Lake Chuzenji (Chuzenjiko) is a scenic lake in the mountains above the town of Nikko. It is located at the foot of Mount Nantai, Nikko's sacred volcano, whose eruption blocked the valley below, thereby creating Lake Chuzenji about 20,000 years ago.
Chuzenjiko' shores are mostly undeveloped and forested except at the lake's eastern end where the small hot spring town of Chuzenjiko Onsen was built. The town is also the site of Kegon Waterfall, the most famous of several waterfalls in Nikko National Park. Another popular waterfall, Ryuzu Waterfall, is located at the northern shores of Lake Chuzenji where Yukawa River discharges into the lake.
Chuzenjiko is especially beautiful in mid to late October, when the autumn colors reach their peak along the lake's shores and surrounding mountains. And during Japan's hot summers, the lake's high elevation (1269 meters above sea level) keeps the area cool and comfortable, which in the past has attracted foreign embassies to build recreation villas along its shores.
It is possible to hike around the entire 25 kilometer circumference of Lake Chuzenji via hilly lakeside walking trails. Alternatively, the lake can be enjoyed from sightseeing boats that depart from Chuzenjiko Onsen. Panoramic views from above are possible from along the Chuzenjiko Skyline, an eight kilometer long former toll road which can now be used free of charge.
So much for the tourist blurb. I must add two observations: firstly, the small boats you see were visible all over the lake, especially the following morning as it was the last day that a small and sweet tasting local fish could be fished; secondly, the local people were quit dispirited because the tourist numbers were down and when winter sets in and snow covers the area, very few visitors arrive and the local economy hits its nadir.
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bukitgolfb301 (40770) 2009-12-11 17:28
Hello my dear Klaudio
This is an impresive shot!
Perfect framework, clear description in the detail and comfortable color arrangement are so admirable.
I have been there many times, nice place indeed .
Congratulation on your masterpiece!
Thanks for sharing and best regards,
Have a good weekend!
macjake (66652) 2009-12-11 21:39
When enlarged to the full screen, i'm very impressed with what i see.
the depth of field is superb, with very fine details in the forest and buildings in the background.
composition is also great, with a high right corner, bringing the viewers eye to full frame.
Great photo all around!
rginer (881) 2009-12-12 2:22
Beautiful shot, different image of Japan. I did not know this area. The contrast is beautiful between the autumn leaves and the calm waters of the lake. LOve it.
Well done !
Skimjack (219) 2009-12-12 5:01
I like the view.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2009-12-12 12:02
this is a beautifull landscape with the colors of automn. The diagonal of the mountain is well composed.
Vasa (515) 2009-12-12 12:09
Video si mnoga mora Dado. I ova japanska su te impresionirala pa im se vraćaš u slikama (bilo ovde jezero ili more). Potrebno je da mi potvrdiš da je Jadransko najlepše i da se složiš sa mnom. Iz tvojih slika, svejedno, samo optimizam i dobra volja. Rado te pogledam. Puno pozdrava i lepih želja.
Abyta (191) 2009-12-13 23:37
Beautiful landscape, nice colors of autumn season. It's looking a little bit like Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan...
Thanks for sharing
fotka (4313) 2010-03-24 10:39
The photo seems as a good holiday place. Mountains, forest and water are perfect to enjoy that spring town.
I like your composition with diagonal mountain line. The people on the kayaks added colors to that autumn season. Your note is also very interesting.
My warmest regards,
- Copyright: Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) (26534)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-10-30
- Categories: Daily Life
- Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Unforgetable Japan
- Date Submitted: 2009-12-11 15:31