Beautiful ancient village at the foot of Mount Fuji

The area at the foot of Mount Fuji was once called the source of the gods.” Oshino Hakkai is the name of eight lakes created from melted snow on the top of the mountain.

Water flows down at the foot of the mountain and lying underground for more than 80 years and heated by lava, these lakes create a beautiful wonder in Japan.

Oshino Hakkai ancient village is located in Yamanashi province, Japan. The terrain located right at the foot of Mount Fuji creates ideal conditions for tourists to explore. Near the area, there are currently 10 thousand residents living.

The vast rice fields and fresh vegetables are the pride of this peaceful village. Vegetables picked here are also called “highland fresh vegetables” because the area is located at quite high terrain.

The area around the lakes has countless interesting activities for both young and old. Many recent restaurants use fresh highland vegetables and unique local ingredients to create specialties only available at Oshino Hakkai. Particularly famous are the soba noodles, whose broth is made from a pure spring source, and the Yamanashi prefecture’s specialty Hotomón noodles, which are made from miso.

If you feel thirsty, you can even try drinking pure lake water. Thanks to being covered by lava for 80 years, the lake water here is completely safe to drink and also has special medicinal properties. Experience it yourself and find out if this is true or not!

To get to the largest Sokonashi lake in Oshino Hakkai Village, we need to go through the open-air museum called Hannoki Bayashi Shiryokan . You can visit the traditional thatched-roof farmhouse inside the museum. Besides, the museum also displays many types of ancient ceramics, ancient farming tools and real samurai armor!

Unlike other areas in Oshino Hakkai, the museum and lake “Sokonashi” charge an admission fee. Ticket price for adults is 300 yen, children under 15 years old are 150 yen and children over 1 year old are 100 yen. Hannoki Bayashi Shiryokan museum’s opening hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The sparkling, charming landscape of Oshino Hakkai attracts many photographers and celebrities online. because the image quality when taken is extremely clear and pure.

Oshino Hakkai is considered a cultural icon in Japan. In 1934, the Japanese government designated the spring source here as a National Treasure. And in 2013, the entire area (including Mount Fuji) was designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.

How to get to Oshino Hakkai is a bit complicated. If traveling from Tokyo by train, we can use the Chuo-limited Express train to Otsuki station then change to the Fujikyuko line to go to Mt.Fuji station.

From Mt.Fuji station take the Fujikyuko Bus go to Oshino Hakkai station! The transportation fee is about 6,000 yen (not including the way back) and this way is relatively expensive.

Going by bus from Tokyo is the best idea. Take the bus at Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal located near Shinjuku station going to Kawaguchiko (direction Yamanakako). You will see 新宿 ~ 河口湖・山中湖 displayed in Japanese on the bus.

Just sit back and relax and the bus will take you to Oshino Hakkai for only 2,000 yen. But be careful because there is another bus route that will stop at Fuji Q Highland station and not go any further. Just in case, you can catch the Fujikyuko Bus from Fuji Q to Oshino Hakkai station so you don’t have to worry about getting lost!