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Lake Mashu, Teshikaga-cho

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Sometimes called the clearest lake in the world, Lake Mashu formed in the caldera of a potentially active stratovolcano, making it one of the most fertile and volatile areas in Japan. Surrounded by steep crater walls 200 m (660 ft) high, the transparent lake harbors an abundant diversity of life. During summer you might witness how the thick mist obscures its crystal surface, making the entire area even more mysterious. (A local legend even says that if you can see the surface of the lake during the mist, you'll have bad luck.) Many observation decks dot the area; visit all of them for that perfect photograph. Put Lake Mashu and other Teshikaga-cho attractions into our Teshikaga-cho trip builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Cloudy day looks Lake was empty, so I was worried about, but try your No. 1 Observatory, Lake Mashu, and was very nice. There are benches and Mashu Lake written and made good photo.
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  • Lake Mashu's mist that was Lake Mashu in the fog. The fog was no Lake is completely invisible. Located on a mountain or Lake, so are strongly influenced by the weather, weather permitting, we recommend. Went twice over two days, but in the fog cannot see anything at all. One was about to light the lights in the fog. I went, bought as souvenirs of the marimo. I also want to go.
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  • No. 3 prospect at 6 o'clock in the early morning we went to. You could see a fair amount of cloud probably because of the rain which falls on the previous day. Really beautiful scenery opens up before one's eyes.
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Where to stay in Teshikaga-cho

The town of Teshikaga-cho itself has a good array of hotels, traditional ryokan, and a couple of more budget-friendly hostels. The more luxurious among them have onsite onsens and restaurants, and with proximity to the main train line, the area offers convenience for travelers just arriving or soon to leave. But the surrounding rural spots have just as much in terms of accommodations, particularly close to the lakes, with clusters of ryokans, some campgrounds, and luxury resorts.
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