Day Trip to Lake Saiko

Day Trip to Lake Saiko
2019-02-05 Yohei Onishi

As one of the Fuji Five Lakes(Fujigoko), ‘Saiko(Lake Saiko)’ is situated in the center of the other 4 lakes, circling around Mt. Fuji together with them. What makes the area special is the unique and beautiful scenery with several volcanic caves, formed during the eruption of Mt. Fuji long ago and wild forests and others.
 
Relaxing and calm holiday is excellent option but for those who interested in ‘unspoiled nature’, this area offers various nature activities to join. Caving is one of the best recommendations without doubt.
 
‘Saiko Ryugusai’is an annual festival dedicated to a water goddess. You may enjoy a different view of Mt. Fuji illuminated by fireworks and ‘Toro nagashi’ ceremony, that is a Japan’s own Buddhist ceremony in which paper lanterns are floated down a river and the sea to console the spirits of the dead. You may enjoy this popular summer event without overcrowd at the ‘Saiko Ryugusai’. Quiet and peaceful elegance of Japan is also a charm of the event.

 

1. Spot Ranking
2. Getting in
3. Other Area List

 

1. Spot Ranking

 

5th. Saiko Yachonomori Park(西湖野鳥の森公園)

Saiko Yachonomori Park (Wild bird’s forest) is surrounded by Aokigahara Jukai and a home to about 210 species of wild birds. It allows visitors to enjoy wild bird watching as well as walking through bird watching room in the‘Jukai Gallery’ room and joining wooden handcraft workshops. If you have your binoculars with you, this is a not-to-miss chance to watch Japan’s indigenous wildbirds.
 
The park holds the Ice Tree Festival every year from January to February. ‘Jyuhyo Trees(Ice Trees)’ reach over 10 meters high and create fantastical and magical atmosphere being illuminated every night. As this magnificent ice art works can be enjoyed during the winter season only, it is recommended to visit if you are around in this time of year. Opening Hours is 9:00 to 17:00 and closed in Thursday. Admission is Free.

Access

You can take Saiko Sightseeing Bus (Omuni Bus, Green-Line). Boarding section is From Kawaguchiko Sta.to Saiko Yacho-noMori Park/Wild bird’s forest(No.69).

 
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4th. Iyashinosato ancient japanese village(西湖いやしの里)

You may be astonished at Iyashinosato ancient Japanese village. Japan’s traditional farming village view and many thatched roof farm houses there are so special. Visitors will find a wide range of cultural and historical attractions such as handcraft workshops and folklore museums here as well as agreeable restaurants with tasty local foods and souvenir shops.
 
Nenba area was once a populated farming village and was seriously destroyed by a typhoon in 1966. The village was reconstructed after the disaster and came back to life as it is today. The old Watanabe House, located at innermost of the village, is especially recommended. This registered tangible cultural property exhibits remaining Japanese old daily life. Take a chance to enjoy cultural experience to walk in the village wearing Kimono.
 
Opening Hours is 9:00 to 17:00 (March to November) / 9:30 to 16:30 (December to February). There are no closing days. Admission is 350yen (Adult)/ 150yen (Child).

Access

You can take Saiko Sightseeing Bus (Omuni Bus, Green-Line). Boarding section is from Kawaguchiko Sta.to SaikoIyashi-no-sato-Nenba(No.68).

 
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3rd. Fugaku Wind Cave(富岳風穴)

Fugaku Wind Cave was used as a natural refrigerator in the past when there was no refrigerating system. The cave measures 201 meters in total lengths and 8.7 meters in heights and features natural lava shelves and ice pillars, which visitors will enjoy during a 15-minute caving tour. The tour is suitable for women and children as the route is relatively easy to walk in.
 
At the innermost of the cave where visitors will encounter the beautifully shining luminous moss (Scientific name: Schistostega) which grows widely in the area.
 
“Mori-no-Eki Fuketsu” is a souvenir shop as well as a restaurant, where the visitors can enjoy local delicacy and shopping. Its specialty, `Corn flavored soft-serve ice cream’ is greatly admired even by the locals. The cool climate in the area contributes to make corns taste very sweet.
 
Opening Hours is 9:00 to 17:00 (the last admission depends on the season), Admission is 350yen (Adult)/ 200yen (Child).

Access

You can take Saiko Sightseeing Bus (Omuni Bus, Green-Line), Boarding section is from Kawaguchiko Sta.to Fugaku Fuketsu/ Wind Cave(No.71).

 
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2nd. Narusawa Ice Cave(鳴沢氷穴)

With a depth of 21 meters underground, the temperature in the Narusawa Ice Cave is cool even in the summer. Because of its loop like shape, the cave allows visitors to look attractive features in 15 minutes just going round. At the innermost of the cave there is a hole, called ‘Jigoku-ana’ in Japanese.
 
Its width and depth and other details are unknown because it is not yet investigated. Over 1150 years ago when volcano Nagaoyama erupted, the lava flow outpoured and created this tunnel type cave. Since being nationally designated as a Natural Monument, it has been acknowledged its worldwide significance.
 
The most attractive feature here is natural ice pillars. Being illuminated, artistic and mysterious expressions of pillars are breathtakingly beautiful. As they grow to a maximum size from April to July, it is recommended to visit during this time of the year, though they are enjoyed until early autumn.
 
Opening Hours is 9:00 to 17:00 (the last admission depends on the season), Admission is 350yen (Adult)/ 200yen (Child).

Access

Narusawa/Shojiko/Motosuko Sighteseeing Bus(Omuni Bus, Blue-Line), Boarding section is from Kawaguchiko Sta.to Narusawa Ice Cave(No.116).

 
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1st. Lake Saiko(西湖)

The Fuji Five Lakes lie at the north of Mt. Fuji and Lake Saiko is located at the center of the other 4 lakes. It is a very quiet place compared with Lake Yamanaka or Lake Kawaguchi and the best option for those enjoy peaceful moment in nature. The area is famous for having clean water that is pure enough for a habitat of trout and other fishes. It is also a good place to enjoy marine sports.
 
The area holds several views photograph well. The north-side of the lake is the best among them which allows photographers to shoot Mt. Fuji and the lake together. You may enjoy walking around the lakeside and find the best place for you.

Access

You can tale Saiko Sightseeing Bus (Omuni Bus, Green-Line), Boarding section is from Kawaguchiko Sta.to East Gate of Lake Saiko (No.77).

 
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2. Getting to Saiko 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 destination and make sure the line you take.
 
Service Name: Saiko Sightseeing Bus (Omuni Bus, Green-Line). Boarding section is from Kawaguchiko Sta. (No.1)to East Gate of Lake Saiko (No.77). Time required Approx.30 minutes. Fare is 440 Yen in One way. Sightseeing Bus 2 Days Ticket(unlimited-ride for 2days with 1,500yen)is recommended for those who get on and off frequently.

 
Getting to Kawaguchiko station from Tokyo  
 

4. Other Area list

Lake Ymanakako and Oshino

Lake Ymanakako and Oshino

 

Lake Shoji

Lake Shoji

 

Lake Saiko

lake saiko

 

Lake Motosu

Lake Motosu

 

Lake Kawaguchiko and Fujiyoshida

Lake Kawaguchiko and Fujiyoshida

 

Fuji City – Fujinomiya

Fuji City – Fujinomiya

 

Gotemba – Susono

Gotemba – Susono