Saiko Lake, Fujikawaguchiko-machi

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Lake Saiko is the one of the Fuji Five Lakes and located in southern Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan.It is the fourth of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of surface area, and second deepest, with a maximum water depth of 71.1m. Its surface elevation of 900m is the same as for Lake Motosu and Lake Shōji, confirming that these three lakes were originally a single lake, which was divided by an enormous lava flow from Mount Fuji during an eruption from 864 to 868 AD. The remnants of the lava flow are now under the Aokigahara Jukai Forest, and there is evidence to indicate that these three lakes remain connected by underground waterways.The lake is within the borders of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.Saiko has no natural drainage, but an artificial channel now connects it to Lake Kawaguchi. As with the other Fuji Five Lakes, the area is a popular resort, with many lakeside hotels, windsurfing facilities, camp sites, and excursion boats. Japanese crucian carp, wakasagi and Kunimasu were introduced to the lake in the Meiji period, and sports fishing is also popular.However, Kunimasu, which had been introduced to a number of lakes in Japan in the Taishō period were believed to have died out and become extinct, with the last reported sighting in 1935, until rediscovered in Lake Sai in 2010.
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  • This is a very good spot from which to take clear unobstructed photos of Mount Fuji. There is also an ubiquitous curio shop and often street food. In summer the grasses will be lovely (sen from photos...  more »
  • When I went out to the trail run at the foot of Mt. Fuji, I was able to see it from the middle of the course. The weather was very nice.
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  • Such a beautiful, peaceful lake with one of the best views of Mt. Fuji around. There is a small spot for parking and a great little peninsula for taking photos, like the one included. There are also many spots around the lake for fishing. The lake is much smaller than Lake Kawaguchiko but being that it is much less crowded, I found it to be a more peaceful and memorable experience than Lake Kawaguchiko. I would highly recommend coming here for anyone that is in the area would like an awesome view of Mt. Fuji.
  • One of the 5 Fuji lakes. There is nice Cafe near the bus stop. Hill top Fuji Hakkei is around 30-40mins walking distance.
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