This Lake in Japan Is Straight Out of a Postcard

It's right at the foot of Mt. Fuji.

Lake Tanuki
Saori, Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture

The famous Mt. Fuji is a sight to behold, especially during the autumn season. If you want the best views of the mountain as well as the fall foliage, visit Lake Tanuki at Fujinomiya City in the Shizuoka Prefecture. Located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, Lake Tanuki has camping spots where travelers can enjoy the wondrous spectacle that is Mt. Fuji.

For the best view, head over to the campsite parking lots. You can also go on a lovely 3.3-kilometer-long promenade around the lake. If you want to catch the trees’ transition, schedule a trip at the beginning of November, just as the leaves surrounding the lake start changing colors. If you time your visit just right, you might even get the chance to capture the so-called Diamond Fuji. It's that rare moment when the sun aligns with the peak of the mountain, causing it to shine bright like a diamond. 

While this view alone is worth the trip, there are plenty of other things you can do in the area. Here are a few suggestions:

Take a relaxing dip at a local hot spring.

Kyukamura FUJI
634, Saori, Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Contact: +81-544-54-5200
Operating hours for the spa is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Last admission is at 1:30 p.m.), Open daily except every Tuesday
Entrance fee for day spa is ¥650 for adults and ¥300 for children (from 4-year-olds to elementary school-aged kids)

The trip to Mt. Fuji might be long and arduous, but the local hot spring at this lodging facility located right on the shore of Lake Tanuki will surely wash away the fatigue. Mt. Fuji Megumi no Yu offers the perfect spa experience that doesn’t just give you a view of the famous mountain, but also makes your skin smooth.

Eat delicious fried noodles and enjoy fun farm activities.

825-6, Kamiide, Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Contact: +81-544-54-0520
Open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. / 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (except Thursdays and every fourth Wednesday)

One thing you shouldn’t miss when you visit Fujinomiya are the fried noodles! Foodies far and wide know to get this town specialty at Tenjinbashi, a well-known fried noodle store that has been open for more than 20 years now. Here, the shop owner will bake noodles and okonomiyaki on a large steel plate in front of you.

Make friends with the farm animals.

Makai no Bokujo
1327-1, Utsuno, Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Contact: +81-544-54-0342
Open from 9 a.m. to  6 p.m. ; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (from 21 November to 20 March)
*Will close every Wednesday and some days from 1 December to 20 March)

End your trip with a visit to Makai no Bokujo, a ranch where you can see the magnificent Mt. Fuji, and spend some time with animals. Experience the best of the rustic farm life when you milk a cow and walk a goat. You can also learn how to make butter and sausage as well as create handmade pottery. 

But of all the activities, there’s one that is so in demand: cheese making! You’ll be taught how to make mozzarella cheese and string cheese, which you can take home as souvenirs. Now that’s an awesome conclusion to an enjoyable trip to Lake Tanuki!

Provided by Japan Walker™, Tokyo Walker™ (17 October 2017)


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