Kumobaike pond is a quiet pond with clear water from Gozensui, where larch and maple trees are reflected on the surface of the lake, creating a very calm atmosphere. There is a promenade on the shore of the pond for about 20 minutes per lap, and you can enjoy the emotional scenery while looking at the pond. The pond is also nicknamed "Omizubata" or "Swan Lake." There are facilities such as a foreigner's cemetery and a museum in the vicinity, making it a popular tourist destination. In particular, the autumn leaves of Kumobaike pond are known as the 18th most popular spot for autumn leaves in Japan and the 2nd most popular spot in Nagano prefecture. The blue sky with white clouds is a good setup for a nice photo session. Especially in early summer their lush green is strikingly beautiful and creates a nice contrast with the blue sky.
The recommended parking lots are as follows.
・ Free parking: (MC292 646 661 * 00) Approximately 400m to the pond
・ Paid parking lot: (MC292 645 465 * 82) Approximately 250m to the pond, 500 yen
Please refer to the town map made by Drive Japan for details on the surrounding area and parking.
The best time to see the autumn leaves is Beg Oct-Beg Nov.
About 1.5km from/to Karuizawa station.