Three Lakes Bike Tour

   Full-Day
   Panoramic Views
   Art, Culture and Outdoors

Tour highlights:
  • bike around the three most attractive lakes in Mt Fuji's foothills
  • explore a traditional artisans' village
  • view Fuji foregrounded by vast fields of flowers
  • 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
  • our support car enables anyone to complete this full-day tour, regardless of their level of physical fitness
Difficulty: Moderate

Typical duration: 6 hours
Maximum duration: 7 hours
Terrain: Mostly flat bike paths and country roads with a few hills
Length: 55 km (35 mi)
Total elevation gain: 350 m
Departs from: Kawaguchiko Train Station
Tour fee: ¥20,000/person for 3 or more people, ¥30,000/person for 2 people or ¥60,000 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 the three of the Fuji Five Lakes that offer the best views of Mount Fuji and the area's most famous attractions. Our support car 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 where Fuji's iconic peak rises up behind vast fields of colorful blooms.

Next, bike downhill to a second lake whose quiet country roads lead to spectacular waterfront vista points. In autumn you'll ride under arches formed by maple branches covered with bright red and yellow leaves. Stops include an atmospheric shrine dedicated to Mt Fuji where our guides will demonstrate basic Shinto rituals and you can follow along if you wish.

The journey then takes you to a third lake with scenic shores relatively few tourists ever see. Explore on foot at a beautifully-preserved ancient village where artisans produce elaborate hand-made crafts in traditional Japanese thatched-roof farmhouses. 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 experiencing a wide variety of natural, historical and cultural attractions in Japan's picturesque countryside.

Itinerary:
  • Meet our guides at Kawaguchiko Station
  • Ride to Lake Yamanaka in our support car (20 minutes)
  • Cycle around Lake Yamanaka (typically 70 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
    • 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 20 minutes)
  • Cycle to and sightsee on foot at a shrine dedicated to Mt Fuji (typically 30 minutes)
  • Cycle to Lake Kawaguchiko (typically 20 minutes)
  • Lunch (typically 30 minutes)
  • Cycle half way around Lake Kawaguchiko (typically 1½ hours)
    • 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 10 minutes)
  • Cycle half way around Lake Sai (typically 20 to 30 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
    • Cycle past maple trees, viewing colorful leaves in fall
  • Explore the traditional artisans' village and its thatched-roof houses on foot (typically 1 hour)
  • Short break for snacks
  • Complete the second half of the bike ride around Lake Sai (typically 25 to 30 minutes)
  • Bike from Lake Sai back to Lake Kawaguchiko and complete the second half of the bike ride around Lake Kawaguchiko (typically 45 minutes)
    • Stop at a park where hydrangeas and lavender bloom in summer
    • View the "floating shrine" on the lake
  • Ride to Kawaguchiko Station in our support car (5 minutes)
  • Tour concludes at Kawaguchiko Station

Photos from the Three Lakes Bike Tour