Situated at the farthest away from popular Kawaguchiko area, Lake Motosu (Motosuko) area is yet to be famous for the beautiful Mt. Fuji view, which makes the area one of the most recommended places to visit. Lake Motosu is also famous photo shooting point of Mt. Fuji with the one printed on the 1000-yen bill.
In the winter, lucky ones could see “Diamond Fuji”, the sun sparkles overlapping the peak of Mt. Fuji under a given weather condition. Observation tours are available during the season.
- 5th. Motosuko Activity Center
- 4th. Mt. Ryugatake
- 3rd. Lake Motosuko Pleasure Boat “Moguran”
- 2nd. Lake Motosu
- 1st. Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival
1. Spot Ranking
5th. Motosuko Activity Center
Motosuko Activity Center is a perfect place for nature-based experience. It offers a variety of activities, such as windsurfing, canoeing, snorkeling, trekking and others. All planned activities are on offer during the spring, summer and autumn, but it is also recommended to avoid visiting in May, July and August which are the most crowded time of the year with Japanese people are on holiday. The best time is less crowded day time during the week so as to make the most of the activities.
As each activity has its own timetables, fees and time limit for reservations, please refer to the website and confirm your necessary information in advance.
Sightseeing Bus Service is available. Service Name is Narusawa/Shojiko/Motosuko Sightseeing Bus (Omuni Bus, Blue-Line). It goes from Kawaguchiko Sta.to Lake Motosuko Tourist Information Center (No.127). A 4km-walk from the bus stop to the west alongside Lake Motosu takes you to the location.
4th. Mt. Ryugatake
Mt. Ryugatake, at 1485 meters elevation, is one of the 100 top mountains in Yamanashi. The mountain trail starts from the starting point located at Motosu Camp Site. Mt. Ryugatake is for beginning climber to trek thanks to its relatively accessible trail, but still a well outfit is recommended for your safe activity. The climbing takes around 5 hours, which is also suitable for trekking.
The name ‘Ryugatake’originates from a folklore of a dragon which is said to be living in Lake Motosu. Some stories are passed down to generations, telling the dragon ‘thoughtfully gave villagers a warning that Mt. Fuji was about to erupt, then went up to the mountain’ or ‘barely escaped to the mountain from excessively heated lake water by an outflow of lava flow from Mt. Fuji’s eruption’and so on. Because of its beautiful shape, just like a dragon is flying up to the sky, Mt. Ryugatake has been loved for years.
You can take Narusawa/Shojiko/Motosuko Sightseeing Bus (Omuni Bus, Blue-Line). It goes from Kawaguchiko Sta.to Lake Motosuko (No.126). A walk from the bus stop to the south alongside Lake Motosu takes you to the Motosu Camp Site. The starting point to the mountain trail is found in the Camp Site.
3rd. Lake Motosuko Pleasure Boat “Moguran”
The Yellow Submarine shaped sightseeing boat, accommodates up to 50 passengers, takes you to the excursion to Lake Motosu. It is also known as ‘the Yellow Submarine-non-submerge’. The excursion takes about 25 minutes for going around Lake Motosu. What makes this sightseeing boat special is the windows in the bottom so that you can see the underwater view.
Please do not miss a chance to enjoy beautifully transparent underwater lake view and swimming fishes. Every 40minutes from 10:10 am to 14:50(the last departure time) NOTE: Closed from the late November till the middle of March. Fare is 950yen/adult 470yen/Child.
Bus name is Narusawa/Shojiko/Motosuko Sightseeing Bus (Omuni Bus, Blue-Line). From Kawaguchiko Sta.to Lake Motosuko(No.126). You may find a ticket booth at the lakeside.
2nd. Lake Motosu
Lake Motosu is known to be the 8th deepest lake in Japan (the maximum water depth: 138 merters). Lake Motosu is also recognized for its excellent water quality, which is transparent to a depth of 12 meters.
Mortorboats and other powerboats are prohibited in the lake, that enables people to relish the calm and quiet lakeside. There once a vast prehistoric lake, called ‘Se-no-umi, at the foot of Mt. Fuji. Lake Motosu was formed into the current shape in 864 when Mt. Fuji violently erupted (Jogan volcanic eruption).
The lava flowed into the lake and filled the most part of it. You may trace the remains of lava flow at the bottom surface of the lake.
You can take Narusawa/Shojiko/Motosuko Sightseeing Bus (Omuni Bus, Blue-Line). From Kawaguchiko Sta.to Lake Motosuko (No.126). To the famous photo shooting point, appeared on the 1000yen bill: ride to the Lake Motosuko Tourist Information Center (No.127). The great view will be offered from observation deck.
1st. Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival
“Shiba-sakura”, Moss phlox, blooms carpeting on the ground. Around 800 thousand roots of moss phlox are blooming brilliantly in the area. Visitors may enjoy the excellent views, both Mt. Fuji and beautiful carpet of moss phlox together, from the observation deck at the event site.
Vivid pink color of moss phlox and blue color of the grand Mt. Fuji make a stunning contrast which can’t be missed. Lucky ones will encounter with Mt.Fuji as reflected in the lake at ‘Ryujin-ike’ in the park.
This seasonal event is held from the middle of April to the late May only. If you are to enjoy a different and unique ‘Sakura’, not the popular cherry blossom, this short term event is a good option to take. Please make sure the dates of the event on the official website in advance as it will change depending on the climate condition.
Opening Hours is 8:00 to 17:00 (The dates of the event are due to blooming condition.).
You can take the bus “Shibazakura Liner”, Fuji Kyuko.It goes from Kawaguchiko Sta.to Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival (non-stop).
2. Getting to Motosuko from Kawaguchiko station
3 Sightseeing Bus services（Omuni Bus）are available departing from Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi); Blue-Line, Green-Line and Red-Line. Please note that each goes to the different destinations and make sure the line you take. Service Name is “Narusawa/Shojiko/Motosuko Siteseeing Bus (Omuni Bus, Blue-Line)”. Boarding section is From Kawaguchiko Sta. (No.1) to Lake Motosuko (No.126).
Time Required is Approx.60 minutes. Fare is 1,280 Yen/ One way. Sightseeing Bus 2 Days Ticket（unlimited-ride for 2days with 1,500yen）is recommended for those who get on and off frequently.
4. Other Area list
Lake Ymanakako and Oshino
Lake Kawaguchiko and Fujiyoshida
Fuji City – Fujinomiya