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At the lakeside
2020.11.19

Lake Chuzenji, Lake Chuzenji, Lake Chuzenji! How many times have you seen this name appear in the past few blogs I have written about my trip to Nikko? More than you would have liked to have seen, I guess. Repetition is indeed boring but ah yes, today I finally write about my up close and personal experience with the lake.

We left Kegon Falls and headed for the lake. Our previous inspection of the lake when we had stopped at the temple had left us admiring its vastness and beauty. Surrounded by mountains and stretching beyond our eyesight, we could imagine on a sunny day how the water would glisten like millions of diamonds packed closely together on a blanket bobbing gently in the wind.

We arrived at a parking area of which there were two lots. It was a busy day so finding an empty spot took a few minutes. My first order of business was to get a meal. When we entered the boat house building there was an automated ordering machine for Japanese meals which was easy enough to use. I sat down to have some hot udon while the other explorers went to take photos and get a lay of the land.

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Because the lake is such a popular attraction, one can find a few hotels, camping grounds and observation decks along the lakeside. There are also some parks, hiking trails and scenic spots for picnicking. At the place we were now, there was equipment for rent so that one could enjoy some activities on the water - kayaks, peddle boats, S-A-P boards with paddles and so on. No one was on the water today however. It was a dreary day and people were happy to stroll along the lakeside and admire the clear water instead of heading out and getting caught in the rain on a cold day like that.

I could not resist; I, of course, tested the water's temperature and was glad that it was not suitable for swimming. I really miss being in the water and had been prepared with a swimming costume in case conditions had been right for taking a dip.

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We ventured away from the lake, on to a paved road that took us into a park. There we found some beautiful trees and flowers. There were places to sit and relax. We eventually came across a clearing that led to the water's edge again. There was a small deck for people to gaze out at the water. We pottered around for about an hour; enjoying the time by taking photos, resting, exploring the shores and appreciating the natural landscape.

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Soon enough it was time to head back to the hotel. It was our last day in Nikko and it had been a busy one! We needed to pack and have a good night's rest before we made our way to our homes and our daily routines.

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2020.11.19
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