Shirogane Blue Pond

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Shirogane Blue Pond, located in the small town of Biei in central Hokkaido, is renowned for its unreal color and aesthetic beauty during all seasons. The pond’s vibrant blue coloring is a result of aluminum that flows in from Shirahige Falls and is enhanced by the white canvas of rocks at its bottom. The man-made pond is the byproduct of a dam built to protect Biei from the volcanic mud of Mt. Tokachi's eruption.



Shirogane, Biei, Kamikawa District, Hokkaido 071-0235, Japan (Directions)


7:00 - 19:00 Open Now

Opening Hours

Monday 7:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 7:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 7:00 - 19:00
Thursday 7:00 - 19:00
Friday 7:00 - 19:00
Saturday 7:00 - 19:00
Sunday 7:00 - 19:00
Holidays 7:00 - 19:00

Phone Number

+81 166-94-3355

General Amenities

  • Paid parking
  • Free guides/pamphlets
  • Information Counter
  • Free parking


From Biei Station, take the Dohoku Bus to Blue Pond (20 mins).

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Biei's Blue Pond & Shirahige Falls

Biei's Blue Pond & Shirahige Falls

Amanda Ho

The Blue Pond gets its name literally from the bright blue hue of its water. It is not naturally formed, and is a result of the creation of a dam in the wake of an eruption from a nearby volcano on Mount Tokachi. The Blue Pond changes color depending on weather and season. The pond only appears blue when viewed from land, and the color is not found in the water itself.

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