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Surrounded by virgin forest trees such as beech and mizunara oak, Karikomi Pond is about 400 meters in circumference with a depth of 4.5 meters. Legend goes that a serpent living in Mt. Haku was confined (in Japanese, "karikometa") to the pond, which is where the name comes from. Although a stream flows into the pond, there is no area where the water can flow out of it; even so, that the water level of the pond always remains constant is a mystery. Bright-colored autumn leaves of maple, beech and rowan can be viewed from the end of October to the beginning of November, and the red leaves reflect on the shining surface of the pond, creating a spectacular sight.
Kamikoike, Ono, Fukui, 912-0000
From JR Echizen-Ono station, take the Municipal Bus Hakusen, get off at Hatogayu and walk 150 minutes to the mountain entrance.
90 minutes by car from Fukui Interchange
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