A vibrant spring-fed pond near the base of Mt. Chokai.
Another wonderful part of the Mt. Chokai Geopark is the lovely Maruike Pond located near the base of Mt. Chokai in the small town of Yuza. This spring-fed pond has a deep emerald color in the summer, which also appears as a deep blue during the colder winter months.
It is accessible during all times of the year, and is one of the most accessible places to see the extensive underground network of spring water that branches out across the geopark. However, please be aware that some roads in this area may be inaccessible during the winter.
Visitors to this pond may also see salmon spawning in the river that runs right next to it during the fall.
There is also a salmon hatchery located in front of the pond where salmon are harvested and spawned for release into the rivers.
All year-round. Be aware that some roads in this area may be inaccessible during the winter.
〒999-8525 Yamagata, Akumi District, Yuza, 直世荒川５７
Be aware that some roads in this area may be inaccessible during the winter.
This pond is located behind a salmon hatchery. At first glance, this facility may not look accessible, but you can freely walk through this fishery to reach the pond.
A car or taxi is required to reach this location. See available rental car options here.
Boots may be required to reach this location during the winter.
A rope barrier has been put up to protect the pond.