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Lake Chuzenji in Nikko, Tochigi prefecture is a large lake with a 25 km circumference, located inside Nikko National Park. At a 1,269 meters elevation, it is known to be the lake with the highest altitude in Japan, and the views and seasonal scenery that can be enjoyed here are selected as "Japan's top 100 scenes." Furthermore, Lake Chuzenji offers fun activities such as exploring the lake on a cruise ship, canoeing and kayaking, as well as fishing.
- Chugushi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi
- Contact No.
- From JR Nikko or Tobu Nikko Station, take bus towards Chuzenji Onsen or Yumoto Onsen for 45 min, get off at Chuzenji Onsen and walk 1 min.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Lake Chuzenji operating hours: 9:00-17:00
Departure times depend on the course. Check official website for details, as departure times and routes may change according to weather conditions.
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 min
- Admission fee
- Lake Chuzenji Cruising (lake round trip course) fare: general (over middle school) 1,250 yen, elementary school students 630 yen - See official website for details, as fares may vary depending on course.
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Seasonal Scenery to be Enjoyed at Lake Chuzenji
Beautiful views of the different seasons can be enjoyed at Lake Chuzenji, such as azalea in spring, green vegetation in summer, changing leaves in autumn and snow covered landscapes in winter. The azalea in spring and the autumn leaves are especially popular and many people arrive with a camera in their hand to capture this beautiful view in pictures.
Lake Chuzenji Cruise
Recommended for exploring Lake Chuzenji is the cruise ship. The ship goes around the famous spots of Lake Chuzenji in about an hour for the whole tour and enables guests to enjoy the great panoramic views of the seasonal beauty of Lake Chuzenji that can only be seen from the cruise.
Enjoy the Lake on a Boat
The numerous boat houses along the shore of Lake Chuzenji offer rentals of various boats such as row boats, motor boats and paddle boats. Lake Chuzenji Tourist Center also offers lake tours on speed motor boats, on which you can have a great time on the lake while feeling the fresh wind.
Futarasan Shrine Chugushi
In the middle of Mt. Nantai on the north shore of Lake Chuzenji, there is a shrine called Futarasan Shrine Chugushi. In this honorable shrine, which possesses many historical buildings that are registered as important cultural heritages, deities of matchmaking as well as fortune and prosperous business are worshiped and it is also known as a power spot.
Italian Embassy's House Memorial Park
This building, which was built in 1928 and used as the Italian embassy's vacation house until 1997, is opened to the public as a park. It also has a rest space for having coffee and makes a great spot to relax in between a walk.
Nikko Kanaya Hotel
The origin of Nikko Kanaya Hotel goes back to 1873, when it opened as an accommodation specifically aimed at foreigners. It is the oldest remaining classic resort hotel in Japan and both its main hall as well as the new hall are registered as tangible cultural heritages, incorporating many tasteful spaces over 100 years old.
A relaxing time can be spent at Chuzenji Onsen on the shore of Lake Chuzenji, while appreciating great views of the lake. Hotels with open-air baths exist too, so you can take advantage of the unique nature of Lake Chuzenji.