Mt Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan as well as the most famous landmark of the country. Mt Fuji and the surrounding areas are popular travel destinations all year around, and there are numbers of tourist attractions such as the Fuji Five Lakes and Fuji Q Highland.
Besides regular attractions, there are also various seasonal events held around Mt Fuji area which attract even larger number of visitors during the period. Colourful flower fields, spectacular fireworks, etc, the stunning seasonal scenery can be enjoyed with the glorious view of Mt Fuji only for limited periods of the year. In this article, I’d like to introduce the best events near Mt Fuji in 2019!
Kawaguchiko Winter Fireworks
Fireworks might be signature events of summer in Japan, yet winter is actually a great season to enjoy fireworks as the air and sky is much clearer and the visibility gets better. Kawaguchiko Winter Fireworks (河口湖・冬花火) is a spectacular fireworks festival held on Saturdays and Sundays from mid January to mid February, plus 23 February which is a commemoration day of Mt Fuji. When the wind is calm, you can view the reflection of the fireworks and Mt Fuji on the surface of the Lake Kawaguchiko.
Date: 12 January to 17 February (Saturday and Sunday only) and 23 February 2019
Venue: Oike Park, Lake Kawaguchiko
Hours: 20:00 ~ 20:20
*Cancelled in case of stormy weather
Saiko Ice Festival
Saiko Ice Festival or Saiko Juhyo Matsuri (西湖樹氷まつり) is one of the most spectacular snow festivals you can visit from Tokyo. The event features gigantic ice trees (Juhyo in Japanese) in various shapes. Some of them are as big as 10 m tall. The ice trees are lightened up at night mystically with colourful LED lights.
Date: 26 January to 17 February 2019
Venue: Yacho no Mori Park, Lake Saiko
Hours: 9:00~19:00 (light-up available after sunset)
Lake Yamanakako Ice Candle Festival
Diamond Fuji is the state of the sun setting over the summit of Mt Fuji and displaying a fantastic and remarkable view. This view can be captured around Lake Yamanakako in certain times during autumn and winter. From early to mid February is considered to be the best viewing time for the Diamond Fuji. Lake Yamanakako Ice Candle Festival (山中湖アイスキャンドルフェスティバル) is held during the Diamond Fuji Week with warm lights of countless ice candles and the special fireworks.
Date Diamond Fuji Week: 1–22 February 2019 Ice Candle Festival: 16 February 2019
Venue: Lake Yamanakako
Fuji Kawaguchiko Cherry Blossom Festival
Fuji Kawaguchiko Cherry Blossom Festival (富士・河口湖さくら祭り) is one of the most popular cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan in spring. The astonishing view of cherry blossoms, the lake and Mt Fuji can be captured in one picture. The festival also features special events and a market selling local specialties, food and drinks. The cherry blossom avenue is lightened up at night after the sunset till 9 pm.
Shortly after the cherry blossom season, the spectacular flower event kicks off near Lake Motosuko. Fuji Shibazakura Festival (富士芝桜まつり) displays 800,000 pink moss flowers flourishing on the vast 2.3 ha field on the foot of Mt Fuji, attracting over 500,000 visitors in every season. The best viewing time is usually from late April to mid May. FYI, the event seems to get extremely crowded during the Golden Week Holiday (end of April to early May) so does the traffics.
Lavender is one of the most beloved flowers in Japan during summer, and Hokkaido is the most famous for the magnificent lavender fields. However, you can also the charming lavender flowers with the glorious view of Mt Fuji at Fuji Kawaguchiko Herb Festival (河口湖ハーブフェスティバル). The festival also features special events and the market offering local crafts, herd products, food and drinks including purple lavender soft serve ice cream!
Date: 14 June to 7 July 2019 (to 15 July at Oishi Park)
Venue: Oishi Park and Yagisaki Park at Lake Kawaguchiko
Fuji Five Lakes Fireworks (富士五湖花火大会) are fireworks festivals held at each lakes of Fuji Five Lakes (Lake Kawaguchiko, Lake Yamanakako, Lake Saiko, Lake Shojiko and Lake Motosuko) in the beginning of August every year. The festival kicks off at Lake Yamanakako then the grand finale takes place at Lake Kawaguchiko with the biggest number of fireworks as well as special events and a lot of food vendors.
The autumn leaves season is the second busiest time of the year in Japan after the cherry blossom season. And the stunning red maple leaves can be enjoyed with the view of Mt Fuji at the north shore of Lake Kawaguchiko at Fuji Kawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival (富士河口湖紅葉まつり). The highlight of the event includes the maple corridor “Momiji Kairo” is the walkway lined by over 60 maple trees with coloured autumn leaves. The autumn leaves can be enjoyed after dark as well, with the special light-up during the season.
Hana no Miyako Park is a popular flower park in Lake Yamanakako where various kinds of seasonal flowers can be enjoyed through the year with the glorious view of Mt Fuji. As the season for the flowers ends during winter, the illumination event takes place at the park from late November to early January. Yamanakako Art Illumination “FANTASEUM” (山中湖アートイルミネーション 「FANTASEUM」) features colourful winter illuminations collaborating with the magnificent view of Mt Fuji and the starry winter sky. The special fireworks are also launched on weekends and Christmas and New Year Holiday seasons.
Date:TBA (23 November 2018 to 3 January 2019)
Venue: Hana no Miyako Park at Lake Yamanakako
Thanks for reading! Which Mt Fuji events would you like to join this year?? Mt Fuji is definitely one of the best spots to enjoy the seasonal events with the magnificent scenery!
For more information about travelling around Mt Fuji area, here are some more articles for you to check out 🙂