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Lake Yamanaka, One of the Fuji Five Lakes

This video, titled "HIKE IN LAKE YAMANAKAKO," was released by the "Lake Yamanaka Tourism Department" (山中湖村観光課).
The video introduces Yamanashi prefecture's (山梨県) Lake Yamanaka, one of the top sightseeing spots in Japan among both foreign and domestic travelers.

Lake Yamanaka lies at the foot of Mt. Fuji and has the largest surface area of the Fuji Five Lakes making it one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Japan.
It's located in Yamanakako Village, in the Minamitsuru district of Yamanashi Prefecture.

From 0:13 in the video, you can see the spectacular scenery of the lake and the nature surrounding it.
In the background lies the impressive Mt. Fuji, a majestic mountain that many travelers, both foreign and domestic, come to see each year.

Enjoy Hiking at Lake Yamanaka!

Image of Takasashiyama and Yamanaka Lake, Kanagawa Prefecture
Photo:Takasashiyama and Yamanaka Lake, Kanagawa Prefecture

We highly recommended hiking on your trip to Lake Yamanaka.

Hiking does require a fair amount of stamina, but the views of the beech tree forest that can be seen at 0:44, the wild flowers and large trees shown at 1:04, and the spectacular views across the grasslands, are guaranteed to make the effort worthwhile.

Some of the most popular hiking courses in the area include the "Mt. Mikuni Panoramic Hiking Course" (三国山・パノラマ台ハイキングコース), "Mt. Takazasu and Mt. Myojin Hiking Courses" (高指山・明神山ハイキングコース), "Mt. Ishiwari Hiking Course" (石割山ハイキングコース), and the "Mt. Ohira Hiking Course" (太平山ハイキングコース).
All of the mountains mentioned above are featured in the video so we highly recommend checking it out to find out which hiking course interests you the most!
For those of you visiting Yamanashi prefecture for the first time, we recommend the "Mount Mikuni Panoramic Hiking Course" which offers scenery you are unlikely to find anywhere else, as well as the view of "Diamond Fuji."

Top 3 Sightseeing Spots Around Lake Yamanaka

Image of camp

1. Sonei Yamanakako Campsite (村営山中湖キャンプ場).
If you're thinking about going camping during your trip to Lake Yamanaka, we highly recommend the Sonei Yamanakako Campsite.
As a tent only campsite there are no cottages available, but you can spend the night on one of the lodge beds and it's the perfect place to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Lake Yamanaka and its surroundings.
The area is fully equipped with public facilities, including toilets and showers, to help make your stay as comfortable as possible.

2. Yamanakako Hot Springs: Benifuji no Yu (紅富士の湯)
With all baths boasting a view of Mount Fuji, this is an experience you can't afford to miss on your trip to Yamanashi prefecture.
Enjoy taking a dip in the baths to rest your tired legs after a long day of hiking while enjoying the beautiful scenery the hot springs have to offer.

3. Hananomiyako Park (花の都公園).
Hananomiyako park, situated on the banks of Lake Yamanaka, is one of the leading tourist attractions in Yamanashi prefecture.
The area is beautifully colored with different seasonal flowers and is a popular spot for traveling couples.

Other activities you can enjoy in the area include fishing for wakasagi (Japanese smelt), cycling around the lake, taking a trip on a sightseeing boat, and even hang gliding!
If you have time to spare, be sure to try some of the local cuisine, such as Hoto (ほうとう) or Yoshida Udon (吉田うどん).
After you're done eating, if you need a place to stay there are plenty of hotels and ryokan for you to choose from in the area.

Summary of Sightseeing at Lake Yamanaka

Image of the autumn scenery by Lake Yamanaka, Yamanashi Prefecture
Photo:Autumn scenery by Lake Yamanaka, Yamanashi Prefecture

In this article, we introduced Lake Yamanaka, a tourist spot that symbolizes Yamanashi prefecture.
Lake Yamanaka is situated in Yamanakako Village in the Minamitsuru District of Yamanashi prefecture.
It is without a doubt one of the most popular and famous sightseeing spots in Japan and we highly recommend it to anyone visiting Japan from overseas!
Lake Yamanaka is easily accessible, taking just one and a half hours to reach from Tokyo by car.

There are many other sightseeing spots and events held in the area around Lake Yamanaka, such as Oshino Hakkai (忍野八海), Sengen Shrine (浅間神社), and fireworks displays.
If after watching this video you'd like to learn more about Lake Yamanaka, we highly recommend taking a trip to see all of the beautiful scenery in person!

【Tripadvisor】Sonei Yamanakako Campsite

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Last Updated : Jun. 27, 2022
鈴木 正孝(Masataka Suzuki)
A writer born and raised in Asakusa, Tokyo who loves traveling and novels
Sightseeing at Lake Yamanaka, Nestled at the Foot of the Sacred Mt. Fuji! Surrounded by Nature, the Yamanakako Area of Yamanashi, Is One of the Top Sightseeing Destinations in Japan!
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