My family came to Japan this week for the first time for a holiday, during my year abroad. I was lucky enough to join them for a few days in between my university classes. One of the places we visited was Kawaguchiko, which is where the second largest lake of the Five Fuji Lakes is located (Lake Kawaguchiko).
We stayed at this beautiful Japanese-style inn (a ryokan) which had the most incredible view of Mt. Fuji. Here are some shots from our window.
The itinerary for that day was jam-packed so it was a good thing we had a big breakfast!
First stop for the day was a visit to Kawaguchiko Music Forest. It’s the world’s largest music box museum that has a lot of old style music boxes and automatic musical instruments.
I’ll be honest, it was very pretty and interesting but it kinda freaked me out. It’s like a weird “Shrek” style Disneyland theme park and it’s somewhere that I wouldn’t want to go there alone, especially at night. They have music performances throughout the day that are played by these automatic machines and it’s a bit creepy hahaha
We didn’t stay very long since it’s a very western-style museum and there isn’t really much else to do apart from listening to music performances.
The next stop was Owakudani in Hakone, which is a volcanic alley that has lots of sulphuric hot springs. To get there we took the cable car (Hakone Ropeway).
Owakudani is famous for Kur0-Tamago, or Black egg. These are eggs that are cooked in the hot springs and due to some chemical reactions, the egg shells turn black. I was lucky enough to eat one and it tasted like a normal egg, but legend has it that eating one of these black eggs can prolong your life by an extra 7 years!
The final two stops for the day were a boat trip round lake Ashi, and shopping at Gotemba Premium Outlet. I was too busy enjoying the boat trip to take photos but I managed to get one before we boarded the ship.
The day ended with dinner and more time in the onsen at the ryokan we were staying at. I’ve got another blog post lined up on what we did the day before in Kamakura, so stay tuned for that!
Thanks for reading!