There is a moment in your life, also in yours, that you have to take a plane to Tokyo (Japan) and march to MT Fuji, from now on towards Fuji-San. I know you are a Japanese culture lover and Fuji-San is the proper way to call the mountain.
It is certainly, one of the most charismatic mountains of planet Earth, and as for now we only have the opportunity to travel within it, there is no excuse for you. Mark in your calendar like a must to do travel.
As many of you already know Fuji-San it is among the prefectures of Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures and the truth is that as great point of tourist influx is quite easy to access it. Within the Internet there are a thousand of ways that explain how to get though, but that does not mean that I will explain to you how I get to the lakes.
The Chūō Main Line (中央本線), commonly called the Chūō Line, is one of the major trunk railway lines in Japan. It connects Tokyo and Nagoya. This line is the one I took, very easy access from Shinjuku the business district of Tokyo in about 1 hour you can reach Otsuki which your start point to Fuji-San.
Otsuki is a small station located 88km away of Tokyo and only 27 km away of Fuji-San that makes Otsuki the best and fastest way to access the lakes around Fuji-San. This particular station is managed between East Japan Railway (JR East) and Fuji Kyuko.
The Fuji Kyuko company which is private company is the one you want to get in order to get to the lakes. The Fujikyuko Line (富士急行線) is a Japanese private railway line in Yamanashi Prefecture, between Ōtsuki Station and Kawaguchiko Station in Fujikawaguchiko district.
I had the opportunity to jump in the 6000 series EMU, which operates since 2012 and is the train you see in the photo below.
This is the older 1000 Series which is just one year older even if you think is not that modern train.
But, back to the 6000 Series, the exterior is just natural steel and some blue in the doors and also decorating top and sticker in the side.
These trains are not the same as the rest you can find the conventional lines between cities. The interior decoration has a superior luxury beautifully finished in wood. Of course like all the trains in Japan the trains of Fujikyu Company are very clean and the staff is very happy to help anytime you can need.
Between each wagon there are no doors to separate them, instead, there are the typical noren (暖簾) with a dedicated Fuji-San logo in the doors place. This time was the one and only in all the trains I saw with a noren and no doors in a train between wagons.
The route as I mentioned earlier runs from Otsuki to Kawaguchiko and practically from the kilometer five and from there on towards during the entire way, you can seat and reax in your seat watching the villages bordering the railway line and observing for almost 15 kilometers the magnificent Fuji-San while taking a very pleasant ride.
By now you are questioning yourself if r32taka is still a car blog or not, but of in order to keep you in touch like a real japanese culture lover, I will ntroduce you the wood made tsurikawa. Latest JDM complement for your car. You have seen the original white tsurikawa, the heart shape tsurikawa and now the latest version wood made specially ordered for the 6000 series EMU trains.
One last chance to take a picture of Fuji-San before drop off the train at Kawaguchiko Station.
And then, suddenly after 27 km since we departed from Otsuki we arrived to Kawaguchiko Station (河口湖駅). Even the signal here announcing the station is specially designed for Fuji-San.
Here all the trains are decorated with a great variety of liveries. From small anime style Fuji tributes…
To the well known Thomas the train, you should know that Thomas the train cartoons are very popular between japanese kids. These train made the station very colorful giving that spring touch to your visit.
These two are the last two mark you want to look at, lakes are all around Fuji-San and is very important to do not confuse the in order to get the photos you want to take. As some lakes are too far of Fuji-San.
This signal of Fuji-San suddently relocates you in the environment which already take almost 2 hours to reach. So many trains of that great variety of colorful liveries almost makes you forget what was your real purpose. To be continued…