Fujisan and Kawaguchiko: Notes on Second Home Development

Fujisan and Kawaguchiko

Fujisan and Kawaguchiko: Land, Lake and Peak Among Peaks

In a place that inspires one to create art, prose or poetry, we’ll learn some soft lessons on real estate development.

Fujisan or Mt. Fuji and the Chureito Pagoda
Fujisan or Mt. Fuji and the Chureito Pagoda

Let’s begin by quoting a book by the Urban Land Institute, Resort Development.

“Resorts and second home communities serve a common market demand created by 3 fundamental human desires: the desire to take a vacation or holiday and to get away from a familiar environment, the desire to pursue recreational interests and to be stimulated and entertained in the process; and the desire to travel to interesting or attractive places and unusual settings.”

Watch the footages and photographs I took of the area, and tell me if such is ideal for resort development. I recommend to watch the video twice: first to enjoy the sceneries, and the second time, to read through the subtitles for the lessons.

Resorts and Second Homes are best built where one can have the following, and we’ll use the Kawaguchiko area as our case study


1.) ACCESSIBILITY – It is 1.5 to 2.5 hours travel from Tokyo, depending on mode of transportation one is to take;

2.) SCENIC VIEWS – Mt. Fuji and the other hills around, Lake Kawaguchi and the other 4 lakes, cherry blossoms in spring, snow in winter, and autumn foliage;

3.) NATURAL AMENITIES – natural hot springs, hiking trails, ski slopes, fishing spots, etc.;

Shibazakura Festival to highlight the flowers, Fujisan and Kawaguchiko
Shibazakura Festival to celebrate and highlight the flowers, Fujisan and Kawaguchiko

4.) MAN-MADE ATTRACTIONS – museums, galleries, onsens, gardens, amusement parks, shrines and temples, including the iconic Chureito Pagoda, etc.;

5.) ACTIVITIES – those that relate from the previous items, like fishing, skiing, hiking up Mt. Fuji, etc.;

 View from a Cafe along the Kawaguchi Lake shores
View from a Cafe along the Kawaguchi Lake shores

6.) RELATIVE AFFORDABILITY – the per square meter costs of property are more affordable here compared to Tokyo;

7.) RELAXING ENVIRONS – restfulness, peace, and tranquility can be seen, felt, and even heard in most areas;

8.) INFRASTRUCTURE & SUPPORT FACILITIES – roads, rails, nearby airport, hospitals, schools, supermarkets, etc.


a.) The Magma that spewed off Mt. Fuji formed barriers to the rivers. These eventually formed the five lakes.

b.) Lake Kawaguchi is estimated to be 60,000 years old.

c.) Around 10 million tourists visit the 5 Lakes area and contributes about 100B yen to the economy annually.

d.) Mt. Fuji is the highest peak in Japan at 3,776 meters.

Fujisan and the Kawaguchiko Station
Fujisan and the Kawaguchiko Station

e.) Hokusai, the renowned Japanese artist, popularized Mt. Fuji via his series of paintings.

f.) Fujisan is an active volcano. The last eruption was centuries ago.

g.) Mount Fuji is a stratovolcano or composite volcano. Those terms mean that it is a conical volcano built up by many layers (strata) of hardened lava, tephra, pumice, and volcanic ash. It is three volcanoes in one.

h.) It may not look like it; but Fujisan is actually made up of three separate volcanoes.

Komitake at the bottom, Kofuji in the middle and Fuji at the top.

They consider it as sacred or holy. The Japanese Buddhists believe that Mt. Fuji is a gateway to the other world.

i.) Climbers numbering more than 200,000 people trek to the summit every year.

j.) Interestingly, Mount Fuji also has a post office to its credit. The Fuji Sancho Post Office, which boasts of being the highest altitude post office in Japan. It is only open for a part of the year in summer.

k.) The mountain not only has its own shrines. There are over 13,000 shrines spread across Japan dedicated to Fujisan.

l.) The volcano is also known for being home of the “warrior culture” in Japan. The Samurais used the area for training.

And more recently, military camps from both Japan and the USA have operated from Mount Fuji.

m.) Not many people know this. the mountain is actually privately owned. It isn’t owned by a corporate conglomeration; however, or a businessman, who simply acquired it because he wanted it. Mt. Fuji belongs to the Fujisan Hongu Sengentaisha Shrine. They acquired it in the year 1609 and will own the uppermost part of the mount forever.

Shinto priests say; however, that Fujisan belongs to the world. It is not owned by one individual person or group.

n.) The sunrise from Mount Fuji has a special name, Goraiko.

o.) You can predict the weather by looking at the cloud formation above Mt. Fuji.

 Rocks from solidified magma along the Kawaguchiko Lake shores
Rocks from solidified magma along the Kawaguchiko Lake shores


From sunrise ’til sundown, we’re left in awe. Rest, rejuvenation, and even recreation can be had in this sanctified place. Mt. Fuji is the face of the nation, and has been for ages; reflected on the lakes and the people who marvel at it who see beauty, hope, and even life beyond.



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“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord not for men.” – Colossians 3:23

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