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Lake Suwa, Nagano Prefecture

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Take a swan-boat ride or stroll along the 16 km (9 mi) shoreline, enjoying the view of mountains at Lake Suwa, a lake with natural hot springs underneath its surface. Visit the Lake Suwa Geyser Center to see an active geyser and a network of seven gushing hot springs. In winter time, ice pressure ridges forming in the surface ice can reach a length of 30 cm (1 ft) due to the activity of undergorund hot springs. According to legend, those formations are signs of gods crossing the lake. The lake town also has a miso factory where you can taste some miso ice cream and soup. Use our Suwa trip builder to arrange your visit to Lake Suwa and other attractions in Suwa.
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Where to stay in Suwa

As the city of Suwa is famous for its ryokans--traditional Japanese guesthouses built at hot springs--most tourists opt to stay in one of these. Also known as onsen hotels, the establishments offer guests access to swim in the region's healing waters. If you're traveling on a budget, you should consider a homestay, basic hotel, or camping on the west side of the lake.
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  • We visited here in the Spring of 2016 and enjoyed a relaxing couple of days at this beautiful spot in the mountains. You can take an easy walk along the shoreline (16km all around), a ride on one of t...  more »
  • I used to live in Japan - Suwa, Nagano. The lake is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The path around the lake is soft and easy on to walk. The fireworks display is the best I have ever seen ...  more »
  • I usually drove past Suwa KO (Lake Suwa) on my way to Matsumoto or Ishikawa Prefecture. It looked nice from above at the service area on the Chuo Expressway, so we decided to stay there. We stayed on ...  more »