Attraction Lake Shōji Shoji Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0336, Japan Published on: 10-04-2016
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Why Lake Shojiko (Fuju Five Lakes) is special ?
Sandwiched between Lake Motosuko and Lake Saiko, Lake Shojiko (精進湖, Shōjiko) is the smallest of the Fuji Five Lakes. Together with its two neighbors it was formed when lava flows from Mount Fuji divided a large prehistoric lake into three smaller ones. The lakes seem to remain connected by underground waterways as they always maintain the same water level of 900 meters above sea level.
Lying on a line running southeast from Fujisan, Lake Shojiko has a completely unobstructed view of the mountain with not a single building or construction in the way. The mountain’s presence can really be felt from Lake Shojiko. From the nearby panorama platform, one can see the Sea of Trees as well as Mt. Omuro. The green water of Lake Shojiko indicates rich plankton content, capable of supporting many different types of fish.
What to explore at Lake Shojiko (Fuju Five Lakes)?
Lake Shojiko borders the Aokigahara Jukai forest and remains largely undeveloped except for a few hotels around its northern shore that enjoy excellent views of Mount Fuji. Outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and fishing are popular around the lake, as well as water sports such as water skiing, jet skiing and boating.
How to get to Lake Shojiko (Fuju Five Lakes)?
There is one bus every one or two hours from Kawaguchiko Station to Lake Shojiko. The buses are bound for Shin-Fuji, Shimobe Onsen or Motosuko. The one way trip takes 25-40 minutes and costs around 1100 yen. All buses stop at Shojiko-Iriguchi bus stop at the lake's southern tip, while five or six of them make an additional quick tour around the lake and serve a few bus stops on the northern shores.
There is one direct highway buses per day between Shinjuku and Lake Motosuko, which stop at Lake Shojiko along the way. The one way trip takes about 2.5 hours and costs 2100 yen.
- Gorgeous view from Lake Shojiko
- A tranquil place
- Beautiful Natural Getaway
- For a break from bustling Tokyo
- Great for classic views of Mt Fuji
Lake Shōji Shoji Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0336, Japan