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Lake Chuzenji

Lake ChuzenjiOku-Nikko area mapLake Chuzenji is a lake located about 11 km east of central Nikko.
It is about 7 km from east to west in length, and the width is about 2 km.
The lake is about at the level of 1,269 meters. It is the highest lake as more than 4 sq km of lakes in Japan.

There is 2,486-meter-high Mount Nantai to the north-northeast of the lake.
About 20 thousand ago, this lake was formed by damming many rivers after eruption of Mount Nantai.

From the eastern end, Daiya River flows out, and there is Kegon Falls within a short distance. Then the river flows to the east, and runs near Rinnoji.

To the northwest, Senjogahara marsh spreads. Yukawa River through Senjogahara flows into this lake.

The main town is on the eastern lakeside near Kegon Falls, and there are some hotels.
Some pleasure boats on the lake leave from here.

To the west of the town, there is "Futarasan-jinja Chukushi" which is one of the off-site shrines of Futarasan shrine.
And to the south of the town, there is "Chuzenji temple" which is a branch temple of Rinnoji temple and was founded in 784 by high priest Shodo. The statue of the Goddess of Kannon in main hall is called "Tachiki-Kannon".

From the late 19th to the early 20th centuries, villas of European embassies were built around this lake as a summer resort.
Today, there are the villas of embassies of France, Belgium and Britain.
In 1998, Tochigi Prefecture bought the Italian Embassy Villa built in 1928. Now it is opened to the public as a memorial park. It is located about 2 km southwest of the town.

How to get to here

By route bus

To Chuzenji-onsen stop, about 40-50 minutes from Tobu-Nikko station.

By car

About 20 km from central Nikko city through Iroha-zaka. It takes about 35-45 minutes without traffic jams.

Lake Chuzenji
Photo by (c)Tomo.Yun
Mount Nantai and the town
Lake Chuzenji in autumn
Gate of Futarasan-jinja Chukushi shrine
Main shrine of Chukushi
Main gate of Chuzenji temple Tachiki-Kannon temple
Former Italian Embassy Villa Pleasure boat on Lake Chuzenji

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