Yogo Lake Village

Maru

Jun 27, 2017

In Nagahama City, Shiga, there lies a ‘hidden’ lake that stretches for about 1.8 square kilometers and is 13-meters deep.

Would you like to guess which lake it is?

It’s located to the north of Lake Biwa, and southeast of Kawanami Village. Oh! It also has a nickname: “Mirror Lake”.

I’m talking about Yogo Lake! On days where its surface is calm and still, it flawlessly reflects its surroundings – a simply breathtaking sight!

The area receives heavy snowfall every year. So if you go during winter, Yogo Lake will be covered with beautiful white snow. I recommend you stand at the lake’s southeastern spot (near Kawanami Village) for the best winter view.

You’ll see the village covered in a blanket of white. Together with the falling snow and bluish sky, you’d think you were living in a postcard!

And when the sun sets, Yogo Lake is slowly dyed a golden hue. Imagine that, in front of a misty mountain backdrop ¬– just like a painting.

At night, the neighborhood settles nicely, with faint lights scattered all across the land. I felt like I was transported to the historic villages of Shirakawago!

滋賀県長浜市には、余呉湖(よごこ)という名の周囲約6.4kmに面積が約1.8平方Km、水深が約13mもの大きな湖があります。
賤ヶ岳を隔てた琵琶湖の北方面にあり、湖面が穏やかな日は周囲の景観が水面へ写る事で、別名「鏡湖」とも呼ばれています。

余呉湖を上から眺めた北西方面には「川並集落」と呼ばれる、後ろに大きな山を控え目の前には余呉湖の広がる家々の建ち並ぶ場所があります。
滋賀は全国でも有数の豪雪地帯と呼ばれる程毎年大雪が降り積もる土地で、余呉湖周囲も辺り一面真っ白な雪に覆われてしまいます。
余呉湖と雪景色を眺めるならば、ベストスポットは湖を挟んだ、川並集落とは正反対の南東方面です。ここからならば、雪化粧を施した集落を眺める事ができるのです。
空が青く染まっている中で降る雪と川並集落の景観。
徐々に夕陽が沈めば目の前の余呉湖も黄金色に染まっていきます。

集落の後方にある大きな山からは風と共に優しく雪が降り注ぎ、時折り霧がかかればまるで絵画のように幻想的です。
夜になれば辺りは暗く闇色に染まり、集落に灯るほのかな明かりがまるで白川郷の合掌造りの家を見ているかのような気持ちにさせてくれるでしょう。

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