Fuji Five Lakes: Best Photo Spots of Mt.Fuji!!
Enjoy glorious views of Mt Fuji at Fuji Five Lakes (Fujigoko)!
The Fuji Fives Lakes (Fujigoko) are 5 lakes located in northern side of Mt. Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture. Most of visitors go to Lake Kawaguchi or Yamanaka to enjoy the views of Mt. Fuji but once you are around, I highly recommend you to go to all 5 lakes as you can enjoy different views of beautiful lakes and the great mountain!
Let’s take a look at significant views of those lakes and tell me which one is your favourite 🙂
Lake Kawaguchi or Kawaguchiko (河口湖) is the most touristy lake out of five where numbers of attractions are offered such as rope-way, rental boats, water activities, restaurants, Onsen, museums and more. It’s easy to access from Tokyo by bus and train. Lake Kawaguchi is located in the middle of 5 lakes and you can enjoy the symmetry view of Mt.Fuji without any obstacles.
Lake Motosu or Motosuko (本栖湖) is the westernmost of the Fuji Five Lakes, and it’s the 9th deepest lake in Japan. Lake Motosu is famous for the picture itself on the back side of 1,000 JPY bill and former 5,000 JPY bill. Lake Motosu offers peaceful atmosphere and untouched nature and it’s a popular site for outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, fishing and boating. It can be accessed by local bus from Lake Kawaguchi.
Lake Shoji or Shojiko (精進湖) is located next to Lake Motosu, and it’s the smallest lake of the Fuji Five Lakes. The lake is surrounded by beautiful nature and much less touristic comparing to other 4 lakes. It’s a popular fishing spot among local fishermen. Lake Shoji is more recommended for people who wants to avoid crowds and enjoy relaxing in nature.
Lake Sai or Saiko (西湖) is located between Lake Shoji and Lake Kawaguchi. Lake Sai is surrounded by wooded mountains where you can enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, etc. The famous Aokigahara Jukai Forest is located next to it.
Lake Yamanaka or Yamanakako (山中湖) is the largest of the five lakes and it’s located in easternmost. Yamanaka Lake is second popular lake after Lake Kawaguchi among tourists, and various tourist attractions are available such as boating, fishing, wind surfing, restaurants, hotels, etc. Visit the “Panorama Dai” observatory to see the amazing view of Mt.Fuji and the lake itself.
To access Fuji Five Lakes:
The major hub of the five lakes is Kawaguchi Lake which can accessed by express bus from Tokyo, Shinjuku and Shibuya stations. By train, take JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku Station to Otsuki Station then take Fujikyu Railway Line to Kawaguchiko Station. Then, you can extend your way to other lakes by taking local buses or hiring a car.
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