Lake Spots in Nagano Area

  • Lake Suwa
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    Suwa City, Nagano Prefecture
    Lake Suwa, the largest lake in Shinshu, has a circumference of about 16 kilometers. Here you can enjoy lengthy walks and jogging as well as pleasure cruises and boat trips on the lake. From autumn through to winter keen anglers can fish for wakasagi (a variety of smelt). The Lake Suwa Fireworks Festival, one of Japan’s largest firework displays, is held at the lake in summer with an incredible 40,000 fireworks lighting up the night sky. The huge fireworks display unsurprisingly attracts huge numbers of people each year.
  • Lake Shirakaba
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    Nagano Pref. Chinoshi Kitayama Shirakabako
    Lake Shirakaba, with a circumference of four kilometers, was originally a pond created as a reservoir for farm use. You’ll find an amusement park, golf course, ski resort, hotels, and other facilities around this area, making it one of Shinshu’s top resort spots. Throngs of people visit every year.
  • Kumoba Pond
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    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa
    This pond located in close proximity to Roppon-tsuji serves as the water source for gozen-sui. The quiet, beautiful pond is also called Swan Lake since swans used to migrate here in the past. A promenade has been built around the circumference of the pond upon which visitors can enjoy a slow stroll. Visits during the autumn season with its changing leaves are particularly recommended. The sight of the trees steeped in red and yellow reflected in the water is well worth seeing.
  • Lake Nojiri
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    Nagano Pref. Kamiminochigunshinanomachi Nojiri
    This is a lake dammed by the lava flow of Mt. Madarao, and because the shape of the lake is similar to a cotton rose flower it is sometimes called Lake Fuyo. From the lake shore one can look out over Mt. Madarao and Mt. Kurohime. Between mid-April and mid-November there are excursion boats along Lake Nojiri, and it is particularly popular among visitors during the autumn when the leaves are changing.
  • Taisho Pond
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    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi Kamikouchi
    A pond which reflects the Hotaka Mountain Range, Taisho Pond was formed in 1915 when Mt. Yake experienced a major volcanic eruption. The trees that once grew where the pond is now have withered away and stick up straight out of the pond’s waters; reflecting off the surface, they create a mysterious, magical sight. Taisho Pond is one of the most picturesque spots in Kamikochi.
  • Mishaka Pond
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    Nagano Pref. Chinoshi Toyohira Okutetsu
    The Mishaka Pond was created as a reservoir for agricultural purposes. The pond was also used as inspiration for the painting Midori Hibiku (echoing green) by renowned Showa period painter Kaii Higashiyama. Surrounded by glorious nature, the water surface reflecting the image of the trees like a mirror is both beautiful and fantastic.
  • Lake Megami
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    Nagano Pref. Kitasakuguntateshinamachi Ashitahatsukano
    "A lake located in Ashidahakkano, Tateshina Town, Kitasaku County. Situated 1,500 meters above sea level, the lake is 1.8 kilometers in circumference. ""Megami"" means ""goddess"" in Japanese, and the lake gets its name from the picturesque sight of Mt. Tateshina, also known as ""Goddess Mountain,"" reflected off of its waters. During warmer months, visitors can enjoy canoeing and boating on the lake, while in the winter area activities include ice driving on its frozen waters, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing."
  • Lake Kizaki
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    Nagano Pref. Omachishi Taira
    "The furthest downstream of the three ""Nishina"" lakes, which includes Lake Aoki and Lake Nakatsuna. The lakeshore area is maintained as a park with walking paths; a comprehensive hot spring bath facility and sports facilities are also located nearby, and the area is a popular destination for conducting sports training camps. Due to its cool climate, the lake area also sees many visitors in summer seeking to escape the heat. The Lake Kizaki Fireworks Show is held in August."
  • Happo Pond
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    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunhakubamura Hokujou
    Happo Pond reflects the Hakuba Mountain Range like a mirror. Located 2,060 meters above sea level in Hakuba Village, the seasonal beauty of area is reflected by the surface of the pond—in early summer, snow still lingers on the mountains, while in fall they are dyed crimson and gold.
  • Shirakoma Pond
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    Nagano Prefecture Minamisaku-gun Sakuho-cho
    The mystical Shirakoma Pond is located in a primeval forest at the base of Mt. Yatsugatake. As a natural lake at an altitude of 2,100 meters, it is the biggest lake in Japan in terms of area. The crystal-clear surface reflects the beauty of the four seasons. There’s a walkway around it as well, so feel free to take a nice, relaxing stroll.
  • Lake Tateshina
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    Nagano Pref. Chinoshi Kitayama
    Lake Tateshina is a manmade lake that was created as a tourist spot. You can see Mt. Yatsugatake when the weather is fair, and the reflection of Mt. Tateshina and the surrounding trees on the lake surface is gorgeous. Try taking a nature walk to experience the lake in the four seasons.
  • Lake Matsubara
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    Nagano Prefecture Minamisaku-gun, Koumi cho
    A lake located in Koumi Town, Minamisaku County, Nagano Prefecture also known as Ina Lake. A walking path encircles the lake and visitors can rent a boat or stay at a nearby bed and breakfast. A well-known fishing spot, in summer many people come to catch Japanese crucian carp and in winter, Japanese pond smelt. Also a renowned fall foliage destination, during the peak period in autumn, a great many visitors come here to enjoy the scenery.
  • Lake Aoki
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    Nagano Pref. Omachishi Taira
    "The largest of the three ""Nishina"" lakes in Omachi City together with Lake Nakatsuna and Lake Kizaki. The lake is notable for its extremely clear waters and heart shape. Also called the ""mirror reflecting the Hida Mountains (Northern Alps),"" the lake is a popular scenic destination due to the beautiful view created by the mountains reflecting off the surface of the lake. The lake is also a popular kokanee fishing spot."
  • Kagami Pond
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    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Togakushi
    A pond located on the Togakushi Highland which reflects the Togakushi Mountain Range like a mirror. The pure waters of the pond reflect the seasonal beauty of the area; the autumn foliage in fall is particularly beautiful. A hiking trail lets you walk around the area while enjoying the fantastic scenery.
  • Myojin Pond
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    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi Kamikouchi
    This is a sanctuary in the rear shrine of Hotaka-jinja Shrine with a scenic pond which is a symbol of the Japan Alps (Kamikochi) of Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture. The pond was formed when stone and sediment from Mt. Myojin filled a tributary of the Azusa River. It is split into two ponds giving it a pear-like shape, and is a picturesque spot where one can enjoy walking and looking out over the greens of the water’s reflection and the pond’s large stones. Every year on October 8th the Boat Festival is held to pray for safety on the mountain, and one can see the mystical sight of the dragon head boat drifting through the pond surrounded by autumn leaves.
  • Yachiho Lake
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    Nagano Prefecture Minamisaku-gun Sakuho-cho
    A lake located in Sakuho Town, Minamisaku County, Nagano Prefecture with a sweeping view of Mt. Asama and the Arafune Highland. Located in the center of the Yachiho Highland, the lake is notable for the beautiful white birch forest which surrounds it. Also a renowned fishing destination for catching trout and char, many people come here to enjoy fishing in the great outdoors.
  • Minowa Dam (Lake Momiji)
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    Minowa-cho, Kamiina-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    A dam and dam lake located in Minowa Town, Kamiina County. Around 10 thousand maple trees were planted around the dam through the donations of residents whose homes were inundated when the dam was built, and the area has become a renowned destination for enjoying fall foliage. In late October, events such as a maple festival and even foliage illumination are held, attracting large numbers of visitors.
  • Lake Misuzu (Ashinota Dam)
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    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Misayama
    An artificial dam lake located in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture. A renowned fishing spot, in summer visitors can catch Japanese crucian carp and in winter, wakasagi. There's also a walking course around the lake as well as a motor home campground nearby, and on weekends in particular many people come here to enjoy leisure activities.
  • Nogaike Pond
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    Nagano Pref. Kaminagunmiyadamura
    This pond on Mt. Kisokoma is a tarn that was carved out by glacial activity along with the surrounding landscape. The scenery reflects beautifully in the surface of the water. To reach Nogaike Pond, you take the Komagatake Ropeway to Senjojiki Station. From there it's a long hike on a mountain trail. Most of it is rugged and there are places where you need to use the attached ropes to climb over bare rock.
  • Lake Miwa
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    Nagano Pref. Inashi Hasemizokuchi
    This artificial lake is located about a forty-minute drive from Ina Interchange. Notable for its long and slender shape, the lake stretches from north to south. The area around the lake has a variety of facilities such as soccer pitches and athletic fields. It was created when the Mibu River was dammed for the purposes of flood control, irrigation, and hydroelectric power. The concrete gravity dam holds back a volume of water equivalent to about 24 Tokyo Domes. One of the area’s appeals is the different seasonal scenery of its many photogenic spots, whether it is views of cherry blossoms from the Miwa Dam parking lot in spring, fields of rice and vegetables in the summer, or frozen landscapes in the winter.

Nagano Areas

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Nagano prefecture is an exciting mix of mountains, hot spring monkeys, and preserved Edo history. At the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano is one of the country’s most popular destinations, whether in winter for its snow sports and the much-loved Jigokudani Monkey Park or in the warmer months for discovering the undulating hills on foot. For fantastic Edo architecture, head to the Kiso Valley for a 60-kilometer stretch of quaint wooden buildings that marked the Nakasendo route 200 years ago.

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