紅葉狩り

The momiji-gari (literally "red leaf hunting") has been a popular activity in Japan for centuries. November is the best time to take on a road trip and observe this natural phenomenon.

Itinerary

Fuji Five Lakes is the name of the region located at the northern base of Mount Fuji, in the Yamanashi Prefecture. It's less than 2-hour drive from downtown Tokyo and offers spectacular views during fall.

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Stage 1

From Tokyo to Lake Kawaguchi

Waypoints: Fuji Speedway, Mikuni Pass, Yamanaka Suwa Shrine, Lake Yamanaka, Oshino Hakkai, Maple Corridor...

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Stage 2

Round trip around the smaller lakes

Waypoints: Kohoku View Line, Iyashi no Sato, Lake Sai, Lake Shoji, Lake Motosu, Narusawa Ice Cave, Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine...

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Stage 3

From Lake Kawaguchi to Tokyo

Waypoints: Mount Tenjo, Arakura Sengen Shrine, Lake Kawaguchi, Tokyo...

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About...

Driving in Japan is not very different from driving in Western Europe, except that Japanese drive on the left and speed limits are lower. Study your itinerary, keep calm, respect the rules... it'll be ok!

The Mazda MX-5 is a pleasure to drive! It's perfect for a road trip around Mount Fuji. The current car was a rental from Times Car Rental, but booked with Europcar. The cost was ¥‎51,800 for 3 days.

Asama Shrines are a type of Shinto Shrine centered on the worship of the kami of volcanos in general, and Mount Fuji in particular. The head of all Asama shrines is the Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha.

Fuji-Q Highland is an amusement park near the base of Mount Fuji. It has 2 haunted attractions: the Haunted Hospital, the world's second largest haunted attraction, and the newly built Hopeless Fortress.