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Oshino Hakkai: Reviews, Opening Hours, Transport from Kawaguchiko to Oshino Hakkai

by Ryu_C@RakuRakuJP

What is Oshino Hakkai?

Oshino Hakkai is a spot located in the Mt. Fuji area that has unique views reflected from eight different pools, making it a very famous spot.

The so-called Oshino Hakkai are actually 8 pools near Oshino Village in Yamanashi Prefecture. They are the Exit Pond, Ogama Pond, Diza Pond, Choshi Pond, Yong Pond, Turbid Pond, Mirror Pond, and Iris Pond. There are a total of 8 naturally formed ponds. pool. It is said to be a huge lake called Utsu Lake, which evolved into the current landform after an eruption of Mount Fuji.

Among the Oshino Hakkai, Yuchi is one of the pools that can best capture the perfect reflection. So when you arrive at Oshino Village to visit Oshino Hakkai, you can visit Yongchi first, and then go to other different pools.

Oshino Hakkai Wake Pond
The pond in Oshino Hakkai is one of the most popular pools. (Click to enlarge the picture)
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Is Oshino Hakkai worth visiting?

Many people say that Oshino Hakkai is not worth going, and some people say that Oshino Hakkai is a beautiful place. As for whether Oshino Hakkai is a worthwhile attraction, we must first understand the characteristics of Oshino Hakkai.

Characteristics of Oshino Hakkai

The location of Oshino Hakkai

Oshino Hakkai is a scenic spot located near Oshino Village. It takes 30 minutes by bus from Kawaguchiko Station. Oshino Village was originally designed as an old village, and there are not many other tourist facilities nearby. Although in recent years, due to the increase in tourists, the entire area has gradually transformed into a commercial attraction. However, if you come here purely to take pictures of the scenery of Yongchi, the chances of disappointing you are actually very high.

First of all, because there are so many tourists visiting Oshino Hakkai, it is almost impossible to take a perfect photo of Wake Pond. In addition, because there are so many people visiting Ninkai Hakkai, if you imagined that there is a beautiful environment where you can enjoy Mt. Fuji quietly before departure, it is probably impossible.

The scenery of Oshino Hakkai

Another point is that weather factors will affect the water quality of the pool. If you visit Oshino Hakkai after it rains, the scenery will probably be completely different from what you imagined.

The area of Oshino Hakkai is also worth paying attention to before departure. Because the area of each pool of Oshino Hakkai is actually not very large, if it is said that Oshino Hakkai represents the eight seas, it is better to say that Oshino Hakkai is actually a few small pools with a diameter of less than 20 meters.

So if you plan to spend 2 hours by bus to visit Oshino Hakkai just to enjoy the scenery of Oshino Hakkai, maybe it would be better to consider spending a little more time admiring Mount Fuji next to Lake Kawaguchi. After all, Oshino Hakkai is a scenic spot that is mainly designed with old buildings and has been packaged commercially, and it is also a scenic spot that is arranged to kill time.

For those who don't have any scheduled travel itineraries, Oshino Hakkai is a place that can fill an afternoon itinerary. However, if you have not been to Lake Kawaguchi for sightseeing, and have not set foot on the starting point of the fifth station of the Mount Fuji climbing trail, perhaps you can arrange to go to these places first, and then set off to Oshino Hakkai.

Oshino Hakkai Mount Fuji Lake Kawaguchi
One of the pools in Oshino Hakkai. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Oshino Hakkai's business information

Oshino Hakkai's address: 〒401-0511 Oshino Village, Oshino Village, Minamitsuru County, Yamanashi Prefecture

Oshino Hakkai's opening hours: open all day, free admission

Transportation to Oshino Hakkai: Take the Fujikyuko bus from Kawaguchiko Station, about 25 minutes to Oshino Hakkai

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Whether Oshino Hakkai is a worthwhile attraction depends on your itinerary. If it is your first time to visit Lake Kawaguchi and Mt.Tenjō-Yama Park, rideKawaguchiko Excursion Boatwould be more appropriate. If you want to experience the alpine environment of Mount Fuji, it is also a good choice to go to the viewing platform at the fifth station of Mount Fuji.

As for attractions like Oshino Hakkai, you won’t regret visiting them until your second visit to Mount Fuji.

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More information and pictures: Oshino Village Tourist Association

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