Kagami-ike (Mirror Pond), Nagano, Japan
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A mirror reflecting nature's beauty. Kagami-ike, Nagano, Japan
The enchanting Kagami-ike—meaning 'mirror pond'—is nestled amidst the beauty of Nagano, Japan. The serene surroundings are perfectly reflected in the still waters of this artificial reservoir. Surrounded by lush greenery and the Togakushi Mountain Range, Kagami-ike creates a captivating symphony of colours throughout the seasons. Every morning, as the mist gently disappears, the lake showcases its charm. Visiting this secluded place during the cherry blossom season is ideal, as the sakura petals float along with the breeze. Kagami-ike is also known for its autumn foliage, as the trees are covered in vivid shades of orange and yellow. The reservoir's peaceful surroundings are a wonderful place for mindful meditation.