Love it or hate it, we have finally reached half way of 2016 and that means we had bid our goodbyes to longer days of summer and started reacquainting with the longer nights of the cold season. Although we are still a month farther from winter, we are still definitely living in the beautiful autumn. This year will be the first mark of my fall experience and you have no idea how much I’ve been counting days to finally witness the vivid change of color leaves. Since Japan is a country of abundant land forms, it is also a haven spot for sightseeing in every peak of every season.

Speaking of a haven spot, where else could we enjoy autumn at its best? I know you’ll be dropping names by now -Kyoto? Hokkaido? Well, how about the five lakes of Mt. Fuji? Yes, nothing is ever magnificent than the greatest mountain itself. Recently we drove to two of its lakes namely Kawaguchiko and Yamanakako located in Yamanashi prefecture.


First stop, is Lake Yamanaka or Yamanakako in Japanese. This lake is visited by many travelers not only for fishing and boating activities but most especially for its grand array of color changing leaves particularly maple trees in their parks.We are lucky to visit right at the peak of the season. When we got there, everything is almost painted with red and orange shining vividly under the sunlight. Plus the fact that this park is right between the lake and the main road, you sure will have the road trip of your life!


My most favorite part is the Hammock Cafe located just across the park itself. You can give yourself some rest in their hammocks while filling in your stomach with their delicious warm food.


They also have hiking forest parks that you can either go by car or by trail. This one is called the Literature forest that is said to be surrounded with songs and sources of inspirations.


If you haven’t visited any lakes of Fuji, you can definitely make Yamanakako your first. An easy access is by bus from the neighboring city like Gotemba. But if you want a moment of tranquility while on a road trip, best access is by car. Don’t worry you can always find your way around here and I’m sure you won’t get any hints of regret.

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Twenty-two (22) Forward is inspired from personal experiences, intimate thoughts and life adventure created and authored by LOLISA MAE SAKURAI. A special mark to her 22nd chapter, the things in between, and everything beyond there is.

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