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Hiking at Lake Chuzenji

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Hike around one of Japan’s highest natural lakes in Nikko National Park

Nikko City Tourism Association



Located in Nikko National Park, Lake Chuzenji is located 1,269 meters above sea level at the foot of Mt. Nantai. The lake was formed by an eruption of Mt. Nantai about 20,000 years ago. 


During Japan’s hot summers, the lake’s high elevation makes it a pleasant place to escape the humidity. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, many foreign embassies built summer villas here for breaks from the city heat.


Surrounded by hills and forest, one of Japan’s highest natural lakes has a hiking trail around its entire 25-kilometer circumference. On the route towards east and north, visiting the Embassy Villa Memorial Park and having a picnic by the lake shore is recommended. The course from Ryuzu Falls to Sejigahama beach takes 100 minutes one way. You can enjoy secluded beaches, seasonal flowers, and a stay at Senjugahama Beach.


After hiking, have a relaxing overnight stay at Chuzenji Onsen or Okunikko Yumoto Onsen.


How to get there

From Tokyo Station, take the Tohoku Shinkansen to Utsunomiya Station (48 minutes), then take the JR Nikko Line to Nikko Station (42 minutes). Next, take a bus from JR Nikko Station to Chuzenji Onsen (45 minutes).


Chugushi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi-ken


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