Fuji Five Lakes is the region around the northern half of Mt Fuji which includes five lakes. Fuji Five Lakes is popular tourist destination.

Fuji Five Lakes (富士五湖, fujigoko) is the name of the area located around the base of Mt Fuji in which there are five lakes formed by previous eruptions of Mt Fuji. The Fuji Five Lakes region is a popular tourist destination as it provides some of the best views of Mt Fuji.

Mt Fuji from Fujiyoshida
Mt Fuji from Fujiyoshida

The main city in the Fuji Five Lakes region is Fujiyoshida, which is particularly famous for its udon noodles. Another point of interest is Aokigahara Jukai Forest.

Lakes of the Fuji Five Lakes

The five lakes are located in an arc around the northern half of Mt Fuji (see Mt Fuji Map). In ancient times, lava flow from a volcanic eruption of Mt Fuji spread across the area, damming up rivers and resulting in the formation of these lakes. They are all considered excellent tourist attractions and fishing spots.


Lake Kawaguchi is the most famous of the five lakes, and images of this lake are usually used in posters and commercials for the Fuji Five Lakes area. A large number of hotels line its banks, as do locals providing boat rides to the tourists. It is the only lake in the Fuji Five Lakes area that has an island. Many local cultural events are run near this lake throughout the year.

Lake Motosu

Lake Motosu (本栖湖 motosuko) is the ninth deepest lake of Japan, at 140 meters. Motosu lake, along with Lake Saiko and Lake Shojiko, was formed by lava flowing across what is now Aokigahara Jukai Forest and into the enormous lake that once dominated the area, and these three lakes remain still connected by underground waterways.

Lake Saiko

Lake Saiko, also known as the Western Lake. The western side of Lake Saiko (西湖 saiko) shares its banks with the Aokigahara Jukai Forest.

Lake Shoji

Lake Shoji (精進湖 shōjiko) is the smallest of the five lakes. Remnants of lava flow still jut out of the water. Locals usually fish from these rocks.

Lake Yamanaka

The easternmost and largest of the five lakes, Lake Yamanaka is also the third highest lake in Japan, standing at 980 meters above sea level. Lake Yamanaka now rivals Lake Kawaguchi as the most popular location for viewing Mt Fuji.

Mount Fuji Tours

If you want to see both Mt Fuji and Hakone in one day it is easier to take one of the organised tours from Tokyo to see Mt Fuji as accessing Mt Fuji area via public transport is more challenging and best done over two days. Of course trying to see Hakone and Mt Fuji is going to be a compromise as there is not enough time in one day to see both properly. We recommend doing this trip on a week day as the roads out of Tokyo can be packed on the weekends. Most organised tours include the near by Hakone and some include a return trip on the Shinkansen (bullet train).

Mt Fuji and Hakone Day Tour from Tokyo: Return by Bullet Train
2-Day Mt Fuji, Hakone and Bullet Train Tour from Tokyo
Mt Fuji Day Trip including Lake Ashi Sightseeing Cruise from Tokyo
2 Day Mt Fuji and Kyoto by Bullet Train from Tokyo

3 Day Mt Fuji, Nara and Kyoto by Bullet Train from Tokyo

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