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Lake Mashu

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Address: Kawakami-gun, Teshikaga-cho 088-3200, Hokkaido

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Beautiful Lake

We travelled to Lake Mashu as part of a tour group and we were lucky enough to see it with some sunshine, which turns the lake a beautiful blue. Lake Mashu is a lake that is not... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We travelled to Lake Mashu as part of a tour group and we were lucky enough to see it with some sunshine, which turns the lake a beautiful blue. Lake Mashu is a lake that is not filled by any source and does not empty by any source and the water clarity is perfect. Very beautiful to see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beauty is encircled by crater walls and has no inlets or outlets, giving it a mysterious air. We viewed it overlooking from an observation deck as part of a multi-day bus tour of Hokkaido. Gorgeous even when partially obscured by fog.

Thank warren D
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

It was snowing and misty, we couldn't see the lake yet we admire the serenity of this lake and the beauty of this place.

Thank DorothyCheong
Grafton, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

We visited the main viewpoint and paid 500yen for parking on a fairly miserable day. Nevertheless there were brief sunny interludes while we were there and it was possible to get a good idea of the beauty of the lake and its very mountainous setting. Very strong winds precluded walking too far but a chipmunk provided entertainment with its antics... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

The hike from view point 1 to the top of the crater is fairly strenuous (5-6 hours). Leave early and take good breaks along the way.

Thank Aaftab J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Tip on when and which observation deck to go: Observatory 1&3 is best taken during afternoon, while Ura-Mashu observatory on the east side is best taken in the morning. Parking is free at 3 and Ura-Mashu observatory while 1 is 500 yen. If you are driving, Ura-Mashu on the east side is less crowded as tour bus don't come here.... More 

Thank Jon N
Normal, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Crater with deep blue water on a clear day. Viewing points are so high the wind feels like it is going to blow you away and will keep you feeling about 10 degrees cooler. Do not forget to turn around and see the view of the other nearby mountains and valleys.

Thank nen f
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

We used the Teshikagaka Eco passport to catch the tourist bus there and back from the Mashu station. Lovely scenery on the way of the Hokkaido countryside. By the passport at the station. Y1500 for two days. Check out the website for a timetable.

Thank Schmoo83
Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We made it to the first observation point (500 yen parking), but it was quite a foggy day...hence the mystery. The souvenir shop is great though, and we had a slice of the famous local melon for just 200 yen. Glad we visited!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

We took road 52 from Kawayuonsen which goes to and along Lake Mashu. It is well indicated. After some climbing by car we reached observatory point "3". (Free parking). Cross the road to go up some stairs, the view is breathtaking! Clouds and surrounding mountains mirroring in the crystal clear vulcanic lake. You can distinguish the range of mountains that... More 

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