Sea of clouds covers Lake Kussharo, deep red

Deep red tinted sea clouds blanketing Lake Kussharo

A sea of clouds blanketed Japan’s largest caldera lake, Lake Kussharo (Teshikaga Town, east Hokkaido), and shone with light from the morning sun. The image was captured on October 10 from Bihoro Town’s Michi-no-Eki (Roadside Rest Area) “Gurutto Panorama Bihoro Pass”, which overlooks the lake.
Seas of clouds form when mist is generated around the Kussharo caldera through processes like radiative cooling. They form frequently in the summertime, but are rare in early autumn. The manager of Bihorotoge Bussankan (Bihoro Pass Farmers Market), which operates the Michi-no-Eki said, “It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a sea of clouds this beautiful.”
Early in the morning, tourists visiting Bihoro Pass gazed out on the sea of clouds tinted with colour from the morning sun and took commemorative photographs.


Michi-no-Eki (Roadside Rest Area) "Gurutto Panorama Bihoro Pass"