Lake Haruna

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Lake Haruna
Farsari, Adolfo (1841-1898) - B11 - The Fuji of Haruna.jpg
The Fuji of Haruna
Adolfo Farsari
LocationTakasaki, Gunma
Coordinates36°28′30″N 138°52′0″E / 36.47500°N 138.86667°E / 36.47500; 138.86667Coordinates: 36°28′30″N 138°52′0″E / 36.47500°N 138.86667°E / 36.47500; 138.86667
Basin countriesJapan
Surface area1.15 km2 (0.44 sq mi)
Max. depth12.6 m (41 ft)
Shore length16 km (3.7 mi)
Surface elevation1,084 m (3,556 ft)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Haruna (榛名湖, Haruna-ko) is a caldera lake. It lies near the summit of Mount Haruna, within the city limits of Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan. A former name for the lake is Lake Ikaho (伊香保沼, Ikaho-numa).

In the summer, the lake is a popular destination for campers. The surface freezes in the winter, and it affords skating and ice fishing for wakasagi.

The lake lies a 90-minute bus ride from Takasaki Station. It can be reached in 40 minutes by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho Interchange, #12 on the Kan-Etsu Expressway.

A kayōkyoku refers to the lake in its title. Akira Fuse recorded the tune, named Haruna-ko no shōjo. The music is by Rei Nakanishi and the lyrics by Ken'ichirō Morioka.

Parts of the anime and manga Initial D take place on or around the lake, under the fictional name Lake Akina, as Mount Haruna - named Akina (秋名) in the series - is the location of the tōge where Takumi, the protagonist, wins his first races.


This article incorporates material from the article 榛名湖 (Harunako) in the Japanese Wikipedia, retrieved on March 21, 2008.

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