The Blue Pond
The Blue Pond is a spectacular sight, with its brightly-coloured waters beckoning visitors with an eye for the otherworldly. The vibrant colour that gives the pond its name is all natural, due to the minerals dissolved in its waters, but the lake itself is artificial, a man-made erosion system that was designed to protect nearby Biei from the volcanic mudflows that, at one point, threatened the town’s very existence.
Built in 1988 following the dramatic eruption of Mount Tokachi, the Blue Pond is an unlikely destination for tourists, yet visitors continue to be drawn to its shores, not far from the popular hot spring town of Shirogane Onsen.
Surrounded by forests and boasting a mountainous backdrop, it’s a place of great beauty, where peace and quiet can always be found. Easy enough to reach from Sapporo, the Blue Pond is well worth a trip for anyone holidaying in Hokkaido.