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A surprisingly clear blue pond. Kaminoko pond draws its water the crystal clear Lake Mashu via an underground spring. From spring to autumn, when the sunlight is intense, it shines a cobalt blue, and in winter it becomes deep indigo blue! Submerged trees in the pond remain intact without rotting due to the water's year-round eight degree Celsius temperature. Oshorokoma (dolly varden trout) can be found swimming in the pond.
Kiyoizumi, Kiyosato-cho, Shari, Hokkaido
We suggest going there in the morning, because later it could get crowded. Remember to bring bug repellent. Be careful - Snow removal work is not done. The snow may remain on the ground until May.
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