NIPPON Kichi - 日本吉

2006/12/18

男体山 中禅寺湖 Nantaisan Chuzenji-ko Mount Nantai and Lake Chuzenji

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The landscape of Mount Nantai and Lake Chuzenji is one of the most popular scenic sites in Nikko, Tochigi pref.. The circumference of Lake Chuzenji is about 25km and the water can reach depths of 163m. Standing 1,269m above sea level, Lake Chuuzenji is the highest elevation naturally occurring lake in Japan over four square kilometers. The lake’s characteristic shape was formed around 20,000 years ago when Mount Nantai erupted and the surrounding valleys were blocked by magma. A popular tale says Lake Chuzenji was discovered in 782 by Shoudo-shounin, the founder of the Nikko Temple, who upon successfully ascending Nantai Mountain saw the lake from the summit. Mount Nantai, one of the 100 Most Famous Mountains in Japan and the symbol of Tochigi Mountain, is said to be the origin of the name “Nikko”. The mountain was once a favored site for mountain worshippers and ascetics and flourished as a place of worship that was closed to women. Futara-san Shrine, a very popular tourist destination, stands atop the mountain. During the Mount Nantai Tohai Festival, many people make the sacred annual summer pilgrimage to experience the sunrise from the top of the mountain.

It is a magnificent sight to look up at Mount Nantai soaring above beautiful Lake Chuzenji. The lake can also be experienced aboard a sight seeing ferry.

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