Japan's Top Five Most Picturesque Lakes: Even More Beautiful as They Reflect Clear Autumn Skies

Japan's Top Five Most Picturesque Lakes: Even More Beautiful as They Reflect Clear Autumn Skies
Every year, September marks the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. And at that time of year, while we usually think to enjoy the tree leaves shifting from green to red, orange, and yellow, we can also enjoy seasonal changes in lakes. Just as their water reflects the sun’s rays from their surface, they also reflect the changing of the seasons in the landscapes surrounding them. We think the best way to enjoy them is on a stroll or hike around the lakes.

Let’s have a look at ZEKKEI’s Top Five Lakes Ranking, starting with a group of lakes with shockingly blue water that beautifully reflect the countryside around them.


Goshiki-numa (The Five-Colored Lakes)(Fukushima)

Goshiki-numa is situated in an area called Ura-Bandai, and consists of several different-sized lakes that each have their own name and color. In addition, the color changes depending on the time of year and your vantage point, which makes the entire area even more beautiful and mysterious.

The 3.6 km trekking course is relatively flat, so everyone can enjoy hiking the ponds. In autumn, the bright red leaves and emerald green pond water create a striking contrast.


Lake Hyoko (Niigata)

Lake Hyoko is known as the first place where people succeeded in feeding wild swans and has became famous for that reason. It is recognized as one of the most important wetlands in the world, and in 2008 was registered as a Ramsar site (Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat).
Flocks of swans begin arriving in early October, and more than 5,000 gather by the peak migration season in late November. Visitors are able to buy bird food and feed the swans, which is very popular with families and kids. It is relaxing to pass the time in the evening watching the purple lake reflect the twilight sky.


Lake Shinji (Shimane)

The sunset at Lake Shinji has long been known as one of the most beautiful sunsets in Japan and is one of Japan’s 100 best sunset spots. The appearance of the lake changes minute by minute at sunset, which has a calming effect that gives one an indescribable peace of mind.
The perfect silhouette of Yomegashima Island appears to be floating on top of the lake, and adds a certain something to the twilight. The moment when the setting sun and the island overlap is breathtakingly beautiful – everyone should see it at least once in their lifetime. And time goes by slowly here, as the area is isolated from the sights and sounds of the big cities. Wouldn’t you like to lose yourself in such a fantastic natural setting?


Lake Mashu(Hokkaido)

Lake Mashu is the clearest lake in Japan, and the second-clearest in the world. On a bright sunny day, the lake reflects the blue sky like a mirror.
The lake is also called “Kiri no Mashu-ko (Foggy Lake Mashu)”. On foggy days, it is enveloped by fog and practically invisible. The possibility of good weather increases in autumn, so this coming season is the best chance to see the mirror-like lake.

So on a clear day, one can enjoy the lake’s spectacular blue set in a bed of verdant green hills, and on a misty day one can enjoy the mysterious ambiance, as the lake is shrouded by a thick fog. Which would you prefer?


Lake Tazawa (Akita)

Situated in Akita Prefecture, Lake Tazawa is the deepest lake in Japan. It is one of Japan’s 100 best landscapes, and is also famous as a filing location for the popular South Korean TV drama series “Iris”. Filled with crystal clear water, the lake is surely beautiful, but wouldn’t you like to know about the golden statue standing on the shore?
The statue is related to the legend of Princess Tatsuko. According to the legend, the beautiful Princess Tatsuko prayed to a god for eternal beauty, and the god told her to take a sip of the lake’s water. The legend ends as she realizes that she had been turned into a less-than-eternally-beautiful dragon. Another old tale says that the lake will not freeze over even in winter because that same dragon is at the bottom of the lake.

So, what do you think about our ranking?

Not only are the landscapes beautiful, but the legends give them an air of mystery, don’t they?

Be sure to visit one of the ZEKKEI Top Five Lakes this autumn and discover their stunning views and hidden treasures.

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