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Introducing Oshino Hakkai in Yamanashi Prefecture

This video, titled "Yamanashi Oshino Hakkai - 忍野八海 - 4K Ultra HD," was released by "TokyoStreetView-Japan The Beautiful." It introduces the scenery of Oshino Hakkai in Oshino Village, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture.

Oshino Hakkai is a spot where the snowmelt of Mt. Fuji is filtered underground forming 8 springs.
Oshino Hakkai, which allows you to feel the magnificent natural beauty of Japan, is designated as a World Heritage Site, as well as a nationally designated natural monument, one of Japan's Top 100 Spring Waters, one of the Top 100 New Views of Mt. Fuji, and one of the Top 100 Prefectural Views of Mt. Fuji.

Exploring the History of Oshino Hakkai

Image of Yamanashi Prefecture, Oshino Hakkai & Mt. Fuji
Photo:Yamanashi Prefecture, Oshino Hakkai & Mt. Fuji

Oshino Hakkai, located near Lake Yamanaka at the northern foot of Mt. Fuji, is a general term for the 8 springs there: Deguchi-ike Pond, Sokonashi-ike Pond, Okama-ike Pond, Choshi-ike Pond, Waku-ike Pond, Nigori-ike Pond, Kagami-ike Pond, and Ayame-ike Pond.
Originally, there was a large lake at the northern foot of Mt. Fuji and there is a legend that this lake was later divided into Lake Yamanaka and Oshino Hakkai.

Mt. Fuji garnered faith as a historic spiritual site during the Edo Period.
It's said that in the past, believers of the Mt. Fuji faith would cleanse themselves in the waters of Oshino Hakkai and then ascend Mt. Fuji.

Oshino Hakkai - A Sightseeing Destination With Beautiful Scenery

Image of Yamanashi Prefecture, Chuike Pond
Photo:Yamanashi Prefecture, Chuike Pond

Oshino Hakkai is an excellent location where you can fully enjoy the grandeur of nature.
As shown at 2:47 in the video, you can enjoy the beautiful Instagrammable scenery, especially when the leaves begin to change color and the surroundings are dyed in vivid shades of red and orange.
The clear springs are so beautiful that, as it is shown from 1:03 in the video, you can clearly see the carp swimming in the water.
Due to its mysterious scenic beauty, in recent years it has been garnering attention from tourists as a power spot along with Mt. Fuji.

Also, as you can see from 2:04 in the video, old fashioned houses are lined up around the perimeter of Oshino Hakkai.
It's a rustic, yet luxurious atmosphere that you can't experience in big cities like Tokyo.

Tourist Information Around Oshino Hakkai

Image of Yamanashi Prefecture, World Heritage Site Oshino Hakkai
Photo:Yamanashi Prefecture, World Heritage Site Oshino Hakkai

There are many souvenir shops and restaurants around Oshino Hakkai.
After going sightseeing around Oshino Hakkai, we highly recommend trying some of the delicious food in the area, such as soba and udon, the specialties of Oshino Village, at an old fashioned home-style restaurant where you can experience the atmosphere of a Japan long past.
If you're sightseeing in the Fuji-Yoshida area of Yamanashi Prefecture, using the Oshino Hakkai parking lot or the parking lot near Shibokusa Sengen Shrine is very convenient.

Summary of Oshino Hakkai

Image of Yamanashi Prefecture, Oshino Hakkai & Mt. Fuji
Photo:Yamanashi Prefecture, Oshino Hakkai & Mt. Fuji

The video introduces the beautiful Mt. Fuji and the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding area.
If you're headed out sightseeing to Mt. Fuji, a sacred mountain of Japan, you don't want to miss Oshino Hakkai when you visit Lake Yamanaka and the Fuji Five Lakes.

◆Oshino Hakkai|Facility Overview◆
【Address】Shibokusa, Oshino Village, Minamitsuru County, Yamanashi Prefecture
【Access】Approximately 20 minutes from the Lake Kawaguchi I.C. Chuo Expressway
【Hours】24 hours
【Closures】None
【Admission Fee】Free admission
【Parking】Paid parking available
【Telephone】0555-84-3111

【Official Website】Oshino Hakkai | Oshino Village Official Tourism Website
http://www.vill.oshino.yamanashi.jp/8lake.html

【Tripadvisor】Oshino Hakkai
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1165978-d1425547-Reviews-Oshino_Hakkai-Oshino_mura_Minamitsuru_gun_Yamanashi_Prefecture_Koshinetsu_Chubu.html

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Nov. 12, 2020
Japan
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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