Lake Shibire

Lake Shibire © PIXTA

About Lake Shibire

Lake Shibire is a 1.2km-circumference caldera lake on top of Mt. Hirogatake in Yamanashi Prefecture. It is located inside of Shibireko Prefectural Nature Park.  During the Edo Period (1603–1868) it was counted as one of the Fuji Hakkai alongside Fujigo-ko and its surrounding lakes. Lake Shibire gets its name from an old legend that a 4-tailed dragon god lived here (the character 四 “shi” in the lake’s name means 4, and 尾 “bi” means “tail”). The lake has a peaceful and quiet atmosphere around it and has a variety of seasonal attractions such as cherries in spring and autumn leaves in fall. You can also enjoy fishing, swimming, and boating at the lake. There are a number of campsites by the side of the lake for visitors to use.


To get to Lake Shibire by car, take the Chuo Expressway to Kofu Minami IC and drive 45 minutes from the interchange. The lake has a paid parking lot that is available for normal cars and large-size buses. If you are visiting by railway, take the JR Minobu Line to Ichikawa Daimon Station and from there you can reach the lake in about 30 minutes via taxi. 

Description: Lake Shibire

Sights Lake Shibire (四尾連湖 )
Address Yamaho Ichikawamisato, Nishiyatsushiro District, Yamanashi Prefecture
Phone / Fax Phone: 055-240-4157
Duration 30Minutes
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+)

Map: Lake Shibire