MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 15: Lake Yamanaka, Yamanakako

Yamanakako is a quaint mountain town, around one of Mt. Fuji’s 5 lakes, Yamanaka. It’s a must visit when traveling to Japan! I stayed here 4 days when I ran the Sponichi Half Marathon.

The bus from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji station is a scenic 3 hours. You can expect views of farms and rice patties – quite the contrast from bustling Tokyo. I was traveling alone, and although nerves almost got the best of me, the entire ride was easy to figure out, safe, and quiet.

I hope you don’t hesitate traveling across Japan on a bus or train — it’s easy to figure out and everyone is immensely helpful if you get into a situation where you need assistance.

Oh, and can we just talk about how breathtaking Mt. Fuji is?!

MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 8: Yokohama Osanbashi Pier

Yokohama is Japan’s largest city. What I loved the most was the feeling of being on the off-beaten path. You don’t see as many foreigners as you do in Tokyo.

The pier is one of the most notable and iconic aspects of Yokohama. There’s a lot to do on this waterfront such as visiting to the CUPNOODLES museum (!!!), the Yokohama Landmark Tower (epic boutiques, coffee, and art),  the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, and of course, the Ferris Wheel at the Cosmo World amusement park.

When the Yokohama Ferris Wheel, Cosmo Clock 21, first opened in 1992 it was the largest ferris wheel in the world! The view of Yokohama surrounding areas was beyond words. The most impressive was seeing the sun set over Mt. Fuji.

As you’ll see below, Yokohama won me over.

What is your favorite waterfront city?