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Aoike, Juniko (Twelve Lakes)
©AFLO, Masami Goto
A lake the color of spilled blue ink, the water so clear you can see the trees that have fallen to the bottom. Aoike is located in a corner of the Shirakami Sanchi Mountain Range, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Tsugaru Quasi-National Park. It is quite a mystery... No one has yet managed to explain why it is such a mystical shade of blue!
Iwasaki Matsugami Mountain National Forest, Nishitsugaru, Aomori
May, Jun., Jul., Aug., Sep., Oct.
A footpath is still being built so enjoy a bit of a trek and don't forget the insect repellent for the summer.
15 minutes by the Konan Bus from Juniko Station on the JR Gono Line to Okujuniko then a 10 minute walk from Okujuniko
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