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Mt. Fuji and Lake Yamanaka1142 views
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Mt. Fuji and Lake Yamanaka470 views
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Mt. Fuji and Lake Yamanaka on a hazy day.290 views
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Mt. Fuji and Lake Yamanaka277 views
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Statue of Takeda Shingen.252 views
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Mt. Fuji as seen from the shinkansen bullet train.249 views
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Otaki Waterfall211 views
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Mt. Fuji and Lake Yamanaka207 views
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For a full-length account of my climb, see this article.192 views
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Mt. Fuji from the air.188 views
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JR Kofu Station178 views
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Waterfalls165 views
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Shadow of Mt. Fuji146 views
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After climbing for about 40 min., we reached the 6th station here. We're already above the clouds.146 views
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Bags of drink cans.143 views
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Rocky trail looking up on Mt. Fuji.138 views
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Rock and more rock on Mt. Fuji.137 views
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Park in front of Kofu Station.134 views
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We spent the night in the mountain hut with a small dinner.133 views
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A good part of the trail had us going on all fours.130 views
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Hut roofs are weighed down with rocks so it doesn't blow away with the wind.126 views
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Taba bus stop and bus garage123 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.121 views
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Branding my walking stick.120 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.119 views
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Yoshida-guchi trail entrance, we started from the 5th station.119 views
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Our bunk bed.119 views
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Our mountain hut on the 8th station, called Toyokan. 東洋館117 views
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Bus to Okutama, Tokyo115 views
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Looking down at the trail.113 views
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Lake Kawaguchi, Yamanashi.113 views
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Reaching the summit.111 views
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Taba bus garage110 views
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Mt. Fuji torii110 views
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Yoshida-guchi trail entrance sign.106 views
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After climbing it, my image of this mountain will never be the same.106 views
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Going down was tiring too. But better than going up.105 views
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Watching the sunrise from outside our hut.105 views
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Smokestacks mar the view of Fuji.98 views
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Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba, Lake Saiko, Yamanashi.98 views
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On the nearby shore, a few more maple trees.92 views
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Manhole at Lake Kawaguchi, Yamanashi.92 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.91 views
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The gourds grown here are used for decorative purposes. Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba, Lake Saiko, Yamanashi.86 views
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Taba bus stop85 views
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Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba, Lake Saiko.85 views
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Omatsuri is actually a place name. The small settlement has a lodge and restaurant.84 views
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Scarecrow84 views
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Scarecrow83 views
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Waterfall82 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.81 views
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Roadside waterwell79 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.75 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 Park74 views
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A few bridges span the river.71 views
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Tama River, looks very inviting in summer.71 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.70 views
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Trout fishing ponds for customers in warmer months.69 views
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Completely surrounded by mountains with a clear river running in the middle.67 views
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Crystal clear water of Tama River63 views
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Waterwwheel (not working)63 views
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Waterwheel 水車63 views
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Riverside fishing ponds62 views
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Camping bungalows62 views
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Tama River, very quiet and peaceful.61 views
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Glorious Tama River61 views
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Camping bungalows along the river. For warmer months.61 views
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Trail to Mt. Kumotori59 views
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Trail to Mt. Kumotori, Tokyo's tallest mountain. That's where the hikers were headed.57 views
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Upriver as seen from the bridge.56 views
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Fishing ponds56 views
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Tama River55 views
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Outdoor stage55 views
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This house rented samurai armor and kimono to dress up in for only 500 yen. 55 views
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They allow you to walk around like this.55 views
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Path to Otaki Waterfalls 雄滝54 views
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Path from above.54 views
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When I was walking here, I did not know there was a waterfall.53 views
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Trail to waterfalls53 views
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Tennis courts with snow.53 views
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A suspension bridge over the river.52 views
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View from the observation deck52 views
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Omatsuri bus stop for Okutama.51 views
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Picnic pavilion with charcoal grill (for the fish caught).51 views
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An observation deck is also provided.51 views
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Riverside picnic pavilions51 views
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Bus stop. Notice the monkey crossing the road.50 views
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By coincidence, I found this man-made waterfall.50 views
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Stuffed bear50 views
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Crystal clear water of Tama River with fall leaves.49 views
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Fishing pond49 views
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Gourd garden at Lake Saiko"s Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba.49 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 2006.49 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.48 views
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Tama River as seen from the bridge.47 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 47 views
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On the side of the road near the bus stop, there is a trail going down to Tama River.46 views
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The area is part of the Chichibu-Tama National Park.46 views
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Corridor of maple trees (momiji), but I was too early in Oct.46 views
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Tama River45 views
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These photos were taken in Feb. Probably scenic in fall.45 views
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There were many hikers on the bus, and I wondered where they were going, so I followed them.45 views
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Numerous monkey poop along the road.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.45 views
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Entrance to Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba. 45 views
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Mountain with a patch of green.44 views
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Omatsuri bus stop for Taba.43 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 possible43 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.43 views
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Bus stops in front of Kawaguchiko Station. 43 views
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I caught a retro bus to go to the other side of the lake.43 views
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Souvenir shop.43 views
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Autumn leaves at Lake Kawaguchi (northern shore). The trees are also lit up at night during the Koyo festival.42 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.42 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.42 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.41 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.41 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.40 views
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A few food stalls.40 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.40 views
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Nice Japanese-style room, but no Internet connection. I needed a break anyway.40 views
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A house with an irori where we could have tea and sweets.40 views
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Fire watch tower.40 views
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Pretty scenic area.39 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.39 views
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Wasabi garden.39 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. 38 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.38 viewsA Japanese Zero fighter plane??
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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.38 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.38 views
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2nd floor of this house had woodblock prints.38 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.37 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. 37 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.37 views
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Ancient varieties of rice.37 views
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The gourds grown here are used for decorative purposes.37 views
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Growing wasabi with very clean water at Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba.37 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.36 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.36 views
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Statue of Kajiwara Kagetoki (1140-1200 梶原 景時) at Lake Kawaguchi. A warrior against the Taira.36 views
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Bird house.36 views
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Train display in front of Kawaguchiko Station.35 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.35 views
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Adjacent to the maple trees was this park or garden featuring small thatched-roof houses.35 views
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Maple trees at Lake Kawaguchi. One of the few that was red.35 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35 views
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About Fukurokuju. This area of the lake has seven shrines for all of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune. 35 views
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Bus stop for the retro tourist bus.35 views
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Museum at Lake Kawaguchi.35 views
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View of Lake Kawaguchi's northern shore.35 views
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ABout the statue of two sister goddesses dancing over the lake. The sculptor was Gakuryo Nasu.35 views
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Maple and ginkgo trees on the southern shore of Lake Kawaguchi.35 views
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Panorama of the southern shore of Lake Kawaguchi.34 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.33 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33 views
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Herb Museum at Lake Kawaguchi.31 views
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Lake Yamanaka and Mt. Fuji in Nov. There's a boardwalk. Thisis near Yamanakako Koryu Plaza. 山中湖交流プラザ きらら1 views
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