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

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Lake Motosuko ({) is the westernmost of the Fuji Five Lakes and best known for its appearance on the reverse side of the 1000 yen bill and the former 5000 yen bill. The lake is difficult to access by public transportation and largely undeveloped except for a few campsites around its shores. Outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, boating and other water sports can be enjoyed around the lake.

Motosuko was formed when an eruption by Mount Fuji separated a larger prehistoric lake into three smaller lakes in the 9th century. The resulting three lakes, Motosuko, Saiko and Shojiko, remain connected by underground waterways, as they continue to constantly maintain the same water level of 900 meters above sea level.

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How to get there

From Kawaguchiko

There is one bus every one or two hours from Kawaguchiko Station to Lake Motosuko. The buses are bound for Shin-Fuji, Shimobe Onsen or Motosuko. The one way trip takes 30-45 minutes and costs around 1100 yen. All buses stop at Motosuko-Iriguchi bus stop along the main road, a five minute walk from the lake's eastern end, while buses not bound for Shin-Fuji also stop directly along the lake.

From Tokyo

There is one direct highway buses per day between Shinjuku and Lake Motosuko. The one way trip takes about 2.5 hours and costs 2200 yen.

How to get to and around the Fuji Five Lakes

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User Ratings
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649.  Hearn Residence (Matsue)   73/100
650.  Lake Shojiko (Fuji Five Lakes)   73/100
651.  Kyoto Station (Kyoto)   73/100
652.  Todoroki Valley (Tokyo)   73/100
653.  Sakae (Nagoya)   73/100
654.  Lake Motosuko (Fuji Five Lakes)   73/100
655.  Kanrantei (Matsushima)   73/100
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386.  Nebuta Matsuri (Aomori)   153
387.  Lake Motosuko (Fuji Five Lakes)   153
388.  Institute for Nature (Tokyo)   153
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