|1 hours 30 mins|
|08:00 AM - 05:00 PM|
Lake Motosuko (Fuji Five Lakes) is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Lake Motosuko (Fuji Five Lakes) is special ?
Lake Motosuko (本栖湖) is the westernmost of the Fuji Five Lakes and best known for its appearance on the reverse side of the 1000 yen bill and the former 5000 yen bill. The lake is difficult to access by public transportation and largely undeveloped except for a few campsites around its shores.
Motosuko was formed when an eruption by Mount Fuji separated a larger prehistoric lake into three smaller lakes in the 9th century. The resulting three lakes, Motosuko, Saiko and Shojiko, remain connected by underground waterways, as they continue to constantly maintain the same water level of 900 meters above sea level.
What to explore at Lake Motosuko (Fuji Five Lakes)?
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. Outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, boating and other water sports can be enjoyed around the lake. Outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, boating and other water sports can be enjoyed around the lake.
How to get to Lake Motosuko (Fuji Five Lakes)?
There is one bus every one or two hours from Kawaguchiko Station to Lake Motosuko. The buses are bound for Shin-Fuji, Shimobe Onsen or Motosuko. The one way trip takes 30-45 minutes and costs around 1100 yen. All buses stop at Motosuko-Iriguchi bus stop along the main road, a five minute walk from the lake's eastern end, while buses not bound for Shin-Fuji also stop directly along the lake.
There is one direct highway buses per day between Shinjuku and Lake Motosuko. The one way trip takes about 2.5 hours and costs 2200 yen.
- Breathtaking view
- Beautiful view of the mountains
- Great location for a Picnic
- Mt. Fuji on a note
- A small paradise
Lake Motosu, Yamanashi, Japan
Tips for you
“Shibazakura Festival - Breathtaking!” First of all, you need to go there during the right time; they have the Shibazakura (Pink Phlox flowers) festival April through June every year, and if you make the trip during the peak of the flowering you will not be disappointed. I kept an eye on their website for details on flowering status, which you must do (the website referenced below) and in addition it wouldn't hurt to call them and ask; the folks there are quite helpful although they only speak Japanese. Find someone who speaks and call them and you can get most up to date information on when to go. We went there on a weekend and understandably very crowded. You need to take a bus to the place, but it was so crowded and heavy road traffic we spent more than two hours just on the bus to the place which would normally take 20 minutes. So make it a point to go early, as early as 8 or 9 am even. But when we go there it was unbelievable; with the Mt. Fuji in the backdrop with it's snow coating at the top, and all the flowers in the foreground, it's simply breathtaking. If you're a photographer like me, more so! I definitely recommend this place, but again, make sure you go there at the right time.