The Mikata Five Lakes are spread across the towns of Mikata and Kaminaka in southern Fukui. This quintet of lakes—Mikata, Suigetsu, Suga, Kugushi, and Hiruga, respectively—are all part of the Wakasa Wan Quasi-National Park, and are recognized as an important wetland under the Ramsar Convention.
The lakes are different shades of blue due to the varying composition of their waters.
While the Mikata Five Lakes are accessible by foot from Mikata, Kiyama, and Mihama stations on the JR Obama Line, using a taxi is the best option to get around the area.
A designated scenic spot, the Mikata Five Lakes provide some of the prefecture's most breathtaking views. From the plum blossoms in the spring to the maple leaves in the fall, each season has its own beauty.
It goes without saying that the best way to enjoy the scenery of the Mikata Five Lakes is by boat. There are a number of boat tours available to visitors, all of which visit multiple lakes as they are connected by channels and canals.
The lakes are composed of varying amount of freshwater and ocean water, so you'll find fish native to both ecosystems.