A large lake where you can see beautiful sunsets and cherry blossoms; home to several species of freshwater fish
Tottori PrefectureKoyamaike Lake was formed by the Sea of Japan being cut off. Koyama Dune is located nearby. The lake is about 18 km in circumference, with an average water depth of 2.8 m. There are five islands in the lake, namely Aoshima, Tubushima, Dangojima, Nekoshima and Torigashima. Six rivers flow into the lake. It is the largest lake in Japan among those referred to as ike (pond).
Aoshima, which is the largest island, has a camping site and you can go there simply by crossing a bridge. The place is well known for the beautiful sunset view. In spring, about 30 different kinds of cherry blossoms bloom, filling the place with pink colors and brightening up the atmosphere. There are ruins of castles and ancient relics discovered near the lake, and academic studies are going on.
The lake is also a treasure house of freshwater fish, such as carp and crucian. Ishigama-style fishing, which is a fishing method unique to this area, can only be seen during winter. The lake is a part of the San'in Kaigan Geo Park (a scientifically important natural park, supported by UNESCO), which is an important park for the local residents. Why not study about various animals, plants and the environment, and enjoy an intellectual holiday?
Address: Kanazawa, Tottori City, Tottori
Phone: 0857-31-2900 (Koyamaike Information Plaza)
Directions: About 18 minutes from Tottori Station on the JR San-In Line (about 2 hours and 20 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station by Shinkansen) by a Hinomaru Bus bound for Yoshioka Onsen; get off at Aoshima-Koen bus stop. (Car) About 1 hour and 30 minutes from Sayo Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. Free parking available.