Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sengen Shrine and Lake Kawaguchi // 静岡浅間神社と河口湖

A few weeks ago, I took a day trip to Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures with some teachers from a school I work at.  This area is close to Mt. Fuji.   First we went to Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka prefecture.  There were many children dressed up for Shichi-Go-San, a coming of age celebration for children who are 3, 5 and 7 years old.


Next, we went to Kachikachi Mountain which was next to Lake Kawaguchi.  We got to take a cute cablecar up the mountain where there was a shrine and a nice view.  We should have been able to see Mt. Fuji really well from there, but it was very cloudy that day.  There is some kind of story about a raccoon and a rabbit associated with the mountain so there were many images of those two animals.


We ate the local Yamanashi food called houtou for lunch but I didn't get a photo.  It's similar to udon soup but served over a burning fire.  Then we went on a walk to see the colorful leaves on the Japanese maple trees.


I had a really good time but was so exhausted by the end of the day.  I recommend visiting this area of Japan because it has a lot of natural beauty- especially during the fall season.


  1. sosoooo pretty i wanna be able to do this one day in the future! I would LOVE to visit japan in the fall or spring, I've only been in the dead of rainy winter and it's not so grand!

    1. Yeah I definitely recommend coming in fall or spring because of all the nature reasons. ;)

  2. Wonderful photographs... :D