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Lake Shoji(Shoji-ko)

A globally famous spot where the most beautiful scenery of Mt.Fuji can be seen.

Lake

This dammed lake formed by the volcanic eruption of Mt.Fuji is the smallest lake of Fuji Five Lakes. Lake Shoji and another 2 dammed lakes, Lake Motosu and Senoumi, also formed by the volcanic eruption of Mt.Fuji, were originally a single lake, but Mt. Fuji erupted again in the 9th century and outpouring lava divided 2 lakes and Lake Shoji.

In 1895 ( 28th of Meiji period), Lake Shoji was introduced by an Englishman, Harry Stewart Whitworth, as “Japan Shoji” where the beautiful scenery of Mt. Fuji can be seen. Since then, many foreign visitors have visited here.

You can enjoy outdoor amusement such as canoeing, boating, and fishing on the tranquil surface of the lake. When you see Mt.Fuji from an observation deck, you will find a small mountain, Mt. Omuro, located in front of Mt.Fuji, this scenery looks as if Mt. Fuji holds a small baby mountain, so this scenery is called “Kodaki- Fuji”, which means Mt.Fuji holds a baby, so this place is a popular place to take pictures. You can enjoy seasonal scenery such as cherry blossoms in spring, foliage in autumn, a mysterious frozen surface of the lake in winter.

Wild healthy meat cuisine such as venison and dishes of plain and soft tasted flesh of lake smelt are also recommended.

Highlights

  • It is the smallest lake of Fuji Five Lakes, and remains undeveloped largely which has kept the beautiful scenery of nature.
  • It was introduced by an Englishman, Harry Stewart Whitworth, as a summer retreat “Japan Shoji”.
  • It is a popular spot to take pictures of Mt.Fuji for photographers and tourists.
  • You will see a magnificent full view of Mt. Fuji and Aokigahara Jyukai when you walk along a hiking trail and reach the panoramic viewing platform.

Photos

  • Lake Shoji

    Lake Shoji

  • Lake Shoji

    Lake Shoji

  • Lake Shoji and rotor cloud.

    Lake Shoji and rotor cloud.

  • A red-colored Japanese maple alongside Lake Shoji.

    A red-colored Japanese maple alongside Lake Shoji.

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Details

Name in Japanese
精進湖
Postal Code
401-0336
Address
Shoji, Fujikawaguchikomachi, Minamitsurugun, Yamanashi
Tel
0555-87-2651 (Shojiko Tourism Association)
Admission
Free
Holidays
No holidays
Hours
Not Specified
Directions
Get on a bus at Kawaguchiko Station on Fujikyuko line bound for Motosuko. It takes about 40 minutes.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)