Lake Haruna

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Lake Haruna
Farsari, Adolfo (1841-1898) - B11 - The Fuji of Haruna.jpg
The Fuji of Haruna
Adolfo Farsari
Location Takasaki, Gunma
Coordinates 36°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
Type caldera
Basin countries Japan
Surface area 1.15 km2 (0.44 sq mi)
Max. depth 12.6 m (41 ft)
Shore length1 6 km (3.7 mi)
Surface elevation 1,084 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.

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

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