Chuzenji Lake Observation Deck

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This observation deck south of the lake offers a fabulous view of the perfectly symmetrical cone of Mt Nantai, an active stratovolcano. During a series of eruptions 20 000 years ago, magmatic flows diverted the river's course at the foot of its south face. The accumulation of water then led to the creation of a natural dam, giving rise to Lake Chuzenji, the highest lake in Japan (1 270m), and the marshy Odashirogahara and Senjogahara Plateaux. Covered with snow in winter, this landscape is dazzling in autumn.

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Lake Chuzenji, a holiday resort for Westerners

When the country opened up to foreigners in the late 19C, the cool summer weather and high altitude of Lake Chuzenji (1 200m) quickly won the hearts of Western tourists, diplomats and writers. The resort offered an escape from the stifling heat of Tokyo, without visitors having to travel too far.
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Okunikko’s natural assets

In the upper reaches of the sacred city, the mountainous region of Okunikko is stunning in every season. While the cedars planted in the late 17C serve as a backdrop for the temples and shrines down in the valley, at altitude the lakes, moors and rivers surrounding Lake Chuzenji complement the perfectly formed cone of the Nantai volcano to create a fabulous landscape.
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Nikko, an exceptional and sacred place

In 1999, the whole world paid tribute to the baroque splendour of the shrines and temples of Nikko that gleam among the giant cedars, when the complex was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These architectural masterpieces are tightly bound up with the history of the Tokugawa shogunate, which ruled from the 17C to the 19C.
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