Nothing says ‘relaxing’ to me more than being around water. When I’m hiking in the mountains, I love following streams and coming across waterfalls. When I’m at the beach, I love sunbaking on the sand and hearing the waves crash. When I’m in the sea, I love snorkeling among the fish and coral. And when I’m at a lake, I love getting on a boat or paddling around in a canoe. Water is just calming and blissful.
Two weekends ago, I took a day trip to Kawaguchiko, the biggest of the five lakes at the base of Mt Fuji. I’ve been to 2 or 3 of the other lakes before, but it was my first time to Lake Kawaguchi. It’s the most popular lake because it’s the most easily accessible by train. So as expected, there were quite a few tourists. Maybe more so because it was peak season for the autumn leaves.
After walking through the sleepy township from the train station, the lake suddenly came into view. It was much bigger than I thought it would be. To kind of see a snapshot of the whole lake, I went on a cruise boat that took us to the west end and back. I don’t think people swim in the lake – or at least it’s too cold to anytime outside of summer – but there were plenty of people fishing and chilling along the shores. On the north side, there were lots of lake houses. It would be amazing to rent a house and spend a weekend here! Their views of Mt Fuji early in the morning and at sunset must be amazing! On the south-east side, a cable car takes you up to a lookout point. You can also rent swan boats and go for a paddle. Or, there are even jet boat rides for thrill seekers.
I was happy just to relax lakeside and soak up those beautiful autumn colours.