K’s House is one of the top backpacker chain hostels in Japan, and there are several K’s House hostels across Japan.
And one of the most important things to know about staying at a K’s House hostel in Kawaguchiko is that there are 2 K’s House hostels in Kawaguchiko!
So, you’ll want to make sure that you go to the one you make the booking at, and not to just blindly go to the first “K’s House” that you see on Google Maps!
Mt Fuji climb as part of a trip to Kawaguchiko
This is what my Mt Fuji climb + Kawaguchiko trip looked like:
- Bus from Tokyo to Mt Fuji 5th station
- Climb to Mt Fuji summit with overnight mountain hut stay!
- Bus from 5th station to Kawaguchiko
- Overnight stay at K’s House Mt Fuji hostel
- Mt Tenjo hike with Mt Fuji views
- Mt Kachi Kachi ropeway
- Kawaguchiko boat ride
- Tourist train from Kawaguchiko
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So these are the 2 K’s House hostels in Kawaguchiko:
These hostels are about a 20-30 minute walk from one another.
I stayed at K’s House Mt Fuji, so the pictures below are from the Mt Fuji hostel.
For another Fuji Five Lakes area hostel, there’s also K’s House Hakone.
See all K’s House hostel locations.
Why stay in Kawaguchiko?
Well there are 2 main reasons!
- Mt Fuji views
- Base for Mt Fuji climb
Lake Kawaguchiko is one of the lakes that are a part of the Fuji Five Lakes region.
If your trip to Japan is during the summer, Kawaguchiko can also make for a perfect base for a Mt Fuji climb.
I went to the starting point of the Mt Fuji trail directly from Tokyo, and then after the hike I took a direct bus to Kawaguchiko for a hostel stay at K’s House.
If you opt to do the Mt Fuji bullet climb (although that’s not recommended), you could consider doing it from Kawaguchiko instead of from Tokyo. You’ll be closer to Mt Fuji.
See potential costs of climbing Mt Fuji from Tokyo.
And when splitting the Mt Fuji climb into 2 days, Kawaguchiko can also make for a good place to stay the night before you hike up Mt Fuji, or the night you finish up Mt Fuji too.
Kawaguchiko station to K’s House Mt Fuji
The Kawaguchiko bus station and train station are in the same spot, and it’s about a 20 minute walk to the hostel.
I arrived to Kawaguchiko from Mt Fuji 5th station by bus in the evening past sunset so it was dark outside.
This really didn’t feel like the safest walk because of the lack of sidewalks in some places, so if you are also arriving when it’s dark out, be sure to have a flashlight out – both for you and the cars on the road.
This is also what can make having reflective clothing or something that has reflective features to be worthwhile so that oncoming traffic can see you better.
There’s a convenience store along the way, so I picked up some dinner and ate it when I got to the hostel!
K’s House Mt Fuji to Lake Kawaguchiko
To reach the closest point of the lake, it’s about a 5 minute walk.
To get to the area where you can find the starting point to the Mt Tenjo hike, the Mt Kachi Kachi ropeway, and the lake boat ride is about a 15 minute walk from the hostel. (aka things to do for Mt Fuji views!)
Here are some pictures from K’s House Mt Fuji!
You’ll take your shoes off as you enter the hostel.
Vending machine with beer
Loads of brochures
If you show up to the hostel with no clue what to do in Kawaguchiko… here are your ideas! Here are some more ideas too. 😉
Indoor and outdoor common area… with wifi.
There are mixed and female-only rooms.
Save more money by cooking your own food!
How much does a hostel stay at K’s House in Kawaguchiko cost?!
Check the current prices here!
HAPPY K’S HOUSE MT FUJI HOSTEL STAY!
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Japan is a mountain country so be sure to get in some hikes!
See trail running shoes too (for women - for men) for other solid hikes including climbing Mt Fuji.
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See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.
Natural disasters in JapanUnfortunately, Japan can be prone to natural disasters which means risk for travel delays. So be sure to look at travel insurance for natural disasters.
My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon.
See how much insurance costs for your trip.
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