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Lake Motosu (Motosu-ko)

Of the five Fuji lakes, Lake Motosu offers the greatest sense of richness in nature.

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Lake

Located at the western foot of Mt. Fuji, the lake has a circumference of 12.6 km, an area of 4.7 square km, and a depth of 122 meters. Among the Fuji Five Lakes, it has a particularly large amount of untouched nature. The quality of the water is excellent, and it boasts "the highest transparency in the Honshu region".

The northern shore of the lake offers a good view of Fuji, and the "upside-down Fuji" that beautifully appears on the wave-free surface of the water is well-known to be depicted on the back of the 1,000 yen bill. From Ryugatake Hill, which you can climb from the lakeside, you can see the "Diamond Fuji" sunrise appearing from the top of Mt. Fuji on New Year's Day.

The lake is popular among tourists who enjoy canoeing, SUP, fishing, windsurfing, and other activities in the beautiful nature.

If you take a ride on the submarine-type sightseeing boat "Moguran," you can enjoy a 360° panoramic view of Mt. Fuji from the deck, and observe beautiful fish such as carp, damselfish, and rainbow trout living in the lake from the boat's bottom window.

Highlights

  • Lake Motosu has the clearest water in Honshu.
  • It is famous for the "upside-down Fuji" depicted on the back of the 1,000 yen bill.
  • Camping, fishing, and various water activities can also be enjoyed.
  • From the submarine-type sightseeing boat "Moguran," you can enjoy a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji and underwater observation in the lake.

Photos

  • Lake Motosu is known for its "upside-down Fuji".

    Lake Motosu is known for its "upside-down Fuji".

  • Diamond Fuji

    Diamond Fuji

  • Sunset at Lake Motosu

    Sunset at Lake Motosu

  • People enjoying windsurfing.

    People enjoying windsurfing.

  • Mt. Fuji from the lake by kayak.

    Mt. Fuji from the lake by kayak.

Reviews

2
  • Vincent Chan

    去本栖湖時,可以順便拍後面的富士山,風景優美人很少。

  • Wai Wai Wim

    日本發行1000日幣的富士山倒影,就是從本栖湖這邊拍的。

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Details

Name in Japanese
本栖湖
Postal Code
401-0337
Address
Motosu, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi
Admission
Free
Regular Holidays
None
Hours of operation
None specified
Access
Approximately 60 minutes from Kawaguchiko Station by Fujikyu Bus
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)