Tucked away in Biei, Hokkaido, this Japanese artificial pond attracts photographers from across the globe. This blue pond is the by-product of the erosion control system that was built to protect Biei from the volcanic eruption of Mount Tokachi. Depending on the season, this pond displays different hues, interesting - isn’t it?
Secret behind the pond’s blueness
The Shirahige Waterfall brings with it - aluminium from the cliff, that mixes with the river, making its way to the pond. This mineral gives the pond, the blue look. With every changing light, you’ll see the pond in a different colour. This blue shimmer coupled with the trees in the pond is a spectacular sight to behold.
The Winter Look
For all you snow lovers - this is the winter hue of the pond. Great, isn’t it? Well, then plan a holiday to capture the stunning sight of this snow-white land, especially when it’s lit up - you’re sure to fall in love with it.
When to travel: December to February.
The Summer Look
During summers, this pond charms its visitors by its radiance. It is during these bright days, when you can witness the pond’s beauty to the fullest. Even a slight breeze or drizzle can alter its surface and overall appearance.
When to travel: June to August.
The Spring Look
Spring is one of the best times to capture this pond’s splendour through your lens. Winter is over, you’ll see fresh young leaves on the trees. This period also gives you the opportunity to experience the cherry blossom festival.
When to travel: March to May.
The Autumn Look
Autumn aka Fall transforms this pond into a colourful canvas. The reflection of the orange, yellow and red leaves on the pond’s surface is truly magnificent. We bet, you won’t be able to take your eyes away from this picturesque vista.
When to travel: September to November.
How to reach here
By flight: Asahikawa Airport, Hokkaidō.
Author : Vijaylaxmi Thakur