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Hiking at Lake Chuzenji

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Walk around Japan’s highest natural lake in Nikko National Park




Head to Nikko for temples, shrines, serene walks and relaxing hot springs. 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. Surrounded by hills and forest, Japan’s highest natural lakes has a hiking trail running round its entire 25-kilometer circumference. Alternatively, the lake can be enjoyed from sightseeing boats that depart from Chuzenjiko Onsen.


During Japan's hot summers, the lake's high elevation makes it a pleasant place to escape the humidity. During the 19th and 20th centuries, many foreign embassies built summer villas here for breaks from the city heat.


Extend your stay in the area with a night in the hot spring resort of Chuzenjiko Onsen, on the northern shore of Lake Chuzenji. Along the eastern shore is Chuzenji Temple, with great views and impressive Buddhist artwork.


How to get there


About 45 minutes by bus from JR Nikko Station and Tobu Nikko Station.



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