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Mishaka Pond

This pond is famous as a painting by Kaii Higashiyama, Japanese Nihonga style painter, and shows beautiful seasonal scenes on the surface of the mirror-like water.

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Nature, pond

The pond is at an altitude of 1500m in the mountain and its name originally came from Shinto ceremony in which dear is gven as an offering.
The pond was originally built as an agricultural irrigation pond in the early time of the Showa era, and cold water from Mt.Yatsugatake is heated by sunshine in the pond and was used for culturing rice. Water in the pond is still used by farmers at the foot of the mountain, Sasahara area, and the people in Sasahara have maintained the area around the pond. Fish can’t survive in the pond because of the strong acidity of the water, and is the reason for the high transparency of the pond.

Inverted scenery of the mountains iis reflected on the clear surface of the water and makes a fantastic image. The scenery has inspired many people and is well known as a motif of famous painting “Vibrant Green” by Kaii Higashiyama who is one of the top painters in Japan.

Woods of Japanese Larch surrounding the pond change their colors season by season such as fresh green in spring, deep green in summer, golden yellow leaves in autumn, and pure white snow and ice in winter.

You might want to visit this spot to view again and again its various faces of each hour in a day. *No entry inside the embankment because this local area is for farming only.

Highlights

  • This pond is in a scenic area in a mountain at the altitude of 1500m and used for agricultural irrigation.
  • Mountain’s scenery against the ponds background is reflected on the surface of the water and creates a fantastic image.
  • The scenery is well known to inspire a motif of a painting “Vibrant Green” by Kaii Higashiyama.
  • The scenery is a masterpiece to show various colors by season including fresh green, deep green, golden yellow leaves, and pure snow white.

Photos

  • It looks as if the scenery of painting titled “Vibrant Green” by Kaii Higashiyama cut out from real Mishaka Pond in summer.

    It looks as if the scenery of painting titled “Vibrant Green” by Kaii Higashiyama cut out from real Mishaka Pond in summer.

  • Woods of the Japanese Larch are shining golden in autumn.

    Woods of the Japanese Larch are shining golden in autumn.

  • Woods of the Japanese Larch are shining golden in autumn.

    Woods of the Japanese Larch are shining golden in autumn.

Reviews

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  • Stan Lee

    很寧靜相當自然原始的地方,水面清澈有如鏡子一般,很多專業攝影師都來這邊取景拍照。

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Details

Name in Japanese
御射鹿池
Postal Code
391-0213
Address
Okutateshina Toyohira, Chino City, Nagano
Tel
0266-73-8550 (Chino Tourism Organization)
Hours
Free visit ( Some areas are off-limits. Observe only from from appointed place)
Access
1) About 40min by car from Chuo Expressway I.C.
2) About 45min by Alpico bus in Oku-Tateshina Shibu no yu Line from JR Cino station About 1 minute walk from Meiji Onsen Iriguchi bus station
Credit Cards
Not accepted
Official Website
Official Website (English)