Lake and Village Bike Tour

   Half-Day
   Panoramic Views
   Art, Culture and Outdoors

Tour highlights:
  • this tour combines one of our easiest, shortest bike courses with a bit of walking around a small village
  • our support car transports you to a rural setting on one of the area's more remote lakes
  • explore a traditional artisans' village and see the work of skilled local craftspeople
  • bike on a lakeshore with outstanding views of Mt Fuji and the surrounding forests
  • experience the iconic mountain from quiet country roads relatively few tourists visit
  • this is one of our best tours for seeing cherry blossoms in spring and colorful leaves in fall
Difficulty: Easy

Typical duration: 2½ hours
Maximum duration: 3 hours
Terrain: Flat country roads
Length: 10 km (6 mi)
Total elevation gain: 20 m
Departs from: Kawaguchiko Train Station
Tour fee: ¥14,000/person for 3 or more people, ¥20,000/person for 2 people or ¥40,000 for 1 person
What's included: Support car (to travel to the remote lakeshore and to ride in if you get tired), English-speaking guide, entrance fee for village visited during the tour, bicycle, basic insurance, helmet, bottled water and snacks


Description: Ride quiet country roads around a lakeshore with spectacular views of Mount Fuji. The lake's waters are exceptionally clean and transparent, and the iconic mountain is often reflected on their surface, creating an enchanting "double-Fuji" image.

Halfway around the lake, you'll stop to explore on foot at a beautifully-preserved village of thatched-roof houses where local artisans produce elaborate traditional hand-made crafts. A wide variety of works are on display in the village's studios, galleries and craft shops, including ceramics, paintings, wood carvings, glasswork and indigo-dyed fabrics. Mt Fuji rises up behind the picturesque houses, making for spectacular scenery.

Leaves of maple trees along the bike route turn brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange in fall, and the village's rows of cherry trees are covered with bright pink blossoms in spring. The second half of the cycling course winds past the famous Aokigahara "Sea of Trees" Forest and its groves of lush oaks and evergreens.

This tour spirits you away from the tourist bustle of urban areas to tranquil countryside with magnificent views. It's an ideal way to get off the beaten path and experience a vibrant rural community that preserves key elements of the culture and look of ancient Japan.

Itinerary:
  • Meet our guides at Kawaguchiko Station
  • Ride to Lake Sai in our support car, enjoying countryside views along the way (20 minutes)
  • Cycle half way around Lake Sai (typically 25 to 35 minutes)
    • 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
  • Explore the artisans' village on foot (typically 1 hour)
  • Short break for snacks
  • Complete the second half of the bike ride around Lake Sai (typically 25 to 35 minutes)
    • Cycle past maple trees, viewing colorful leaves in fall
    • Ride by the famous Aokigahara "Sea of Trees" Forest
  • Ride to Kawaguchiko Station in our support car on picturesque routes (20 minutes)
  • Tour concludes at Kawaguchiko Station

Photos from the Lake and Village Bike Tour