Thank God Mid-Exams are Over!
While Sydney is enjoying the bikini season a little early it seems (it’s only Spring and hitting over 30 degrees WTF!) Tokyo is suffering the winter blues with Winter slowly approaching. It was a bit sad to not experience the usual slow roll of the cool wind and pink afternoon skies that Sydney Autumn offers as in Tokyo, you just feel the pain of Winter straight away it seems.
However, with Fall’s arrival it also means the spectacular sight of the trees turning color also known as Kōyō (紅葉) is beginning!
Though it sounds a bit strange in English to be excited about going to see the Autumn leaves, the crimson red of the momiji (maple trees) is definitely something to experience if you happen to be in Japan during the November period.
Before the storm of mid-exams hit, I was able to go to Kawaguchiko, the lake very close to Mt Fuji to go hunting for momiji!
The colours were amazingly vibrant against the blue sky!
Also, another great thing about traveling outside Tokyo is the local food which you won’t really find at any restaurant in the city and are only occasionally available at matsuri.
Around the lake, there are a number of sites and centers you can visit to experience various cultural activities or try out the fresh food and souvenirs!
Our first stop was the Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center.
While on the way to our next stop, we found this beautiful view of the lake reflecting the nearby hills which was too stunning for words!
Located on literally the opposite side of the lake is Saiko Iyashino-Sato Nenba (Healing Village).
It has a bit of a sad story as it was destroyed originally by a landslide during a typhoon in 1966 but through restoration efforts, it is now a open air museum.
It’s a great little look into the rural life of Showa Period Japan and the thatch roofed houses are beautiful.
Mt Fuji in the clouds.
Ok back to my exam books!
Until Next Time!
Where: Fuji Kawaguchiko Area
Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center
Saiko Iyashino-Sato Nenba (Healing Village)
How to get there: Japan Guide