“Sakasa Fuji” as clear as in a mirror
“Sakasa Fuji” is a sight that Mt. Fuji is reflected sharply upside down, reflected on the surface like a mirror. You can enjoy two Mt. Fuji of a mirror image which is line symmetrical with the main body at the same time. “Fuji Five Lakes” in Yamanashi Prefecture is famous as the place where “Sakasa Fuji” can be seen. Especially Lake Motosu is famous as a model of “Sakasa Fuji” drawn on the back of the former 5,000 yen bill and the current 1,000 yen note.
It is a spectacular spot where photographers visit from all over the country. Oishi park on the bank of Kawaguchiko lake is known as the best viewpoint of Mt. Fuji even around the lake, the wave is relatively calm and it is popular as a place where “Sakasa Fuji” shown in the lake can be seen. From Yamanakako Lake, you can enjoy “Diamond Fuji”, where the sun will settle at the top of Mt. Fuji twice a year in autumn and winter. If you’re lucky, you may be able to see “Double Diamond” where diamonds are reflected on the lake surface. Outside Yamanashi prefecture, famous are Tanuki Lake (Shizuoka Prefecture) and Ashinoko Lake (Kanagawa Prefecture) where “Double Diamond” can be seen.
The view spots of “Diamond Fuji” are well-known Lake Tanuki in Shizuoka Prefecture and Lake Yamanaka in Yamanashi Prefecture. However, there is a big difference that it can be seen from the Tanuki Lake side during sunrise and from the Yamanakako side during sunset. Both will feel like watching a magnificent astronomical show. The “Diamond Fuji” of Lake Tanuki, where the morning sun shines like a halo, is full of majesty and breathtakingly.
The most important thing to see Sakasa Fuji is weather conditions. It is essential that there are no clouds and clear skies, no winds on the water surface without winds. Early in the morning (around 5 a.m.), it is said that there is a high possibility of seeing it at a low temperature.
There is “Koshumisakasuimen” (Fuji reflectedon the water at Misaka in Kai Province) in “Fugaku Sanjurokkei” (Thirty-six Sceneries of Mt. Fuji) by Ukiyoe painter, Edo era Ukiyo-e painter. Fuji seen from Misaka, Kawaguchiko, lakeside settlements are drawn, which is famous for “Sakasa Fuji” reflected on the lake surface. Sakasa Fuji reflected on the Kawaguchiko side in the foreground is drawing a snowy winter mountain while drawing a calm summer mountain.
Please visit there on a good day.
How to get to “Sakasa Fuji”. The way to reach the shore of Lake Yamanaka, where the waves are calm and the chance of seeing Sakasa Fuji is relatively high. It is convenient to use the bus service from Shinjuku Station. From the bus terminal at Shinjuku Station, there is a direct highway bus to Lake Yamanaka Hirano.
Charms and Highlights of “Sakasa Fuji”
From five lakes of Fuji
Do you know an inverted image of Mt.Fuji to look at from the Fuji Goko (five lakes of Fuji)?
Five lakes of Fuji are the generic names of five lakes existing at the foot of Mt.Fuji, those are Lake Motosu, Lake Shoji, Lake Saiko, Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Yamanaka. The thing, which a magnificent figure of Mount Fuji appeared in on the surface of the water of these lakes, are called “Sakasa Fuji” (inverted image of Mt.Fuji) to see from five lakes of Fuji.
Perfect spot to see it
A famous photography spot exists along the lake shore, you can look at the beautiful inverted image of Mt.Fuji from there. It is known as a perfect spot where many people visit to take a photograph not only from inside of the prefecture but also from outside of it.
Inverted image of Mt.Fuji
Lake Shoji is the smallest lake in Five Lakes of Fuji, but it is famous as the place where an inverted image of Mt.Fuji is seen clearly.
As if it projected on the mirror
Lake Yamana is a perfect spot to photograph and to see an inverted image of Mt.Fuji, because it is a lake with a few waves. As for early-morning inverted image of Mt.Fuji, dusk of it, and red Fuji(*) of it, clear inverted images of Mt.Fuji may be seen almost as if it projected on the mirror.
* red Fuji; when Mt Fuji appears red because of the sun’s rays (esp. in the early morning from late summer to early autumn)
Magnificent and rich expression
As the powerful figure which stands extreme cold, and the dignified appearances which is lit up the clear autumn sky, a magnificent and rich expression is attractive.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Name:||Sakasa Fuji (Mt. Fuji as reflected in a lake)|
|Adresse:||1910 Hirano, Yamanakako, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0502 Japan|
|Access:||Fuji Kyuko-sen Line “Fujisan-eki Station” (35 minutes by car)|
|Tel:||(+81) 555-62-3100 (Yamanakako lake Tourist Association)|