Attraction Saiko Lake Saiko Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0332, Japan Published on: 26-02-2016
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Why Lake Saiko (Fuji Five Lakes) is special ?
Lake Saiko (西湖) is smaller and much less developed than neighboring Lake Kawaguchiko. The views of Mount Fuji from Lake Saiko's shores are blocked by other mountains, except at the lake's western end from where there are beautiful, full views of the volcano.
Lake Saiko is surrounded by wooded mountains and a few camp sites, and is a popular destination for those interested in camping, boating, fishing and other outdoor activities. A network of hiking trails covers the mountains and hills surrounding the lake, as well as Aokigahara Jukai, an expansive forest south of the lake, infamous as a suicide spot and for people getting lost.
What to explore at Lake Saiko (Fuji Five Lakes)?
Several caves, formed during past eruptions of Mount Fuji, can be found around Aokigahara Jukai in the vicinity of Lake Saiko. Three of them, the Ice Cave, Wind Cave and Bat Cave, have been developed to be easily accessible to tourists. The area is also known for its autumn colors which are usually at their best around the first half of November. It's great time for those who look for a peaceful and quiet place to relax.
How to get to Lake Saiko (Fuji Five Lakes)?
Retro buses along the Saiko Line connect Kawaguchiko Station to Lake Saiko, circle the lake in a clockwise direction and stop at Iyashi no Sato, at the trailhead to Koyodai and near the three caves.
Apart from the retro buses, there are a few regular buses that operate between Kawaguchiko Station and Lake Saiko. Buses bound for Shin-Fuji and Lake Motosuko stop at the Fuji Midorino Kyukamura bus stop near Yurari Onsen (15 minutes, 590 yen) as well as at the ice and wind caves a few minutes later. There is one bus every 1-2 hours. A second regular bus line connects Kawaguchiko Station with the northern shore of Lake Saiko, stopping near Iyashi no Sato and at the bat cave along the way.
- A beautiful lake
- Stunning view over Mt. Fuji
- A great place to cycle for unspoiled views of Fuji
- An amazing spot to enjoy Fujisan
- A small and tranquil lake
Saiko Lake Saiko Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0332, Japan
Tips for you
Unlike the bigger Kawaguchiko and Yamanaka-ko,Saiko lake's water looks dark blue,probably because it's deeper.I have spotted people fishing around the lake,but as far as I know you need to get permission for this kind of activity.Have not really seen any people swimming in any of the lakes,probably coz of the water temperature. While there is not much to do on the lake itself,the surrounding attractions are worth visiting. Nearby Batcave and Lavacave are the spots of interest,it is advisable to bring a jacket if you want to expore them,because the temperature inside the caves even during the summer period is 0-4 C. A historically rebuilt village Iyashi no Sato(entrance 350 yen per adult) with Mt.Fuji in the background has a good view.You can come inside the thatched roof houses and see old utensils and the od way of life.In one of the houses you can try yukata and samurai outfit(I think it was 500 yen),In some other house,I saw a collection of finely designed fans. If you come by bus,better note the time for the next one,because despite being one a popular travel destination the buses are not so frequent