Lake Chuzenji is located 1236 meters above sea level high in the city of Nikko, Tochigi prefecture. Chuzenjiko exemplifies the natural beauty of the region year round. I was able to enjoy the lake just on the Autumn Equinox, just as the signs of fall begin to show on the leaves of the surrounding trees. High above the lake, you can take a ropeway gondola up to the Akechidaira observation deck to get a great view of the valley, the lake as well as Kegon Falls. Chuzenjiko is magnificent year-round but is particularly stunning during the changing of the leaves through October and November each year.
Lake Chuzenji can be accessed by bus from JR and Tobu Nikko Stations (50 minute ride up to the lake) or by car (less than 60km from Utsunomiya).
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I was born and raised just outside of the city of Portland in beautiful Oregon wine country in the United States. In 2011 traveled to and studied at Akita International University focusing on Japanese culture and language as well as Korean culture. I graduated from Portland State University in 2012 with a degree in History. Today I live in Nikko, in Tochigi prefecture and work as an assistant language teacher at three local high schools. I have a passion and deep love for Japan, it's culture, and the people who live here. I am so pleased that I can share my experiences here with other people.