Today was a lovely day so I decided to drive to another lake and try to cycle around it. I looked at the map and saw a good place to park.
When I arrived I found the place was a practically deserted nature park. The trees where I live and in Tokyo are just starting to turn, but this place is further north and the trees were stunning. I left the bike in my car and wandered around.
Look, told you it was deserted. But the carpark is huge so I think it must get really busy sometimes.
Looking at the map there are hydrangers, cherry trees etc. So it doesn’t matter when you come there is something to see, but this is autumn.
Stunning colours, a few people were taking pictures, but it wasn’t overwhelmed by people.
This is the dragon fly bridge.
I didn’t stay in the park long as I had looked at the map and knew that there was not a path all the way around the lake. I expected to have to take detours and didn’t know how long it would take.
Compared to the lake I cycled around last week this one seemed much more “natural” as far as things can be natural in Japan. As you can see in the picture above many of the paths were rough to say the least. A cross bike or mountain bike is needed, do not attempt this with a road bike. The sides of the lake were still covered by concrete in most sections, but there were incidents of a sandy shore.
There were many more birds here too, cormorants, swans, herons..and I swear I saw a stork…or it might have been an ergret on steroids.
The lake is used for many things. The day I was there I saw fishing, wind surfers, fishing, boating, camping, fishing..there were many fishermen. The north side of the lake did have some long sections of cycle paths, but the south side had none, and for some of the route you had to move away from the lake entirely.
A relaxing fisherman, being respectful of others…unlike the fishermen below who completely blocked the path and forced any one else off the path. I was looking at the birds at the time and almost ran into the rods, kind of wish I had.
Following Google Maps can be interesting at times. How it knew this temporary bridge was here I don’t know..who adds that to the map?
There were many ginko trees around the lake too. I love the colour yellow.
The route I took seemed to be about 28km, not so long. After I finished a friend who lived nearby invited me for lunch which was just the thing I need as I didn’t snack or eat all the way round.