“Mikatagoko” in Fukui prefecture. Spectacular views of 5 lakes

Written by Akira Kato
19 Dec 2018
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Tourist spot: “Mikatagoko” which literally means five lakes of Mikata.

Recently I visited “Mikatagoko”, a place I’ve been longing to visit for a long time.
“Mikatagoko” consists of 5 individual lakes located in a valley surrounded by hills.

The 5 lakes are called Mikatako, Suigetsuko, Sugako, Kugushiko, Hirugako . They create dramatic views.

Basic information on Mikatagoko

Address
Umiyama, Wakasacho, Mikatakaminakagun, Fuku
Access
25 minute drive from the Mikata InterChange on Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway
Hours
8:30-16:30(Business hours extended on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays)
Closed
December 29th through January 1st
URL(Japanese)
http://www.mikatagoko.com/

Getting the most out of your visit to “Mikatagoko”

1.The Rainbow Line

Drive the scenic rainbow line which is about 11.2 km. The scenery of the 5 lakes depends on the seasons in Japan but the views are always dynamic and breath taking. You can get to the “ Baijyoudake peak park” by taking the Rainbow line.

Rainbow line
Rainbow line

2. “ Baijyodake peak park”

From “ Baijyoudake peak park”, you can approach the top of the mountain using either the chair lift or cable car.

Baijyodake peak park
Baijyodake peak park

2-1 Look out

The look out located at “Baijyoudake peak park” offers you a grand view of Mikata Goko and Wakasa bay.

The look out located at “Baijyoudake peak park”
The look out located at “Baijyoudake peak park”

2-2 Lover’s sanctuary

There is certain organization in Japan that certify “Lover’s sanctuary spot, and this place is one of them.
Many couples love to visit the Lover’s sanctuary and pray for their everlasting love.
The park sells padlocks and it's said that if you lock it on the chain fence at the park together, you will be forever in love with your mate. (¥400 and sold unattended)

Lover’s sanctuary
Lover’s sanctuary

2-3 The gong of friendship

At the top of the “Baijyoudake peak park”, you will see a gong at “wagou shrine”. The gong is called “ the gong of friendship”. There are 2 different sounds which come from the gong when you touch. It’s been said that the sounds of the gong will bring you “blessings “ and “ happiness“.

The gong of friendship
The gong of friendship

3.The view on the lake

There is a jet boat cruise available where you can visit all of the lakes except for Hirugako lake. The cruise starts from Kugushiko. There is also a Mikatagoko “lake cruise” operating which starts from Suigetsuko. The surrounding view from the lake is something else. You will not regret taking a cruise on the lakes.

The view on the lake
The view on the lake

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Photos of Mikatagoko
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