Cruise on Lake Chuzenji

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In the late 19C Lake Chuzenji (1 200m elevation) was very quickly adopted by Western diplomats and writers seeking respite from the heat, in close proximity to the capital. Peaceful and pleasant, and with a beautiful view of Mt Nantai, the lake was ripe for the picking, and hotels and splendid villas sprang up by the shore, in a meeting of Japanese and Western styles. To relive the pleasures of yesteryear and contemplate an exceptional landscape, hop aboard one of the tourist boats that take you out on the lake.

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the boat departs every hr 9.30am-3.30pm (10.30am-3.30pm from 5 Nov to 19 Apr). The other period from ) - non-stop tour of the lake allowing a close look at the former embassies JPY1250/55min; ride from Funenoeki Chuzenji pier to Shobu port on the North shore (access to Ryuzu waterfall and Boat House), JPY600/20min

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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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