Lake Chuzenji
Lake Chuzenji
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  • kim buay p
    Singapore, Singapore11,325 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good base to stay to do the numerous hikes
    We stayed at Okunikko Guesthouse Jun at Lake Chuzenji to hike the various trails at Okunikko. This is a good base to stay as there are many restaurants and shops at Lake Chuzenji. We did not take the ferry ride as it consists of a round trip. I read that previously one can take the one way ride on the ferry to Ryuzu Falls. In the early morning, we walked to the Lake from our guesthouse. At night, I could see the numerous stars clearly in the sky. The shops here closed mainly around 5 pm but fortunately we could eat dinner at the blue Friendly restaurant which was the only one available at about 6.30 pm.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 24, 2023
  • FoodTraveler_theworld
    Bangkok, Thailand2,004 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful lake to visit in Autumn between late October to first week of November.
    One of popular tourist spot you can mark for your visit around Nikko area, 3 hours drive from Tokyo. With the curve and small road, it is required skillful driver. Visit here around 3rd-4th week of October- 1st week of November should be good to see autumn leaves. I found the place was quite, calm and good for walking /wandering around the lake.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 21, 2023
  • wireless_in_CA
    United States4,984 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunny But Cold
    We strolled along the lake after our visit to Kegon Falls. Fall colors were visible and the day was clear allowing some nice photos of the lake and the G7 Nikko sign. However every now and then a cold wind kicked up and chilled us. It got much windier once we walked out onto one of the piers jutting into the lake. Most of the lake activities were closed except for the cruise. We walked by lots of the swan shaped paddle boats pulled up along the shoreline. Overall not much to do but worth a short stop for the views in the fall.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 23, 2023
  • Kim S
    Toronto, Canada149 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice lake, but if you have time, consider heading up to Lake Yunoko!
    It's generally a pretty lake and we took a cruise in the late afternoon in November, because it was included in our Nikko "all area" pass. It's nice, but if you have to choose between this and Lake Yunoko (which is farther up near Yumoto Onsen), we'd suggest taking the time to go to Lake Yunoko. Also, perhaps because of the time of year/day (a Wednesday, in November, late afternoon) there were very limited dining options that were actually open.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 26, 2023
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bengmeliamo
Osaka, Japan552 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Couples
We just walked around the lake near to the bus station. Also viewed from near the campsite side lake and it was different look and our friend said that the area was banned for swimming because of sudden deep drop down of the lake bottom. He said the lake depth was more than 150 meters!
Because of Covid19 closure time, no one was out on the lake by boats etc, it was calm and quiet place.
Written May 14, 2020
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krocchi
Singapore, Singapore1,430 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
A very beautiful lake. We stayed at the by the lake for a night and it was really peaceful. Although there’s nothing much to shop, there are a lot of waterfalls nearby lake Chuzenji. It is worth it to stay a night here and visit all the waterfalls around the area.
Written February 5, 2023
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Kim S
Toronto, Canada149 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
It's generally a pretty lake and we took a cruise in the late afternoon in November, because it was included in our Nikko "all area" pass. It's nice, but if you have to choose between this and Lake Yunoko (which is farther up near Yumoto Onsen), we'd suggest taking the time to go to Lake Yunoko.

Also, perhaps because of the time of year/day (a Wednesday, in November, late afternoon) there were very limited dining options that were actually open.
Written December 26, 2023
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FoodTraveler_theworld
Bangkok, Thailand2,004 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
One of popular tourist spot you can mark for your visit around Nikko area, 3 hours drive from Tokyo. With the curve and small road, it is required skillful driver. Visit here around 3rd-4th week of October- 1st week of November should be good to see autumn leaves. I found the place was quite, calm and good for walking /wandering around the lake.
Written November 21, 2023
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SteveS1970
Coventry, UK7,329 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This lake is awesome in the correct meaning of the word. Large mountains surround it and it gives a calming feel. This looks like it is an area for walking and the vista are stunning. Worth stopping off for a ten minute stroll if you are passing and to be fair this is probably why you are in the area.
Written March 26, 2020
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jk-liu
Taichung, Taiwan1,976 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
How marvelous lake!Unfortunately, this time we couldn’t go on board because of a typhoon. But we decided to go back again. Maybe I should put up my schedule for next year.

I love traveling to places with the water on the lake or beaches. It is an amazing sight such as here.

Although the maple leaves haven’t turned red or yellow colors yet, Lake Chuzenji is always beautiful at any time. Especially, this is one of the best places to watch the sunset.
Written November 7, 2019
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Stan S
Taipei, Taiwan28 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Friends
Do not go to Nikko's surrounding mountain region during the autumn foliage season. It was a working Monday to begin with. We waited 40 minutes to get on the tourist bus - standing room only. The trip to Lake Chuzenji supposes to take one hour. It took us 3 hours to get there as the traffic was congested big time. We cut short our trip, got off at Kegon Fall and walked around for one hour. We then quickly got to the bus stop and tried to get back to the station. Guess what, there was a long line of people waiting for the bus. This is something I do not understand, this is the busy autumn season and they sold many bus tickets (tourist passes). Somehow, they maintain the same stupid bus schedule (one bus every 30 minutes or so). Many Japanese bus employees running around talking to angry passengers calming them down. However, they did not do anything. We had to wait 2 hours plus to get on one bus and missed our train. I am very disappointed by the Japanese way of handling emergency of this type. We were willing to pay for a taxi to get back down (10,000 yen plus) but we could not find any taxi for hire (all reserved).
Written October 25, 2012
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midway42
Georgia3,107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I visited Lake Chuzenji on a one-day bus trip with a tour operator to Nikko and the surrounding areas. Perhaps it was the fact that it was a bit unexpected, but the lake and waterfall (see separate review) were quite enjoyable. It was made all the more memorable because this was my only day "out in the country" during my ten days in Japan.

Although a bit chilly, the Lake reminded me a bit of Switzerland especially with Mount Nantai in the background. It functions as a bit of a summer resort but things were quiet when I went at the end of April. Also enjoyable was the ride up and down from the valley below (20 curves on the way up, 28 on the way down).

Highly recommended especially if you're looking for a day-trip from the city.
Written May 6, 2009
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umtatadoc
98 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
The tour bus , dropped us off, to stretch our legs.. and stroll around, taking in the beauty , tranquility and pure , clean air. Reminds one of Alpine Lakes.. Worth a stop. or even rent a paddle boat. Many colleagues took a site seeing boat ride.. We were very fortunate..End of August..midweek..quite deserted.
Written October 28, 2014
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Aija B
Sydney, Australia202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
You should take a bus from central Nikko to Keagon falls and then go on a lovely hike along the lake Chuzenji. it will take you about 1.5 hours to get to Ryuzu falls - also a nice photo opportunity. then you can take a bus down to the station. Even the bus ride is quite spectacular if its still light.
Written August 10, 2014
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