Fuji Five Lakes Bike Tour

   Full-Day
   For Fit Cyclists
   Panoramic Views
   Art, Culture and Outdoors
   Optimal for Social Distancing

Tour highlights:
  • ride all the way around each of the Fuji Five Lakes, taking in diverse and outstanding views
  • explore an artisans' village of thatched-roof houses that preserve the look of ancient Japan
  • experience Mt Fuji from quiet country roads and remote vista points relatively few tourists visit
  • view the iconic mountain foregrounded by vast fields of seasonal flowers
  • visit a majestic shrine in a grove of cypress trees
  • cycle beside a lake where swans are often seen floating across Mt Fuji's reflection
  • this is one of our best tours for viewing cherry blossoms in spring and colorful leaves in fall
  • our support car enables anyone to complete this full-day tour, regardless of their level of physical fitness
Difficulty: Moderate

Typical duration: 7½ hours
Maximum duration: 8 hours
Terrain: Mostly flat bike paths and country roads with a few hills
Length: 90 km (60 mi)
Total elevation gain: 450 m
Departs from: Kawaguchiko Train Station
Tour fee: ¥25,000/person for 3 or more people, ¥37,500/person for 2 people or ¥75,000 for 1 person
What's included: Support car, English-speaking guide, bicycle, entrance fee for traditional village visited during the tour, basic insurance, helmet, bottled water, lunch and snacks


Description: Bike around all of the Fuji Five Lakes and experience countless breathtaking views of Mount Fuji and its picturesque foothills. Discover not only the region's must-see vista points but also the charming country roads and enchanting lakeshores where relatively few tourists go.

Our support car first brings you to a high-elevation lake where you'll bike on dedicated cycling paths and boardwalks from which swans can be seen floating close to shore. You'll visit a nearby flower park and view Fuji's majestic peak rising up behind vast fields of colorful blooms.

Next, bike downhill to a second lake whose bucolic roads transport you past awe-inspiring landscapes and clear, still waters that reflect mountains, forests and sky. In autumn you'll ride under arches formed by maple branches covered with bright red and yellow leaves. Stops include an atmospheric shrine in a cypress grove where our guides will demonstrate basic Shinto rituals and you can follow along if you wish.

As you cycle on to the shores of the more remote three of the Fuji Five Lakes, magnificent views of the iconic mountain are framed by aquamarine waters and lush woodlands. Explore on foot at a village where local artists display elaborate hand-made crafts in a setting that retains the look of ancient Japan. The village is a fantastic place to view Mount Fuji foregrounded by lanes of cherry trees that are covered with bright pink blossoms in spring.

This tour is a good match for people of average or better fitness who are up for a day of moderate outdoor activity. It's an excellent choice if you're interested in getting off the beaten path and enjoying spectacular views and cultural attractions in Japan's beautiful countryside.

Itinerary:
  • Meet our guides at Kawaguchiko Station
  • Ride to Lake Yamanaka in our support car (20 minutes)
  • Cycle around Lake Yamanaka (typically 1 hour)
    • Bike past plum and cherry trees on the waterfront, enjoying flower viewing in spring
    • Stop at a beach with an excellent view of Mt Fuji
    • Cycle past maple trees, viewing colorful leaves in fall
    • Ride on dedicated bike paths and boardwalks from which swans can be seen floating on the lake
    • Complete the bike ride around Lake Yamanaka
  • Cycle to a flower park and view fields of seasonal blooms foregrounding Mt Fuji (typically 15 minutes)
  • Bike to and sightsee on foot at a shrine in a cypress grove dedicated to Mt Fuji (typically 25 minutes)
  • Cycle to Lake Kawaguchiko (typically 20 minutes)
  • Short break for snacks
  • Bike half way around Lake Kawaguchiko (typically 45 minutes)
    • Cycle over a bridge that spans the lake and offers panoramic views
    • Stop at a lookout point on the lakeshore
    • Bike beside rows of cherry trees on the waterfront, enjoying cherry blossom viewing in spring
    • Cycle through the "Maple Corridor," viewing colorful leaves in fall
    • Visit a lakeside flower park with outstanding views
    • Bike to the quiet, scenic country roads on the less-developed side of the lake
  • Cycle to Lake Sai (typically 5 minutes)
  • Bike half way around Lake Sai (typically 15 minutes)
    • Cycle by maple trees, viewing colorful leaves in fall
    • Bike past plum and cherry trees on the waterfront, enjoying flower viewing in spring
    • Stop at a beach with an excellent view of Mt Fuji
  • Lunch (typically 40 minutes)
  • Explore the traditional artisans' village and its thatched-roof houses on foot (typically 45 minutes)
  • Bike to Lake Shoji (typically 15 minutes)
  • Cycle all the way around Lake Shoji, stopping at lakefront view points along the way (typically 25 minutes)
  • Bike to Lake Motosu (typically 5 minutes)
  • Cycle all the way around Lake Motosu, stopping at lakefront view points along the way (typically 45 minutes)
  • Bike back to Lake Sai (typically 25 minutes)
  • Cycle the second half of the way around Lake Sai (typically 15 minutes)
  • Bike back to Lake Kawaguchi (typically 5 minutes)
  • Cycle the second half of the way around Lake Kawaguchi (typically 20 minutes)
    • Stop at a park where hydrangea and lavender flowers bloom in summer
    • Pass the "floating shrine" on the lake
    • Complete the bike ride around Lake Kawaguchi
  • Ride to Kawaguchiko Station in our support car (5 minutes)
  • Tour concludes at Kawaguchiko Station

Photos from the Fuji Five Lakes Bike Tour