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Imori Pond

Check out one of Japan’s top 100 mountains reflected on Imori Pond.

By Elizabeth Sok

Lying in the shadow of Niigata Prefecture’s Mount Myoko, Imori Pond is a scenic getaway fit for solo travelers and families alike. Regardless of when you visit, you’ll have plenty to enjoy as you circle the pond.

According to local legend, the nature reserve that Imori Pond sits in was once private property until a few years ago. In the early 20th century, an artist who often frequented the area looking for inspiration told the owner that the pond’s beauty was unmatched and efforts should be made to preserve it. Convinced by the artist, the owner maintained the land. By the 1970s, it became Eitaka Nature Park.

Imori Pond Geography

Imotori Pond

Photo by: PIXTA/ アイアンホース Take a lap around the pond.

Imori Pond is situated in the Myoko-Kogen Onsen Town, which attracts visitors looking to relax in a hot spring or hit the slopes in the winter months. For an afternoon spent outdoors, Imori Pond has a circumference measuring approximately 500 meters and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete a lap. Surrounding the pond are wetland flora and white birch trees.

Designated one of the 100 Mountains of Japan, Mount Myoko towers in the distance and stands over 2,400 meters high. On clear days, you can see the mountain perfectly reflected on the surface of the pond.

Seasonal Highlights

Imotori Pond

Photo by: PIXTA/ おけいたん Autumn at Imori Pond.

Although the mirror image of Mount Myoko is the main draw there are several attractions for botanical lovers year round. In the spring, especially from late April to early May, you can see over 100,000 wild mizubasho (Asian skunk cabbage). These white flowers can grow as high as 70 centimeters tall. In autumn, the forests surrounding the water also transform the landscape into a fiery red landscape.

To learn more about the local animals and vegetation, visit the Myoko Visitor Highland Center. See the diagrams and photos that detail life around the pond and the inhabitants. You can also learn about the conservation activities taking place at Imori Pond.

Things To Know

Hours and fees

The pond is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

How To Get There


By train

Take the Myoko Hanemura Line or Kita-Shinano Line to Myoko-Kogen station. The pond is about ten minutes away by bus.

By car

Take the Joshinetsu Expressway and get off at the Myoko-Kogen IC. The pond will be about five minutes away. 

Where To Stay

Lime Resort Myoko
  • 2251-2 Sekigawa, Myoko-shi, Niigata, 949-2112 Japan
  • ¥17,100 - ¥20,700
  • 4.31/5 (354 reviews)
  • 0.3 km
Petit House for You
  • 1438-1 Taguchi, Myoko-shi, Niigata, 949-2106 Japan
  • ¥7,260 - ¥20,570
  • 5/5 (37 reviews)
  • 1.8 km
Sora Tobu Usagi
  • 229-2 Suginosawa, Myoko-shi, Niigata, 949-2113 Japan
  • ¥8,500 - ¥9,500
  • 3/5 (73 reviews)
  • 2.2 km
Myoko Onsen Hotel Kofukan
  • 643-11 Sekigawa, Myoko-shi, Niigata, 949-2112 Japan
  • ¥7,425 - ¥17,600
  • 4/5 (268 reviews)
  • 2.7 km
Labo Land Kurohime (rental cottage)
  • 1848 Nojiri, Kamiminochi-gun Shinano-machi, Nagano, 389-1303 Japan
  • ¥9,900 - ¥11,390
  • 5/5 (15 reviews)
  • 4.6 km

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