Suwa Lake

Sightseeing / Outdoor Activities / Hot Springs
Sat, Mar 22, 2008

It feels like spring these days. It makes me want to get outside and get some exercise, but many of my favorite places still have lots of snow. So, I put my bike in my car and drove to Suwa. Suwa Lake is not a lake for swimming and fishing, but there is a lovely bike and walking path around the lake. The path is about 16km long and the ride takes about 2 hours. Along the way there are onsens, foot onsens, parks, and museums, so this could become a full day activity. I saw many birds along this path including swans and hawks. I even got a glimpse of Mt Fuji. It made for a very pleasant day. To get there from Matsumoto take the train to either of the Suwa stations or take a car (take route 19 to route 20 in Shiojiri-follow the signs towards Okaya and Suwa and then the signs for Suwa Lake.)