Mount Fuji Alternatives For a Rainy Day Mount Fuji Alternatives For a Rainy Day

Mount Fuji Alternatives For a Rainy Day


2019.07.09

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Mount Fuji Alternatives For a Rainy Day

So you’ve traveled to the Fuji Five Lakes with the goal to get a close up look at Mount Fuji and get social media-worthy photos along the way but the weather's not cooperating and the main reason for your trip is hidden behind thick clouds.

Well, don’t let the bad weather put a damper on the Mount Fuji-themed adventure. While you wait for the clouds to clear up, you can still get a good dose of Fuji fun by visiting a Museum, hot spring, the Monkey Showman Theatre and so on...

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    Fujiyama Museum

    Fujiyama Museum

    Fujiyama Museum

    The Fujiyama Museum, as the name implies, is a museum dedicated to showcasing the beauty of Mount Fuji from the perspective of a selected group of Japanese and foreign artists and their diverse styles of paintings.

    The museum is small in size yet big on the quality of the artwork on display. As you make your way up the sloping gallery, you will come across the permanent works of modern painters all with a common passion for Mount Fuji instilled in their paintings.

    The museum also holds special exhibitions which at times include collaborations with renowned figures in the entertainment world. The building’s architectural design is also good reason to make a stop at the Fujiyama Museum. The bright atrium is filled with natural light, and even on cloudy days walking around its exhibition areas is a pleasant experience.

    Once you are done admiring Mount Fuji on canvas, you can round up the museum experience with an artsy and tasty Mount Fuji sandwich ice cream and tea set at the Atrium Café.

    Fujiyama Museum

    Fujiyama Museum

    Fujiyama Museum
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    4.5

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    Yamanashi Fujiyoshida-shi Shinnishihara 5-6-1
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    0555228223
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    10:00-17:30 (Last entry rece…
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    Fujisan World Heritage Centre.

    Fujisan World Heritage Centre

    Fujisan World Heritage Centre

    A 20-minute walk west of the Fujiyama Museum, the Fujisan World Heritage Centre awaits visitors with a whole lot of engaging information about the iconic volcano right behind it.

    Through its new South Hall, the centre offers visitors the chance to virtually experience the natural environment of Mount Fuji, while learning about the history and spiritual aspects that have drawn pilgrims to climb and worship the mountain for thousands of years.

    Fujisan World Heritage Centre

    Fujisan World Heritage Centre

    The main attraction here is the Fugaku 360, a three-dimensional version of Mount Fuji which changes colour to depict the changes faces of the mountain throughout the day.

    From the hall’s second floor you can view the 3D Mount Fuji and walk through the Ochudo Corridor where you’ll hear the sounds of Mount Fuji, walk through its historical moments, and watch a short video that transports you to the mountain.

    Fujisan World Heritage Centre

    Fujisan World Heritage Centre

    Back on the first floor under the lit up “volcano”, you’ll find various interactive displays showcasing information about the mountain’s various climbing routes, the iconic Fuji Five Lakes at the foot of the mountain, and the worshiping customs that have been in practice for centuries.

    Visiting the Fujisan World Heritage Centre is perfect for that rainy day when seeing Mount Fuji live is not possible and especially when traveling with kids. It is even a good compliment to the Fujisan Climbing experience. On clear days, Mount Fuji can also be viewed from the centre’s North Hall terrace.

    Fujisan World Heritage Center
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    4.0

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    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Funatsu 6663-1
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    0555720259
    opening-hour
    9:00-17:00[July.-Sep.]8:30-1…
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    Fuji Chobo-no-yu Yurari

    Fuji Chobo-no-yu Yurari

    Fuji Chobo-no-yu Yurari

    While the rain may delay your trip up Mount Fuji, that doesn’t mean you can’t look at Mount Fuji, and from a lovely open-air hot spring, no less.

    Fuji Chobo-no-yu Yurari is a tranquil hot spring facility that has excellent views of the imposing Mount Fuji, so you can soak away the stress of travel and still feel like the trip was worthwhile.

    They have 3 baths with Mount Fuji views, and 2 of them are open-air. Should the weather not be too terrible, then you can relax in the outdoor springs, but there're still indoor baths and sauna that will salvage a stormy day at the mountain.

    Fuji Chobo-no-yu Yurari

    Fuji Chobo-no-yu Yurari

    Fuji Chobo no Yu Yurari
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    4.0

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    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunnarusawamura 8532-5
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    0555853126
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    [Weekday]10:00-21:00(Last en…
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    The Monkey Showman Theatre at Lake Kawaguchi-ko

    The Monkey Showman Theatre at Lake Kawaguchi-ko

    The Monkey Showman Theatre at Lake Kawaguchi-ko

    Or maybe you need an extra helping of cuteness to overcome those rainy day blues?

    The Monkey Showman Theatre is the spot for you. This stage performance features Japanese monkeys doing all kinds of adorable tricks, as well as a few athletic feats, with the help of a human partner.

    Performances last around 40 minutes, and tickets are 1,500 yen for adults.

    There’s also a separate monkey enclosure, 300 yen, that lets you get a closer look at the animals, as well as have the opportunity to give them a little treat. Nothing like trading a rainy day for that warm, fuzzy feeling.

    The Monkey Showman Theatre at Lake Kawaguchi-ko

    The Monkey Showman Theatre at Lake Kawaguchi-ko

    Monkey Showman Theater at Lake Kawaguchi
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    4.0

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    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Kawaguchi 2719-8
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    0555768855
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    From 10:00
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    Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum

    Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum

    Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum

    Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum is a European-styled amusement center that’s focused on instruments and musical performances.

    Though it may not be the best weather to wander around their lovely gardens, the indoor facilities alone are worth the visit. The Organ Hall displays a towering antique organ 5 meters high and 13 meters wide, ornately decorated with dozens of dolls that play along to the organ’s automatic performances.

    The Main Hall hosts an automatic orchestral performance that sometimes features live accompaniment, and shows take place throughout the day. You can even make your own music box at one of the museum’s workshops! Entrance is 1,500 yen for adults.

    Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum

    Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum

    Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
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    4.5

    7 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Fujikawaguchikomachi Kawaguchi 3077-20
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    0555204111
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    10:00-17:00(Last entry16:30)
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    The Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

    The Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

    The Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

    Down on Lake Kawaguchi, in an area with almost as many museums as onsens, the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum is home to the work of its namesake textile artist who revived the lost traditional form of "Tsujigahana", a Muromachi era (1336–1573) fabric dyeing technique. Kubota’s work has been exhibited in galleries around the world, including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

    This is a rare opportunity to see the largest collection of his work. Inspired by Antoni Gaudí, the museum building is a work of art in its own right, a perfect match the Kubota’s textile work, as well as other pieces collected by the artist. At the end of exploring the space, stop for a cup of macha in the artist’s former workshop.

    The Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

    The Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

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    Kawaguchiko Muse Museum

    Kawaguchiko Muse Museum

    Kawaguchiko Muse Museum

    Another worthy spot on Lake Kawaguchi, Kawaguchiko Muse Museum hosts the work of Yuki Atae, whose cotton cloth dolls maker. He held a personal exhibition at New York, Paris, and Sao Paulo.

    The dolls scratch a nostalgic itch, presenting a slice of life in early-20th century Japan, but they also represent the highest expression of the indigenous artistic tradition of dollmaking. After the dolls, tour the other gallery spaces and stop for a cup of tea with a view of Yagizaki Park.

    Kawaguchiko Muse Museum

    Kawaguchiko Muse Museum

    Kawaguchiko Muse Museum Yuki Atae Building
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    4.0

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    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Kodachi 923
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    0555725258
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    9:00-17:00(Last entry16:30)
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