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The beautiful scenery of five distinctive lakes.

The Mikata Goko (Mikata Five Lakes) are a famous sightseeing spot in Wakasa Bay Quasi-National Park in Fukui Prefecture. The Rainbow Line is a sightseeing road with a total length of more than 11 kilometers that overlooks the Mikata Goko, and driving or motorcycling through the magnificent, ever-changing scenery is truly a pleasure.
The five lakes of the Mikata Goko are Lake Mikata, Lake Suigetsu, Lake Sugako, Lake Kugushiko, and Lake Hiruga. They have been registered with the Ramsar Convention since 2005. Because the water in each of the lakes has a different level of salinity, and each lake is of a different depth, the surface colors of the five lakes are said to differ in subtle ways. Of the five lakes, Lake Mikata is the only purely freshwater one, and common carp, crucian carp, shrimp, freshwater eel, and the like are caught there. The largest lake is Lake Suigetsu, the smallest is Lake Sugako, and both are brackish. Large numbers of wild birds are seen in the area around these lakes. Lake Kugushiko extends from north to south and is connected to the sea. Regattas and boat races are staged there. Lake Hiruga is a completely saline lake, and it attracts many fishermen, who catch sardines, horse mackerel, and other species. The scenery at each lake is equally distinctive.

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Enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view from Summit Park!

Travelers along the Rainbow Line can reach Summit Park on Mount Baijodake from the parking lot alongside the Rainbow Line in about two minutes by lift or cable car. Summit Park’s East Observatory provides visitors with a 360-degree view of spectacular scenery, including the Mikata Goko (Mikata Five Lakes) and the Sea of Japan, from the Tsuruga Peninsula to Cape Echizen, with the sacred Mount Hakusan in the distance. It is the sole observation point from which all five of the Mikata Goko, with their distinctive colors, can be seen at the same time. Summit Park has been certified as one of approximately 140 “Lovers’ Sanctuaries” in Japan, and it is visited by many couples as a spot of great romantic power. Visitors can also purchase Wishing Plates, which they then throw off the summit to make their wishes come true. Other attractions include the unusual Wago Shrine, where worshippers can pray at two shrines in a single visit, the brand-new Resting Place in the middle of the Rose Garden, with its 600 rose bushes, and the Open-air Footbath, where you can soak your feet while taking in the spectacular view of the five lakes. Adjacent to the parking lot are a café and a shop that stocks a range of high-quality products that are made in Fukui Prefecture.

Rainbow Line Summit Park


18-2-2 Kiyama, Wakasa-cho, Mikatakaminaka-gun, Fukui Prefecture


8:30 am to 4:30 pm


Dec. 29 – Jan. 1


Sightseeing road toll 1,040 yen for ordinary cars, etc.
Rainbow Line Mountaintop Park entrance: 800 yen




From Hokuriku Expressway Tsuruga IC, about 40 min by car

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