Yamanashi’s Fuji Five Lakes

The Fuji Five Lakes region, or Fujigoko as it is known in Japanese, is a set of lakes that formed on the northern foot of Mount Fuji as a result of past eruptions. Being in close proximity of the volcanic mountain, the region is blessed with rich agriculture, plenty of hot springs, and of course uncontested views of Mount Fuji. Understandably so, this is one of the favourite all-season playgrounds for vacationers both from Tokyo and beyond. When traveling from Tokyo, the Fujigoko begins with Lake Yamanakako, the largest of the five lakes, which is then followed by east to west by Lake Kawaguchiko, Lake Saiko, Shoji Lake, and Lake Motosu.

Lake Yamanakako

Lake Yamanakako
Lake Yamanakako

Although all the lakes are suitable for outdoor sports activities, Yamanakako is the preferred sporty spot with young athletes visiting during the summer months to attend one of the several sports camps around the lake. There are two small towns at opposing sides of the lake where visitors can find various styles of accommodation, restaurants, and watersports rental shops. Among Mount Fuji enthusiasts, Lake Yamanakako’s Panorama Dai is one of the best viewing platforms and usually filled from the early hours of the day with amateur and professional photographers.

Lake Kawaguchiko

Lake Kawaguchiko
Lake Kawaguchiko

Kawaguchiko, as it is known to the Japanese, is the most developed lake out of the Fuji Five, and the one with the best access via public transportation from Tokyo. It is the second largest lake in the region and, beyond the outdoor activities and the sight of Fujisan, travelers can find an entertaining list of sightseeing options to keep the whole family busy. Some locations worth visiting around Kawaguchiko include the Mount Fuji World Heritage Centre, Fuji Q Highland amusement park with its record breaking rides, Fuji-themed museums, the Kawaguchiko Natural Living Centre, and the Funatsu lakeside district. Kawaguchiko Station is also the starting point for those wanting to climb Mount Fuji and thus a required stop for most travellers to the area.

Lake Saiko

Lake Saiko
Lake Saiko

To the west of Lake Kawaguchiko is Lake Saiko, which is smaller but just as beautiful. Much less developed than Kawaguchiko, there are no grocery stores and the restaurant offering is very limited. However, when it comes to outdoor activities and sightseeing locations it is full of fun options. There are several campsites and lakeside resorts around Lake Saiko, as well as a few boat rental shops. This is one of the preferred spots for fishing enthusiasts looking for black sea bass. Being surrounded by mountains, this lake does not offer as many Fujisan viewing points as the other lakes, although the volcano can be seen towering over the mountains from the western end of the lake. Lake Saiko is also home to lava caves, the Aokigahara Forest, and the Iyashi no Sato Nenba which are also worth a visit.

Shojiko Lake

Shojiko Lake
Shojiko Lake

This is the smallest lake of the Fujigoko, snuggled between Lake Motosuko and Lake Saiko. Although the lake is small, its lakeside road is home to four hotels and a camping ground. Visitors to Shojiko also get to enjoy the stunning view of Mount Fuji framed by the surrounding mountains in the distance. On clear days, the volcano is reflected on the water creating what is known to locals as the “upside down” Fujisan view. During the first week of August Shojiko hosts its own fireworks and music festival which, coupled with the picturesque scenery on the horizon, is one of the most memorable experiences in the Fujigoko region.

Lake Motosuko

Lake Motosuko
Lake Motosuko

If you’re travelling from east to west, Lake Motosuko, the deepest of the lakes, is the last of the Fuji Five Lakes you’ll come to. As far as tourist infrastructure is concerned, options are relatively limited. What visitors can enjoy at Lake Motosuko is the pristine nature around the lake, a choice of five different camping grounds, the clear waters, and a long list of watersports that included scuba diving. A trip out this far is worth it for the drive or bike ride around the lake, under the a tunnel of trees, and with Fujisan in the background.

Facility Name
Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration
Address
Yamanashi Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefecture
Introduction
This is an elegant mountain which is certainly also a symbol of Japan, which is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 meters. Mt. Fuji is also often the theme of artistic inspiration such as Hokusai Katsushika: “Fugaku Sanjurokkei” (Thirty-six Sceneries of Mt. Fuji). Also, Mt. Fuji is also the place where the “Mt. Fuji faith” started and it is revered as a sacred mountain in which a deity resides. In 2013 it was registered with World Cultural Heritage as “Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration”. There are four climbing routes including the Yoshida Route, the Subashiri Route, the Gotemba Route and the Fujinomiya Route. Since the opening periods vary depending on which mountain trail you choose, it is necessary to confirm in advance whether your intended route is open.
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Facility Name
Shojiko
Address
Yamanashi Prefecture Minamitsuru-gun Fujikawaguchiko-machi
Phone
0555872651
Business hours
Visit free
Regular holiday
Visit free
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Facility Name
Saiko
Address
Yamanashi Prefecture Minamitsuru-gun Fujikawaguchiko-machi
Phone
0555723168
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Facility Name
Fujisan World Heritage Center
Address
Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Funatsu 6663-1
Phone
0555720259
Hours
[10/1-6-30] 8:30-17:00, [7/1-7/15] 8:30-18:00, [7/16-8/26] 8:30-19:00 , [8/27-9/30] 8:30-18:00 ※ Last entry is 30 minutes closing
Closed
[North Bldg] open everyday
[South Bldg] Monthly 4th Tuesday
Fees
[South wing Admission fee] Adults 420 yen, college student 210 yen, Free for high school students and younger
Parking Lot
Available
Credit Card
Yes
Introduction
This is a visitor’s center located near the entrance to the Fuji Subaru Line. The South Hall which was newly established in 2016 to mark Mt. Fuji’s registration as a cultural site of world heritage, the history of Mt. Fuji and the natural environment as well as Mt. Fuji themed works of art are showcased at the center. A comprehensive information center has been established which covers information on the vicinity, including such places as Mt. Fuji and the Five Lakes of Mt. Fuji; the center can also be used as a base for sightseeing.
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Facility Name
Fuji-Q Highland
Address
Yamanashi Pref. Fujiyoshidashi Shinnishihara 5-6-1
Phone
0555232111
Hours
It depends on Monday/Sunday Sunday
Closed
Irregular holidays, inquiries required
Fees
[Admission fee] Adults 1500 yen, middle and high school student 1500 yen, Children (3 years old-Elementary School Students) 900 yen
[free pass] 5700 yen, junior high and high school student 5200 yen, Children 4300 yen
Parking Lot
Available
Introduction
This is a theme park located near Lake Kawaguchi and Mt. Fuji. For starters, the park boasts of having a roller coaster, “FUJIYAMA”, which has a maximum height of 79 meters (259 ft.); and the great number of other thrill rides at the park are popular. Beside this the park is also famous for having such highly popular attractions as the world’s largest haunted house and the world’s first Thomas the Tank Engine mini theme park. The nearest station is the “Fujikyu Highland Station” on the Fujikyu Line.
Information Sources:
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Facility Name
Aoki Ke Harajukai
Address
Yamanashi Prefecture Minamitsuru-gun Fujikawaguchiko-machi other
Phone
0555823111
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Facility Name
Saiko ‘Iyashi no Sato Nenba’ open air museum
Address
Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Saiko (Negishi) 2710
Phone
0555204677
Hours
[Mar.-Nov.] 9:00-17:00
[Dec.-Feb.] 9:30-16:30
Last entry 30 minutes closing
Closed
Open everyday ※ We may occasionally close down.
Fees
[Admission fee] Adults 350 yen, small Junior High School Students 150 yen
Parking Lot
Available
Credit Card
No
Introduction
In 2006 the village of thatched roofed buildings which formerly existed on the shores of the Lake Saiko, the Nemba area, were reconstructed as “Iyashi no Sato”. The buildings which number approximately 20 have been turned into restaurants where you can taste different types of local cuisine, areas for handmade interactive workshops and shops selling local products. Also because Mt. Fuji can be clearly seen, many people take pictures together with the thatched roofed buildings.
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    Kawaguchi Mizumishizenseikatukan

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    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Oishi 2585
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    Saiko

    Lake
    Yamanashi Prefecture Minamitsuru-gun Fujikawaguchiko-machi
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    Aoki Ke Harajukai

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    Shojiko

    Lake
    Yamanashi Prefecture Minamitsuru-gun Fujikawaguchiko-machi
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    Narusawa Mount Fuji Museum

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    Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration

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    Yamanashi Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefecture
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    Fuji-Q Highland

    Theme park
    Yamanashi Pref. Fujiyoshidashi Shinnishihara 5-6-1
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    Fujisan World Heritage Center

    Tourist office
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Funatsu 6663-1
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    Saiko ‘Iyashi no Sato Nenba’ open air museum

    Gym/Facility for training camp
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Saiko (Negishi) 2710
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    Lake Yamanaka

    Lake
    Yamanakako village Minamitsuru gun Yamanashi prefecture
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    Lake Kawaguchi

    Lake
    Yamanashi Prefecture Minamitsuru-gun Fuji Kawaguchiko Town
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    Lake Motosu

    Lake
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Motosu
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