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Lake Ikeda

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Formed by volcanic activity a long time ago, this is Kyushu’s largest caldera lake. It is 233 meters at its deepest point, and has a circumference of 15 kilometers. It is inhabited by many giant mottled eels. Designated a Natural Monument of Ibusuki City, they are 1.8 meters long, 60 centimeters around the chest, and weigh 20 kilograms. This mysterious lake is also said to be inhabited by a strange creature called “Isshi.”

More Information about Lake Ikeda

Street address

Ikeda, Ibusuki City

Access

Route1

  • A 20-minute drive from Ibusuki Station

Route2

  • Kagoshima City Tram Kagoshima-Chuo Station to Suizokukan-guchi 15 minutes
    Kagoshima Ferry Kagoshima side to Sakurajima side 15 minutes

Opening Hours

Varies depending on the establishment

Closed

Open throughout the year

Website

http://www.ibusuki.or.jp/tourism/view/ikedalake/

Best season

All year

Point

Flowers of each season grow on the shores of this lake – notably, the rapeseed blossom comes into full bloom in January. Many people visit for the jogging and cycling courses, including the “rapeseed marathon,” and the sight makes us feel that spring has come slightly early.

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