|Above, the Lake Kawaguchi fireworks festival in 2004. Video and video shapshot by Armand Vaquer.|
Back in 2004, the first G-TOUR had the tour group at Lake Kawaguchi near Mount Fuji for an evening of fireworks.
It was the annual fireworks festival held in August of several fireworks companies in competition. The beneficiaries of the competition were the observers gathered along the shoreline.
The fireworks were detonated across the lake from us and they were a beautiful sight to behold, with the fireworks reflecting on the lake.
There are other things to see and do in the area of Lake Kawaguchi and Mount Fuji. Japan Info has three of them for your consideration.
They begin with:
Lake Kawaguchi is the most accessible of the Fuji Five Lakes with direct trains and bus routes from Tokyo. The lake not only boasts some great tourist attractions but also has some excellent views of Mount Fuji, especially when framed by delicate sakura blossoms or vibrant autumn foliage. Lake Kawaguchi is my favorite place to stay when visiting this area as it has a number of hotels, hostels, and ryokans to stay in and a lot of shops and restaurants, too. Around Lake Kawaguchi is many beautiful views – Sakura trees and Momiji trees were strategically planted to give brilliant vistas across the lake with Mount Fuji in the backdrop. If you want more of a bird’s-eye view, you can travel up the Kachi Kachi Ropeway. Traveling up by cable car (or ropeway in Japan), you will get a stunning view of the lake. You may notice many plastic animals lining the way playing out a story. These are the rabbits and Japanese raccoon dogs (tanuki) in a vengeful battle, but you’ll have to visit yourself to see how it turns out. Lake Kawaguchi also serves as a hub for accessing other local areas, such as the Fuji-Q Highland and Oshino Hakkai. Here are my 3 top recommendations for things to do and see around Lake Kawaguchi and Mount Fuji.To read more, go here.