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Japan's Largest Man-Made Lake That is Famous for Complicated Topography Like Fjord and Extreme Cold -Lake Shumarinai in Horokanai-

May 11th, 2013

Lake Shumarinai (朱鞠内湖) in the northern Hokkaido is the largest man-made lake that 13 big and small islands float on the surface of the lake in Japan. The perimeter of the lake is about 40 km, and complicated topography like a fjord is characteristic. Uryu Dam was built in 1940 and the Lake Shumarinai was born. Water sports are prosperous, and many people come to get on kayaks and canoes. There are a camping ground, a pier of the pleasure boat and Fishermen's Association Management Ridge around the lake, and there is a restroom at the Fishermen's Association Management Ridge (漁業組合管理棟). Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

View from Shumarinaiko Ovserbatory
Horokanai, Lake Shumarinai
View from Small Hill near Uryu Dam
Horokanai, Lake Shumarinai
Uryu Dam
Horokanai, Lake Shumarinai
Guidance Signboard for Uryu Dam
Horokanai, Lake Shumarinai
Neighborhood of Camping Ground
Horokanai, Lake Shumarinai

Tourists can enjoy a sightseeing pleasure boat for about 30 minutes from June to September. Fishings are prosperous, too, and a candy trout is caught, and sometimes itou fish seems to be caught in a summer, too. Anglers make a hole on the surface of the ice lake to fish fresh-water smelts in a winter.

Neighborhood of Pier
Horokanai, Lake Shumarinai
Lake Shumarinai
Horokanai, Lake Shumarinai
Lake Shumarinai
Horokanai, Lake Shumarinai

This district is particularly cold in Hokkaido. Moshiri district near the lake has recorded the Japan's lowest temperature, -41 degrees Celsius, in 1977, and a monument named Crystal Peaks was built. The Lake Shumarinai is cold likewise, too. The Lake Shumarinai is recommended for a person who wants to enjoy cold. But a protection against the cold equipment is absolutely necessary because it is really cold.

Lake Shumarinai
Horokanai, Lake Shumarinai
Crystal Peaks in Moshiri
Horokanai, Lake Shumarinai
Lake Shumarinai
Horokanai, Lake Shumarinai

Atmosphere of Lake Shumarinai Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Lake Shumarinai

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (100 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-165-35-2380
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 740 502 521*00

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Lake Shumarinai.

Lakeside Camping Ground Log Cabin(湖畔キャンプ場 ログキャビン)
Booking
Teuchisoba-no-Yado Soba-no-Hana(手打ち蕎麦の宿 そばの花)
Booking
Rakuten
Lake House Shumarinai(レークハウス しゅまりない)
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