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Sweet November (Weekday Afternoon) at Lake Kawaguchiko: Up-to-You Tour

by Yoko
(25) Reviews
8h $ 211 Price up to 5 people


  • Lake Kawaguchiko
  • Option:1 ) Arakurayama Sengen Park with the famous pagoda viewpoint (398 stairs) 
  • Option: 2) Panaroma Ropeway (Adults Round-trip ¥800 One-way ¥450 Children Round-trip ¥400 One-way ¥230)
  • Option: 3) Kawaguchiko 20 minute Lake Cruise (Adults ¥930・Children 6-12 years old ¥470 / COMBINATION TICKET of 3)&4) ¥1300)
  • Option: 4) Kawaguchiko Museum of Art (Adults/University Students ¥800 Jr. & Sr. High school students ¥500)
  • Option: 5) Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum(Adults ¥1,500 University and High school students ¥1100 Elementary and Jr. High ¥800 AFTER 16:00 ¥500)
  • Option: 6) Kubota Ichiku Kimono Museum (Adults 1,300 yen, College and High School Students ¥900, Jr. High and Elementary ¥400)
  • Option: 7) Momiji (Maples) Corridor (Sunset is about 16:30 in November)
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Select Date and Travelers

211.20 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel Meetup in Tokyo area.
$ 8.80
Hotel Dropoff in Tokyo Area.
$ 8.80
Extra hour (except traffic congestion).
$ 26.40


Mt. Fuji isn't always visible, but during Autumn and Winter, we have a better chance of seeing it.

Please choose the spots in the highlights you would like to visit around Kawaguchiko near Mt. Fuji, based on your interest/preferences, your physical condition and the weather. It depends on which ones you choose, but I'll do my best to arrange it the way you can visit more than three of them.

What to Expect

You can take as much time as you want to take pictures, just relax and enjoy the view as far as we can make the bus or train back to Tokyo, instead of being rushed through like when you're in a package bus tour.

On visible days, we can enjoy the view of huge Mt. Fuji outdoors, and when we cannot have the view, we can enjoy art around the Lake Resort.
Instead of paying fees to Museum, strolling along the North Shore of Lake Kawaguchiko or staying a while at some viewpoints are possible on a clear day.

When the weather forecast won't be good enough, it's possible to change to other days if I'm available.

Flexibility is the greatest point of this tour. In case you're not departing from/returning to Tokyo, arrangements are possible.

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  • Lake Kawaguchiko
  • Option:1 ) Arakurayama Sengen Park with the famous pagoda viewpoint (398 stairs) 
  • Option: 2) Panaroma Ropeway (Adults Round-trip ¥800 One-way ¥450 Children Round-trip ¥400 One-way ¥230)
  • Option: 3) Kawaguchiko 20 minute Lake Cruise (Adults ¥930・Children 6-12 years old ¥470 / COMBINATION TICKET of 3)&4) ¥1300)
  • Option: 4) Kawaguchiko Museum of Art (Adults/University Students ¥800 Jr. & Sr. High school students ¥500)
  • Option: 5) Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum(Adults ¥1,500 University and High school students ¥1100 Elementary and Jr. High ¥800 AFTER 16:00 ¥500)
  • Option: 6) Kubota Ichiku Kimono Museum (Adults 1,300 yen, College and High School Students ¥900, Jr. High and Elementary ¥400)
  • Option: 7) Momiji (Maples) Corridor (Sunset is about 16:30 in November)


This tour will be held only on WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS and FRIDAYS in November.


I'll keep my fingers crossed, but you can NOT ALWAYS have the view of Mt. Fuji.

IF YOU'RE GOING TO USE JR PASS, please let me know. (From Otsuki to Kawaguchiko Station, you have to pay ¥1140 at least for Fujikyu Line.)

Chuo Highway buses are less expensive and reasonable, basically punctual but sometimes might get jammed due to traffic congestion.
Some are fully booked up, so advance booking is desirable.

As Lake Kawaguchiko is approximately two hours from Shinjuku, we will spend four hours at Lake Kawaguchiko unless you request extra hours.

It is impossible to go to all of the options in a day.

WEARING WALKING SHOES/SNEAKERS are recommendable, whichever options you choose.
It's becoming colder and especially on the Lake Cruise, it is recommendable to bring glooves and a jacket with you.

Lake Kawaguchiko area is usually five degrees Centigrade lower than Tokyo.

We will basically use buses around Lake Kawaguchi unless you're willing to pay for taxi fares.
The loop buses run approximately every fifteen minutes.

If you hope the tour to start or end around Kawaguchiko/Fujisan area, I will send you a new itinerary after your inquiries, so please let me know. read more

What‘s included
Guiding fee, The Guide's Admission fee for Kubota Ichiku Museum/ Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
The Guide's Transportation fare for the Ropeway and the Lake Cruise
What‘s not included
Transportation fare (You and guide: Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko Round trip by highway bus is ¥3500, by trains ¥6580.
If you'd like to visit several spots along the Lake, the Loop bus One Day Ticket ¥1300 might be convenient.)

Admission fee of your options (Please look at the highlights for each price)

Depart From
Meeting Point
At Bus Terminal Shinjuku or Shinjuku Station
Ending Point
At Bus Terminal Shinjuku, Shinjuku Station or Tokyo Station
8 hours
Starting time
12:00 PM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 25 )
Amanda Amanda United States ( Friends )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Kamakura 1 Day Trip ”

My friend and I wanted to do some sightseeing outside of Tokyo during the last couple of days of our trip. After consulting with Yoko, we selected a day trip to Kamakura as Nikko would be too busy during the Kouyo (leaf changing) season. Neither of us had visited Kamakura before, so we were hoping to see some places that we couldn’t see by researching the city online prior to our visit. Yoko-san did not disappoint in this area. She was very knowledgeable about the area and the shrines we visited. She also was very prompt with her communication. She catered the trip towards my friend’s difficulty with stairs, and in addition to visiting the famous Buddha statue there, we also saw a very quiet bamboo forest that put the one in Arashiyama to shame. She took pictures of my friend and I... read more


I appreciate your detailed review, Amanda. I love the way you were so eager not to miss anything you can, and going up extra stairs didn't hold you back even after we walked a lot. I'm surprised, however, that you and Tara got the wrong impression on some points. About the omamori, because among young people it is quite popular to get those charms, and your young friend seemed to get all the things she would like to, I just thought she didn't notice the one. I never ever asked if "she didn’t want to find someone." I'm enjoying single life myself.:-) About the diet, I'm afraid of your getting diabetes, an incurable disease that my dad suffers for such a long time. He even had eye surgeries twice, caused by the complications. About how to wear kimono, if you search on the internet,... read more

Alexander Alexander United Kingdom ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Expanding knowledge of Nikko heritage ”

Yoko demonstrated professionalism not only in English language and presentation of the subject of excursion but also in different aspects of religions and culture of Japanese people for better understanding of the country.


Thank you so much for a prompt review, Mr. Mostakov. I was so amazed that both you and your lovely wife had visited Japan so many times and quite familiar with Japanese cuisine. I'm glad that I could contribute to your better understanding of Japanese culture. As we visited the shrines for peace, may peace prevail on earth. Please enjoy the rest of your stay. Please give my regards to your beautiful wife, Mrs. Mostakov. I'll be looking forward to seeing you on your next visit to Japan and wish we could see Nihon Minkaen, folkhouse museum with houses from the Samurai period together next time.

Sarah Sarah United States
1 month ago

“ Tokyo tour ”

Yoko was a very nice guide and was very knowledgeable about Tokyo. We had an awesome time exploring Japan, and would definately recommend Yoko to show you around. She was very accommodating to what we wanted to see, and wanted to make sure we made the most of our day. I would book her again for my next trip to Japan.


I appreciate your review, Sarah. I had a wonderful day meeting you and your wonderful parents, Barbara and Robert. The weather was also nice to stroll through the East Gardens and I had a great time myself sharing the time seeing the beautiful sculptures and traditional Washi (Japanese paper) store together and talking about the Nikkei society with you. I will be looking forward to seeing you and your lovely parents in the future. Thank you again!!

Derin Derin United Kingdom ( Solo )
Very Good
2 months ago

“ Very passionate and knowledgeable guide ”

Spent 1.5 superb days with Yoko getting to know Tokyo. Yoko demonstrated incredible service way before I arrived in Tokyo. She provided a lot of useful information on arriving, hotels and planning my trip beyond Tokyo. Upon arrival in Tokyo, Yoko met me promptly at the hotel and took me on the whirlwind tour of Tokyo with a detailed tour the next day. Yoko is very passionate about Tokyo and this comes across in the information and instructions she provides on navigating the city. I saw a great deal - highlights being the fish market and the different shrines. It was incredible. I couldn't have hoped for a better introduction to Japan. The only comments I have that prevents me from rating Yoko a 100% is that at times in being do passionate about is doing guidance I sometimes felt a sch... read more


Thank you so much, Derin, for your review. So many customs are really different. I'm sorry I repeatedly told you about the escalator rules, keeping to the left in Tokyo, which is the opposite with those of London. We won't touch food we're not going to buy, so I was extremely shocked when you touched a Nikkuman at the Market to check if it was soft or not, so I had to tell you about those rules. I saw that you were waiting for people to get off at the station but I said that just to make sure, but I understood that was too much for you. I hope you would enjoy the other parts of Japan and please tell me about your journey when I see you in two weeks. Have a lot of fun!!

SALIK SALIK United States ( Solo )
2 months ago

“ Great day in Tokyo! ”

I had a wonderful first full day because Yoko made everything less daunting. I highly recommend her as a private guide as she is fluent in English and knows how to balance visits to culturally enriching sites as well as commercial areas. I would advise everyone to be ready to walk a lot if you want to make the most of this tour.


Thank you, Mr. Shaikh, for such a prompt great review. You're the first guest who had the Geisha experience and Samurai Museum on the same day with visits to Meiji Jingu Shrine, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Nihonbashi, Shiodome and Ginza. Tokyo sightseeing requires a lot of walk, so congratulations on surviving the day.:-) I'm always amazed even they usually won't walk so much, the Americans can do it. I hope you'll enjoy the rest of your stay in Tokyo!!

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