Mikatagoko, literally “the five lakes of Mikata,” consists of five lakes with varying water quality and depth. Each lake has a unique blue color; thus, they are often referred to as the “lakes of five colors.” You can get the best view of the Mikatagoko from the summit of Mount Baijodake at an altitude of 397 meters (1,302 feet). To get there take the Rainbow Line toll road to the Summit Park where you can take a lift, or catch a cable car, to the top of Mount Baijodake.
▲From the Rainbow Line toll road to the Summit Park. Video by This is Fukui
Under the Ramsar Convention of 2005 Mikatagoko was recognized as a Registered Wetland and in September 2013 the “varves” located at the bottom of Suigetsuko lake won international recognition as an important archaeological and geological measurement site. Varves are thin layers of clay and silt with contrasting colors that are formed annually to an average thickness of 0.7mm. At the Fukui Prefectural Varve Museum, which opened its doors on September 15, 2018, you can get a closer look at a 45-meter (147 feet) long varve that reflects a 70,000 year long sequence of varves that have been hailed as a miracle.
There are many cycling roads around Mikatagoko and you can rent a bicycle at JR Mikata Station, or near the lakes themselves at Michi-no-Eki (Roadside Rest Areas). Kayak tours are open from the spring season through the autumn, and—if you are lucky—you will see a wide range of fish as you can explore the stunning views of nature.
It is accessible from Mihama-cho side and Wakasa-cho side.
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9:00 – 17:00
1st Oct – 30th Apr 8:00 – 18:00
1st May – 20th Jul & 1st Sep – 30th Sep 7:30 – 18:30
21st Jul – 31st Aug 7:00 – 19:00
Kei minicar・Small car・Standard-sized car 1040yen
Two-wheeled motor vehicle 730yen
Summit Par（includes lift and cable round trip fares）
Child 600yen（elementary & high school children）
People with disabilities discount Adult 600yen Child 400yen（elementary & high school children）