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Lake Chuzenji

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Area: Nikko
Category: Nature Parks > Lakes and Rivers

Lake Chuzenji (中禅寺湖) is a highland lake located in Oku-Nikko, Tochigi. It is 25th largest lakes in Japan. Lake Chuzenji’s altitude is 1,269m and, as the natual lakes, it is the highest lake in Japan. Because of the high altitude, Lake Chuzenji is very cool even in summer and many people visit this lake to enjoy cool summer and camping. There are many restaurants and tourist attraction like boat riding or fishing. There are many waterfalls, including world famous Kegon Falls. The scenery of Lake Chuzenji with Mt. Nantai is very beautiful.

Tourist Info.
There is public parking.

Access
0. at Nikko Station
1. use Tobunikko bus to Kegononotaki iriguchi (45 min.)
2. walk (2 min.)

Access to Nikko Area

Nikko (日光)
Access
-by train
0. at Asakusa Station
1. use Tobu Line to Nikko (2 hrs.)

-by car
0. use Tohoku expressway from Kawaguchi to Utsunomiya
1. change to Nikko express way to Nikko


Map around Lake Chuzenji

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Detailed Travel Guide for Lake Chuzenji

Size: 11.62 km2
Water: Solid
Altitude: 1,269m

The Lake was found by a monk in 782. In 1876, Emperor Meiji visited this lake and named it “Sachi no Umi,” the Lake of Happiness.” Because it is very cool even in summer, many important people especially foreigners visited and built own secondary house around Lake Chuzenji.
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