Majestic Mt. Fuji, viewed from the shores of a quiet, idyllic lake

Lake Saiko is a world heritage site. It is the middle of the Fuji Five Lakes, scattered on the north side of Mount Fuji. During the warmer tourist season, the area is blessed with campers and fishermen. But unlike the most famous of the Fuji Five Lakes - Lake Kawaguchi - there is no train line to bring tourists. Visitors to Lake Saiko are drawn to it for its remote location - off the beaten path.

Visitors in November are treated to a white snow-capped Fuji, while the surrounding woods are colored wonderful autumn hues of reds, oranges, and browns. Nearby, there is a small collection of around 20 old-style Japanese farmhouses, called “Saiko Iyashinosato Nenba.” With sloping thatched roofs, the restored village of shops provide a quiet respite.

How to get there

From Shinjuku Highway Bus Terminal, take a Chuo Highway Bus for 1 hour and 45 minutes to Lake Kawaguchiko Station. There, transfer to a Kawaguchiko Saiko Green Line (either a retro sightseeing or “Omnibus”). Take the bus for 24 minutes to Junigadake trailhead bus stop.

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