Blue Pond, Biei – Hokkaido | Travel Information

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Blue Pond, Biei, (Aoiike) Hokkaido Prefecture, is artificial pond with a soothing cobalt blue shimmer.  The pond was created following the Eruption of Mt. Tokachi in 1988 when a dam was created to nullify the effects of erosion from the volcanic mudflow. As a result of the creation of the dam, many ponds formed along the Blue river,  which flows from the nearby Shirahige Waterfall.

The water takes it’s beautiful blue colour from the naturally occurring minerals in the ground as a result of the volcanic surroundings, combination of the sulfur from geothermal vents scattered about. This is a geothermal active area, an as such, you can find Shirogane Onsen only a short 5 minute drive up the road – It’s a fantastic spot to stay the night if you have the time and money for it.

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