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In-depth Look at the Mount Fuji Area

In-depth Look at the Mount Fuji Area

Japan's tallest mountain, Mount Fuji rises to an elevation of 3776 metres (12388 feet). Fuji's elegant form is as a widely-known symbol of Japan both domestically and abroad. It has been considered a sacred mountain by Japanese people since ancient times, and its summit is believed to be home to a deity worshiped in Japanese religion. In addition, the peak has long served as inspiration for various works of art and craft, influencing these fields greatly. The mountain was even designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. Have a visit and experience for yourself the wonders of this magical place!

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Five Lakes of Mount Fuji

Some of the most impressive places to see in the Mount Fuji area are the Fuji Goko (Fuji Five Lakes), five lakes formed through damming caused by volcanic activity. There are many ways to enjoy these lakes: some visitors choose to admire beautiful vistas of Mount Fuji while riding pleasure boats or simply taking leisurely strolls around the lakes, while others take part in outdoor activities such as canoeing and fishing. No matter which activities you prefer, the five lakes of Mount Fuji have something to offer to you.

Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)

Both Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms serve as symbols of Japan, so why not go somewhere where you can enjoy both at once? One recommendation is Lake Kawaguchi, one of the Fuji Goko (five lakes of Mount Fuji), along whose shore stretches a 1.2-kilometre (3/4-mile) walking path lined with cherry trees. Another recommendation is the views of cherry blossoms from the area's symbolic tower, set against a backdrop of Mount Fuji and traditional Japanese architecture. Both options give you a chance to see some of the most famous Spring scenery in Japan.


The Mount Fuji area is the only place in Japan to enjoy the flowering plant shibazakura (known variously as moss phlox, moss pink, ground pink, etc.) together with views of Mount Fuji, Japan's most famous mountain. The Fuji Shibazakura Festival is held on the shore of Lake Motosu, one of Mount Fuji's famous five lakes, from mid-April until late May, and various color combinations including pink, white and blue can be enjoyed as the area's roughly 800000 plants of shibazakura come into full bloom. The sight of Mount Fuji set against a carpet of beautiful shibazakura blossoms is something you're likely to remember as long as you live.


The shore of Lake Kawaguchi, one of Mount Fuji's famous five lakes, becomes covered in a carpet of purple when the lavender blooms in late June, and the Lake Kawaguchi Herb Festival is held at this time every year. Here you can enjoy a wide variety of fun events set against Mount Fuji and lavender in full bloom. Also located on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi is Kawaguchiko Herbkan, a tourist facility offering ultra-popular lavender ice cream. Enjoy Mount Fuji area lavender with both your sense of sight and taste!


Bassia scoparia, a annual herb that grows around Lake Kawaguchi (one of Mount Fuji's famous five lakes), is known by various common names, including (common) Kochia, burningbush and summer cypress. Its color changes into bright red in late October every year — a truly beautiful thing to behold. Thanks to abundant Kochia growth, this area offers truly one-of-a-kind scenery: Mount Fuji topped with a brilliant white cap of snow, the sun reflecting off the sparkling waters of Lake Kawaguchi and Autumn Kochia dyed in fiery reds. You won't encounter a sight like this anywhere else.

Autumn Leaves

Treat yourself to the unique experience of simultaneously viewing Japan's famous Autumn leaves alongside Mount Fuji at the Fuji Kawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival, held from late October to late November at Lake Kawaguchi (one of Mount Fuji's famous five lakes). A highlight of this event is the massive tunnel of fiery Autumn leaves, which extends for about 150 metres (492 feet) along both sides of a river that connects with the lake — an impressive way to welcome the fall season! Moreover, the leaves are illuminated at night for an enchanting spectacle.

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