Apr, May, Jun
Lake Kawaguchiko (河口湖) is the most easily accessible of the Fuji Five Lakes by train and direct bus connections from Tokyo. It is a hot spring resort town with various tourist attractions and views of Mount Fuji is best from the lake's eastern side. From there, we take the toll road to the 5th station on the slopes of Mt. Fuji at about 2300m.
The toll road opens at 3am, so I suggest a pick up time of 3am from your hotel in Kawaguchi-ko area.
-Equipment: You can rent crampons, ice axe, helmet and harness at JPY1000 p/item. But I don't have Winter boots for rent.
- Food and drink: you should take over 2L of water, it’s better to have 700ml thermos.
- It might be possible for me to pick you up at your hotel in Tokyo in the middle of the night, for an additional price of 20000 JPY (max 4 people), so if you would like this then please enquire.
If you want to travel light then I could rent you gears such as crampons (if the size works out), axes at JPY 1,000 per item and touring ski package (ski, tour bindings, skins) at JPY 4,000 per day, but for this kind of activity, you would need to bring your own appropriate clothing and own mountaineering / ski boots.
I am an IFMGA mountain guide, also certified by the JMGA, born in Slovenia. Slovenia is known as one of the major sporting countries in the world - I used to compete at the Olympics representing Slovenia in Cross-country Skiing. After I left Slovenia, I travelled all over the world and ended up in Japan, where I have now lived for more than 20 years, mainly because I love the beautiful Japanese mountains too much, and I feel privileged to be able to enjoy these mountains through the entire four seasons.
I am based at the foot of the Japan Alps, in Nagano Prefecture. In the winter, we go climbing or skiing around Mt. Fuji or Yatsugatake and in the summer, we can enjoy shower-climbing or canoeing. It is my absolute pleasure to also take you and guide you in my home country in Slovenia.
In addition to guiding the mountains, I also enjoy having the opportunity to teach mountain climbing skills to every level of climbers. This is because I want everyone to enjoy Japanese mountains safely.
I am the first non-Japanese mountain guide registered with the Japan Mountain Guide Association. Please contact me if you would love to have great experiences in the mountains in all seasons with me!
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