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Lake Teganuma – Walk and Ride

First free and sunny day of the summer break. So off I go. I looked at my places to cycle map and decide on Lake Teganuma. It is about an hour away, flat, and apparently has a cycle path most of the way around. I found a place to park and invited a couple of friends for a short work at the beginning of the jaunt. I had chosen the only paid parking lot around the whole lake, we soon walked passed another that was completely free and almost empty. I moved the dot on the map to that place.

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Look at that sky!! Look at it 🙂

It is rainy season here and I have missed the blue sky. I wish I had brought my blue giant bike, but I wasn’t sure of some of the roads and decided against it. In the end it was a wise decision, but that was due to my own poor choice of paths not the lake’s fault.

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The path at the start was great, perfect for cycling and walking.

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Look I have friends!!! Tree-Hugger is pregnant and over-prepared man is the father. That one time he wasn’t quite so prepared 😉

Anyway, they came for a walk and to explore so I pushed my bike for a couple of kilometers. The whole lake is ladened with geocaches so we searched for a few. In the end I found six and then gave up as there was too much stopping and starting, plus there was a massive spider guarding one of them. It frightened me off a little. Huge HUGE!!

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It really is a lovely place to go for a walk. There are lots of benches, a bird museum, from 1st July there are water features too, and in wisteria season, loads of, well, wisteria

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At this point my pregnant friend was done in and had to satisfy the urge for curry. So from this point I cycled. The statistics and map of the rest of my journey can be found here. The gap in the track is where we walked.

At this point there seemed to be an influx of birds, did they know about the museum. Look, three little birds. All different kinds.

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Duck duck coot

And then swans galore, actually a “wedge” of swans, who knew? There were loads of birds around the lake, perfect if you happen to run a bird photography group.

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Later on the cycle I passed a shrine with a huge rock carving of a sumo guy. I stopped to take a picture and almost missed the actual dojo on the ground further away. The shrine is called Genshima Shrine and can be found at coordinates 35.840905, 140.142412. I found nothing about it on the net, so if you know anything please add a comment.

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This box had a peep hole. Usually I wouldn’t do this, but as it is in the middle of nowhere and it is not like you are going to do the peeping….I took a picture of the inside.

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And on with the ride. The path is better closer to the actual lake. The paths around the tributaries are none existent. That means if you have a road bike stick to the lake side. I will go back and do it again in wisteria time, with my road bike and stick to the path. I decided to go a bit further as I am a super rider now 😉 That meant I got to see the sumo shrine.

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The writing on the path says walkers this side, cyclists this side. They are big letters aren’t they. You would think that it would be easy to follow. Hmm.

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It was a lovely day. I took my time, but still got a Queen of the Mountain on Strava, though I do think they need to change that QOM as there wasn’t any Ms, but still, I do love a QOM.

Lake Inbanuma, Inzai, Chiba

Ok, now for the first real post. Actually I thought of the blog after I got back so I didn’t take too many photos..but I did take some.

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You can find the lake at these coordinates: 35.759302, 140.221040 and here is the map.

I found a little information about the area online, but my main reason for going was to geocache. There were lots in the area and on the map it looked a pleasant place to spend a day. It also looked like there was a convenient place to park, with a handy convenience..which is always good. On getting there I was proved right, Futago Park is right next to the lake and has free parking, yes free! for as long as you like, that is quite rare for Japan.

As you can see on the map the lake is actually joined to another, Lake Tega-numa by a channel. I had already decided to just cycle up the channel and back down the other side. As it turned out, it was hot..really hot maybe 35+ so I only cycled about 15km in all, ran out of water and turned back. Which means I can do it again another day. Please note there are no stores or vending machines along the route I took, I know.. shocker for Japan, so take plenty of water and use the toilet in the park before you set off.

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These pictures were taken on the other side of the parking lot a little way down.

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As you can see by the photo of the channel the lake has a lot of plant life and has experienced progressive eutrophication lately. I looked it up, it means “rich in nutrients and so supporting a dense plant population, the decomposition of which kills animal life by depriving it of oxygen.”

So maybe not so many fish, but I did see a few fishermen and fisher birds such as egrets. So there must be something there.

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The route goes under a few bridges and passes a metal art museum, which was closed for the summer…shame, I bet it had a vending machine and toilets.

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So a lovely day out for the better prepared. With a good path, straight and true..no punctures, no bumps, 14 caches found. Not much seen..apart from these weird elephant statues in the park??

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and a bridge with a elephant motif.

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Apparently the fossil remains of a Naumann elephant where found in the area in 1966. Other elephant fossils have been found in Nagano and Hokkaido. The Japanese website below says take a romantic look at the elephants and imagine them coming to drink the water in the lake. I would have…but I was actually very thirsty at the time.

References:
http://wldb.ilec.or.jp/data/databook_html/asi/asi-29.html
http://www.worldlakes.org/lakedetails.asp?lakeid=8387
http://itot.jp/12231/93