Lake Yamanaka is the largest lake of the Five Fuji Lakes, and it is located in Yamanakako village. It is cool in the summer and therefore there are many summer houses and resort houses that belong to universities and companies. Japanese-style hotels, art museums, restaurants, and fashionable cafés in the forest are lined up along the lakeside. In the summer you can have a great time relaxing by the lake and use a boat, go water skiing, or go camping. Cycling is recommended if you want to go around the lakeside in spring, summer and autumn. There is a cycling path around the lakeside, and bicycles can be rented for around 2,000 yen for half a day. Also riding on the "KABA Bus", an amphibian bus which goes to Lake Yamanaka, would be fun for children. The charges are 2,200 yen for junior high school students and older, 1,100 yen for children age four and over, and 400 yen for children age three and below. Reserving in advance is recommended since depending on the season it may be crowded.
Moreover, at "Hananomiyako Park" in Yamanaka village, tulips and sunflowers are in full bloom from spring to summer. The contrast of Mt. Fuji and the flowers are worth seeing in warm seasons.
When visiting during the cold of winter, "pond smelt fishing", where you make a hole in the ice and fish, can also be enjoyed. Around the lakeside of Lake Yamanaka, there are "Benifujinoyu" and "Ishiwarinoyu", which are village-owned hot spring bathing facilities for day trippers.
Bus: 25 minutes by bus from Mt. Fuji Station on the Fuji Kyuko Line to the entrance of Lake Yamanako, called "Hotel Mt. Fuji Entrance". Another option is to ride the "Fujikko-go" bus, which is a sightseeing bus that goes around Lake Oshino and Lake Yamanaka, for 40 minutes. Car: 10 minutes from Lake Yamanaka IC.
Image Gallery: Lake Yamanaka
Description: Lake Yamanaka
|Sights||Lake Yamanaka (山中湖)|
Yamanakako-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0555-62-3100|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Lake Yamanaka