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Fujigoko (Fuji Five Lakes)

Fujigoko (Fuji Five Lakes)Mount Fuji mapFujigoko is the name of the area with main five lakes at the northern foot of Mount Fuji.

These five lakes are dotted within about 30 km from east to west. And each lake is at a distance of 13-15 km from the top of Mount Fuji.
These lakes are located at the level of about 800-1,000 meters.

They are the dammed lakes formed by the eruptions of Mount Fuji.
And it is thought that the western three lakes were originally one lake, so it is presumed their waters link underground.

Of course, we can see beautiful Mount Fuji from anywhere around these lakes.

And these are popular for various outdoor activities such as fishing and camping.

Mount Fuji Live camera
Fujikawaguchiko Siteseeing information site

Lake Kawaguchi /1/

Lake Kawaguchi (Kawaguchiko) In Japanese, it is called "Kawaguchiko".
It is the second largest lake of fujigoko, and is located north of Mount Fuji.
It has a length of about 5.5 km from east to west.
From the northern lakeside, we can see the view of Mount Fuji reflected on the surface of the lake.

Near the lake, there are Kawaguchiko terminal station of Fuji Kyuko railway and Kawaguchiko exit of Chuo Expressway. So we can visit here most easily among the five lakes.
Around the lake, there are a few art museums, restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops.
And for anglers, there are many fishing goods stores and rental boats.

A pleasure boat is in service, and it tour around the lake for 20 minutes.
The boarding point is at the southeast part of the lake. Near there, there is also a ropeway to an observatory.

Lake Sai /2/

Lake Sai (Saiko) In Japanese, it is called "Saiko".
It is a lake located about 1.5 km west of Lake Kawaguchi, and it has a length of about 3.5 km from east to west.
To the south and southwest of this lake, Aokigahara forest spreads.
Around this lake, there are only two villages of small inns. Instead, there are several campsites.
Here is not so touristy, so it is calm.

Lake Shoji /3/

Laku Shoji (Shojiko) In Japanese, it is called "Shoujiko".
It is a lake located about 5 km west of Lake Sai, and it is the smallest lake among the five lakes.
This lake contains much plankton, so many small freshwater fish such as crucian carp and Japanese smelt live in here. Here is also one of the angler's favorite lakes.
On the northern lakeside, there are some hotels.

Lake Motosu /4/

Lake Motosu In Japanese, it is called "Motosuko".
It is a lake located about 2 km southwest of Lake Shoji.
This lake is deepest among the five lakes, so the color of the water is lazuline.
The scenery of Mount Fuji from the northern lakeside is put on the 1,000-yen bill.

The most popular lake leisures are camping, fishing, windsurfing, jet-skiing and so on.
But recently it is said that clarity of the water is getting bad because of increase of such leisures.

A pleasure boat shaped like a pretty submarine is in service. (Sorry to say, it can't go under the water!)
It tour around the lake for 25 minutes, and the boarding point is at the southeast part of the lake.

Lake Yamanaka /5/

Lake Yamanaka (Yamanakako) In Japanese, it is called "Yamanakako".
It is a lake located about 12 km southeast of Lake Kawaguchi.
It is located at the level of 982 meters, and is on the highest altitude among the five lakes.

The depth is about 15 meters, and is the shallowest lake among the five lakes. So it sometimes freezes all over at midwinter.
In the lake near its northern shore, marimo (moss ball) grows wild.

There are many resort villas around the lake, so here has been one of the popular resort areas since old times. Of course, there are many hotels and ryokans.

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How to get to here

To Lake Kawaguchi

  • From Shinjuku to Otsuki, about 63 minutes by limited express of JR Chuo Line.
    Then by Fuji Kyuko Line, from Otsuki to Kawaguchuko, about 43 minutes by limited express, about 55 minutes by local train.
    On the weekends and holidays, and in season, the through trains from JR Shinjuku or Takao station are operated.
    From Kawaguchiko station to the lakeside, about 1 km on foot. By route bus, some minutes.
  • By car, run Chuo Expressway and exit at Kawaguchiko exit. About 100 km from Tokyo. About 1 hours 20 minutes.

To other lakes from Kawaguchiko station

  • To Lake Sai, about 30 minutes by route bus ("Retro Bus"), about 15 minutes (10 km) by car.
  • To Lake Shoji, about 23 minutes by route bus to Motosuko or Shin-Fuji. Get off at Shojiko-iriguchi, and walk about 1-2 km to the nothern lakeside. (Only a few buses go through the northern lakeside.)
    By car about 30 minutes (20 km) by car.
  • To Lake Motosu, about 25 minutes by route bus to Motosuko or Shin-Fuji. Get off at Shojiko-iriguchi, and walk about 0.5 km to the lakeside.
    By car about 35 minutes (22 km) by car.
  • To Lake Yamanaka, about 38 minutes by route bus to Gotenba. The bus go through Fuji-Yoshida, so you may transfer at Fuji-Yoshida station on Fuji Kyuko Line.
    By car, about 20 minutes (15 km) by car.



Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Kawaguchi in summer
Anglers around Lake Kawaguchi
Kawaguchiko-Ohashi bridge
Lake Sai
Lake Shoji
Japanese smelt fishing on ice in Lake Shoji
Windsurfing on Lake Motosu
The scenery on the 1000-yen bill at Lake Motosu Lake Yamanaka
Freezing Lake Yamanaka Swans on Lake Yamanaka

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