[Kaminoko Pond in Kiyosato] Beautiful Blue and Mysterious Blue
August 26th, 2014
Kaminoko Pond (神の子池) is a pond in Kiyosato town located in the northern part of Lake Mashu (摩周湖). In Akan Mashu National Park, the pond is in a primeval forest at about 280 m above sea level. After turning Hokkaido Road 1115 to a forestry road, visitors head the road for about 2 km, and reach to a parking lot. The perimeter of the pond is about 220 m. The maximum water depth is 5 m. The pond is very small. It is said that the Kaminoko Pond is connected to Lake Mashu under the ground, and water of 12,000 t a day spring out from the bottom of the pond. * There is another opinion that the Kaminoko Pond is not connected to the Lake Mashu, too. People in the old days thought of the pond as the son of the Lake Mashu meaned "A mountain god's lake" in Ainu language, and the pond was named "Kaminoko Pond (A son of the god in Japanese language)". * There are various opinions. Trees that sank into the pond have never rotted have a good reputation, and it becomes a popular tourist attraction as a spiritual place because of the mystery. There are the Kaminoko Pond, walks, a restroom and the parking lot on the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Bears live around here, so you had better do not visite here in the early morning or the evening. By the way, snow is not removed on the forestry road, and the road might be closed almost from mid November to late April.
The distance is around 25 km from the center of the Kiyosato, and a restraunt, a cafe and a convenience store are not built around here. Uramashu Observation Deck (裏摩周展望台), Sakura Falls (さくらの滝), Yoroushi Onsen (養老牛温泉) and Kiyosato Midori Onsen (清里緑温泉) are relatively near here. Speaking of tasty restraunts in the Kiyosato, Shusaiya Ota (酒菜屋大田) and Restraunt Papas (レストランパパス) are popular in particular.
Uramashu Observation Deck
Uramashu Observation Deck (裏摩周展望台) is a viewing point at the end of Hokkaido Road 150 in northeastern part of Lake Mashu. In Akan Mashu National Park, it built on a somma of the Lake Mashu at about 580 m above sea level, and is in the other side of Mashu 1st Observation Deck (摩周第一展望台) and Mashu 3rd Observation Deck (摩周第三展望台) across the lake, too, and only Uramashu Observation Deck is in Kiyosato town. Uramashu 2nd Observation Deck used to be near here, too. Mt. Mashudake (摩周岳) can be seen on the left side and, Kamuisshu Island (カムイシュ島) can be seen on the right side. An observation deck, a souvenir shop, a rest place, a public restroom and a parking lot are built on the site. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. An entrance gate of the Uramashu Observation Deck is closed from November to late April. * Uramashu means "The back side of the Lake Mashu" in Japanese, and the Mashu 1st Observation Deck and the Mashu 3rd Observation Deck are called "The front side of the lake" because those are famous. Article is here
Yoroushi Onsen (養老牛温泉) is a hot-spring place in Nakashibetsu town located between Lake Mashu (摩周湖) and Notsuke Peninsula (野付半島). 2 onsen ryokan, Hotel Yoroushi (ホテル養老牛) and Yuyado Daiichi (湯宿だいいち) are built along Hokkaido Route 505, and Karamatsu-no-Yu (からまつの湯), a mixed bathing open-air bath for free, is a little away from the center of the Yoroushi Onsen. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. The hot-spring place is surrounded by nature, and rare animals such as Blakiston's Fish Owl and Japanese sable inhabit a forest, so those animals sometimes appear at the accommodations. There are Yoro Falls (養老の滝), Kaiyodai Observatory (開陽台) and Lake Mashu (摩周湖) around the Yoroushi Onsen. Article is here
Kiyosato Midori Onsen
Kiyosato Midori Onsen (清里緑温泉) is a hot spring place in Kiyosato town located in the southern part of Shari town in the Shiretoko peninsula. Midori-no-Yu (みどりの湯) is built nearby Midori Station. There are Midori-ekimae Hiroba Park Golf Course (緑駅前広場パークゴルフ場) and Kiyosato Municipal Midori Ski Resort (清里町営緑スキー場), too. Sakura Falls is realitvely near here. Except a shop, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built around here. Article is here
The Lake Mashu is a caldera lake in Teshikaga town located in the northeastern part of Lake Akan (阿寒湖), and means "A mountain god's lake" in Ainu language. The perimeter of the lake is about 19.8 km. The maximum water depth is 211 m. The lake is well-known as the 2nd clearest lake after Lake Baikal in the world, and does not has a river, But it is a mysterious lake that lake water level has barely changed if it rains. The Lake Mashu has much fog and a few sunny intervals, and it is called "Foggy Lake Mashu (霧の摩周湖)", too. 3 viewing points, the Mashu 1st Observation Deck, Mashu 3rd Observation Deck (摩周第三展望台), Uramashu Observation Deck (裏摩周展望台) are built on the cliff with 300 - 400 m in height from the surface of the lake around the Lake Mashu. By the way, Mashu 2nd Observation Deck (摩周第二展望台) used to be in old days, too, but it was not used, so it has disappeared. Article is here
Akan Mashu National Park
Akan Mashu National Park (阿寒摩周国立公園) has Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖), the largest caldera lake in Japan, Lake Mashu (摩周湖), the 6th largest caldera lake in the Japan, and Lake Akan (阿寒湖), the 7th largest caldera lake in the Japan, in the eastern part of Hokkaido, and the oldest national park in Hokkaido along with Daisestuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) in the north part of Kushiro-Sitsugen National Park (釧路湿原国立公園), too. In the national park, there are unique mountains such as Mt. Oakandake (雄阿寒岳), Mt. Meakandake (雌阿寒岳), Mt. Akanfuji (阿寒富士), Mt. Mokoto (藻琴山), Mt. Iou (硫黄山), Mt. Mashudake (摩周岳) and Mt. Nishibetsudake (西別岳), and here is a tourist attraction on behalf of Hokkaido containing some hot spring places such as Akanko Onsen (阿寒湖温泉), Meakan Onsen (雌阿寒温泉) and Kawayu Onsen (川湯温泉). The Akan Mashu National Park is roughly divided into 4 areas, Akanko Area, Onneto Area, Mashuko Area, and Kussharoko Area. The area is 91,413 ha in total, it is very vast. It is a highlight that a scenery was borned by growing forests and lakes created by water collecting in the craters of volcanoes after the volcanoes erupting in the primitive period, and it is said that an original scenery of Hokkaido has been creadted by "Volcanos", "Forests" and "Lakes". By the way, 900 Sogen Grassland (900草原) and Tawadaira Observaton Deck (多和平展望台) that a typical secenry of Hokkaido can be enjoyed are relatively near the national park, too. Article is here
Around Kaminoko Pond
The Kaminoko Pond is in a mountain covered with the primeval forest that Mountain Hare, Yezo Squirrel and Chipmunk inhabite in. The walks are built around the pond, and it has an atmosphere such as a park. There are some ponds and a stream, and the uppermost spring source is the Kaminoko Pond. In Japan, Dolly varden only in Hokkaido swimming in the clear water looks very comfortable. A lot of tourists come to see the mysterious water.
It is only the most abyss part that looks emerald blue, but the vistors can see the bottom clearly. The emerald blue water seems to turn into deep blue or light blue depending on seasons, the time or the weather. The visitors will feel healed their mind and body to see this translucency.
When I visited here in 2018, wooden paths were built around the pond, and trees around the pond were cut to be easy to see the pond.
Kaminoko Pond Can Be Watched on Youtube.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (50 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Winter season|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||910 216 134*61|
List of Activities
The snowshoe trekking in the winter are held by Ueneusaru Midori. Refer to following websites for the activity companies around Lake Mashu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Kaminoko Pond. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|Hokuten-no-Wagaya Juru(北天の我家 住留)||
|YHA Kiyosato Ihatov Youth Hostel(YHA 清里イーハトーヴユースホステル)||
A page of Akan Mashu National Park is here
Akan Mashu National Park