Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) is situated on the Western side of Hakone at the southern foothills of Mount Komagata. A volcanic lake formed over 4,000 years ago by volcanic activity, it is a popular tourist attraction in Hakone. The lake itself is set off against the backdrop of Mount Fuji, with the scenery changing with each season. Trails around the lake are surrounded by beautiful, green cedar trees, while a boat cruise on the lake is an essential pleasure for many visitors. The lake is home to many black bass and trout, and a large number of Japanese often come here to go boating, fishing, and swimming.