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Oshino-hakkai (Springs of Mount Fuji)

Oshino-hakkai (Springs of Mount Fuji)Mount Fuji mapOshino-hakkai is the area with eight springs at the northeastern foot of Mount Fuji.

It is located about 7.5 km southeast of Lake Kawaguchi and about 4 km northwest of Lake Yamanaka.
And it is located about 14 km northeast of the top of Mount Fuji.

There are seven ponds within about 200 meters, and only one pond is about 500 meters away from the others.

Originally here was a part of a large lake.
By the eruption of Mount Fuji in the early 9th century, the lake was devided into this area and Lake Yamanaka.
After that, the lake in this area had dried up, then only eight springing places have been left.

The melted snow water on Mount Fuji seeps underground, and the filted water springs here about 80 years later.
So the water is very clear, and the temperature is 12-14 degrees C.

Here is designated as a national natural treasure.

Around grouped seven ponds, there are many shop and ryokans. So many tourists visit here as one of the popular spots around Mount Fuji.
A few artificial ponds have been built near the shops, then ironically it is the most crowded place in this area.
In a result, the water quality is degrading, and the destruction of nature continues.

But the typical Japanese scenery with springs and Mount Fuji attract many tourists.

How to get to here

By route bus

From Fuji-Yoshida station on Fuji Kyuko Line, get on a route bus to Hirano. About 10 minutes, to Oshino-iriguchi stop.

By car

Run Chuo Expressway, and exit at Kawaguchiko Exit. About 7 km from there, about 15 minutes.

Oshino-hakkai in spring
Photo by Kogashitsu-kabegami-shashinshu
Oshino-hakkai in winter
A watermill
A stream in Oshino-hakkai
Photo by Kogashitsu-kabegami-shashinshu
Carp in a pond
Shops near a pond

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