Japan Nikko Lake Chuzenji

Japan Nikko Lake Chuzenji

Japan Nikko Lake Chuzenji

It takes a few minutes to walk down the road from Ryuzu Falls to the north shore of Lake Chuzenji and thankfully the rain was dying down by the time I got there. A group of SUP boarders was paddling to the shore as I started moving east along the lake. It looked like it was a group with one instructor and two students, and I remember one of students fell off their board into the lake. I’ve never done SUP boarding myself but a peaceful spot like Lake Chuzenji seems like a good place to learn.

Japan Nikko Lake Chuzenji

Japan Nikko Lake Chuzenji

Japan Nikko Lake Chuzenji

Japan Nikko Lake Chuzenji

Japan Nikko Lake Chuzenji

Japan Nikko Lake Chuzenji

Japan Nikko Lake Chuzenji

I walked further east along the trail. In 2017 I had hiked this same path and everything was still familiar to me. For long stretches I didn’t see another person and aside from the occasional passing car on the nearby road I only hear the sounds of nature. Thick clouds still covered the sky and everything was very wet but the rain had stopped and I wouldn’t need my umbrella for the rest of my time at the lake. Every step was one step closer to my departure from Lake Chuzenji and I tried to enjoy the moment as much as I could. I knew I was getting close to Chuzenjiko Onsen when the sightseeing boat passed by me again and I started seeing small fishing boats on the water. Soon enough I was back at the town and I got on the bus back to Nikko. My time at the lake was over, but I still had a few more things to do in Nikko before moving further north into Japan.

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