We finally had our first family road trip this past weekend. We decided to drive to Lake Kawaguchiko and Oishi Park, as a few of our friends had recently visited the area and recommeded. It is about a 90 minute drive from Tokyo via the Chuo Expressway and is located in the Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji.
Depending on the season, Lake Kawaguchiko can be surrounded by beautiful flowers or fall foliage. Oishi Park, on the north shore of Kawaguchiko is a park where you will see some of the most magnificent views of Fuijsan. Oshi Park is also home of the Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center, where you can learn to make your own blueberry jam and well as purchase. You can also purchase food, souvenirs and soft serve ice cream here.
Our trip was pretty short as many things were still closed. However the lavender blooms and scenic views did not disappoint. Also it was a great place for toddlers! Mila loved telling me the colors of all the flowers she saw while running around “Flower Street”.
Depending on the time of the year you visit Oishi Park you can encounter the below flowers in bloom:
- Late April – tulips, narcissus, rape
- Early May – pink moss phlox
- June to early July – lavender
- Late June to early October – begonia
- Late October – red kochi
- Niagara Fall by the lights” is held in winter and you can see Mt.Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko with fantastic illuminations