The Blue Pond in the town of Biei, is only a forty minute drive from Furano or an hour's drive from Asahikawa, but this town is often missed out by tourists.
The Blue Pond gets its name literally from the bright blue hue of its water. It is not naturally formed, and is a result of the creation of a dam in the wake of an eruption from a nearby volcano on Mount Tokachi. The Blue Pond changes color depending on weather and season. The pond only appears blue when viewed from land, and the color is not found in the water itself.
Shirahige Falls is worth visiting at the same time as it is less than a five minute drive away, in the nearby hot spring town of Shirogane Onsen.
Find out more about Shirogane Blue Pond.
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I still clearly remember the day I first landed in Japan, and since then it has been my goal to set foot in all 47 prefectures. I try to look for less touristy areas, preferring the countryside to the city. I'm always amazed by the many Haagen Dazs and ice cream flavors available only in Japan.