Lake Kawaguchi is known for many things - Mount Fuji, Fuji Q Highlands and the iconic Chureito Pagoda. Beautiful in the spring for its cherry blossoms, summer for its colourful flowers, autumn for the fiery leaves and winter for the powder-like snow, Kawaguchiko is a popular tourist destination as it is only a two hours bus ride or a hour's train ride from Tokyo.
Given its popularity, cafes and restaurants along the lake tend to fill up fast and the atmosphere can be quite a turn off. However, if you're willing to stretch your legs a little and cycle or drive out on your own, there is a little gem of a cafe nearby Yagizaki Park. Cisco Cafe serves up a simple menu of Shibuya toast, sandwiches, cakes, muffins and pastries. Such as its namesake, the coffee beans are from San Francisco,
After a hearty meal at my hostel, I was looking for something light to munch on as I did some work at the cafe. So I opted for a honey butter toast and a cup of latte. The toast was rich with warm butter soaked to the core with a generous drizzle of honey oozing down the sides. The coffee was delicious, pleasant on all senses and hot enough to warm me down to the core.
As I sat there for two hours, simply listening to the voice of Michael Buble serenading the cafe's occupants from the speaks, it was absolute bliss. Only a couple of other foreigners strolled in when I was there and they had driven themselves. This told me that this cafe was indeed off the beaten path and one I wouldn't mind sharing.