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Lake Motosuko (本栖湖) 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.

Getting there and around

The Omni Bus Blue Line provides infrequent connections between Kawaguchiko Station, Lake Shojiko and Lake Motosuko. A one way journey from Kawaguchiko Station to Lake Motosuko takes around 50 minutes. Alternatively, regular buses run every 1-2 hours between Kawaguchiko Station and Lake Motosuko. They are bound for Shin-Fuji, Shimobe Onsen or Motosuko. The one way trip takes 30-45 minutes and costs 1280 yen (see timetable).

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Hotels around Fuji Five Lakes

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    • 富士ファブリック ステイ
      Mid-range
      富士ファブリック ステイ, a property with a terrace, is situated in Fujikawaguchiko, 3.1 km from Fuji-Q Highland, 5.1 km from Lake Kawaguchi, as well as 22 km from Mount Fuji. This property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi. The air-conditioned holiday home consists of 2 bedrooms, a kitchen with dining area, and 1 bathroom with shower. Towels and bed linen are available. Lake Kawaguchi Ohashi Bridge is 4.2 km from the holiday home, while Mount Kachi Kachi Ropeway is 4.7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, 127 km from 富士ファブリック ステイ.
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    • HOSTEL MICHIKUSA-YA
      Mid-range
      Set in Fujikawaguchiko, less than 1 km from Lake Kawaguchi, HOSTEL MICHIKUSA-YA offers accommodation with a shared lounge, free private parking and a garden. The property is located 4.6 km from Fuji-Q Highland, 25 km from Mount Fuji and 700 metres from Fujiomuro Sengen Shrine. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen and luggage storage space for guests. With a shared bathroom equipped with a bidet and slippers, rooms at the hostel also have free WiFi, while selected rooms here will provide you with a lake view. The area is popular for cycling, and bike hire is available at HOSTEL MICHIKUSA-YA. Lake Kawaguchi Ohashi Bridge is 1.6 km from the accommodation, while Mount Kachi Kachi Ropeway is 2.8 km away. The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, 126 km from HOSTEL MICHIKUSA-YA.
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    • Umeya Annex
      Budget-friendly
      Umeya Annex is a Japanese private home run by an oshi, or a religious teacher that guides and assists visitors on pilgrimages. The property is located next to the oshi's home that was built in 1776 and the only one existing in Kawaguchiko. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. All units are air conditioned and have a flat-screen TV. A microwave and fridge are also provided, as well as a kettle. There is a shared bathroom with a shower in every unit. The Arakura Sengen Shrine and the iconic five storied Chureito pagoda are around 5 km away from the property. The location offers stunning views of Mt Fuji in combination with the pagoda, where guests can also enjoy gazing at cherry blossoms during the spring season. The property is located in Fujikawaguchiko, 2.4 km from Lake Kawaguchi. Mount Fuji is 19 km from the property.
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    • Mizno Hotel
      Mid-range
      Offering beautiful Mount Fuji views from its hot-spring baths, guest rooms and hot tub, Mizno Hotel is a 5-minute drive from Kawaguchiko Train Station. Located on a hilltop and overlooking Lake Kawaguchi, the hotel serves Japanese cuisine with an advance reservation. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. Guests at Mizno Hotel can sleep in Western-style beds, or experience traditional futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor in one of the Japanese-style rooms. All rooms are air-conditioned and have an LCD TV and Yukata robes. The shore of Lake Kawaguchi is a 2-minute walk. Fuji-Q Highland amusement park and Fuji-Omuro Sengen Shrine are less than a 15-minute drive from the hotel. On-site parking is free, and free pick-up from Kawaguchiko Station is offered from 15:00-18:00. Mount Fuji 5th Station for climbing is a 1-hour bus ride from Kawaguchiko Station. Relaxation options include a sauna and massages. The hotel has English-speaking and French-speaking staff. A nightcap can be enjoyed at the bar.
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    • Hotel Asafuji
      Mid-range
      Boasting views of Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi for all rooms and hot-spring baths, Hotel Asafuji provides air-conditioned Japanese-style rooms with a green tea set. Free WiFi available throughout the hotel and free on-site parking is available. Free pick-up service is available from Kawaguchiko Station upon request. The air-conditioned rooms at Hotel Asafuji have Shoji paper screens and a low table with floor chairs and cushions. Each room includes a fridge, private toilet, and guests bathe at the hot-spring baths. Japanese-style futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor is provided. Yukata robes are offered for guests. Massages are available, and the reception can store luggage. The public hot-spring baths are open from 06:00-09:30 and from 15:00-23:30 daily. A Japanese set breakfast and kaiseki multi-course dinner are available at the on-site restaurant for an extra fee with an advance reservation. Kawaguchiko Station is a 10-minute drive, while Kawaguchiko Ropeway and Lake Kawaguchi's boat dock is a 3-minute drive away from the hotel. Kawaguchiko Music Forest and Kawaguchiko Museum Of Art is a 7-minute drive. Oishi Parkand is a 10-minute drive away, while Fuji-Q Highland amusement park is a 15-minute drive away.
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    • JINYA Fujikawaguchiko
      Mid-range
      Just a 5-minute walk from Kawaguchiko Station, JINYA Fujikawaguchiko is located in Fujikawaguchiko. Free WiFi, private parking, a washing and drying machine are provided. All units in the hotel are equipped with a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave and an electric kettle. Guest rooms feature air conditioning, a private bathroom and a toilet. Bed linen, towels and a hairdryer are provided. Selected rooms feature a dining table and a sofa. Mount Fuji is 16 km away from the hotel, while Mount Fuji 5th Station is a 65-minute bus ride away.
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    • Fuji Guest House Ao
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Fujikawaguchiko, 1.7 km from Fuji-Q Highland, Fuji Guest House Ao provides accommodation with a shared lounge, private parking and a terrace. Featuring free bikes, the 1-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. Mount Kachi Kachi Ropeway is 1.8 km from the hostel and Lake Kawaguchi Ohashi Bridge is 2.8 km away. Guest rooms include bed linen. Lake Kawaguchi is 3.7 km from the hostel, while Mount Fuji is 22 km away. The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, 127 km from Fuji Guest House Ao.
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    • Guesthouse Honobono
      Budget-friendly
      Renovated in September 2018, Guesthouseほのぼの offers an accommodation with free WiFi in Fujikawaguchiko, 1.3 km from Lake Kawaguchi. Free private parking is available on site on a first-come, first-serve basis as well as prior reservation. Free shuttle service is available upon prior request from the property to Kawaguchiko Station. There is a shared kitchen and lounge at the property. Guests can make some coffee and tea free of charge. You will find a bath made from hinoki cypress, and underfloor heating is provided in the bathroom. Bath amenities including towels, toiletries and toothbrushes are available at the front desk for a fee. Mount Fuji is 16 km from Guesthouseほのぼの, while Shimobe Hot Spring is 26 km away.
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    • Fujikawaguchiko Onsen Konanso
      Luxury
      Featuring great views of Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi, Konanso boasts natural hot spring baths and large Japanese-style rooms with traditional tatami (woven-straw) flooring. It is only a 2-minute walk from a ferry stop, where guests can board sightseeing cruises. Free WiFi is offered in all areas. Konanso offers indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, a private-use bath (charges apply), and a foot bath on the rooftop. Relaxing massage services can be arranged. Other facilities include karaoke rooms, a game centre and a lounge bar. A souvenir shop can be found on the ground floor. Guest rooms at Konanso are fitted with futon bedding, a seating area and a flat-screen TV. A Fridge and an electric kettle are also provided. Guests can try on Yukata robes or enjoy free green tea in their room. Some rooms feature an open-air hot spring bath. The property is a 10-minute drive from Kawaguchiko Train Station. A free pick-up service from the station is available upon request. Mount Fuji 5th Station for climbing is a 1-hour bus ride from Kawaguchiko Station. Popular Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park is a 5-minute drive away, while Gotemba Outlet Shopping Mall can be reached within a 40-minute drive. Seasonal Japanese multi-course meals are served either in a private dining room or in the guestroom. Breakfast can be enjoyed at the dining room.
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    • Villas Fuji
      Budget-friendly
      Villas Fuji features mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking, set in Fujikawaguchiko, 2.3 km from Fuji-Q Highland. All units here are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, a living room with a sofa, a well-equipped kitchen with a dining area, and a private bathroom with bidet, slippers and a hairdryer. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also provided, as well as a kettle. A garden and a terrace are featured at the villa. Lake Kawaguchi is 4.2 km from Villas Fuji, while Mount Fuji is 22 km away. The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, 126 km from the accommodation.
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