The melted snow that fell on Mt. Fuji was filtered through lava rocks, underground impermeable layers, over several decades, becoming crystal clear water. Oshino Hakkai has been selected as one of the top 100 waters in Japan.
It was designated as a “National Natural Monument” in 1934. In additon, it was certified as part of the World Cultural Heritage “Mt. Fuji” in 2013 with its history and legend as a sacred site of Mt. Fuji worship and a place of purification for the mountain.
Many tourists visit Oshino Hakkai due to its mysterious and unique natural phenomenon, and it is known as a popular tourist destination around Mt. Fuji, but thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, it wasn’t crowded even in the cherry blossom season when I visited it in early April, 2021.
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