Breathtaking Beauty of Lake Juniko, Fukaura-Town
Some people who visited this blog asked me if the current header image was taken in Aomori-prefecture. The answer is “YES”, and I am excited to share the beautiful images of Lake Juniko with you this time!
Juniko is literally 12 lakes, collective term of 33 small and large ponds created by the big earthquake about 300 years ago.
If you want to tour all 33 ponds, it will take all day long and you would need a car. However, visiting major ponds and forest area along the hiking trail will take just about 1 hour. The following are pics I took in 1-hour-tour.
My starting point was “Kyororo”, a gift shop near the major ponds.
This is the map of Juniko, and my 1-hour-tour course is marked bold on the upper right side.
Walking in the forest of Katsura, beech and oak is so refreshing. You hear nothing but your footsteps and birds chirping…..
This is “Aoike” pond, known with its mystic crystal blue.The color of Aoike pond easily change by the weather and season. When I viewed this pond, the sunlight brightened the pond and the color was like opals.
This transparent blue pond shows us all things under the water. I could see some small fish swimming in there.
The air was clean and the fresh woody smell was relaxing. I heard there were some uncommon birds like Ruddy Kingfisher you might be able to see, so I tried to find them carefully but couldn’t find any this time. The women walking several footsteps behind the group is me, because I wanted to enjoy strolling slowly.
Here is my another favorite pond, “Wakitsubo” – the header image of this blog!
I didn’t edit the images, not even a bit. These are what I simply took with my compact digital camera. It was amazingly beautiful. I remembered about the tale of swan maiden, and thought fairies would choose this place for bathing.
After going down the long stairs, you will find a small rest area. This place serves you a Japanese small sweet and Matcha green tea made of “Wakitsubo” spring water. I loved it!
The lady who makes tea for you wouldn’t give you a bill. There is a box inside of the building and you put money in it. The money will be used to keep the spring water clean and pure, and you can decide how much you want to offer.
Recently I’ve been very busy and was worn out, but Lake Juniko definitely helped me to recharge my batteries. Currently there is not much information about Lake Juniko in English, but if you are a nature lover, it’s worth visiting Lake Juniko!
Closest Station: JR Juniko (Resort Shirakami train should be the best to visit)
By Car: Approx. 3 hours from Aomori-City
Pay Parking Available