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Lake Yogo is a small but scenic and serene lake north of Lake Biwa. It is famous for the legend of the swan maiden. You can walk or bicycle around the lake. Near Yogo Station on the JR Hokuriku Line. Lake Yogo as seen from Mt. Shizugatake.
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Lake Yogo as seen from Mt. Shizugatake hiking trail. MAP
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Swan maiden statue at Lake Yogo.
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Lake Yogo is famous for the Swan maiden legend. Her statue at Lake Yogo.
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Swan maiden's tree
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Lake Yogo as seen from Yogo Station. The swan maiden's tree (where she hung her clothes) is on the right.
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This is the tree where the swan maiden hung her robe before bathing in the lake. A sign next to it explains the legend. Lake Yogo is Japan's most noted lake for the swan maiden story.
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Swan maiden's tree
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About Lake Yogo's swan maiden.
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JR Yogo Station on the Hokuriku Line.
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Yogo Station
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Map of Lake Yogo.
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Lake Yogo Tourist House. They sell local products.
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Map of the area around Lake Yogo.
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Lake Yogo Visitors Center
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Green stuff going across the lake.
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Yogoko-so Kokuminshuku lodge at the southern tip of the lake. It affords a scenic view of the lake. This is a national pension so prices are affordable. 国民宿舎 余呉湖荘*Sadly, after 40 years in business, this pension closed in Sept. 2013 due to aging facilities that were too expensive to repair.
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Heron with a frog at Lake Yogo, Nagahama, Shiga.
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Black kite over Lake Yogo, Shiga.
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Black kite going for a frog caught by another bird.
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Green growth in Lake Yogo created during the hot summer.
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Lake Yogo and autumn flowers
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Lake Yogo is a small scenic lake next to northern Lake Biwa.
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Lake Yogo in winter as seen from Yogo Station.
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Train at Yogo Station in winter.
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Yogo Station platform in winter.
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Path to Yogo Station from platform
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Yogo Station platform now has a roof.
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Yogo Station
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Lake Yogo map. At the top is Yogo Station. There is a road going around the entire lake. It is easily walkable or great for bicycling (rentable at the train station).
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Cherry trees in winter.
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During winter in Jan. 2006, when it snowed a lot, I walked around the lake starting from Yogo Station.
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Fishing pier
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Little winter fish. Fishing is a business at Lake Yogo.
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The road going to the minshuku was cleared of snow on one side of the lake.
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Snowscape, Lake Yogo
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Cherry trees
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Water's edge
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The sun came out.
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Looking toward Yogo Station.
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Road cleared of snow for cars. Different story on the other side of the lake though.
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Looking toward Yogo Station
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Where the water meets the ice. About one-fourth of the lake was iced over.
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Ice and water
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Ducks on ice
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Lake Yogo in winter
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Yogoko-so Kokuminshuku lodge at the southern tip of the lake. It affords a scenic view of the lake. This is a national pension so prices are affordable. 国民宿舎 余呉湖荘Sadly, after 40 years in business, this pension closed in Sept. 2013 due to aging facilities that were too expensive to repair.
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Great view from the Yogoko-so lodge 国民宿舎 余呉湖荘からの景色
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Dining room at Yogoko-so lodge. This is where I took a lunch break. Great place to warm up (especially your feet). 国民宿舎 余呉湖荘Sadly, this pension closed in Sept. 2013 due to aging facilities.
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Lunch at Yogoko-so lodge: Eel (unagi) and udon noodles. I think it was 700 yen or so.
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Snow clearer
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Dead end. Right after the lodge, the road was closed due to snow. But I decided to walk over the snow in order to walk around the entire lake. I knew there were some great shots to be had on the other side of the lake. But it almost froze my feet.
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Snow trail only on this side of the lake. It took me a total of 3 hours to walk around the lake, including picture-taking time.
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Water and ice
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Ducks on ice
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Saw me and they flew away
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Speed limit 30 kph
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Yogoko-so lodge in the distance
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A patch of road under the snow.
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Snowy path. I was the only fool walking here, I saw no one else. But the scenery was great.
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Tree fallen by the weight of snow.
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Slabs of ice
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Nearest town in view
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So scenic...
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Panorama
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Finally the road is cleared. This is near civilization so the road was cleared of snow. It made walking a lot easier.
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Snowed-over park
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Cherry trees
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The lake
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Lake Yogo in winter
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Yogo's most famous tree, the swan maiden tree in winter.
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Clearing snow at Lake Yogo
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Yogo Station and train
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Train at Yogo Station.
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Old Hokuriku Line train at Yogo Station in winterHokuriku Line
   
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