Hippo Boat Ride and Lakeshore Bike Tour

   Panoramic Views

Tour highlights:
  • our support car takes you to one of the area's most scenic, remote lakes where there are relatively few tourists
  • ride on the lake in a hippo-themed boat that's a fun adventure for both kids and adults
  • enjoy fantastic Mt Fuji views while biking on paths and boardwalks reserved for cyclists and pedestrians
  • cycle by lake waters where swans float across Fuji's reflection
  • pass under the branches of cherry trees that flower in spring
  • ride among maples and ginkos whose leaves turn red and yellow in fall
  • this tour combines one of our easiest, flattest bike courses with a delightful boat ride
Difficulty: Easy

Typical duration: 2½ hours
Maximum duration: 3 hours
Terrain: Mostly-flat bike paths
Length: 16 km (10 mi)
Total elevation gain: 20 m (70 ft)
Departs from: Kawaguchiko Train Station
Tour fee: ¥17,000/person for 3 or more people, ¥23,000/person for 2 people or ¥43,000 for 1 person
What's included: Support car, English-speaking guide, hippo boat ride ticket, bicycle, basic insurance, helmet, bottled water and snacks

Description: For the start of this tour, our support car drives you to a remote lake with breathtaking panoramic views of Mt Fuji. There you'll bike the shoreline on nearly-flat paths and picturesque boardwalks. The route is reserved for cyclists and pedestrians, making this tour an excellent choice for families with children.

Part way around the lake, you'll take a break from cycling and board a hippo-themed bus that drives right into the water, converting into a boat with a big splash. The half-hour ride on the lake in the hippo boat is a fun adventure for both kids and adults.

After the boat ride you'll resume cycling past trees that are filled with delicate white and pink cherry blossoms in spring and vibrant red and yellow maple leaves in fall. Along the way, you'll pass swans that float across Fuji's reflection on the water.

This tour takes place at a lake that is far less crowded than nearby areas better known to tourists and yet offers some of the best scenery in Mt Fuji's foothills. It's an excellent choice for parents who want to enjoy a relaxing bike ride with outstanding views while providing their kids with plenty of excitement.

  • Meet our guides at Kawaguchiko Station
  • Ride to Lake Yamanaka in our support car (30 minutes)
  • Take the first segment of the bike ride around the lake on paths reserved for cyclists and pedestrians (typically 15 minutes)
  • Ride on the lake in the hippo-themed boat (typically 30 to 40 minutes)
  • Complete the bike ride around the lake on dedicated cycling and walking paths (typically 45 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 boardwalks from which swans can be seen floating on the lake
  • Ride to Kawaguchiko Station in our support car (30 minutes)
  • Tour concludes at Kawaguchiko Station

Photos from the Hippo Boat Ride and Lakeshore Bike Tour