Fuji-Goko Area (Fuji Five Lakes)

Yamanashi, Chubu

Five lakes at the northern foot of Mt. Fuji. A wide selection of museums and outdoor activities for every tourist.

Fuji-Goko is a clollective term for the five lakes along the northern foot of Mt.Fuji, which towers at the border of southern Yamanashi and Shizuoka. The lakes are Yamada Lake, Kawaguchi Lake, Saiko Lake, Shoji Lake, Motosu Lake. The largest is Lake Yamanakako, the smallest is the Lake Shoji, the one with the highest surface attitude is Yamanakako Lake, and the deepest is Motosu Lake.

Yamanakako Lake is a popular summer resort offering camping spots around the lake.

Kawaguchiko Lake is the easiest to get to from Tokyo and is the core of sightseeing in the Fuji-Goko area. A classic-style bus runs along the lakeside carrying visitors to all the different museums and amusement facilities. Kawaguchiko Lake is also known as the starting point for climbing Mt. Fuji, as well as a mecca for sports fishing.

Saiko Lake is also called the "Lake of Otome (maidens)." In the surroundings, there is Aoki-ga-hara-jukai or the sea of forest that spreads all over the northwestern foot of Mt. Fuji, Sai-ko Bats' Nest Cave that is warm even in winter and Fugaku-fuketsu, or the wind caves of Fuji, where icicles bristle even in summer.
Shoji Lake has a great view from the Eboshi-dake Panorama Platform at the southwest. The reflected image of Mt. Fuji on the lake surface is known as the "Upside-down Fuji."
Motosu Lake is the deepest among the five lakes, with a depth of 138 meters, and prides itself on the outstanding clarity of its water. You can enjoy the same sight of Mt. Fuji from the north shore as it is drawn on the 1,000 yen bills.


From Tokyo:
[Rail] 1h 50 min from Shinjuku (Tokyo) via Otsuki Station (JR Chuo Line, limited express) to Kawaguchi-ko Station by Fujikyuko Line.

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