Lake Shōji

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Lake Shōji
Aeral Photo of Lake Shoji 1975.jpg
Aerial view
Location Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi
Coordinates 35°29′20″N 138°36′35″E / 35.48889°N 138.60972°E / 35.48889; 138.60972Coordinates: 35°29′20″N 138°36′35″E / 35.48889°N 138.60972°E / 35.48889; 138.60972
Primary outflows none
Basin countries Japan
Surface area 0.5 km²
Max. depth 15.2 m
Shore length1 6.8 km
Surface elevation 900 m
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.
Mount Fuji and Lake Shōji

Lake Shōji (精進湖 Shōji-ko?) is the one of the Fuji Five Lakes and located in southern Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan.

It is the smallest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of surface area, and third deepest, with a maximum water depth of 15.2 metres (50 ft).[1] Its surface elevation of 900 metres (3,000 ft) is the same as for Lake Motosu and Lake Sai, confirming that these three lakes were originally a single lake, which was divided by an enormous lava flow from Mount Fuji during an eruption from 864-868 AD.[2] The remnants of the lava flow are now under the Aokigahara Jukai Forest, and there is evidence to indicate that these three lakes remain connected by underground waterways.[1]

The lake is within the borders of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.[3]

As with the other Fuji Five Lakes, the area is a popular resort, with many lakeside hotels, windsurfing facilities, camp sites, and excursion boats. Japanese crucian carp and wakasagi were introduced to the lake in the Meiji period, and sports fishing is also popular. The water of the lake lacks transparency and has a tendency towards a greenish hue due to algae.

See also[edit]


  • Rafferty, John P. Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes, and Earthquakes. Rosen Publishing (2010), ISBN 1615301062


  1. ^ a b "Yamanashi Sightseeing Net". Retrieved 2007-05-25. 
  2. ^ Rafferty, Tectonics, Volcanoes, and Earthquakes. page 135
  3. ^ Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park(Ministry of the Environment (Japan))