Koyama Pond is one of the largest lakes in Japan. It is also the second largest pond in Tottori Prefecture, following Nakaumi.
There are small and large islands floating on the endless waterfront, but the largest of them is Aoshima. Many cherry trees are planted on the island, and in spring it is crowded with tourists who come camping and cycling.
In addition, this area is also a popular area during the winter for ``Ishigama fishing'', where fish hiding in the gaps between stones are caught by chasing them with sticks. Because it is a traditional fishing method that is rare in Japan, it has been designated as an intangible folk cultural property of Tottori Prefecture.
There is also an interesting legend about the origin of this pond called Koyama Choja.
A long time ago, there was a landowner who owned a vast rice field in this area, but when he couldn't finish planting rice by sunset, he used a fan to bring back the sun and finish planting. However, it is said that the next morning, everything turned into a pond.
This is an anecdote typical of the San'in region, where myths and gods of nature live.
■ Basic information
Name: Koyama Pond
Address: Takazumi, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture
Nearest station: JR Sanin Main Line Tottori Station (20 minutes by bus)
Business hours: Open for viewing anytime
No regular holiday
Parking: Parking available in nearby parking lots
*Please check the website for detailed information.