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  • Oshino Hakkai Springs Sacred Site No. 1: Deguchi Pond
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    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Oshinomura Shibokusa
    "This pond is one of the ponds which make up Oshino Hakkai Springs, which has been designated a Natural Monument, selected for inclusion in the Japanese Top 100 Famous Water list, and which is also included in the Fujisan World Heritage listing. The source of the pond is underground spring water from Mt. Fuji. The first of Oshino Hakkai Springs' sacred ponds, it is somewhat separated from the other seven. Its area is also the largest of the ponds. Yamanaka Deguchi Inari Shrine is visible between the trees on the opposite shore, and visitors can see the shrine's torii gate reflecting off the surface of the pond. According to legend, washing away one's uncleanliness and rinsing the mouth with its waters before climbing Mt. Fuji will ensure a safe climb, and thus the pond is also known as ""Devotion Pond."""
  • Oshino Hakkai Springs Sacred Site No. 2: Okama Pond
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    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Oshinomura Shibokusa
    "This pond is one of the ponds which make of Oshino Hakkai Springs, which has been designated a Natural Monument, selected for inclusion in the Japanese Top 100 Famous Water list, and which is also included in the Fujisan World Heritage listing. The source of the pond is underground spring water from Mt. Fuji. The second of Oshino Hakkai Springs' sacred ponds, at just 24 square meters, its surface area is the smallest of the ponds. Four meters deep, the pond is notable for its beautiful, blue waters. According to legend, an old man and his two daughters once lived in the area; while washing clothes in the pond, a huge toad appeared and dragged the younger sister in, and her body was never found. In turn, the pond is also known as ""Giant Toad Pond."""
  • Oshino Hakkai Springs Sacred Site No. 3: Sokonashi Pond
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    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Oshinomura Shibokusa
    This pond is one of the ponds which make of Oshino Hakkai Springs, which has been designated a Natural Monument, selected for inclusion in the Japanese Top 100 Famous Water list, and which is also included in the Fujisan World Heritage listing. The source of the pond is underground spring water from Mt. Fuji. The third of Oshino Hakkai Springs' sacred ponds, it is situated on the grounds of the Hannoki Bayashi Shiryokan museum and is surrounded by trees and greenery. According to legend, a woman doing her washing at the pond dropped her vegetables and washboard into the water, where she immediately lost them; sometime later, they appeared floating in Okama-ike Pond, one of the other sacred Oshino Hakkai Springs ponds, and thus it is has been passed down for generations in the area that to do one's washing here is to invite the anger of the gods.
  • Oshino Hakkai Springs Sacred Site No. 4: Choshi Pond
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    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Oshinomura Shibokusa
    This pond is one of the ponds which make of Oshino Hakkai Springs, which has been designated a Natural Monument, selected for inclusion in the Japanese Top 100 Famous Water list, and which is also included in the Fujisan World Heritage listing. The source of the pond is underground spring water from Mt. Fuji. The fourth of Oshino Hakkai Springs' sacred ponds, it is encircled by a fence and is located in an inconspicuous area thick with flowering plants. The bottom is sandy, and visitors can see the movements of the spring supplying the pond as its waters bubble up from underneath. According to legend, long ago a bride passed wind during her wedding ceremony; overcome with shame, she threw herself into the pond while grasping a decanter. In turn, today the pond is famous for bringing luck in finding love and marriage to those who visit.
  • Oshino Hakkai Springs Sacred Site No. 5: Waku Pond
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    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Oshinomura Shibokusa
    This pond is one of the ponds which make of Oshino Hakkai Springs, which has been designated a Natural Monument, selected for inclusion in the Japanese Top 100 Famous Water list, and which is also included in the Fujisan World Heritage listing. The source of the pond is underground spring water from Mt. Fuji. The fifth of Oshino Hakkai Springs' sacred ponds, the pond is the most easily accessible and is situated along a road across from several souvenir shops. With an abundant flow of water and a water mill, due to its beauty, it could be considered one of the most well-known of the ponds. According to legend, the goddess Konohanasakuya-bime heard the prayers of people wishing for water due to an eruption from Mt. Fuji, and so caused this pond to be created by a spring which miraculously emerged from the lava.
  • Oshino Hakkai Springs Sacred Site No. 6: Nigori Pond
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    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Oshinomura Shibokusa
    This pond is one of the ponds which make of Oshino Hakkai Springs, which has been designated a Natural Monument, selected for inclusion in the Japanese Top 100 Famous Water list, and which is also included in the Fujisan World Heritage listing. The source of the pond is underground spring water from Mt. Fuji. The sixth of Oshino Hakkai Springs' sacred ponds, it adjoins Waku-ike Pond and links up with the Ahara River. According to legend, the pond's waters were once so clean they could be drunk, but after the landowner refused to give water to a temple helper who appeared a beggar, the pond turned muddy. However, it is said the waters would return to their original clear state if drawn. Today, well water mixes with the waters of the pond, and thus they are clear.
  • Oshino Hakkai Springs Sacred Site No. 7: Kagami Pond
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    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Oshinomura Shibokusa
    This pond is one of the ponds which make of Oshino Hakkai Springs, which has been designated a Natural Monument, selected for inclusion in the Japanese Top 100 Famous Water list, and which is also included in the Fujisan World Heritage listing. The source of the pond is underground spring water from Mt. Fuji. The seventh of Oshino Hakkai Springs' sacred ponds, the pond is located north along the same road as Waku-ike Pond and Nigori-ike Pond. The flow coming from the pond's spring is much lower than that of the other ponds and it is just 0.3 meters deep. Depending on conditions, visitors can Mt. Fuji reflected upside down in the surface of the pond. It is said that the waters of the pond have the power to differentiate between good and evil and would cleanse persons involved in disputes with each other.
  • Oshino Hakkai Springs Sacred Site No. 8: Shobu Pond
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    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Oshinomura Shibokusa
    This pond is one of the ponds which make of Oshino Hakkai Springs, which has been designated a Natural Monument, selected for inclusion in the Japanese Top 100 Famous Water list, and which is also included in the Fujisan World Heritage listing. The source of the pond is underground spring water from Mt. Fuji. The eighth of Oshino Hakkai Springs' sacred ponds, the pond is located close to Hakkai Shobuike Park and irises grow around it. According to legend, there once was a man in the area with chest troubles, and though his wife prepared special foods and medicines for him, he would not get better; praying for help, the wife received a divine revelation and wrapped his body in irises from this pond, after which he was healed in less than a month.

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Yamanashi prefecture is the proud home of one of Japan's most celebrated icons: Mount Fuji. Although the mountain straddles both Yamanashi and Shizuoka, the most breathtaking views of Fuji-san can be seen from the Fuji Five Lakes north of the mountain in Yamanashi prefecture. The plethora of outdoor activities in and around the lakes all have the benefit of the country's highest mountain as their backdrop, and we can assure you that it is an unforgettable sight.

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