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Lake Spots in Hokkaido Area

  • Lake Toya
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    Hokkaido Abutaguntouyakochou Touyakonsen
    This is the third largest caldera lake in Japan with an area of the ninth largest lake nationally in Shikotsu-Toya National Park. While visitors can experience the magnificence of nature, it is also a hot spring resort with an abundance of hot water and many inns and hotels. It is one of Hokkaido’s most popular resort areas where you can enjoy activities such as pleasure boats, canoes and dairy experiences.

    Truly magnificent. We drove round the lake and enjoy the scenery, You could view different views from different part of the lake. Every view marks a good postcard collection.

  • Oyunuma Pond
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    Hokkaido Isoyagunrankoshichou Yunosato
    Formed by the volcanic eruptions of Mt. Hiyori, Oyunuma Pond is a roughly pear-shaped pond around one kilometer in circumference and with a maximum depth of 22 meters. In the past, sulfur was extracted from here for use in gunpowder manufacturing. There are still sulfur vents at the bottom of the pond pumping out sulfur at a temperature of 130 degrees, and the surface temperature of the water is around 40–50°C. The white steam that rises silently from the pond, and the mud that comes bubbling up here and there, combine to give a real sense of the power of nature.

    湧き出た泥のようなどPろPどろしたお湯がたまっています。一周しても200メートルかそこらでぐるりできます。別府のような地獄観はありませんが 不気味なところ。ニセコに来たなら見てみたいところです。パーキングからすぐ

  • Shirogane Blue Pond
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    Hokkaido Kamikawagumbieichou Shirogane
    Depending on the time of year and the angle that you view it from, the water of Shirogane Blue Pond may appear either blue or green. Surrounded by ancient trees (including Japanese Larch), and with the sunlight creating magical effects on the water’s surface, this is a very popular place for taking photos. In winter, the Pond is illuminated, creating an even more mysterious effect. The Pond receives very large numbers of visitors on weekends and during the Golden Week (roughly April 29 to early May) holiday period, so it’s best to allow yourself plenty of time to get there.
  • Lake Shikotsu
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    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Shikotsukonsen Bangaichi
    Lake Shikotsu is a large caldera lake of almost 40 kilometers in circumference in Chitose City, Hokkaido. It is Japan’s northernmost ice-free lake with high water transparency and a maximum water depth of 363 meters. The three Shikotsu peaks of Mt. Eniwa, Mt. Fuppushi and Mt. Tarumae tower over the lake surrounded by green forests. We encourage you to enjoy the view of the cobalt blue scenery from the underwater sightseeing cruise boat.
  • Lake Akan
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Akanchouakankonsen
    Located within Akan National Park, Lake Akan is the fifth largest freshwater lake in Hokkaido. Lake Akan is famous as the habitat of the Marimo alga and the Kokanee landlocked salmon, both of which have been designated as Special Natural Monuments. In winter, the entire lake freezes over, enabling people to enjoy winter activities and sports such as fishing for Japanese Pond Smelt through the ice-skating, etc.
  • Lake Kussharo
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    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou
    Lake Kussharo is located in the Akan National Park in Eastern Hokkaido. It is the largest caldera lake in Japan and also the largest freshwater lake in Japan to freeze over completely in winter. On the south side the Wako Peninsula juts out and in the lake is Nakajima Island. It is said that about 500 swans migrate to the lake during the winter months and it is a popular spot to take photos.
  • Lake Mashu
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    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou
    The mysterious caldera lake also called “Lake Mashu of Mist” has a circumference of 20 kilometers and depth of 212 meters. The water level of the lake remains unchanged although the lake has no rivers flowing in or out. The lake is characterized by its high water transparency because impurities do not flow into it. The Ainu people call the lake Kintan Kamuy-to (Lake of the Mountain Gods) and has long been idolized by them.
  • Lake Shikaribetsu
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    Hotei-gun, Hokkaido
    Lake Shikaribetsu is the only natural lake in Daisetsuzan National Park. The lake is 810 meters above sea level, the highest point in Hokkaido, with a depth of approximately 100 meters at its deepest point. Virgin forest filled with trees such as the Todo Matsu (Abies sachalinensis, a species of conifer) and the Jezo spruce surround the lake in an area where nature has remained unchanged for hundreds and thousands of years. Valuable wildlife such as the Pika (a small, rabbit like mammal) inhabit the forest where, accompanied by experienced nature guides, you can be taken on walks through the pristine forest.
  • Lake Kuttara
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    Hokkaido Shiraoi Shiraoi
    Lake Kuttara is a caldera lake in Shiraoi Town in Shiraoi Country, Hokkaido with a circumference of approximately 8 kilometers. The lake has no rivers flowing in nor out of it. The mysterious appearance and water transparency of the lake is one of the foremost in Japan. It is approximately 15 minutes from Noboribetsu Onsen by car. Rental boats are available at the lake house on the shore. The reflection of the red and yellow leaves of autumn on the lake is extremely beautiful.
  • Onuma
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    Nanae-cho Kameda-gun, Hokkaido
    Onuma Quasi-National Park, which is located around 15 minutes' drive from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station on the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line, consists of three lakes-Onuma, Konuma and Junsainuma-with a total of 126 small islands in them. There are bridges linking the small islands in Onuma Lake and Konuma Lake, so visitors can enjoy strolling across the lakes while admiring the beautiful scenery and the many different flowers and plants. There are regular boat services on the lakes, which provide even better views. Onuma is famous as being one of the best places in Hokkaido to view autumn foliage; Kogetsu Bridge, with its superb views of Mt. Komagatake, is a particularly popular spot for this. In the winter, the lakes are almost completely frozen over; at this time of year visitors can enjoy riding snowmobiles, sledging, and watching swans.
  • Lake Shumarinai
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    Hokkaido Uryugunhorokanaichou Shumarinai
    A lake located in Horokanai Town, Uryu County, Hokkaido Prefecture. This artificial lake is the largest in Japan and was formed with the building of Uryu Dam. The complex, fjord-like lake is dotted with numerous islands. Boasting many fishing spots, the lake is known as a fishing mecca, and visitors can fish for a variety of freshwater fish, including rare Japanese huchen, as well as Japanese pond smelt in winter. There are also campgrounds and a guesthouse on the lakeshore.
  • Lake Furen
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    Hokkaido Nemuroshi Rakuyou
    A lake straddling Nemuro City and Betsukai Town, Notsuke County, Hokkaido Prefecture. Isolated from Nemuro Bay by geological features such as the Shunkunitai sandbar extending out from the Nemuro side, the lake is brackish, mixing fresh and ocean water. A precious natural environment, the lake is known as one of the greatest gathering grounds for swans in Japan and many other wild bird species are observed here. The lake is registered under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands together with Shunkunitai. The Nemuro Birdland Festival is held here in January.
  • Mamenbetsu Lakeshore
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    Lake Amenashi Lake Amami-cho Hokkaido Abashiri-gun
    This lakeside area on the southern shore of Lake Abashiri in Ozora Town, Abashiri County is home to Japan's largest aquatic plant community. The Asian skunk cabbage and other flowering plants come into their peak viewing season in the spring. There is also a camping ground and visitors can enjoy sailing, canoeing, and digging for freshwater clams in the summer. In the winter, you can enjoy ice fishing for Japanese pond smelt on the frozen lake. The Japanese icefish caught in the lake in the fall are one the area's specialties. The Memanbetsu Sightseeing Summer Festival held in August features a number of events including a fireworks display over the lake.
  • Lake Okotanpe
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    Hokkaido Chitose-shi Okutan
    Located at the base of Mt. Eniwa, you can view Lake Okotanpe, which along with Lake Onneto and Lake Shinonome, is one of Hokkaido's three mysterious lakes. The circumference of this small lake is about five kilometers, and visitors are attracted by the changing color of the lake's surface, ranging from emerald green to cobalt blue depending on the weather. Although it is forbidden to go down to the lakeside, you can see it from the observation deck.
  • Himenuma Pond
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    Rishiri-Fuji-cho in Rishiri-gun, Hokkaido
    Himenuma Pond is located on Rishiri Island around five kilometers from the Oshidomari ferry terminal; it is a small pond with a circumference of around one kilometer. There are footpaths round the edge of the pond, and visitors can enjoy strolling round, admiring the reflection of Mt. Rishiri in the lake and listening to the songs of wild birds.
  • Kaminoko Pond
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    Kiyosato-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido
    Kaminoko Pond is a small pond about 220 meters in circumference, with a maximum depth of five meters, which is said to have been formed by underground water from Lake Mashu. The name of Lake Mashu in the Ainu language is “Kintan Kamui Toh” (“Lake of the Mountain God”), so as the pond was believed to derive from underflow water from Lake Mashu, it was named Kaminoko (“Child of the God”) Pond. Despite its small size, around 12,000 tons of water gushes up into the Pond every day. The water temperature remains constant at around 8°C all year round. Kaminoko Pond is very beautiful, with a mysterious blue coloration, and high water clarity that makes it possible to see the bottom of the Pond.
  • Lake Onneto
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Ashorogunashorochou Moashoro
    This is a lake of 2.5 kilometers in circumference surrounded by deep natural forest in the west mountain foothills of Mt. Meakan. The color slightly changes due to the season, weather, and angle of the light, and displays a variety of expressions such as cobalt blue and emerald green. It is also known as “Goshikinuma” (five color marsh) and is a mysterious lake that you never tire of looking at.
  • Lake Nukabira
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    Hokkaido Katougunkamishihorochou Nukabiragensenkyou
    This is an artificial dam lake completed in 1955. The lake is especially beautiful in autumn when the red and yellow colored trees are reflected on the surface of the lake. The lake is popular all year round for fishing fans as it is possible to catch rainbow trout and cherry salmon in summer, as well as fish from the frozen lake surface in winter.
  • Shinsen Marsh
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    Kowa-cho, Iwanai-gun, Hokkaido
    Shinsennuma Marsh, the largest of the marshes in the Shinsennuma Marshland, is said to be the most beautiful in the Lake Niseko mountains. It is a mysterious marsh with a memorable blue water surface, and the appearance of trees surrounding it is also beautiful. There are many visitors throughout the year and the season of autumn leaves is especially recommended.
  • Otatomarinuma Pond
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    Hokkaido Rishirigunrishirifujichou Oniwaki
    A marshy area on Rishiri Island off of Hokkaido. Small and just one kilometer in circumference, the area is protected as part of the surrounding Rishiri Wetlands, which have been designated a Natural Monument by the town of Rishirifuji. The waters of the marsh are a characteristic azure. A 1.5 kilometer walkway has been built around the area to make it easy for visitors to get around. The view of the marsh's lake and Mt. Rishiri is used on the packaging of the popular Shiroi Koibito confection, and the area where you can take in the same viewing angle has been dubbed Shiroi Koibito Hill.

Hokkaido Areas


Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.

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