Lake Motosu, Fuji Five Lakes, Japan (with Map & Photos)

The Fuji Five Lakes, known as Fuji-goko, are named Yamanaka, Kawaguchi, Sai, Shoji, and Lake Motosu. This area offers perhaps the best recreational and entertainment opportunities in Japan at any time of the year.

Lake Motosu Fuji Five Lakes
Lake Motosu Fuji Five Lakes

Lake Motosu


This is the deepest of Fuji Five Lakes and is famous for its transparency. It is from its northern shore that the view of Mount Fuji, depicted on a bill of a thousand yen, opens up.

In the warm season, camping, hiking and horseback riding, water sports are offered on the lake. In winter, you can ice skate on Lake Motosu. To admire the depths of the lake, you do not have to dive: you can use the bright yellow Moguran pleasure boat with a transparent bottom.

Lake Motosu Fuji Five Lakes
Lake Motosu Fuji Five Lakes

How to get there


The Fuji Five Lakes is located in the southeast of Yamanashi Prefecture on the border with Shizuoka.

From Tokyo, you can get there by express on the JR Chuo Line, changing at Otsuki Station for the Fuji Kyuko Line (note: the JR Rail pass is not valid on this line). You can also take a bus to Kawaguchiko Bus Station from Shinjuku Bus Station. The trip takes less than two hours. Buses run from Kawaguchiko Bus Station to any of the five lakes, but Lake Yamanaka is easier to get to from Fujisan Station.

Lake Motosu Map