. For warmer months.58 views
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Tama River, very quiet and peaceful.57 views
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Crystal clear water of Tama River57 views
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Trail to Mt. Kumotori56 views
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Trail to Mt. Kumotori, Tokyo's tallest mountain. That's where the hikers were headed.54 views
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Fishing ponds54 views
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Tama River53 views
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Outdoor stage53 views
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Upriver as seen from the bridge.52 views
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They allow you to walk around like this.52 views
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Path to Otaki Waterfalls 雄滝51 views
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This house rented samurai armor and kimono to dress up in for only 500 yen. 51 views
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Path from above.50 views
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View from the observation deck49 views
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When I was walking here, I did not know there was a waterfall.49 views
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Trail to waterfalls49 views
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Picnic pavilion with charcoal grill (for the fish caught).49 views
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An observation deck is also provided.49 views
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Omatsuri bus stop for Okutama.48 views
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Riverside picnic pavilions48 views
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A suspension bridge over the river.47 views
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Bus stop. Notice the monkey crossing the road.47 views
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By coincidence, I found this man-made waterfall.47 views
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Fishing pond47 views
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Tennis courts with snow.47 views
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Stuffed bear47 views
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About Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba. There used to be a real village here until it was destroyed by a typhoon. Residents moved away, and the village was reconstructed with thatched-roof homes. The museum opened in 2006.46 views
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Crystal clear water of Tama River with fall leaves.45 views
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Decided to visit Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba, an outdoor museum of thatched-roof houses. It is one of the stops on the tourist bus circuit. 西湖いやしの里根場 45 views
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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.44 views
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Tama River as seen from the bridge.43 views
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The area is part of the Chichibu-Tama National Park.43 views
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Corridor of maple trees (momiji), but I was too early in Oct.43 views
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Gourd garden at Lake Saiko"s Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba.43 views
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Entrance to Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba. 43 views
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Tama River42 views
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Numerous monkey poop along the road.42 views
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On the side of the road near the bus stop, there is a trail going down to Tama River.41 views
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These photos were taken in Feb. Probably scenic in fall.41 views
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Mountain with a patch of green.41 views
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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.41 views
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Omatsuri bus stop for Taba.40 views
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There were many hikers on the bus, and I wondered where they were going, so I followed them.40 views
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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.40 views
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I caught a retro bus to go to the other side of the lake.40 views
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Souvenir shop.40 views
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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 possible39 views
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Bus stops in front of Kawaguchiko Station. 39 views
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Autumn leaves at Lake Kawaguchi (northern shore). The trees are also lit up at night during the Koyo festival.39 views
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The outdoor museum is not huge, but big enough to spend a good amount of time. On clear days, it gives good views of Mt. Fuji.39 views
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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.38 views
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A few food stalls.38 views
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Nice Japanese-style room, but no Internet connection. I needed a break anyway.38 views
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Gourds growing at Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba. I was soon to find out why they are growing these gourds. (Not for eating.) Whenever I see gourds, it reminds me of Hawaiian hula because they are used as hand drums.38 views
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Fire watch tower.38 views
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Pretty scenic area.37 views
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There are mostly tourist souvenir shops selling food and local crafts. One house sold ancient mochi (dark and red colored) and had an irori fireplace. Another house rented samurai armor and kimono to dress up in for only 500 yen.37 views
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In 1966, a big typhoon bringing heavy rains caused a mudflow that destroyed the homes here, killing 94 residents. The entire settlement was destroyed so the survivors moved to the opposite side of the lake.37 views
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A house with an irori where we could have tea and sweets.37 views
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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.36 views
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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.35 viewsA Japanese Zero fighter plane??
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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.35 views
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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.35 views
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Wasabi garden.35 views
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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.34 views
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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.34 views
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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. 34 views
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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.34 views
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Statue of Kajiwara Kagetoki (1140-1200 梶原 景時) at Lake Kawaguchi. A warrior against the Taira.34 views
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In 2006, they opened this outdoor museum as a testament to the old villagers here. Over the years, they expanded and added more houses. There are now 20 houses.34 views
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Ancient varieties of rice.34 views
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Bird house.34 views
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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.33 views
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Adjacent to the maple trees was this park or garden featuring small thatched-roof houses.33 views
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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. 33 views
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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.33 views
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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33 views
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Museum at Lake Kawaguchi.33 views
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The gourds grown here are used for decorative purposes.33 views
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2nd floor of this house had woodblock prints.33 views
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Train display in front of Kawaguchiko Station.32 views
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Maple trees at Lake Kawaguchi. One of the few that was red.32 views
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About Fukurokuju. This area of the lake has seven shrines for all of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune. 32 views
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Growing wasabi with very clean water at Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba.32 views
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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.31 views
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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31 views
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Maple and ginkgo trees on the southern shore of Lake Kawaguchi.31 views
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Bus stop for the retro tourist bus.30 views
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View of Lake Kawaguchi's northern shore.30 views
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Herb Museum at Lake Kawaguchi.29 views
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Panorama of the southern shore of Lake Kawaguchi.29 views
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ABout the statue of two sister goddesses dancing over the lake. The sculptor was Gakuryo Nasu.29 views
 
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