Almost every time we are in Japan, we spend time in the Fuji Five Lakes region, often staying in nearby Shizuoka Prefecture in places like Gotemba, Mishima or Numazu where we have many friends. In fact, the locals often say that this is where you can see the real Japan.
The Fuji Five Lakes are Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Shōji, Lake Motosu, Lake Sai and Lake Yamanaka. These ancient lakes are located in the northern half of Mount Fuji and were formed during volcanic times as rivers became dammed by lava flows. Today, they are popular with tourists both local and foreign as they afford some of the best views of Mount Fuji.
We will usually rent a car from Nissan for a few days and the staff will set the built-in GPS to English language, however, we usually end up using our own Mobile phone GPS which is easier to use. Nissan just need to see my passport and an International Driving License and fill out some paperwork and we are set to go.
The following is an account of some of the beautiful places we have visited near Mount Fuji and the surrounding areas with some tips on places to stay and things to do here.