Lake Inawashiro, Fukushima Prefecture

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#12 of 33 in Nature in Fukushima Prefecture
Lake Inawashiro is the fourth-largest lake in Japan, located in central Fukushima Prefecture, south of Mount Bandai. It is also known as the 'Heavenly Mirror Lake'. The lake is located within the borders of Bandai-Asahi National Park. In winter swans migrate to the beaches of the lake and stay there until spring.Lake Inawashiro was formed some 30-40,000 years ago when a tectonic depression was dammed by a major eruption and pyroclastic flow from Mount Bandai. The water is acidic with a pH value of approximately 5.0, and has a high degree of transparency. The water level was considerably less during the Jomon period as numerous artifacts and ceramic fragments have been found offshore. The lake water is an important source for irrigation in the Aizu region of western Fukushima Prefecture. An irrigation canal was completed during the Edo period and another in 1882. A third canal completed in 1915 supplies the city of Kōriyama with drinking and industrial water. The water also supplies a number of hydroelectric power plants. The lake is also an important tourist and leisure attraction in Fukushima Prefecture.
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  • August 6, 2017
    Walked the Lake in 20 years Buri. It was not changed 20 years ago and high transparency. Like the ocean waves. Cold water, feels good.
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  • July 16, 2017
    I think the standard of tourist attractions. Looks from the highway, but is recommended for visits. Big and beautiful Lake, nice views, good.
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  • May 6, 2017
    Very clear water in a huge Lake is fourth largest in Japan. In acidic hot spring water to rush in and hear cause turbidity, such as plankton and small. Impressions will not be so widely distributed by tourists or reputational damage is still crowded in GW. Hideyo Noguchi, related facilities and royalty related to the area, is a place you can enjoy many attractions.
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The main urban area of Aizuwakamatsu offers a number of standard hotels, with some newly built luxury options added into the mix around the city office and the main stops of the train line. However, a greater variety of accommodations lies to the southeast of the town center, by the banks of a river. Here, a mix of modern spa hotels and traditional ryokans with Japanese-style rooms and onsite onsens benefit from the pleasant riverside scenery.
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