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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Chubu - Mount Fuji - Yamanashi - Fuji Five Lakes
Lake Yamanakako
# 3   of 18 most visited sights
in Fuji Five Lakes

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Lake Yamanakako (R) is the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes and the second most developed lake behind Lake Kawaguchiko with small towns at its western and eastern ends and a few hotels, minshuku, camping grounds and restaurants in between. There are good views of Mount Fuji from around the lake, especially from along its less developed northern shore.

Lake Yamanakako is popular among Japanese outdoor sports enthusiasts who enjoy boating, fishing, water skiing, wind surfing and other water sports on the lake, as well as camping, tennis and other activities along its shores. Many sport camps are found around the lake, which become crowded with student athletes during summer holidays.

A few public hot springs baths can also be found around Lake Yamanakako. Benifuji no Yu around the lake's western end is one of surprisingly few establishments with good views of Mount Fuji from its baths. Ishiwari no Yu near the lake's eastern end does not have views of the mountain.

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How to get there

From Tokyo

More than a dozen highway buses per day connect Shinjuku Station and Tokyo Station with Lake Yamanakako. The one way trip takes about 2.5 hours and costs 2050 yen from Shinjuku and 1750 yen from Tokyo Station. Buses from Shinjuku serve Yamanakako's entire southern shore before terminating in Hirano at the lake's eastern end, while buses from Tokyo Station stop only at the lake's western end before continuing to Kawaguchiko.

From Kawaguchiko Station and Fujisan Station

Buses along the Kawaguchiko-Gotemba-Mishima Line operate once or twice per hour between Kawaguchiko Station and Lake Yamanakako. The one way ride takes about 30 minutes and costs around 900 yen. The buses serve the lake's western end and southern shore as far as Asahigaoka, but do not provide a connection to Hirano at the lake's eastern end.

Buses along the Fujisan-Oshino-Hirano Line operate once every 1-2 hours and serve the lake's entire southern shore before terminating in Hirano at the lake's eastern end. The one way trip from Fujisan Station to Hirano takes 35 minutes and costs 790 yen.

Furthermore, there are the Fujikko tourist buses which depart from Fujisan Station and make an entire circle around Lake Yamanakako. A 2-day pass for the Fujikko bus is available for 1340 yen.

How to get to and around the Fuji Five Lakes

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Top rated hostel near the lake with a welcoming atmosphere. English-speaking staff. Beds from 2,500 yen. Highly recommended.
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