Mt. Fuji and the Fuji Five Lakes Area

1 Days

Five lakes can be found on Mt. Fuji’s northern side, in Yamanashi Prefecture: Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Yamanaka, Lake Sai, Lake Shoji and Lake Motosu. The largest and most popular of these is Lake Kawaguchi, but each lake offers its own unique charms and activities. Large areas of woodland surround the lakes, the most well-known being Aokigahara Forest, also called the “sea of trees.” Visitors to the Mt. Fuji area will quickly understand how much there is to see and do here—it’s not just for mountain climbers.

Access From Narita

  1. Day 1

      1. Kawaguchiko Station → [25 minutes by Car] → Oshino Hakkai

      1Oshino Hakkai

      Known as the "Spring of the Gods" since ancient times, Oshino Hakkai Springs is a cluster of eight hot springs ("Hakkai" literally means "Eight Seas"). Once a grand lake, eruptions from Mt. Fuji separated the area into these attractive ponds, the banks of which are populated by the traditional Japanese buildings. The still waters, handsome surroundings and dramatic backdrop of Mt. Fuji make Oshino Hakkai endlessly photogenic.

      1. Oshino Hakkai → [40 minutes by Car] → Lake Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba

      2Lake Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba

      Standing on the shores of Lake Saiko with stunning Mt. Fuji as a backdrop, the Nenba district was once an area lined with thatched roof houses. Today close to twenty thatched roof houses have been restored, and additionally there are craft activities, museums and galleries for visitors to enjoy, as well as shops selling local products.

      1. Lake Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba → [40 minutes by Car] → Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

      3Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

      This art museum contains the works of Itchiku Kubota, a textile artist and leading expert on tsujigahana, a fabric dyeing technique from the Muromachi Period.

      In addition to the works on display, the museum buildings and garden were designed by the artist, making the whole museum itself a work of art. It was awarded 3 stars in the Michelin Green Guide in 2009.

      1. Itchiku Kubota Art Museum → [40 minutes by Car] → Fujikawaguchiko Onsen-kyo Hot Spring Village

      4Fujikawaguchiko Onsen-kyo Hot Spring Village

      Along the northern and northeastern shore of Lake Kawaguchi you will find many ryokan and hotels with natural hot spring baths—perfect relaxation after a long day. Even if you are not staying overnight at the Hot Spring Village, some hotels open up their onsen baths to non-overnight guests for a small fee. An outdoor hot spring bath with a view of Mt. Fuji is a very special experience indeed.