Lake Saiko is the smallest of the Fuji Five Lakes. Located a short distance from Lake Kawaguchi, it is surrounded by forested hills. When the sky is clear there is a great view of Mount Fuji from Saiko, but the mountain was obscured by summer haze. However, even without Fuji views there are good reasons to go there. In the summer it is a great place to swim, fish, or go boating. There is also a camping ground on the lake shore, but I didn't stay there so I can't tell you about it.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.