Lake Miyagase is a man-made lake created by the construction of Miyagase Dam. There is a road station on the hills overlooking the lake named Toriibara Fureai-no-ie where you can buy locally grown produce and handmade food and crafts. The building complex includes a restaurant with magnificent views from the window, a meeting room which I assume can be hired, and plenty of space inside and out to relax and take a break from driving or cycling.
One thing I found interesting was an antique machine that braided threads into a cord when you cranked the handle. Anyone can make and clip off a short length of cord to take away as a souvenir. If you have children with you, they are sure to think it is interesting
A park extends down the hillside to the lake's edge, and it was very pretty when we stopped there in spring. Pink azaleas contrasted with fresh greens, and the soft pinks of wild cherry blossom trees mixed with other trees on the surrounding hills. It was a beautiful place to stop and eat our packed lunch.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.