Guidance for highlight
You can see Diamond Mt.Fuji on the lake when sunrise comes above the top of Mt.Fuji and shines. It is also called “Double Diamond Mt.Fuji”.
Time for observation: around 6 A.M.
Observation of wild bird
You can see various wild bird in each season.
The characteristic wild bird
- From spring to summer:
- heron, turdus chrysolaus, cuckoo, nightingale, Siberian blue robin, white-eye, jenny wren, swift and Eastern crowned warbler
- From autumn to winter:
- mandarin duck, mallard duck, Eurasian teal, Eurasian wigeon, pin-tailed duck, tufted duck and daurian redstart.
- All the year
- dabchick, little egret, kite, pheasant, Bambusicola thoracicus, long-tailed tit, grey wagtail, Japanese wagtail, bulbul, shrike, bunting, spot‐billed duck, jay, Japanese blue magpie, jungle crow, carrion crow, yellow bird, tit and oriental turtle dove.
From the end of June to the beginning of July, you can see flying firefly in the evening.
In front of great view of Mt. Fuji, you can enjoy barbecue for a day trip and camping at lodge.
At Tanuki-lake you can enjoy fishing, going boating on the lake and cycling on 3.3km of the cycling promenade. Near Tanuki-lake, you can fully enjoy great nature at Tokai-nature trail, Asagiri highlands and Shiraito falls.
The origin of Tanuki-lake
In the past “charcoal making Tohjiro” and made his fortune by clearing a lake, and he was called “charcoal making rich person”. According to this story, Tanuki-lake was called “a lake of rich person”(Choujyaga-ike). *Choujya means rich person.
In 1384 Tanuki-jirou-sanehisa, who was a Shinto priest of Fujisan Hongu Sengentaisha, retired and setteled here. The lake was called “Tanuki-swamp” and he was deified as Tanuki-shrine at the north of the lake. In 1935 irrigation works began for water storage, and in 1949 the name of the swamp turned into “Tanuki-lake”. The folktale of rain-making “the daughter of Yoshino rich-person” was left for Tanuki-lake, The folktale of “charcoal making Tohjiro”and“Yukiyoshi-shinnou and Nobegiku”were left for Menziesia at Tenshiga-take.