Sai-ko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba

Fuji Five Lakes

On a serene wooded hillside facing Mt Fuji is this faithful re-creation of a peasant village that was washed away by a landslide in 1966. Visitors can wander in and out of the dozen or so thatched houses, some of which have museum displays, craft workshops and restaurants. The green-line bus has a stop here.

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Nearby Fuji Five Lakes attractions

1. Sai-ko Kōmoriana

0.95 MILES

Despite being known as the Bat Cave, this 350m-long complex has neither bats nor caped crusaders. Nevertheless, it's still fun to scramble over the…

2. Kōyō-dai

1.73 MILES

There are good views of Mt Fuji from this lookout building, especially popular in autumn when the Aokigahara Forest is a sea of red. It's a 30-minute walk…

3. Fugaku Fuketsu

1.92 MILES

The Wind Cave (also known as the Lava Cave) was used to store silk-worm cocoons in the past. Getting a combination ticket for this and Narusawa Hyōketsu…

4. Narusawa Hyōketsu

2.11 MILES

Not for the claustrophobic, the Narusawa Hyōketsu (ice cave) was formed by lava flows from an eruption of Mt Fuji in 864. It takes about 10 minutes to…

5. Kubota Itchiku Art Museum

5.74 MILES

In a Gaudí-influenced building above the lake, this charming museum displays the kimono art of Kubota Itchiku (1917–2003). You might see Mt Fuji in the…

6. Ide Sake Brewery


This small-scale brewery has been producing sake using Mt Fuji spring water for 21 generations. Tours (9.30am and 3pm; 40 minutes) provide a fascinating…

7. Fujisan World Heritage Center

6.28 MILES

The flashy South Hall of this visitor centre has imaginative, interactive displays detailing the spiritual and geological history of the mountain, as well…

8. Fujiyama Art Museum


Should the weather thwart your chances of seeing the real thing, this contemporary gallery space contains a fine collection of Mt Fuji paintings by…