Lake Yamanaka is the largest of all the Fuji Five Lakes which offers a good view of Mt. Fuji. It is located in the village of Yamanakako of Yamanashi Prefecture populated by many swans. Thus, it has been unofficially called “Swan Lake.” Some of these swans are the real animals, others are man-made swans such as swan-like paddled boats added to the lake.
Apart from being the biggest, Lake Yamanaka is also the closest lake to Mt. Fuji. You can see the mountain spread widely like an open fan from the lake. Another interesting view of the mountain is the so-called “Diamond Mt. Fuji” which you can only see from the lake from October to February. Like a diamond, Mt. Fuji is seen shining like a precious stone owing to the color coming from the setting of the sun. It is a great opportunity to do several activities and to join the so-called “Diamond Fuji Weeks” where you can see various fireworks and illumination events.
Lake Yamanaka is famous for its many swans. There is even a special place where you can feed them along the shore. Children enjoy doing this as they can also get their feet wet. The sand may feel different as the whole place is a product of a historic volcanic eruption. If you’re lucky enough, you can see the gorgeous swan population going their ways with the beautiful Mt. Fuji behind them. The lake has also some resort facilities that will help spectators watch the swans swooping. If you like, you can also do boating, fishing, dining and camping. You can also rent a bike if you want to go around the area.
Several business entrepreneurs have started creating swan-shaped paddle boats to tour visitors around the lake. They come in different colors for you to choose from. And also, a large ferry boat in the shape of a swan has also been created. It just makes the whole place a paradise of swans!
Visiting Lake Yamanaka will give you an access to the Diamond View of Mt. Fuji, the swooping flocks of swans and the exciting boat ride activities. Make sure to check the weather though before making a trip to this beautiful spot.