Right after being stoked in awe to see the firing color trees of Yamanakako (story in my previous blog), we drove off to revisit yet another outstanding lake of Mt. Fuji, Kawaguchiko. Yes, we’ve been here just a couple of weeks ago. But when we found out that they are currently celebrating their autumn festival which only happens in early November to mid November, we just couldn’t miss it for the world!
However when we got there, the trees are not yet in time to be completely red but even how early we still were, there are already hundreds of tourist crowding in to see it. But as we walked farther enough to the heart of the mountain, there we saw the real hidden gem. Destiny calls it and we stumbled across two museums; Kimono and the Gem Museum. Yes, going there was not part of the plan at all neither we know that it’s even located there.
So we went on for a little more adventure and went inside the two museums that are located in one place (note that they do have entrance fee to get in). There they have are a collection of natural gems that are collected from the mountains and was used to create beautiful and sophisticated jewelries. While inside a more traditional building is a wide collection of hand made kimonos by Itchiku Kubota that dated back from the early 16th centuries. Unfortunately, visitors are not allowed to take any pictures inside but we were left completely astonished to the museum’s forest garden.
The serenity of the place will give you a good goosebumps. A kind of feeling while inside a natural sanctuary for everyone who wishes to relax not only their body but most especially their minds. Best part is a warm cup of coffee with the great view of the glorious Mt. Fuji.