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Lake Kagami

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Lake Kagami

179 Reviews
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This action-packed Nagano adventure has it all—a historic temple, a sake tasting, and snow monkeys. Avoid the hassle of figuring out local public transport schedules, and opt for a much more relaxed form of sightseeing—an organized tour with transfers between sights and entry tickets included. Visit the beautiful Zenko-ji temple, have a guided sake tasting, and go to the Snow Monkey Park to see monkeys bathing in hot springs.
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Ong Alicia wrote a review Apr 2020
Singapore, Singapore26 contributions
Kagami Ike meaning mirror pond is man made but is beautiful and peaceful. Really quiet with tranquility. There’s a nice cafe you should drop in at least for a drink, nice view from there. Good place to clam your mind.
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Date of experience: October 2019
YTCHENG wrote a review Nov 2018
Hong Kong, China15,500 contributions1,148 helpful votes
We visited this spot by late Oct and only gave medium rating to it because the weather by then was not good enough to show the mirror effect on the surrounding mountains, Anyway the place was quiet with less people around but you need to plan your routes around the area in advance. Should be a nice photo-taking spot.
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Date of experience: October 2018
Benjamin Ho wrote a review Jan 2018
Singapore, Singapore331 contributions87 helpful votes
I took what seemed to be an alternative route to Kagami-ike. I think there's no bus service there during the colder months as the roads on parts of the route are frozen over and difficult for buses to safely drive on. So you might have to walk along the road, or take the off-road trail (which cuts across the forest to another road) as I did. I took this trail as I didn't want to take the regular road up from Chu-sha and then have to backtrack. If you're going to do this, plan ahead for extra travel time as it begins to get dark here by 4.30pm. I backtracked down partway from where I came from before I reach the Chu-sha, and followed a signboard pointing me toward a pathway into the forest. If you intend to trek by this route, your shoes should be waterproof, and also bring decent walking aids. There also might be bears so always beware. I noted a big pile of animal crap on the side of the trail. The trail may be covered with leaves and shrubs, so the path may not be distinct. You'll exit the trail after about 45 minutes of quick walking through uneven paths. Don't diverge or you'll get lost. After a bit, you'll exit to a road. Follow it to Kagami-ike. Along the way you'll pass an alternate hiking trail to Kagami-ike. This route requires registration and apparently can be challenging as bears had been spotted. I saw weird tracks too. I went about halfway and turned back. If you're unnerved at the thought of going solo, I would discourage you from doing so. When I reached Kagami-ike, the pond was mostly frozen over. But, the scenery was just beautiful with the sky so blue, and clear with a smattering of clouds. It was definitely, definitely an awesome reward after trekking such a long way. Had to walk a long way to Soba no mi for a late lunch afterward though since there wasn't a bus. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather and the visits to the shrines :) Oh, and the toilets and restaurants in Kagami-ike's immediate area were not in operation and boarded up when I visited. So make sure you're prepped.
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Date of experience: December 2017
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Pepusina wrote a review Nov 2017
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands342 contributions77 helpful votes
the water is so still dat in a foto is almost impossible to say what it water and what is the sky. Amazing! really like a postcard, there are also som walking routes arond the lake, but bring good shoes.
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Date of experience: November 2017
Philipp H wrote a review Oct 2017
Berlin, Germany234 contributions89 helpful votes
After walking up to the Okusha Shrine, we headed for the Lake Kagami. The hike through the Botanical Garden to the lake took us about 30-40 minutes and wasn't very challenging. Thus, you won't need any special hiking gear. Sneakers will do just fine. But you should definitely bring your camera! The reflections of the mountains and trees in the water of the lake are truly amazing. Needless to say that you should visit on a sunny day.
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Date of experience: October 2017