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A frozen Mishima Pond (Mishima-Ike) and Mt. Ibuki in winter. The pond is small, but quite picturesque with Mt. Ibuki in the background. MAP
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The oblong pond's circumference is about 780 meters. It was first created about 700 years ago as a water reservoir for agriculture. It is also a bird sanctuary.
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The pond is quite shallow, about 50 cm. It is one favorite destination for migratory birds including the Mallard duck. It is next to Mishima Shrine.
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Mt. Ibuki and Mishima Pond, Maibara, Shiga Pref.
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Mishima Pond is adjacent to the Green Park Santo recreational park. The nearest train station is Omi-Nagaoks on the JR Tokaido Line. Take a bus.
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Where the frozen surface meets the non-frozen part.
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Mishima Pond during a warmer winter
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Rock engraved with "Mishima Pond" in Japanese. 三島池
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Bridge in the middle of the pond leading to a stone lantern.
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Ducks in winter. Mishima Pond is one destination in Shiga for migratory birds.
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Mishima Pond, Maibara, Shiga.
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Mishima Pond, Maibara, Shiga.
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The ducks welcome feeding by humans. Cat food works well.
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All these ducks love me.
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Mishima Pond Visitors' Center
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Inside Mishima Pond Visitors' Center.
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Birds which come to Mishima Pond.
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Mt. Ibuki and Mishima Pond cherry blossoms.
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Mt. Ibuki and Mishima Pond in spring.
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Part of the pond is lined with beautiful cherry blossoms which bloom in April.
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Sakura tunnel.
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Another part of Mishima Pond in summer.
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Lotus
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Mallard ducks. マガモ
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Santo-cho manhole with Mishima Pond ducks and fireflies. Maibara, Shiga Pref.
 
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