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Check out one of Japan’s top 100 mountains reflected on Imori Pond

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By Elizabeth Sok

Lying in the shadow of Niigata Prefecture’s Mount Myoko, Imori Pond is a scenic getaway fit for solo travelers and families alike. Regardless of when you visit, you’ll have plenty to enjoy as you circle the pond.

According to local legend, the nature reserve that Imori Pond sits in was once private property until a few years ago. In the early 20th century, an artist who often frequented the area looking for inspiration told the owner that the pond’s beauty was unmatched and efforts should be made to preserve it. Convinced by the artist, the owner maintained the land. By the 1970s, it became Eitaka Nature Park.

Imori Pond Geography

Take a lap around the pond. Image: PIXTA/ アイアンホース

Imori Pond is situated in the Myoko-Kogen Onsen Town, which attracts visitors looking to relax in a hot spring or hit the slopes in the winter months. For an afternoon spent outdoors, Imori Pond has a circumference measuring approximately 500 meters and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete a lap. Surrounding the pond are wetland flora and white birch trees.

Designated one of the 100 Mountains of Japan, Mount Myoko towers in the distance and stands over 2,400 meters high. On clear days, you can see the mountain perfectly reflected on the surface of the pond.

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