Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Ikeda-ko has a perimeter of 15km and reaches a maximum depth of 233m. From December through February, the lake is surrounded by fields of flowering rape plants (nanohana), which makes for a lovely sight.
A caldera lake, Lake Ikeda is known for the clarity and cleanliness of its water, though its quality has been in decline since the 1960's, with the lake water down from a transparency of nearly 27m to 5m.
Lake Ikeda is also home to Japan's largest eels which can grow to an amazing 1.8m or 2m in length - maybe it is these large creatures that have given birth to the Issie story - a monster akin to Nessie in Scotland - said to inhabit the deep waters. To the east, indeed, is a smaller lake called Lake Unagi (Eel Lake).
The only road close to the lake is on the west side from where there are great views over the water from viewing spots planted with cherry trees.
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