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Lake Oshino used to be in this location, but the lake dried up and the area became a basin. Spring water from Mt. Fuji surfaced in this basin and formed Oshino Hakkai, which consists of eight ponds, Deguchi Pond, Okama Pond, Sokonashi Pond. Choshi Pond, Waku Pond, Nigori Pond, Kama Pond and Shobu Pond. Each pond is part of the World Heritage Site of Mt. Fuji. They are also designated as a natural monument of the country. There are rustic houses with straw-thatched roofs that remain around the ponds, making an ancient Japanese landscape. Many restaurants are located in the area, and they offer soba (buckwheat noodles) and coffee using the spring water.
- Shibokusa, Oshino-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi
- Contact No.
- 15-min bus ride on Fujikyu Bus bound for Hirano via Oshino Hakkai or bound for Gotemba Station from Fujikyu Fujisan Station Bus stop: 1-min walk from Oshino Hakkai bus stop
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
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Oshino Hakkai boasts of having clear, pure spring water from Mt. Fuji that was purified through the subsoil of Mt. Fuji. The water is crystal clear, so the fish in the pond look as if they are flying in the air. The ponds are even more beautiful on a misty morning. The beauty of the clear blue water is beyond the imagination.
Rustic dwellings with straw-thatched roofs surround the ponds as they have for many years, creating an ancient Japanese landscape. The historic houses and the water mills with Mt. Fuji in the background create a peaceful pastoral setting. There are a number of restaurants and cafes that are renovated from these classical houses.
The village of Oshino where Oshino Hakkai is located is well known as a great viewing point of Mt. Fuji. Many photographers and painters are drawn to this area, and it came to be called "Oshino Fuji." The view of Mt. Fuji is stunning throughout the year, but it is especially appealing in winter. The snow-capped rustic houses accentuate the beauty of Mt. Fuji.
Soba Made with Mt. Fuji's Spring Water
In the area of Oshino Hakkai, there are many soba restaurants crafting delicious soba with the spring water from Mt. Fuji. The water has been chosen as one of the 100 best sources of natural water in Japan. Among them, "Bukkake" soba at Tensho-an is very popular. Their yakimiso (baked miso) on a wooden spoon is also exquisite.