Near the border with Iwate prefecture in the central part of Akita prefecture, there is the deepest lake in Japan called “Lake Tazawa”. Regardless of the season, the color of the lake is deep bluish green no matter when you go, it is a lake with a fantastic atmosphere.
Its beauty is chosen as one of “the 100 best sceneries in Japan”, and the color changes depending on the angle at which sunlight enters, so you will not get tired of seeing it forever. There are various ways to enjoy sightseeing such as cruise boat cruises and drives.
A golden shining statue of “Tatsuko” is impressive, the “Lake Tazawa” located in the Middle East of Akita Prefecture. The circumference of Lake Tazawa is about 20 kilometers, and it takes about 30 to 40 minutes to go around by car. It is also known as the deepest lake in Japan and its depth is 423.4 meters. Because the sun illuminates the deep lake surface, it is colored from jade color to deep indigo color depending on the water depth.
Tazawako is the 19th largest lake in Japan. The water depth boasts a transparency of 31 meters after Lake Mashu, the lake surface changes facial expressions every season. Therefore Lake Tazawa is also called “Japan’s Lake Baikal”. By the way Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world.
There are also many sights and historic sites on the shores of Lake Tazawa. Sightseeing boats and cycling tours and water sports are also popular.
“Lake Tazawa” is in “Tazawa-ko Dakikaeri Prefectural Natural Park”, and the circumference is surrounded by Nature. There are plenty scenery points, and you can enjoy sightseeing while feeling the every season. The depth of “Lake Tazawa” is up to 423.4 meters, and it is said that it is the deepest lake in Japan. The color of the deep lake is blue which is breathtakingly beautiful. This lake in nature is also chosen as one of the hundred selection of Japan’s landscapes.
Speaking of “Lake Tazawa”, “the Legend of Princess Tatsuko” is also famous. Long ago, a woman named Tatsuko living near the side of a lake was praying for the Kannon Buddhist deity to keep youth and beauty. Tatsuko who drank the water of the lake as the divine message of the Kannon changed the figure into the dragon, after feeling the thirst of a throat which does not stop however it may drink. And, she decided to sink into the lake, as the guardian of “Lake Tazawa”. This is “the Legend of Princess Tatsuko” famous for “Lake Tazawa.”
The “Goza no Ishi Jinja Shrine” located in the north side of Lake Tazawa has deified “Princess Tatsuko” who was wishing eternal beauty. It is said that this shrine has benefits both for beauty and marriage. It is also popular as a sacred place for women tourists.
“Ukiki Jinja Shrine” which is built on the lake side of Lake Tazawa is also called “Kansa-gu Shrine” and it is popular among tourists. Because it is built to protrude to Lake Tazawa, there are differences in the appearance that can be seen by the height of the water surface.
There are sightseeing by boat trip and lending of foot rowing boat, so you can see the lake faces closely. In the summer tourism season, a part of the lakeside is used as a beach, and it is popular also with families.
|Address:||Nishikichosaimyoji Semboku, Akita 014-0511 Japan|
|Access:||JR Tazawako-sen Line “Tazawako-eki Station” (15 minutes by bus)|
|Tel:||(+81) 187-43-2111 (Lake Tazawa Tourist Information Center)|