These lakes lie at the northern base of Mount Fuji. The terrain consists of rocky mountains, caves, ancient forest and unspoiled lakes. As the home of Mount Fuji it is one of the best places to view it close up and use it as a base for your climb if you’re up for it. Outdoor activities are on the cards around here, such as hiking, camping, fishing, enjoying hot springs and snow sports. Else more cultural activities are on offer like exploring some of the many museums in the area. Here are a few of our top picks.
View The Spectacular Lakes From Mount Fuji's 5th Station
If you don’t feel like climbing Fuji, there are many other ways to see the place. Get flawless views of the mountain by travelling up to the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station. This view point boasts one of the best views in almost every direction over the Fuji Five Lakes region. Curios are also available to purchase as well as some restaurants. Grab a bus on the hour with a return trip costing 2300 yen.
Ride The Panoramic Ropeway Up Mount Tenjo
This ride and the view from the top of Mount Tenjo offers some of the best views of Mount Fuji. On the east side of Lake Kawaguchi, 1,104 metres arrive at the summit. Take in the views, the delightful colourful statues representing an old Japanese folktale and the Bell of Tenjo- ring it with your partner to guarantee a long and happy relationship!
Hike To The Summit Of Mount Mitsutoge For Mind Blowing Views Of Fuji
If you are into your hiking, don’t stop at Fuji, summit the 1,785 metre Mount Mitsutoge. From here it is said to be one of the best to view Mount Fuji’s dramatic peak. Roughly a 6 hour round trip, from Mount Tenjo’s summit, stock your backpack and enjoy the forest trails on your way up.
Enjoy The Culture At The Lakes' Many Museums
Prefer something more cultural and educational? Explore some of the many museums in the area. Start at the Kubota Itchiku Art Museum, or head Kawaguchiko Music Forest. Research your many options here.
Adventure Through The subterranean Lava Caves
Due to the volcanoes past eruptions and lava flow the underground caves are abundant around Lake Sai. Three of these, the Bat, Ice and Wind caves are open to the public. Don a hard hat and explore this underground ice-lined labyrinth. While you're there, explore the walking trail linking to the caves through the Aokigahara forest. Absolutely beautiful, a little eerie in parts but something not worth missing!