JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Be sure to wear a mask when traveling.


Most viewed - Lake Yogo 余呉湖
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Lunch at Yogoko-so lodge: Eel (unagi) and udon noodles. I think it was 700 yen or so.463 views
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Ducks on ice372 views
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Lake Yogo is a small scenic lake next to northern Lake Biwa.346 views
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Lake Yogo in winter310 views
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Lake Yogo in winter303 views
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Lake Yogo is famous for the Swan maiden legend. Her statue at Lake Yogo.298 views
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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.297 views
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Snowscape, Lake Yogo287 views
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Saw me and they flew away205 views
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Clearing snow at Lake Yogo197 views
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Panorama193 views
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Water and ice191 views
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Snowed-over park182 views
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Swan maiden statue at Lake Yogo.139 views
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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). 132 views
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Old Hokuriku Line train at Yogo Station in winter130 viewsHokuriku Line
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Black kite over Lake Yogo, Shiga.130 views
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Train at Yogo Station.119 views
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Heron with a frog at Lake Yogo, Nagahama, Shiga.112 views
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Lake Yogo as seen from Mt. Shizugatake hiking trail. MAP110 views
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Lake Yogo in winter as seen from Yogo Station. 102 views
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Black kite going for a frog caught by another bird.102 views
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Train at Yogo Station in winter.101 views
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Yogo Station platform in winter. 101 views
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Fishing pier94 views
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Path to Yogo Station from platform92 views
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Map of Lake Yogo.88 views
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Cherry trees in winter.86 views
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Map of the area around Lake Yogo.86 views
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Great view from the Yogoko-so lodge 国民宿舎 余呉湖荘からの景色85 views
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Yogo Station84 views
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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81 viewsSadly, this pension closed in Sept. 2013 due to aging facilities.
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Yogo Station and train81 views
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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.80 views
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Looking toward Yogo Station79 views
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Yogo's most famous tree, the swan maiden tree in winter.79 views
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Yogo Station platform now has a roof.79 views
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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.78 views
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Speed limit 30 kph77 views
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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76 viewsSadly, 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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Snow clearer76 views
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Tree fallen by the weight of snow.76 views
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The lake76 views
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Green stuff going across the lake.76 views
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Little winter fish. Fishing is a business at Lake Yogo.75 views
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Ice and water75 views
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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.75 views
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Slabs of ice75 views
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Water's edge74 views
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Ducks on ice74 views
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Where the water meets the ice. About one-fourth of the lake was iced over.74 views
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A patch of road under the snow.74 views
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About Lake Yogo's swan maiden.74 views
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Road cleared of snow for cars. Different story on the other side of the lake though.73 views
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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.73 views
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During winter in Jan. 2006, when it snowed a lot, I walked around the lake starting from Yogo Station.72 views
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The road going to the minshuku was cleared of snow on one side of the lake.72 views
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Cherry trees72 views
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The sun came out.72 views
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Looking toward Yogo Station.72 views
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Swan maiden's tree. Sadly, a strong typhoon knocked down this tree and it's no longer here.72 views
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Yogo Station72 views
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Green growth in Lake Yogo created during the hot summer.72 views
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Lake Yogo and autumn flowers72 views
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So scenic...71 views
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JR Yogo Station on the Hokuriku Line.71 views
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Lake Yogo Visitors Center71 views
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Snowy path. I was the only fool walking here, I saw no one else. But the scenery was great.70 views
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Yogoko-so lodge in the distance70 views
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Cherry trees70 views
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Swan maiden's tree70 views
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Lake Yogo Tourist House. They sell local products.70 views
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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.68 views
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Nearest town in view68 views
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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67 views*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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Higan-bana or red spider lily.64 views
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