Lake Numazawa

Lake Numazawa

A mysterious caldera lake formed by a volcanic eruption around 5600 years ago. There are many tales about the history of Lake Numazawa that tell of the existence of a dragon in the lake. On the first Saturday and Sunday of August, Lake Numazawa Festival is held to celebrate as a way of renacting the legend of this dragon. The surrounding area also offers facilities such as the Kaneyama Fairy Art Museum and automobile camping sites.

Venue Details

Venue Details
Websitehttp://www.kaneyama-kankou.ne.jp/en/
Contact

Kaneyama Town Tourism and Local Products Association

(+81) 241-42-7211

Best SeasonAll Year
Access Details
AccessNumazawa, Kaneyama Town, Onuma-gun, Fukushima Pref.
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Getting there

By Car: 60 min drive from central Aizu-Wakamatsu City (via the Ban-etsu Expressway)

By Train: 10 min by taxi from Hayato Station on the JR Tadami Line

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