Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

Kawaguchiko is one of the great five Fuji lakes that offer a great view of Mt Fuji (when the weather is right) and also have great hot springs. I was there and stayed at a great hotel (Fuji Kawaguchiko Onsen, Hotel Konansou) and will share more photos of that hot spring hotel. But for now, let’s get you from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko.

Where to buy bus tickets from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

You can book buses online at this web site. It was an easy way and you can pay online with your credit card and get an online confirmation to your email address. You should then print out that bus confirmation email (I suggest two copies each of the confirmation email. So two for the trip from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko and two for the trip back. Reason is the bus driver will keep the email and hence it is better to have another copy as a backup).
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

Where to take the bus from  Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

On the day itself, get yourself to the relatively new Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal at Shinjuku station. You can get there via South Exit or New South Gate exit of the Shinjuku station.
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

If you exit Shinjuku Station via South Exit, you can see the terminal at the opposite side of the road easily once you exit the station (you cannot miss it…).
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

I am not too sure about New South Gate but I think if you exit from there, you are at the Bus Terminal building itself. So you just need to go up to the bus terminal on the 4th floor.

You can see that on this photo:
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

If you exit the South Exit and cross the road to the building, you can then go to this escalator on the right hand side of the building to bring you up to the terminal.
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

From the next floor, follow the signs:
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

The map of the bus terminal (on a fourth floor of a building !! I still find it so amazing)
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

You will also noticed a lot of lockers.. might be useful for you ?
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

Use the many signboard displays to find your bus bay:
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

For example, my bus is at bus bay B5:
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

Nice waiting area and the toilets are SO SO CLEAN !!
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

I noticed these ticket machines that sell the bus tickets to different places… include the airport too
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

And at the exact time, the bus arrived at the bus bay:
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

How is the bus journey from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

The route to Kawaguchiko which will take you to the Fujikyu Highland and Mt Fuji station before reaching Kawaguchiko.
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

And there are women’s reserved seats (you can reserve those during your online booking). For ladies only ! 🙂
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

The ride is nice and un-eventful. Good for a sleep…… but don’t miss the view of Mt Fuji as you get closer to the destination.
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

And along the way, if the weather is good, you can say hi to Mt Fuji !
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

Arriving at Kawaguchiko Station

And hello, the station of Kawaguchiko. Hello !!
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

From here, you can buy tickets to the Kawaguchiko Retro Bus/Omni Bus loop (which will usually take you to your hotel). More details here. While there are quite a few bus loops, for me, I only use the RED loop as I have only one day there. I took the RED loop to my hotel (the Fuji Kawaguchiko Onsen, Hotel Konansou).

Here is a write up of my most wonderful experience staying at the Hotel Konansou

I bought a combined discount package of tickets for the unlimited bus rides, a trip up to the Kawaguchiko Ropeway which is a cable car taking you up to the Mt Kachi Kachi Ropeway for a great view of Mt Fuji and finally a boat ride in the Lake Kawaguchiko (for again, views of Mt Fuji. Useful if your hotel room does not offer you a view of Mt Fuji).

Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

By the way this is very important. Any children below 5 DOES NOT NEED any tickets !! Dun forget.. Don’t waste money buying tickets (in fact in Japan, always check.. many places don’t charge anything for children below 5.. including the trains !) 🙂
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

The red loop bus is at bus stop 1 (just outside the station main door):
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

And when it is time to go back to Shijuku, you can take the bus at the bus stop here (just outside the Kawaguchiko station.. to the left side if your back is towards the Kawaguchiko station).
Taking a bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko

One advice. You can get a great view of Mt Fuji just behind this station. Walk out of the station. Keep left (towards bus stop 3 where you take a bus to Shinjuku) and walk a little more to the left (where the lockers are). You can then see Mt Fuji !!

Lake Kawaguchiko is very nice and is especially nice during the autumn period. Some photos to share:
Lake Kawaguchiko

Lake Kawaguchiko

Lake Kawaguchiko

Lake Kawaguchiko

Lake Kawaguchiko

15 comments

  1. Hi,

    Very detailed and informative article. The various pictures helped too.

    I’ll be staying at Konansou for 2 nights for my upcoming trip to Lake Kawaguchiko in early Nov (fingers crossed for lovely autumn colours!). Is there anything worth exploring in the town itself (other than the usual recommended places of interest in and around the lake)?

    Thanks and regards,
    Mag

      1. Hi,
        Thank you. My flight to Narita is scheduled to arrive at Narita Airport at 9am. How much time do you think I should allow myself between arrival at Narita and boarding the bus to kawaguchiko?
        Thanks and regards,
        Mag

    1. Hi sorry for the delay.

      I watched a little of the video. The bus terminal to take the bus seemed different. The destination Kawaguchiko station is correct. Other than that I did not really watch the rest of the video.

      The PDF file is correct

  2. Hi there!
    Thanks so much for your helpful info bout the Shinjuku bus terminal. It helped me when I was seeing to the last minute details of my trip. Just got back from my Japan trip. Everything was just as u described. Thanks once again!

  3. Hi, thanks for the great article. I visited the website and trying to find seat availability for April 2019, but it seems like its greyed out. Does it means that the seat not available or I need to wait for a certain time to book?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi. I remembered the booking is for one or two months ahead of time. I remembered setting a reminder for myself to book the tickets on the day it was first available.

      April (from now) is too far out as I can recall.

  4. Hi thanks for the information! May I ask if it is possible to purchase the ticket from Shinjuku to Lake Kawaguchiko at the bus station itself? If not, is it possible to reserve tickets one/two nights before as we would like to be sure of the weather before deciding to go. I am going Tokyo in the first week of June. Thank you.

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