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Address: Kawakami-gun, Teshikaga-cho 088-3200, Hokkaido

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Misty yet beautiful

It was snowing and misty, we couldn't see the lake yet we admire the serenity of this lake and the beauty of this place.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was snowing and misty, we couldn't see the lake yet we admire the serenity of this lake and the beauty of this place.

Thank DorothyCheong
Grafton, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the main viewpoint and paid 500yen for parking on a fairly miserable day. Nevertheless there were brief sunny interludes while we were there and it was possible to get a good idea of the beauty of the lake and its very mountainous setting. Very strong winds precluded walking too far but a chipmunk provided entertainment with its antics... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hike from view point 1 to the top of the crater is fairly strenuous (5-6 hours). Leave early and take good breaks along the way.

Thank Aaftab J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

Tip on when and which observation deck to go: Observatory 1&3 is best taken during afternoon, while Ura-Mashu observatory on the east side is best taken in the morning. Parking is free at 3 and Ura-Mashu observatory while 1 is 500 yen. If you are driving, Ura-Mashu on the east side is less crowded as tour bus don't come here.... More 

Thank Jon N
Normal, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

Crater with deep blue water on a clear day. Viewing points are so high the wind feels like it is going to blow you away and will keep you feeling about 10 degrees cooler. Do not forget to turn around and see the view of the other nearby mountains and valleys.

Thank nen f
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

We used the Teshikagaka Eco passport to catch the tourist bus there and back from the Mashu station. Lovely scenery on the way of the Hokkaido countryside. By the passport at the station. Y1500 for two days. Check out the website for a timetable.

Thank Schmoo83
Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

We made it to the first observation point (500 yen parking), but it was quite a foggy day...hence the mystery. The souvenir shop is great though, and we had a slice of the famous local melon for just 200 yen. Glad we visited!

Thank OgopogoGuy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

We took road 52 from Kawayuonsen which goes to and along Lake Mashu. It is well indicated. After some climbing by car we reached observatory point "3". (Free parking). Cross the road to go up some stairs, the view is breathtaking! Clouds and surrounding mountains mirroring in the crystal clear vulcanic lake. You can distinguish the range of mountains that... More 

Thank Jacko V
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

For less than ten minutes after we arrived at Viewpoint No. 1 of the lake, the surface was just like a super clean mirror, reflecting the surrounding mountains and cliffs, as well as the summer sky. You just need to be very lucky. In less than ten minutes to the north from Viewpoint No. 1 is Viewpoint No. 3 (Viewpoint... More 

Thank Chuzaa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

I've never seen anything like it- the lake was so incredibly blue! I guess we lucked out - such a clear day. You have to pay 500 yen for parking at observation point #1, but save that ticket. It's also good for Mt Io sulfur volcano. There's a souvenir shop, WC, etc from this parking lot. Don't bother with the... More 

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