The Lake Yamanaka Guide

The Lake Yamanaka Guide

What is Diamond Fuji?

It is when the sun lines up to a point just above the top of Mt. Fuji which gives it the appearance of a diamond sitting on top of the mountain.

What are the five lakes of Mt. Fuji?

The five lakes that lie by the foot of Mt. Fuji are Lake Yamanaka, Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Saiko, Lake Motosu, and Lake Shoji.

From the shores of Lake Yamanaka you will not only get a magnificent view of Mt. Fuji, there are also many tourist attractions to enjoy. Lake Yamanaka is a tourist area that guarantees visitors an enjoyable time and wonderful views. We will now introduce some of the well-known tourist spots to visit around Lake Yamanaka.

Access: 25 minutes from the Fujikyuko Kawaguchiko Line Fujisan Station via the Fujikyu Yamanashi bus bound for Asahigaoka (get off at Hotel Mt. Fuji Iriguchi bus stop).

1. Oshino Hakkai

Melt water from the snow on Mt. Fuji that has soaked into the surrounding lands led to the development of these 8 small lakes (Oshino Hakkai). The date that they were formed is thought to be approximately 1200 years ago. These melt water lakes were chosen as one of the best 100 waters in Japan in 1985 and they are considered a Japanese national natural monument.

Address:Shibogusa, Oshino-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture
Access:17 minutes from the Fujikyuko Kawaguchiko Line, Kawaguchiko Station on the Fujikyuko Yamanashi Bus bound for Uchino/Zendana. Get off at Kami Tsuruhashi or Ohashi and walk 3 minutes.

2. Panorama Platform

You can get a great view of Mt. Fuji and Lake Yamanaka from this point located along the prefectural highway that extends from Lake Yamanaka to the Mikuni mountain pass. This observation point truly offers the best view in the area. Depending on the weather, there might even be the possibility to see the Southern Alps of Japan. And, after nightfall, the silhouette of Mt. Fuji against the red-colored sky is beautiful sight to see.

Address:Hirano, Yamanakako-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture
Access:30 minutes by taxi from the Fujikyuko Kawaguchiko Line, Mt. Fuji Station

3. Hananomiyako Flower Park

Yamanakako Hananomiyako Flower Park is a beautiful flower garden that has magnificent Mt. Fuji right in the background. From late spring to autumn, the 300,000㎡ site is full of colorful flowers. In the park’s “Seiryu-no-Sato” (Home of Spring Water), there is an all-weather type greenhouse “floral dome” and waterfall, which together create a nice floral aquatic sensation.

Address:Yamanaka 1650, Yamanakako-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture
Access:29 minutes on the Fujikyu Yamanashi Fujikko Bus from the Fujikyuko Kawaguchiko Line Mt. Fuji Station

4. PICA Yamanakako Village

At PICA Yamanakako Village, you can enjoy the rich natural blessings of Mt. Fuji and the fresh air of Lake Yamanaka. There are various ways to spend your time here, such as dining at the organic restaurant, participating in Eco-friendly workshops, or renting a bicycle for a day ride. If you are looking for souvenirs, the organic goods located in the guest house are highly recommended.

Address:Hirano 506-296, Yamanakako-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture
Access:30 minutes on the Fujikyu Yamanashi bus from Fujikyuko Kawaguchiko Line Mt. Fuji Station bound for Asahi-oka. It is near the Asahi-oka stop.

5. The Amphibian Bus “Yamanakako no Kaba”

Take a ride in the Amphibian Bus, Yamanakako no Kaba, and enjoy superb views of Mt. Fuji and Lake Yamanaka not only from land, but also from on the water. Enjoy your trip through the Lake Yamanaka area while listening to a guided tour. The real thrill of the tour is when the Kaba bus drives into Lake Yamanaka causing a big splash.

Address:Yamanakako Terminal, Hirano 506-296, Yamanakako-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture
Access:Access: 30 minutes on the Fujikyu Yamanashi bus from Fujikyuko Kawaguchiko Line Mt. Fuji Station bound for Asahi-oka. It is near the Asahi-oka stop.

Sights & Attractions

Fuji Subaru Line,5th Station–Yoshida entrance

Fuji Subaru Line,
5th Station –Yoshida entrance

The 5th Station of Mt. Fuji is located on the side of Mt. Fuji. It is accessible by buses coming from various stations located at the foot of the mountain.

Fuji-Q Highland

Fuji-Q Highland

This is Japan's uniquely Japanese amusement park. There are loads of rides and attractions for all ages at Fuji-Q Highland, including Guinness World Record holding roller coasters.

Lake Yamanaka

Lake Yamanaka

Since olden times, Lake Yamanaka has been the place to escape Japan’s summer heat. There are many hotels and summer villas lining the waters of the lake and the natural beauty of the surrounding area will amaze you.

Lake Kawaguchi

Lake Kawaguchi

Located on the northern side of Mt. Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi is a popular destination for tourists seeking views of Mt. Fuji. There are also museums, shops and hot springs to visit and many fun activities, such as fishing and marine sports. 

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