Oshino Hakkai village and Mt.Fuji

Date visited  8:00 ~ 9:30 of 29 April 2017

All pictures and videos were taken by iPhone.

I visited Oshino Hakkai village in Yamanashi prefecture.
It is famous for the very clear eight ponds and Japanese traditional buildings.
These ponds are fed by spring water from Mt.Fuji.
The Environment Agency included it in its National Top 100 Spring Waters.
This picturesque village is also very famous for the beautiful scenery of Cherry blossoms and Mount Fuji.

Cherry blossoms at Omiyabashi bridge in Oshino Hakkai
The most popular spot is Omiyabashi bridge.
When mount Fuji is visible,this small bridge on the river is crowded with people.

Cherry blossoms and Mt.Fuji at Omiyabashi bridge in Oshino Hakkai
Because mount.Fuji could be seen between the cherry trees, nice photo spot was limited.
I arrived there at 8:00 AM, but many camera buff already occupied the place.
Contrary to the relaxing scenery, it was very hard to take pictures.

Cherry blossoms at Omiyabashi bridge in Oshino Hakkai
My turn came sooner than I expected.
Then I took pictures like the man in the red circle.
Once I left this place, I couldn’t go back again, so I shoot over and over again with a  variety of compositions.

Cherry blossoms at Omiyabashi bridge in Oshino Hakkai
As Mount Fuji was covered with clouds, people left.

Cherry blossoms at Sin-Nashogawa river in Oshino Hakkai
I walked along the Sin-Nashogawa river.

Cherry blossoms and Mt.Fuji at Sin-Nashogawa river in Oshino Hakkai
I arrived at the second popular photo spot of Mt.Fuji and cherry blossoms.
Compared to the first place, it wasn’t crowded.
But still a little hard to occupy the best spot.

Cherry blossoms and Mt.Fuji at Sin-Nashogawa river in Oshino Hakkai
By chance mother and children crossed the bridge.
It made this picture more better.

My post to Instagram.

Cherry blossoms at Sin-Nashogawa river in Oshino Hakkai
Then I continued to walk along the river.

Cherry blossoms at Sin-Nashogawa river in Oshino Hakkai Cherry blossoms and Mt.Fuji at Sin-Nashogawa river in Oshino Hakkai
These two persons were taking a picture like this.
It is also one of the most popular scenery of Oshino Hakkai village.
To take this picture, I had to lie down on my stomach at the shore.
Everybody around me was shooting in the same way.

Cherry blossoms at Oshino Hakkai
Oshino Hakkai
Then I arrived at Nigoriike Pond.
It is one of the 8 famous ponds in Oshino Hakkai.
Clear water was so beautiful!

Water mill,Cherry blossoms and Mt.Fuji at Oshino Hakkai Water mill and cherry blossoms at Oshino Hakkai
Water mill,Cherry blossoms and Mt.Fuji.

Cherry blossoms and Mt.Fuji at Oshino Hakkai Oshino Hakkai
Finally I reached at the center of Oshino Hakkai.
It was 20 – 30 minutes walk from Omiyabashi bridge.


Date visited 8:00 ~ 9:30 of 9 August 2016

Oshino Hakkai
Oshino Hakkai

Oshino Hakkai

Oshino Hakkai
Waku-ike pond.

They have many hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops around the ponds which sell vegetables, sweets, pickles, crafts and other local products.
An open air museum, the Hannoki Bayashi Shiryokan is also famous.


Information

【Fee】
Free
Only Hannoki Bayashi Shiryokan needs admission fee : 300JPY (hours:9:00~17:00)

【ACCESS】
BY TRAIN AND BUS (Approx. 2~3hours from Tokyo)
Tokyo station –> 1.5hour by JR Chuo Line –> Otsuki station
Otsuki station –> 40 minutes by Fuji Kyuko Line –> Fujisan station
Fujisan station–>15 minutes by bus–>Get off at Oshino hakkai–>5 minutes on foot

BY BUS
Shinjuku Bus Terminal in Tokyo –> 2hours by Fuji Kyuko Bus –> Oshino Hakkai
Timetable → http://bus-en.fujikyu.co.jp/highway/detail/id/37/#timetable

Tokyo Station –> 2.5hours by Fuji Kyuko Bus –> Oshino Hakkai
Timetable → http://bus-en.fujikyu.co.jp/highway/detail/id/37/#timetable

BY CAR
15 minutes form Kawaguchiko IC, Chuo Expressway.
10 minutes form Yamanakako IC, Higashi-Fujigoko Road.

There are many pay parking lots.
But I often use Ikemoto parking lot.
It is free and located near the center of Oshino Hakkai.

One of the pay parking lot.

One of the pay parking lot.

Ikemoto parking lot in Oshino Hakkai

Ikemoto parking lot in Oshino Hakkai

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