Region
Chubu
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Kofu
Population
888,170

Lake Shojiko

A serene hideaway with its own special view of Mount Fuji and hiking access to a panoramic lookout.

Shojiko is the smallest of the five picturesque lakes around Mount Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture. This lake has a more placid feel and is less developed than the others, but it does bear a unique view of the mountain.

Lake Shoji and Mt. Fuji

Lake Shoji and Mt. Fuji.

Fishing and boating are popular on the lake, and the so-called “Kodaki Fuji” view has some interesting symbolism behind its name. Shojiko’s western shore can also be used as an access point for the steep hiking trail up to the Panorama Dai observation point.

Kodaki Fuji

The bus stop for “Kodaki Fuji View Point” on Fujikyu’s Blue Line Omni Bus or Retro Bus will leave you in front of a small beach. As you walk down to the beach, you may start to get a feel for why the mountain is called “Kodaki Fuji” when seen from this point.

In the foreground, across the shimmering water, there is a tinier mountain that Fuji looms over, almost like a mother holding an infant in her arms. “Kodaki Fuji” means “Fuji cradling a child.”

Kodaki Fuji

Photo by: Joshua Meyer Kodaki Fuji

Panorama Dai

From the bus stop, you can hike the Mikuniyama Hiking Course up to Panorama Dai. In the wintertime, this trail is blanketed with dead leaves and can be slippery in places, yet the uphill trek culminates in a great visual reward.

As its name implies, Panorama Dai offers a sweeping, panoramic view of Mount Fuji from an elevation of 1,325 meters. You can also see Shojiko and Lake Motosuko, as well as the Aokigahara forest.

Panorama Dai

View from Panorama Dai.

Continuing onward past the lookout point, the trail connects to the neighboring mountain of Eboshi-dake before leading down to Lake Motosuko. This connectedness, plus the fact that both lakes are serviced by the Blue Line sightseeing buses, makes Shojiko ideal for combining with a trip to Lake Motosuko.

Topics: , , , , ,

Things To Know

Transportation and accommodation

The Blue Line buses run less frequently; there is actually a two-hour interval between each bus. If you visit Lake Shoji only for the view and are not staying at the pet-friendly Shoji Lake Hotel, you may be left feeling stranded in a remote spot. A short walk down the road, however, leads to the next bus stop, Panorama Observatory-Shita.

How To Get There

Address

Japan, 〒401-0336 Yamanashi-ken, Minamitsuru-gun, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Shōji, 県道706号線

By bus

The Blue Line (Omni or Retro) Sightseeing Bus departs four times a day from Kawaguchiko station, respectively 9:57 a.m., 12:07 p.m., 2:17 p.m. and 4:27 p.m. If you are planning to visit the area for more than one day, consider buying the two days ticket which offers you access to all bus lines. The fare costs ¥1,500 for adults and ¥750 for children.

Where To Stay

Yamadaya Hotel
  • Shouji 478 Minamitsuru-Gun Fujikawaguchiko Mac, Yamanashi 401-0336
  • 9/10
  • 0.4 km
Powered by Booking.com
Shoji Mount Hotel
  • Shoji 301 Minamitsuru-Gun Fujikawaguchiko Mac, Yamanashi 401-0336
  • 8.6/10
  • 0.4 km
Powered by Booking.com
Motosu View Hotel
  • Motosu 218-4 Minamitsuru-Gun Fujikawaguchiko Mac, Yamanashi 401-0337
  • 7.6/10
  • 3.1 km
Powered by Booking.com
Motosuko Sports Center
  • Motosu 210 Minamitsuru-Gun Fujikawaguchiko Mac, Yamanashi 401-0337
  • 3.7 km
Powered by Booking.com