You can even catch and eat them. Plenty of good fishing in the Fuji Five Lakes area for wakasagi
The smelt in the Fuji Five Lakes district is at its best between autumn and winter. With a tender texture and light taste, freshly-fried or even tempura wakasagi is delicious. There is even a service where any wakasagi that you have fished and brought over to a restaurant can be cooked up for you.
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＊At Benifuji-no-Yu, a day-trip onsen by Lake Yamanaka, the wakasagi can be cooked up for you. (Only for guests at the facility)