Lake Motosuko

The deepest of the Fuji Five Lakes with waters of high clarity. It is a beautiful azure blue lake.

The view of Mount Fuji from Lake Motosuko is also well known since it is the design on the one thousand yen bill. You can enjoy the superb scenery and leisure activities in a natural environment and you can also enjoy the “shibazakura” (moss phlox) season.
Lake Motosu, Yamanashi
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A lake in its pristine state

Lake Motosuko is the westernmost lake of the Fuji Five Lakes. The view of Mt. Fuji as seen from this lake that has been placed on the 1,000-yen bill is right by the peak of Nakanokura Pass to the northwest of the lake. Another wonderful scene that can be encountered at Lake Motosuko is Diamond Fuji. Diamond Fuji, in which the sun rises above the peak of Mt. Fuji around the New Year, can be seen from Mt. Ryugatake on the lakeshore.

A popular form of leisure is being aboard the submarine-shaped excursion ship Moguran

Under the National Park Act, powered boats are prohibited on Lake Motosuko and since tourist spots and buildings are few in the vicinity, activities such as canoeing, fishing and wind surfing are typical on this lake. An especially popular activity is being on the Moguran which is a ship shaped like a submarine with an attractive pop art design. There are windows on the 1st floor with an underwater view so that you can see fish swimming about such as red salmon and rainbow trout. There is also a pipe phone system connecting the 2nd-floor deck with the interior of the ship which is a hit with the kids.

The Fuji Shibazakura Festival with the largest number of blossoms outside of the capital

At the Fuji-Lake Motosu resort, the Fuji Shibazakura Festival is held from mid-April to late May. The moss phlox covers the ground just like a lawn and is a perennial whose flowers resemble cherry blossoms; the festival features about 800,000 shibazkura which makes it the largest facility to enjoy such flowers outside of Tokyo. On the site, there are other popular events and facilities such as the Mt. Fuji Umaimono-no-Festa where you can enjoy about 50 dishes from the local area, an observation café and an observation foot bath while viewing Mt. Fuji and the shibazakura at the same time.

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