From Nagano to Fujikawaguchiko

  • From Nagano to Fujikawaguchiko

    Posted by alliejay on December 15, 2022 at 6:10 am

    Hello! This is my first post on this site and I am elated to have found this community. I have MS and I am a manual wheelchair user. My husband and I are planning to reschedule our 2020 trip (canceled by COVID) to Japan to 2023.

    Part of our itinerary has us going from Nagano to Fujikawaguchiko. While I searched for transport options, I was trying to minimize the number of changes. The only options I am finding seem to take us back to Tokyo and then out to the lakes via trains and two buses. Does anyone know if there are other options? Even if it is a private bus or car and it’s a little more expensive, I don’t mind. I am just looking for a less hectic transfer experience.



    Josh Grisdale replied 1 month, 1 week ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Josh Grisdale

    December 15, 2022 at 11:09 am

    Hi! We are super-happy to have you here as well!

    Yeah, Google loves the bullet train and in terms of transfers, that likely is the smoothest route. However(!) it should be noted that the vast majority of highway coach buses are not accessible. You can store your wheelchair in the luggage area if needed, but you will need to be able to climb the steps into the bus. So, it can work for some people, but not an option if you cannot walk.

    In Google maps you can choose your transportation preference and if you choose “train” there is an option where you take 3 trains to get there. It also takes a long time! (See picture)

    In general, even in the country trains/stations should be accessible, and stations where you transfer tend to be bigger and better equipped. But this was just a quick search. If you decide to go this route, please let us know and we can check accessibility in more detail. 😀

    If you do go for a car, it is about 3 hours. While I think @ohayotravel might be able to help arrange it, it would likely be very expensive for a taxi.

  • Ohayo Travel

    December 15, 2022 at 2:32 pm

    There is a bus connecting from Kofu to Kawaguchiko. Their buses are all accessible (can accommodate one wheelchair or two) as far as I checked with the staff today on the phone. It takes 70-80 minutes from the JR Kofu Station to Kawaguchiko Station, 10 buses per day from departure (Kofu Minami Station) at 7:40 to 19:10. (unfortunately I could not find any information in English)

    The all-train route mentioned above probably is more comfortable, and JR staffs will normally support you changing trains i.e. escorting you to the train you should take, carrying a portable ramp.

  • alliejay

    December 15, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    Thank you both @ohayotravel and @joshgrisdale .This is very helpful information. I will look into both these options as I do have some limited ability to walk short distances if necessary.

    Again, thank you for responding. I have tried posting these questions in other websites and they hardly ever get a response. This is an amazing resource!

    • Josh Grisdale

      December 16, 2022 at 6:59 am

      It is our pleasure! Ask as many questions as you like! Even if we don’t know immediately we will try to find out. ✌️

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