Hokkaido (北海道) is beautifully surrounded by nature in the country’s northern extremity. It is abundant in natural beauty and is home to some of the world’s fascinating blue lakes. Many of these have ethereal and enchanting appearances which make them very attractive destinations for tourists. Here are 3 of the glittering blue lakes you can find in the area.
Lake Mashu, located in Teshikaga (弟子屈), is also known as “mashuko” in Japanese. It is a freshwater caldera lake in Akan National Park (阿寒国立公園) which goes side by side with two other beautiful lakes – Lake Akan (阿寒湖) and Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖). It is said to have been formed 7,000 years ago and currently stands at a depth of 212 meters. The fact that the lake has no river makes the water very cold. Impurities are very low making the water clear which almost seem to glisten. In most days, it is covered by fog but its water used to be the clearest in the world. It is very rare to see the blue color of the lake which makes it a challenging yet unique destination for those looking for an adventure.
Another crater lake formed by a volcanic eruption is Lake Shikotsu. It is located in the southwestern part of Hokkaido and is standing at a depth of 363 meters making it the second deepest lake in the nation. It is an ice-free lake and a popular place for fishing and boating. There are a small number of lodgings located along the lake’s western shores which are frequented by visitors eager to enjoy the natural surroundings. Lake Shikotsu is surrounded by mountains making it an ideal destination for camping. It also has a dreamlike beauty especially during summer to late October.
Lake Akan is probably the best destination to get close to nature in Hokkaido. It is well known for “marimo (マリモ)” or uniquely looking moss balls. Many of these grow into large green balls in Akan but are quite rare in some other lakes. The lake is full of mystery and beauty with its crystal clear waters. Many primeval forests are located near it which makes it a magnificent scenic wonderland for many tourists. There are many summer and winter activities that you can do in the place such as canoeing, stargazing, boating, fishing, camping, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, and sightseeing.
For spectacular exploration on glittering blue lakes, have a trip to these places in Hokkaido. Not only are these popular tourist destinations but they also serve as gorgeous locations that offer superb panoramic views.