4 fun lake activities

06 Jul 2018 in Have Fun

Take to the water with our top tips for experiencing Japan’s lakes!

Water sports on Hamana

Famed for its eel and oysters, Lake Hamana is also a top spot for warm-weather water sports.


Take your pick from water skiing, kayaking, windsurfing, parasailing and wakeboarding – or head to the beach for a refreshing swim.


Stay: Hoshino Resorts KAI Enshu, just across the road from the lake.


Fly fishing in Nikko

Set at over 4000 ft, Lake Chuzenji isn’t one of Japan’s warmest lakes – but it’s certainly one of the most scenic.


The lake is dominated by the verdant volcano Mt. Nantai, with its heavily-forested shores largely untouched by man. Where better for a spot of fishing? Trout is the speciality and fly fishing the preferred technique.


Stay: Hoshino Resorts KAI Nikko, which boasts stunning lake views.


Canoeing in the shadow of Fuji

Snow-capped mountains and thick forests surround Lake Kawaguchi, but it’s inevitably Mt. Fuji that hogs the limelight.


On a clear day, the reflected image of Fuji is a photographer’s dream. The best way to enjoy the view? Canoeing in the early morning, when there’s less chance of haze.


Stay: HOSHINOYA Fuji, where staff can organize your canoe trip.


Extreme sports on Lake Biwa

Canoeing and windsurfing too tame? Then get your adrenaline pumping at Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest freshwater lake.


Activities on offer include jetpacking and jet blading – both involving being thrust into the air by powerful water jets!


Stay: HOSHINOYA Kyoto, a short drive from Lake Biwa.




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