Northern Satsuma Peninsula

Imuta Lake

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With tranquil waters, beautiful scenery and plentiful activities, Imuta Lake offers something for everyone to enjoy. Take out a rowing boat on the water, explore the little shops at the water’s edge or simply breathe in the view. There is a flat path around the lake that is great for walking and cycling. Visitors seeking a bit more action, meanwhile, can hike up one of the surrounding mountains or even traverse all five of them if a challenge is preferred.

The roughly 4-km lakeshore is lined with trees like Japanese plum and cherry trees. You can view cherry blossoms in spring and colorful foliage in autumn.
 ◇Typical best viewing period: Late March - Early April
 ◇Number of cherry trees: ~500

Imuta Lake has some of the rarest species of plants and animals in the world. It is therefore designated a natural monument of Japan. About one third of the lake is listed as wetland of international importance. Look out for the floating islands of peat on the north side. They are home to a rare dragonfly species called Libellula Angelina, which secured the lake’s designation as a Ramsar Site. Visitors have the best chance of seeing dragonfly in large numbers in May, but they can also be spotted in April and June.

The 60-acre freshwater lake was formed about 300,000 years ago when a group of volcanoes erupted and caused land to collapse. The space filled with water forming the lake with five mountains surrounding it.

In the 19th and early 20th century, Imuta Lake was known for the quality of its rushes, which were used to make tatami mats. Today, it is known as an oasis that offers not only rest and relaxation but also activity and adventure.

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Telephone Number0996-56-0085  ※Japan's International Country Code is 81
Address 鹿児島県薩摩川内市祁答院町藺牟田   Directions
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