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Japanese Lakes Posted by on Aug 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

There is definitely no shortage of lakes in Japan. One of the most beautiful lakes that I’ve ever encountered is Lake Towada (十和田湖). Lake Towada is in Honshū (本州) Island between the border of Aomori Prefecture (青森県) and Akita Prefecture (秋田県). Lake Towada is a crater lake created by volcanic eruptions. Today tourists go to to see the rainbow trout, eels, salmon and crap of Lake Towada.


Lake Ashi (芦ノ湖) is located in Kanagawa Prefecture (神奈川県). Lake Ashi provides a good view of Mt. Fuji (富士山) and that’s why you’ll see many ferries and boats that offer rides for tourists. Lake Ashi is a crater lake with many hot springs. The resorts, hotels and restaurants in the area are what makes Lake Ashi a popular tourist destination.



Lake Biwa (琵琶湖) is located in Shiga Prefecture (滋賀県) and is the largest freshwater lake in Japan. Lake Biwa is famous for its historical and literary importance. Many battles have occurred near this Lake and there are frequent references to this Lake in Japanese poetry. Today, Lake Biwa is home to an assortment of flora and fauna.



Lake Shinji (宍道湖) is located in Shimane Prefecture (島根県) and is most famous for its clams. Tourists from all over flock to Lake Shinji to get a taste of Lake Shinji’s clams. If you don’t like clams, you can also choose from an array of sea bass, eel and many other aquatic fish from Lake Shinji. There are also local cruises around Lake Shinji that provide a scenic view of the area and just a plain good old chance to relax.


Lake Kasumigaura (霞ヶ浦湖) is the second largest lake in Japan that contains a numerous bunch of other small lakes. There is so much to do in Lake Kasumigaura which include bird watching, boat racing and fishing. The waters of Lake Kasumigaura are used to irrigate the farmland around the area, so there are lots of crops and flowers that tourists can see in plain sight.

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  1. Unknown:

    Ginny you spelled “carp” wrong. 🙂