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Lake Chuzenji, Nikko

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Escape the urban jungle and find peace at Lake Chuzenji, created 20,000 years ago when the eruption of Mount Nantai blocked a river. Every season offers something special to behold, like the blooming of cherry blossoms in spring, bird-watching and hiking in summer, vibrant fall foliage, and the lake's winter festival. Admire the vacation houses built by European embassies around the shoreline, or head to Akechidaira Peak via cable car to experience a panoramic view of this natural haven. The lake drains through the 97 m (318 ft) Kegon Falls; visit the small village nearby for shopping, relaxation, dining, and plenty of parking. To visit Lake Chuzenji on your holiday in Nikko, and find out what else Nikko has to offer, use our Nikko trip planner .
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  • Since the end of the October is considered a peak season, so the bus to the number of people exceeding the level, to the lake is the afternoon two, due to the station has seen the hundred people platoon, in the end we decided to walk, walking for nearly three hours of the road, along the way beautiful, we shadow a lot of beautiful phase, shadow a lot of red leaves, the basic whole lake is super beautiful, When the sun goes down, the last thing we can do is take the bus back to the Sun station and see the super number of people on the return trip. Because it's early and dark, it's best to recommend daylight travel 3rd two nights
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  • Snow covers the trail, not very many people walking. Was feeling lonely and deserted area souvenir shop, your rice shop. Because the skin is painful and it's snowing and cold and coldness was required.
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  • Visit this place in early Jan 2018. Drove from Tokyo to Lake Chuzenji was very large and scenic. It was sunny but very windy and cold. Recommed to reach there early.  more »
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  • Beautiful view and with the snow beside the lake in winter makes it more beautiful. A good spot for sightseeing and capturing some nice photographs.
  • Very serene lake with beautiful views. Popular vacation area for Japanese. Enjoy some of the local food (fish) sold around the lake. When weather is nice, take a boat ride in the lake. There are many areas you can walk at around the lake if you don't wish to go in the water. It is near other sites in Nikko, such as the Kegon Falls. So if you visit either site, do make sure to see the other.
  • It's really beautiful lake with nice hot springs. Perfect for relaxing walks in nature.
  • Nice place to be. In winter its snowy but not everyday so choose a day when its sunny it will be so awesome with white snow on the side and the lake and the mountain. Feels like russia in japan.
  • Peaceful and serene, best viewed from the town of Chuzenji, opposite of the Kegon Falls, just a few minutes walk from the main bus station.

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Rich in history, culture, and nature, you'll be pleased to find that Nikko also boasts a rich variety of accommodations. Competition may be pretty fierce at peak times, but make your reservation early and you'll be able to find somewhere to sleep that suits your style. Luxury hotels and boutiques with "onsen" (traditional Japanese spas) never stray too far from the river, while hostels and guesthouses tend to be tucked away on side streets, and up in the north of town. Mid-range and standard hotels lie close to the main train stations and by the main plazas.
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