Day Trip to Lake Shoji

Day Trip to Lake Shoji
2019-01-28 Yohei Onishi

The area of Lake Shoji (Lake Shojiko) has a plenty of nature known as the best view spot among the five lakes of Mt.Fuji. People can enjoy many nat ural leisure activities such as fishing, rowing a canoe and camping.

The lake is not so big, people enjoy biking and driving around the lake while seeing the scenery. It is also recommended to people who would like to spend a time in a relaxed pace.

 

1. Lake Shoji Cycling
2. Spot Ranking
3. Getting in
4. Other Area List

 

 

1. Lake Shoji Cycling

Lake Shoji and around place is consistently voted as one of the country’s most bike-friendly cities, with a spectacular rides within easy reach. Recently increase in popularity of bike commuting and you can rides in nature with Mt.Fuji.

Cycle stand MAP

 

2. Spot Ranking in Lake Shoji area

5th. Shojiko Information Centre

People can get leisure information in Lake Shoji area at Shojiko tourist information center. In front of the center, you can get a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji as well. It provides guidebooks, the place to rest and a restaurant for tourists. Also, there is a camp site nearby. The opening hours of the information center is irregular.

Access

Directions to Shojiko Information center, take a sightseeing bus (blue line which covers the area of Narusawa, Lake Shoji and Lake Motosu) at Kawagugchiko station and get off at Shoji bus stop. The information center is right in front.

 
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4th. Shojinsuwa Shrine

Shoji Suwa Shrine is located at the north side of Lake Shoji. It is known as a local guardian deity of Shoji area. The main hall was reconstructed in 1843. Its intricate carvings and skillful techniques are outstanding.
A part of roof called “Ooiya” protects mail hall and it was constructed in 1906.

On its cell, the picture of playing with “Hyaku nin Ishu” or “a traditional playing game of the one hundred poems written by one hundred poets” is drawn.

Access

Directions to Shoji Suwa Shirne, take a sightseeing bus (blue line which covers the area of Narusawa, Lake Shoji and Lake Motosu) at Kawagugchiko station and get off at Shoji bus stop. It takes about a couple minutes’ walk to Shoji Suwa shrine.

 
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3rd. Shoji-no-Osugi

A giant cedar tree is in Shoji Suwa Shrine. As it is said that the divine spirits are lived in trees and rocks since early days, this cedar tree has been dedicated as a sacred tree by people. It was designated as a national natural monument. It is about 1200 years old tree.

The circumference is about 10 meters (about 32 feet) and the height is about 40 meters (about 131 feet). When you look up the tree, you can see that intricacy shaped branches are spreading out.

Access

Directions to Shoji Suwa Shirne, take a sightseeing bus (blue line which covers the area of Narusawa, Lake Shoji and Lake Motosu) at Kawagugchiko station and get off at Shoji bus stop. It takes about a couple minutes’ walk to Shoji Suwa shrine. The giant cedar tree is in the precincts of Shoji Suwa Shrine.

 
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2nd. Lake Shoji

Lake Shoji is known as the smallest lake in the Five lakes of Mt.Fuji. It is about 5 kilometers (about 3.1mi) around and takes about 1 hour by walk. The scenery of Lake Shoji is called “Switzerland of the East” having a rich of nature. The surface of the lake is calm, many people enjoy fishing on a boat and rowing a canoe. In 1895, British man, Harry Stewart Whitworth took a year to find the best place for viewing Mt.Fuji and that was Lake Shoji.

It has been loved as “Japan Gorge” by many foreign visitors. When people look at Mt.Fuji from Lake Shoji, they can see a small mountain named Mt.Omuro in front of Mt.Fuji. It looks like Mt. Fuji is holding Mt.Omuro so that the scenery from here is called “Kodaki Fuji” or “Mt.Fuji embracing a child mountain”.

Access

Directions to Lake Shoji, take sightseeing bus (Blue line which covers the area of Narusawa, Lake Shoji and Lake Motosu) at Kawagugchiko station and get off at Kodakifuji view point bus stop.

 
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1st. Shojiko Panorama Dai

Panorama Dai is a great observatory where you can enjoy panoramic view of Mt.Fuji, forest and lake at once. To the panoramic observatory, it takes about 1 hour by hiking. The best season to hike is between summer and autumn, not recommended visiting during winter season because of a lot of snow. When you reach to the observatory, people can get a magnificent view of Mt.Fuji just in front as well as farther whole scenery.

If people would like to take stunning pictures of Japan, this is it. It is free admission.

Access

Directions to Panorama Dai, take sightseeing bus (Blue line which covers the area of Narusawa, Lake Shoji and Lake Motosu) at Kawaguchiko station and get off at Panorama Dai bus stop. Then it takes about 1 hour by walk from the bus stop from the bus stop to get there.

 
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3. Getting to Shoji bus stop from Kawaguchiko station

Take a sightseeing bus (blue line which covers the area of Narusawa, Lake Shoji and Lake Motosu) at Kawaguchiko station and get off at Shoji bus stop. Then walk about a couple minutes to get there.

It takes about 50 minutes by bus and the bus fare (one-way) is 990 yen. If people would like to get on and off on the way, let’s get 2-days pass (1500 yen) at the station

 
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