Lake Shibireko

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Located on Mount Hirogatake, Lake Shibireko is 1.2 kilometers in circumference and fills a crater formed by the volcanoes that enclose Shibireko Prefectural Nature Park. Abundant flora and fauna mean the scenery changes dramatically with each season. Off-season months see the lake take on a tranquil, contemplative air, while spring and summer transform it into a lively—yet not overcrowded—hub for picnics, camping, and water-based activities.

The site has long been steeped in legend: its name (“shi”: four; “bi”: tail) derives from the myth that a four-tailed dragon god inhabits the lake, and it is also said that rituals to ask the gods for rain were enacted here in ancient times. It was more recently, in the Edo period of 1603-1868, that Lake Shibireko became a leisure destination.

While you may not encounter the dragon, this location is rich in birdlife: the kingfisher, oriental cuckoo, and brown hawk owl can all be spotted, along with many other species. After sundown, the sky offers clear views of the starry sky.

Back on the water, swan-shaped pedal boats offer retro charm, and there are numerous points at which to fish. Those seeking more energetic pursuits can enjoy swimming, kayaking tours, and stand-up paddleboarding.

Campgrounds on both the east and west shores of the lake offer a place to pitch your tent, or alternatively sleep in bungalow-style accommodation.


Venue Address

Yamaho, Ichikawamisato-cho, Nishiyatsushiro-gun

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