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Lake Saiko: Visit a thatched-roof village, explore three lava caves and hike the Jukai Nature Trail

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Saiko is one of the Fuji Five Lakes: bodies of water formed by ancient volcanic activity on Mount Fuji’s northern side in Yamanashi prefecture. Past eruptions also helped form three lava caves—where visitors don miner’s helmets—and a beautiful, unearthly forest off the lake’s western shore. The forest, Aokigahara Jukai, is mired in unfortunate associations as a suicide spot, but it also has a nature trail that bridges the distance between caves.The Nenba district holds a craft village with scenic thatched-roof houses. Around much of the lake, the sight of Mount Fuji is obstructed by other mountains, so you’ll want to know where to go to get the best Fuji view.

Nenba and the Saiko Healing Village

Bus stop #67 on Fujikyu’s Green Line Saiko Sightseeing Bus unloads near the minshuku(traditional guesthouses) in the Nenba district. From there, it is a short walk to the westernmost tip of the lake, where you can get the best view of Fuji across the water.

Winter fun at the annual Lake Saiko Ice Festival at Saiko Yacho no Mori Park from from Jan 26 to Feb 17.

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Been there. Pretty cool place to check out.

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Talking about volcanic lakes and such, it seems to me that Japan could do much more to exploit its thermal energy potential. It is in many cases the low-hanging-fruit of clean energy.

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