Lake Yamanaka

Lake Yamanaka (山中湖, Yamanaka-ko) is located in the village of Yamanakako in Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan.

Lake Yamanaka is the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes in surface area and the highest in elevation. It is the third highest lake in Japan, with a mean surface altitude of 980.5 metres (3,217 ft). It is also the shallowest of the Fuji Five Lakes, with a maximum water depth of 13.5 metres (44 ft). It was formed by lava flows from an ancient eruption of Mount Fuji. It is drained by the Sagami River and is the only of the Fuji Five Lakes to have a natural outflow.

Carp, dace and smelt were introduced to the lake in the Meiji period, although early efforts to introduce sockeye salmon were not successful. In more recent years, introduced exotics such as black bass and bluegill have increasingly displaced native species. In terms of plant life, a variety of marimo was discovered in the lake in 1956.

The lake is a popular recreational site for boating, fishing, water-skiing, windsurfing, sightseeing and swimming. If the wind comes from the west, the lake provides a smooth lift for paragliding at Mount Myōjinyama. There are also small cabins and sites available for camping. The lake is within the borders of the (Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park).

In 2013 the lake was added to the World Heritage List as part of the Fujisan Cultural Site.

Access

Early in the morning, when traffic is light on the Tōmei and Chūō Expressways, traveling between Tokyo and Lake Yamanaka takes an hour. The traffic becomes heavy later in the day, and the trip takes correspondingly longer. Japan National Route 138 and Japan National Route 413 run along the shores of the lake. Bus services are available from Fujisan Station (Fujikyuko Line), JR Gotemba Station (JR Gotemba Line), and JR Mishima Station (JR Shinkansen). Highway bus services are also available from Shinjuku Station (Tokyo).

See also

  • Fuji Five Lakes
  • Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

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Ann Scantlebury
17 November 2015
Get the giant swan boat across the lake.
Max Hsu
29 June 2017
Great view, feel peace when stay beside it.
木 ????
18 September 2014
山梨県の富士五湖の一つ。山中湖、真正面に富士山が眺められます。湖の畔には白鳥がいます。サイクリングやウォーキングも出来たりもします。遊覧船やボートも乗れます。夏になると学生が合宿していたりします。湖の外れに別荘地もあったりです。
木 ????
17 September 2014
ここは好きで年に数回行きます。真正面に富士山を眺めることができます。レンタルサイクルがあったり、遊覧船で湖を一周出来たりします。大人980円で乗れます。楽しかったです。
木 ????
13 May 2015
大好きな癒しスポット!富士山が見える湖です。
木 ????
18 September 2014
季節毎に趣が違い、幻想的だったりすることも。冬は凍ってしまいます!
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