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Why Oshino Hakkai is special ?
Oshino Hakkai (忍野八海) is a touristy set of eight ponds in Oshino, a small village in the Fuji Five Lake region, located between Lake Kawaguchiko and Lake Yamanakako on the site of a former sixth lake that dried out several hundred years ago. The eight ponds are fed by snow melt from the slopes of nearby Mount Fuji that filters down the mountain through porous layers of lava for over 80 years, resulting in very clear spring water that is revered by the locals.
What to explore at Oshino Hakkai?
Next to one pond, visitors can drink the cool water straight from the source. The ponds are quite deep and have interesting freshwater plant life and large fish that make a visit to the ponds almost like visiting an aquarium. Although the ponds have been developed into tourist attractions and can become quite crowded with visitors, they have a pleasant atmosphere as long as you do not expect untouched nature.
You will find many restaurants, souvenir shops and food vendors around the ponds which sell vegetables, sweets, pickles, crafts and other local products. Some operate small outdoor grills to attract shoppers with the alluring smells of roasted sweet potato and toasted rice crackers (osenbei).
A small open air museum, the Hannoki Bayashi Shiryokan, surrounds Oshino Hakkai's largest pond and costs a small admission fee. It contains a traditional thatched roof farmhouse that can be viewed inside and displays various farming tools, household items, samurai armor and weapons.
How to get to Oshino Hakkai?
Roughly every other bus between Kawaguchiko Station and Gotemba (approximately one per hour) makes a small detour via Oshino Hakkai (see timetable). Furthermore, buses from Fujisan Station bound for Uchino and Hirano, and the Fujikko tourist buses also make a stop at Oshino Hakkai once or twice per hour. Get off at the "Oshino Hakkai" bus stop (some buses bound for Uchino and Hirano use the "Oshino Hakkai Iriguchi" bus stop, instead; not to be confused with the more distant "Oshino Iriguchi" bus stop).
- A very beautiful village with great view of Mt Fuji
- Bustling open air museum
- Beautiful and scenic village
- Clear, cold, Mt. Fuji filtered water
- A village to be admired
忍野八海 Japan 〒401-0511 山梨県南都留郡 忍野村忍草
Tips for you
“A very beautiful village with great view of Mt Fuji” We find the entrance into the little village of Oshino Hakkai rather akward as we have to walk through a little lane just right beside a little convenience stall fit for one single person. However, upon entering the little village, you see lots of visitors and phototaking buzz at the main pond. We got a clear blue sky with a clear view of My Fuji. There is a water source where cool water from the mountains flow freely for visitors to fill up their empty bottles and drink. There were lots of snacks and pickled food for sale. The village is rather clean and serene. However, the pubilc toilet is a huge disappointment as the smell and wet floors seems like a total opposite of the beautiful village.