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Shirogane Blue Pond

Discover the surreal beauty of Shirogane Blue Pond in Hokkaido, a stunning summer destination with vibrant blue waters and breathtaking natural surroundings.

By Abhijit Sen

A visit to Shirogane Blue Pond in Biei is a must, especially during the summer. Unveiling a surreal display of vibrant blue hues, this picturesque pond has become an increasingly popular destination.

In 1988, the pond was artificially created during the construction of a dam to protect Biei from volcanic mud. The water’s stunning blue color comes from its unique mix of sulfur and aluminum from nearby tributaries, local onsen, and Shirahige Falls. These elements create colloids in the water, which reflect sunlight, basically creating the blue color of the water. Additionally, the white surface at the bottom of the pond also intensifies the color, creating a truly magical sight.

Visiting Shirogane Blue Pond

Shirogane Blue Pond

Photo by: PIXTA/ はっさく A summer haven.

As you approach the pond the vibrant blue waters come into view, surrounded by the striking contrast of the withered trees. The pond’s color, influenced by the amount of aluminum in the water and the weather, can range from a milky light blue to a deep green turquoise, offering a different experience with each visit.

Beyond the pond’s surreal beauty, the surrounding natural landscape adds to the area’s allure. Nature enthusiasts and hikers will delight in the lush greenery and the striking presence of the surrounding mountains.  The water is at its clearest between May and June, making it an ideal time to witness the pond’s enchanting display. From its artificial creation to its otherworldly beauty, Shirogane Blue Pond stands as a testament to the magic of nature.

Things To Know

Seasonal Attractions

The Blue Pond Goods include various unique and refreshing treats available only in Biei Town during the summer season. The offerings consist of Blue Pond Soft Serve ice cream topped with a cute fox cookie, Blue Pond Pudding, and Blue Pond Soda, a refreshing blue soda resembling the Blue Pond. During your visit, you can enjoy these unique summer treats, which can make the trip more fun-filled.

In the winter, the pond’s blue surface gets covered with snow, making it invisible. To ensure visitors can still enjoy the view, the Blue Pond is illuminated during the winter months. From November 1 to April 30, it is open until 9:00 p.m. every day.

How To Get There


By bus

From Asahikawa airport, you can then hop on the Furano Lavender Bus to JR Biei station, which is approximately a 15-minute ride. From there, you can transfer to the Dohoku bus heading to Shiragane onsen and get off at the Shirogane Aoi-ike Iriguchi stop, which is about a 20-minute journey. The pond is just a 5-minute walk from there.

Alternatively, you can reach the Shirogane Aoi-ike Iriguchi bus stop by taking the Hokkaido bus from JR Asahikawa station, which takes around 1 hour and 10 minutes.

By car

If you prefer to drive, the Blue Pond is situated along prefectural road number 966, connecting central Biei with Tokachidake Onsen via Shirogane Onsen.

A parking lot is available for ¥500 per car, and from there, it’s a 5 to 10-minute walk to the pond.

Where To Stay

Biei Shirogane Onsen Hotel Park Hills
  • Shirogane, Kamikawa-gun Biei-cho, Hokkaido, 071-0235 Japan
  • ¥15,485 - ¥64,410
  • 4.16/5 (1,012 reviews)
  • 2.8 km
Shirogane Onsen Taisetsuzan Shirogane Kankou Hotel
  • Shirogane, Kamikawa-gun Biei-cho, Hokkaido, 071-0235 Japan
  • ¥14,300 - ¥39,600
  • 2.57/5 (462 reviews)
  • 2.9 km
Tokachidake Onsen Kamihorosou
  • Fukiage, Sorachi-gun Kamifurano-cho, Hokkaido, 071-0579 Japan
  • ¥20,130 - ¥24,000
  • 4.62/5 (157 reviews)
  • 9.0 km

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