Lake Kawaguchiko

A lake at the foot of Mt. Fuji that has been designated as a World Heritage Site.

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Lake Kawaguchiko is the 2nd largest lake in the World Heritage registered Fuji Five Lakes region. It is an ideal resort area with lots of activities and events. A marvelous image of Mount Fuji is reflected on the surface of the lake when the weather is clear.
河口湖駅, Fujikawaguchiko-machi Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi
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What is wonderful about the lake is Mt. Fuji’s beautiful reflection

When Mt. Fuji was registered as a World Heritage site in 2013, Fuji Five Lakes, including Lake Kawaguchiko, was also registered as part of it. Up until that point, it was popular as a resort area filled with leisure for long holidays in summer and winter, but with its registration, it became even more of a focal point. Lake Kawaguchi is the 2nd-largest lake in area among the Fuji Five Lakes. The lake is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, but the south side opens up wide and it is there that the grand Mt. Fuji towers over everything. In good weather, Mt. Fuji is reflected on the lake as the “Mt.Fuji Mirror Reflection”, and the mirror-like symmetrical view of the Fuji reflection and the true Mt. Fuji is said to be the most beautiful sight at Lake Kawaguchiko.

Enjoying the four seasons

At the nature-filled Lake Kawaguchiko, you can thoroughly enjoy the beauty of the four seasons. There are cherry blossoms in the spring and festivals are held everywhere in the area. The deep green forests in summer are lovely and marine sports are at their peak on the lake. Moreover in August, there are fireworks festivals at 4 of Fuji Five Lakes, and the shooting fireworks brilliantly light up the summer night sky. The colorful leaves in the fall are wonderful. The “Koyo Meguri” trekking event is held where you can enjoy walking while viewing the leaves dappled in red. And then in winter, Mt. Fuji is covered in snow and on sunny days that beautiful sight is reflected on the lake surface. This other Fuji is clearly displayed on the mirror-like surface and the appearance of this beautiful Reverse Fuji is especially outstanding in winter. And from mid-January to late February, a seasonal event known as the Winter Fireworks is held. On the lake shore at the foot of Mt. Fuji, viewing fireworks launching up into the crystal-clear night sky of winter is exceptional.

Lake Kawaguchiko is a leisure heaven

No matter how you say it, what makes Lake Kawaguchiko so attractive is its wealth of leisure. There are many museums and art galleries nearby, and at The Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, which is reminiscent of the avenues in Europe, music boxes that are unique in the world are displayed and are popular with the tourists. Next to it is a golf course and tennis court, and on the lake, recreational boating and other marine sports are also at their best. Fishing is also popular there and the area is a hit as a Mecca for black bass. Right by that is the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park and the outdoor park Forest Adventure among the other many leisure facilities when it comes to the nature-filled Lake Kawaguchi. It’s a resort overflowing with attractions the whole year round with sites like campgrounds, onsen and skiing in the winter.

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