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Mount Fuji from Lake Kawaguchiko

The Fuji Five Lakes (xm܌, Fujigoko) are made up of Lake Kawaguchiko, Lake Yamanakako, Lake Saiko, Lake Shojiko and Lake Motosuko at the northern base of Mount Fuji.

The five lakes were formed hundreds of years ago by lava flows which dammed up rivers during Mount Fuji's multiple eruptions. Interestingly, three of the lakes, Saiko, Shojiko and Motosuko are still connected with each other by underground waterways and consequently maintain the same surface level of 900 meters above sea level.

Lake Kawaguchiko (more details)
13 kilometer circumference
Lake Kawaguchiko is the most easily accessible and most developed of the five lakes. Its eastern shores are populated by hotels and ryokan, while its western shores remain calm and mostly undeveloped. The best views of Mount Fuji are from the northern shores, but there are good views of the mountain from almost all around the lake. Kawaguchiko Town, on the southeastern side of the lake, serves as the region's transportation hub.

Lake Yamanakako (more details)
13 kilometer circumference
Lake Yamanakako is the largest and easternmost of the five lakes. The lake has good views of Mount Fuji, especially from its northern coast. It is the second most developed lake with small towns at each end and it is popular for various water and lakeside outdoor activities such as wind surfing and tennis.

Lake Saiko (more details)
10.5 kilometer circumference
Lake Saiko is only one kilometer west of Lake Kawaguchiko, however it is barely developed, possibly due to the fact that its view of Mount Fuji is partially blocked by other mountains except at the lake's western tip. Lake Saiko is a nice destination for outdoor activities, such as fishing and boating, and there are several camp sites located along its shores.

Lake Shojiko (more details)
2.5 kilometer circumference
Lake Shojiko, by far the smallest of the five lakes, is located another five kilometers west of Lake Saiko, and is sparsely developed with just a few hotels along its northern shore. It offers nice views of Mount Fuji from all around and good fishing and other outdoor activities.

Lake Motosuko (more details)
13 kilometer circumference
Lake Motosuko is the westernmost of the five lakes and has good views of Mount Fuji, including the view which appears on the back of the 1000 yen bill. The shores are barely developed except for a few campgrounds. Outdoor activities and water sports such as wind surfing, boating and fishing are popular around the lake.

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Kawaguchi-ko Station Inn
Just in front of Kawaguchiko Station. An inexpensive inn with beautiful views of majestic Mt. Fuji.
Backpackers Hostel K's House Mt.Fuji
Top rated hostel near the lake with a welcoming atmosphere. English-speaking staff. Beds from 2,500 yen. Highly recommended.
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A small inn in a forest near Kawaguchiko. From 6300yen. Enjoy trails to the Mt.Fuji view, grilled steak and Fujisan beer.
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Onsenji Yumedono Ryokan
This fantastic hotel offers three different styles of accommodation, catering to a variety of tastes and budgets. Prices from 4,500 yen.
Fuji Lake Hotel
Free Wi-Fi & free transfer. Great location facing Kawaguchiko. Enjoy grand Mt.Fuji views from some rooms, private onsen bath and observation deck. 12000JPY+.

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