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Lake Shirakaba-ko / Yatsugatake白樺湖・八ヶ岳

An artificial lake built on the plateau between Mt. Kuruma-yama and Mt. Tateshina-yama. The plateau is dotted with art workshops and museums.

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An artificial lake built on the plateau between Mt. Kuruma-yama and Mt. Tateshina-yama. The plateau is dotted with art workshops and museums.

Lake Shirakaba-ko is an artificial lake that is up to 9 meters deep, and 1,416 meters above sea level. It is located at the western foot of Mt. Tateshina-yama in the northern part of Chino City, Nagano Prefecture, and belongs to Yatsugatake Chushin Kogen Quasi-National Park. Visitors can cruise the lake between Mt. Kuruma-yama and Mt. Tateshina-yama by tour boats or pedal boats. You can also enjoy cycling around the roads along the lakeside, and there are camping grounds and ice skating rinks in the vicinity.
 
On the eastern side of the lake is Shirakaba-ko Family Land, which has leisure facilities such as an amusement park, a heated swimming pool, hot springs that you can enter while wearing a bathing suit, the Tateshina Teddy Bear Museum with its collection of 5,000 teddy bears from all over the world, and a forest railroad.
 
Yatsugatake is a chain of mountains on the southeastern side of Lake Shirakaba-ko. There are many climbing routes set up for beginners to experienced climbers, and with the help of convenient transportation routes from the metropolitan areas, many climbers visit Yatsugatake. The foot of Yatsugateke is known as an area where painters, sculptors and other artists gather, and the area is dotted with distinguished museums, including the Yatsugatake Art Museum, as well as other unique ateliers and galleries where you can experience various handcrafts such as woodworking, weaving, and the making of pottery and dried flowers.
 

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To Lake Shirakaba-ko:
2h from Shinjuku (Tokyo) to Chino Station by JR Chuo Line (limited express), and 50 min from Chino Station to Minami-Shirakaba-ko by bus.

 

To Yatsugatake:
2h from Shinjuku (Tokyo) to Chino Station by JR Chuo Line (limited express), and 45 min from Chino Station to Minoto-guchi (starting point for a climb) by bus.