Lake Hibara

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Lake Hibara
Lake Hibara As Seen From Bandai.JPG
Lake Hibara viewed from north of Mount Bandai
Coordinates37°41′0″N 140°3′20″E / 37.68333°N 140.05556°E / 37.68333; 140.05556Coordinates: 37°41′0″N 140°3′20″E / 37.68333°N 140.05556°E / 37.68333; 140.05556
Basin countriesJapan
Surface area10.7 km2 (4.1 sq mi)
Max. depth30.5 m (100 ft)
Water volume0.13 km3 (110,000 acre⋅ft)
Shore length131.5 km (19.6 mi)
Surface elevation822.0 m (2,696.9 ft)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Hibara (桧原湖, Hibara-ko) is a lake located in Yama District, Fukushima, Japan. It is a part of the Bandai-Asahi National Park and is the largest of the lakes in the Bandai-kōgen highlands.[1]


A mesotrophic lake, Lake Hibara was formed as a result of the July 15, 1888 eruption of Mount Bandai. The resulting debris avalanche created a natural dam that then filled with water, submerging Hibara Village (桧原村, Hibara-mura). The remains of Hibara Village still lie at the bottom of the lake.[2]


A tourist industry has built up around Lake Hibara, offering hiking trails, pleasure cruises, and campgrounds and other lodging. In the winter, ice fishing is popular.



  1. ^ Takeda T., page 174.
  2. ^ 裏磐梯を代表する湖沼群 (in Japanese). 裏磐梯観光協会. Retrieved June 30, 2011.


  • Takeda, Toru; Hishinuma, Tomio; Kamieda, Kinuyo; Dale, Leigh; Oguma, Chiyoichi (August 10, 1988). "Hello! Fukushima - International Exchange Guide Book" (1988 ed.). Fukushima City: Fukushima Mimpo Press Cite journal requires |journal= (help)