Tokyo Trip Day 2: Mt. Tenjo Kachi-Kachi Ropeway and Kawaguchiko Herb Festival

Since it was a beautiful day outside, we took a short stroll by the lakeside from our hotel to the Mt. Tenjo Kachi-Kachi Ropeway. The area was blooming with all sorts of hydrangea blossoms, pink and blue, in various shades and sizes. Mom was happily chirping all the way about how beautiful the surrounding scenery was.

Mt. Tenjo Kachi-Kachi Ropeway

We bought the round-trip tickets for the Kachi-Kachi cable car ride, it cost 700 yen per pax. The view of the lake and the surrounding mountains from the top was awesome.

On the top, there was a little shop selling ice-cream, roasted ricecakes, drinks and souvenirs. We bought an iced peach drink and a blue Mt. Fuji popsicle. It was really refreshing as the day was quite hot. However, although the day was bright and sunny, clouds were blocking our view of Mt. Fuji.:-(

Supposed to see Mt. Fuji behind us but it was blocked by clouds :-(

There is a funny story about Mt. Kachi-Kachi:

①Once upon a time there was an old man and an old woman living together peacefully.
②One day they found a raccoon eating the seeds that they just sown in the mountain. On the next They laid the snare to catch the raccoon.
③The caught raccoon apologized for what he had done so they forgave him. However the raccoon betrayed them and killed the old woman.
④A rabbit , a good friend of the old man and the old woman, promised to revenge him.
⑤The rabbit and the raccoon went to the mountain to gather the firewood. On the way they come back, the rabbit set a fire on the firewood of the raccoon's back and the raccoon got burned on his back.
⑥On the next day the rabbit and the raccoon went into the river however only raccoon's boat
sank because his boat was made of mud. The rabbit got his revenge!

We also hiked a slight way up the mountain (around 15 mins) to take a look at a shrine. However, it was not really a proper shrine... kinda disappointed. The view from among the forests was not too bad though. It was a good mother-daughter bonding moment.

When it was about time to alight from the mountain, mom found out that she had lost our ropeway tickets! However, someone at the ticket booth had found it and kept it for us. We were sooooo impressed by their Japanese honesty!

Kawaguchiko Herb Festival

While checking-in our hotel earlier, I saw a poster about the Kawaguchiko Herb Festival. Thus we took the retro-bus to Lake Yagasaki where the festival was held. Once we got there, we were awestruck by the beauty of the place! Rows and rows of lavender fields were in full bloom. I had always heard about how beautiful the lavender season is in Japan and I thank God that I got to see this wonderful view by chance. Other than lavender fields, there were also hundreds of hydrangeas blooming everywhere. We took millions of pictures until my camera battery died. Mom and I also shared a lavender icecream.

There was a live performance by a "natural artist" playing instrumental music on his keyboards. It was like a background soundtrack to the beautiful surroundings of lavender fields and Lake Kawaguchi. I wrote a few words describing the scenery in my Instagram video:

"Listen to the wind blowing
Through the lavender fields
Ripples on the lake
The music in the garden"


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