Mikatagoko, the five lakes of Mikata.

▲The time of colored leaves is especially recommended. Photo by This is Fukui


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.

▲You can taste the thrill by the lift. Photo by This is Fukui

▲From the Rainbow Line toll road to the Summit Park. Video by This is Fukui

▲At the top, there is a café with great views! Photo by This is Fukui
▲You might be able to feel like you’re floating! There is also a swing. Photo by This is Fukui

▲Footbath in the sky! Photo 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.

▲The birds gathering in Mikatagoko. Photo by Fukui Prefectural Tourism Federation

Jump to the Website of the museum. (Only in Japanese.)


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 would be nice to compare the colors of each lake. Photo by This is Fukui
▲Cable car is recommended on the way back from the top. Photo by This is Fukui

INFORMATION(Rainbow Line・Summit Park)【Access】
It is accessible from Mihama-cho side and Wakasa-cho side.
Please check here for details.

【Business hours】
Summit Park
9:00 – 17:00

Rainbow Line
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 

Rainbow Line
Kei minicar・Small car・Standard-sized car 1040yen
Two-wheeled motor vehicle 730yen

Summit Par(includes lift and cable round trip fares)
Adult 800yen
Child 600yen(elementary & high school children)
People with disabilities discount Adult 600yen Child 400yen(elementary & high school children)

【Web site】


NOTEThis article was written based on the information when it was published. Since there is a possibility that it differs from the content at the time of posting, be sure to check information by yourself in advance.


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