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Lake Tazawa

Lake Tazawa-ko, a crater lake situated almost in the center of the eastern part of Akita Prefecture.

Lake Tazawa

Lake Tazawa-ko, a crater lake situated almost in the center of the eastern part of Akita Prefecture, and at 423.4 meters in depth, is the deepest lake in Japan. The almost perfectly circular lake is filled with mysterious sapphire- blue water. Depending on the season and on the depth of light penetrating into the water, the color changes from jade green to indigo blue, a sure attraction for visitors any time of year.

Take a scenic bus trip around the lake and enjoy views of the lake from different angles. On the west side of the lake, there is a bronze statue of Princess Tatsuko, where you can make a wish for eternal beauty. A pleasure boat docks at two boarding locations to take you to see the lake surface close up.

The lakeside is dotted with hotels and rest houses. In summer, it is filled with people who enjoy water sports, such as sail boarding and jet skiing. In the vicinity are many other leisure spots, including a ski resort and a camping site.

In addition, you can visit Nyuto-onsen-kyo Hot Spring Village, located at the foot of Mt. Nyuto-zan, deep in the Tazawa-ko-kogen Highlands. The village boasts seven hot springs and numerous secluded spots, perfect for relaxing in the warm water or just enjoying the peace and quiet of the natural settings.