The other day I went camping by the lake in Nagano.
How was it?
It was A-mazing.
Nagano is comparatively closer to Tokyo than other cities
that would offer you a massive nature exposure.
You could take a bus from Shinjuku.
It only takes you for about 3 hours, more or less, and would cost you about 3000 yen.
So I hopped on a bus and went down to a "Summer Stuff Yes Please Camp Out."
The lake I visited is called Lake (Steve) Aoki. No, it's just Lake Aoki.
Lake Aoki (青木湖/Aokiko) is located just south of Hakuba, a famous ski spot in Nagano.
The lake being one of the top 10 clearest lakes in Japan (other nines are located in Hokkaido… too far),
is perfect for swimming, canoeing, and kayaking.
The water was really clear…
I think it was the clearest lake water I have ever seen…
Astonishing it was.
I expected myself to be swimming there, but it was too cold for a swim… :/
The temperature up there was about 18 degrees in celcius.
Me coming from 35 degrees of Tokyo, it was a bit cool… too cool to swim.
As you can see, it was a bit cloudy too.
Would have been nicer with the Sun but no complain.
Simply glad it did not rain.
We set a tent, collected some woods, and made campfires at night.
There were so many fireflies flying around too.
When I woke up, I was really happy to be awaken by a song of birds and insects.
I listened to this song, made a poem and meditated. Deep breathes felt so refreshing…
Very beautiful, never know what nature could offer you.
Such a nice retreat it was 🙂
Om Shanti <3