• Fuji Five Lakes, Mt. Fuji's photo

Fuji Five Lakes, Mt. Fuji

Fujikawaguchiko Town


Mt. Fuji – a reflection of the heart of Japan

3,776 meters. Japan’s highest and most beautiful mountain – Mt. Fuji. Mt. Fuji was also registered as a World Heritage Site in 2013. Did you know that the elegant form of Mt. Fuji looks slightly different depending on where it is viewed from? Mt. Fuji straddles the border between Yamanashi Prefecture and Shizuoka Prefecture. The Fuji as seen from the Yamanashi side is nicknamed “Otoko-Fuji” (“Man of Fuji”). This is because the foot of the mountain looks like a man with his shoulders squared.

  • Fuji Five Lakes, Mt. Fuji's photo
    Copyright © Yamanashi Tourism Organization All rights reserved.
  • Fuji Five Lakes, Mt. Fuji's photo
    Copyright © Yamanashi Tourism Organization All rights reserved.

The lakes and Fuji create a perfect scene!

The standard location for viewing the “Man of Fuji” is the Fuji Five Lakes. As the name implies, five lakes dot the land at the foot of Mt. Fuji – from west to east, they are Lake Yamanaka, Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Saiko, Lake Shoji, and Lake Motosu. All were created via Fuji’s volcanic eruptions. The area is designated as part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and filled with lush greenery. The area also contains numerous other popular tourism spots, such as Yagizaki Park and its abundant fields of lavender near Lake Kawaguchi, the gardens and attractions of Seiryu-no-Sato as well as the springs of Oshino Hakkai near Lake Yamanaka.

  • Fuji Five Lakes, Mt. Fuji's photo
  • Fuji Five Lakes, Mt. Fuji's photo

Fuji from Lake Motosu as depicted on the 1,000 yen bill.

Lake Motosu, the westernmost lake in the Fuji Five Lakes area, is a hidden spot popular among those in the know. Almost 120 meters deep, the waters of the lake are extremely clear. Although famous as a spot for viewing the “Diamond Fuji” phenomenon when the morning sun rises directly over the top of the mountain, there is one special point about the lake which makes it worth a trip regardless of when you visit. The view of Mt. Fuji from the lake is the same as that depicted on the 1,000 yen bill. Only from here can one enjoy the supremely picturesque view of the foot of the mountain stretching down to the natural landscape of the lake.

  • Fuji Five Lakes, Mt. Fuji's photo
  • Fuji Five Lakes, Mt. Fuji's photo
  • Fuji Five Lakes, Mt. Fuji's photo
    Copyright © Yamanashi Tourism Organization All rights reserved.

Access

JR Shinjuku Station is 30 minutes by shuttle bus from Haneda Airport. Kawaguchiko Station is about 105 minutes by highway bus from JR Shinjuku Station.

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