Oshino Hakkai village and Mt.Fuji

 

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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

Cherry blossoms and Mt.Fuji at Omiyabashi bridge in Oshino Hakkai
This picturesque view of cherry trees lined up along Sin-Nashogawa river in April is very popular.
I took this picture from Omiyabashi bridge – one of the most popular photo spot in this village.

Cherry blossoms and Mt.Fuji at Omiyabashi bridge in Oshino Hakkai
When mount Fuji is visible,this small bridge on the river is crowded with people.
Because they want to take picture in the composition of the above picture.
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
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.

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.

Summer

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.

Winter

Mt.Fuji from observatory of Hannoki Bayashi Shiryokan Museum in Oshino Hakkai Village
View from the observatory of Hannoki Bayashi Shiryokan Museum.
These buildings are the Japanese traditional farmhouse.
You can see inside the house which displays various farming tools, household items and samurai weapons.

Information

Admission 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 → 40 minutes by Fuji Kyuko Line → Fujisan station → 15 minutes by bus → Get off at Oshino hakkai Bus Stop  → 5 minutes on foot

BY EXPRESS BUS

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

Tokyo Station → 2.5hours by Fuji Kyuko Bus → Oshino Hakkai Bus Stop
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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