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The Number One View In Fukui - Mikatagoko Lakes

The Number One View In Fukui - Mikatagoko Lakes

The Number One View In Fukui - Mikatagoko Lakes

Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe

Written by Keisuke Yamada

Fukui 2016.08.07 Bookmark

In this article we introduce the beautiful Mikatagoko Lakes. The water color of each of the five lakes is different, creating a fascinating scenic view.

Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe

Written by Keisuke Yamada

There are 47 prefectures in Japan, and each prefecture has a unique charm. Beautiful natural scenery is one of the attractions and the number of visitors seeking scenic spots has been increasing in recent years.

In Fukui prefecture there is a view spot that is still little-known. That is the Mikatagoko Lakes that we will be introducing today. You will need to go there by car, but if you are lucky enough to visit on a sunny day you will be in for a great treat. Today we will be sharing some information you might want to know before you visit as well.


Mikatagoko means "the five lakes of Mikata", and is the name for the five lakes located in Mihama and Wakasa districts of Fukui prefecture. The five lakes are: Mikatako Lake, Suigetsuko Lake, Sugako Lake, Kugushiko Lake, and Hirugako Lake. The colors of the lakes are very mystical and beautiful, so much that the Mikatagoko are designated by the country as one of its greatest scenic views. You can see the subtle difference of the lake colors and enjoy the magnificent view from the 11.2 kilometer Rainbow Line (toll road). The site was also registered under the Ramsar Convention (an international convention for preserving wetlands).

The Different Colors Of The Lakes

Each of the five lakes have different types of water: freshwater, seawater, and brackish water (a mixture of freshwater and seawater). The Kugushiko Lake, connected to the Sea of Japan, Sugako Lake, located more inward, and Suigetsuko Lake, which is located in between, are all brackish water lakes, but they each have different ratios of freshwater and seawater. Thus the view from the Baijōdake Summit Park Observatory lets you enjoy five lakes of five different shades of blue.

How To Enjoy Baijōdake Summit Park Observatory

It is said that if you write a wish on a small dish called a kawarake and throw it toward the lakes from Baijōdake Summit Park Observatory, your wish will come true. This is called Kawarakenage ("Kawarake Throwing") and is a very popular custom.

The kawarake are sold for 100 yen. After being thrown, the dishes return to nature when it rains.

Write down whatever wish you want.

There is a scene in the beginning of the popular Japanese anime "Sazae-san" where Mrs. Sazae throws a dish with a tengu (goblin) drawn on it.

Keys of Vows

Since who-knows-when, people have been writing vows on padlocks and securing them to the chained fence at the Summit Park. Some say that the view from the summit of the different colors of the lakes and the blue sea and sky have a special power that makes people want to make some kind of vow. There are vows like "We will get married" and "Let's be together forever" by love-vowing couples as well as "I will pass the entrance exam" by students. Some people make promises to themselves to "give up smoking" or "start dieting" as well.

Use The Lift To The Top

We recommend using the lift to get to the Summit Park. You can enjoy a few pleasant minutes of feeling the breeze while you travel in the sky. If you don't like lifts too much, no worries, you can use the cable car to the top instead.

In Conclusion

Besides what we introduced today, there are also other attractions - such as the large raccoon dog monument or the stone monument that plays music. Taking a walk and admiring the beautiful scenery at the Summit Park is something you can only experience here. There is also a famous market and a dinosaur museum in Fukui prefecture. How about stopping by?

Read also: Discovering Fossils At The Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum


Baijōdake Summit Park Observatory

Address: Fukui Mikatakaminaka district Wakasa Umiyama
Hours: 8:30-16:30 (Hours may be extended on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and during the summer holidays)
Closed: December 29-January 1
Wi-Fi: -
Credit Cards: -
Other Languages: -
Menus/Pamphlets in Other Languages: -
Access: Use the Mikatagoko Rainbow Line
Price Range/Entrance Fee: Adults 800 yen, children 600 yen
Religious Considerations: -
Phone Number: +81-770-45-2678
Official Website: Rainbow Line Summit Park (Japanese)

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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