A mysterious eye that manifests only for two weeks near the top of Mt. Hachimantai
Kagami-numa is a lake situated near the top of Mt. Hachimantai. Near the end of May, it begins to thaw, but does so unevenly: the outer portion melts before the center, leaving an island of snow in the middle. This phenomenon, combined with the sunlight above causing the water to reflect as a clear, sky blue, makes the lake look startlingly like the eerie eye of a dragon. As such, the Hachimantai Dragon Eye stands as one of the first signs of summer. Only viewable for a precious two weeks from late May to mid-June, the Dragon Eye is among Hachimantai’s must-see scenery. You can reach it after just a fifteen-minute stroll up from the summit parking lot, itself readily accessible by car or bus. With good timing and fortune, you too might encounter the azure blue eye of the dragon!