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  • Lake Toya
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Noboribetsu Jigokudani
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Noboribetsushi Noboribetsuonsenchou
    This valley is all that remains of an ancient volcanic crater, and is lined with geysers and fumaroles. The hot springs sourced here run to Noboribetsu Onsen. The foaming, boiling scenery led to it being called Demon-dwelling Hell. It's also a perfect autumn leaf viewing spot, when the hillsides are painted red with autumn colors.
  • Mt. Tarumae
    Travel / Tourism
    Tomakomai, Hokkaido - Chitose
    Mt. Tarumae is a triple volcano (1,041 meters) located to the southeast of Lake Shikotsu. Its original name meant “burning mountain.” It is characterized by a lava dome with a unique pudding-like shape and has also been designated as a Natural Monument. From the city, it is possible to climb up to the 7th stage in about 60 minutes, and from the 7th stage to the summit takes about 50 minutes. Currently, entry is not permitted beyond the outer crater.
  • Mt. Yotei (Ezo Fuji)
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    Hokkaido Abuta-gun Kutchan-cho, Kyogoku-cho, kimobetsu-Makkari village
    Mt. Yotei is a renowned mountain that is emblematic of Hokkaido and also counts among Japan’s One Hundred Most Celebrated Mountains. Located in the southern part of Hokkaido’s Shiribeshi area (northwest Iburinokuni), it is a stratovolcano with an elevation of 1,898 meters. Because of its beautiful shape which is similar to Mt. Fuji, it is also called Ezo Fuji. In addition to more than 100 varieties of alpine plants, many mammals and birds, including Ezo red foxes and Hokkaido squirrels, also live there nurturing a rich ecosystem.
  • Usuzan Ropeway
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Usugunsoubetsuchou Shouwashinzan 184-5
    The Usuzan Ropeway travels back and forth between the Summit Station of Mt. Usu at an elevation of 737 meters located at the south of Lake Toya and the Showa Shinzan Sanroku Station. The windows of the large 106-person gondolas overlook Usu’s rugged mountain surface, and you can enjoy an impressive aerial walk. The one-way trip arrives at the Summit Station in about six minutes. You can enjoy panoramic views that spread out before your eyes from the two observation decks, the Lake Toya Observation Deck and the Usu Crater Basin Observation Deck.
  • Volcano Science Museum, Toyako Visitor Center
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    Hokkaido Abutaguntouyakochou Touyakonsen 142-5
    Toyako Visitor Center and Volcano Science Museum is an exhibition facility that introduces the natural environment around Lake Toya and the natural history of Mt. Usu. You can learn about the volcanic activity through commentary panels with a focus on huge aerial photographs and actual specimens, as well as the ecology of the animals and plants and the mechanism of the lake. You can also experience walking around Nakajima Island which formed in the middle of Lake Toya about 50,000 years ago, and there are regular workshops and events such as making watches with tree nuts. You can have fun while connecting with nature.
  • Lake Kuttara
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Noboribetsu Primeval Forest
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Noboribetsushi Noboribetsuonsenchou Nothing
    Approximately a 15-minute bus ride from Noboribetsu Station, this virgin forest is located in the northeast of Jigokudani (Hell Valley), the explosive crater of Mt. Hiyori and also the largest spring source in Noboribetsu Onsen. It became a nationally-designated natural monument in 1924. There are many plants that take root in surrounding warm area because it is a hot spring region and close to the ocean, and it characteristically has various kinds of plant life including around 60 kinds of trees and 110 species of vegetation. In addition, the promenade is perfect for strolls.
  • Tarumae Garo
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Tomakomaishi Tarumae
    "Approximately a 60-minute drive from Chitose Airport, this famous sightseeing spot has a signboard as a landmark along National Route 36. It was designated a nature conservation area of Tomakomai City in 1979. There is a parking lot in front of Tarumae Garo Bridge, and you can walk from there. To reach it, you must cross a bridge, proceed along a forest road at the foot of Mt. Tarumae, and then go down a cliff. Garo means ""place where a river flows between cliffs"" in the local Tohoku dialect, and just as its name suggests, the moss that sticks to the surrounding rocky surfaces and cliff in massive amounts is distinctive. Because it is unusual, it has become the perfect location for taking photographs."
  • Toyako Onsen Pleasure Cruise
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Abutaguntouyakochou Touyakonsen 29
    Lake Toya and Nakajima Island is a crater lake formed through volcanic activity about 100,000 years ago. Cruise schedules change between summer and winter; during the summer cruises depart every 30 minutes and in winter they depart every one hour. You can enjoy the abundance of nature from the lunch cruises which depart three times a day, the summer fireworks cruise, and the Nakajima Island cruise.
  • Northern Horse Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Tomakomaishi Misawa 114-7
    Northern Horse Park is approx. 15 minutes by car from the New Chitose Airport. It’s a horse and nature theme park where both adults and children can have fun. There are about 80 horses from ponies to racehorses on this huge site divided into 13 areas. Whether you are alone, in a group or with your family, you’ll be sure to have a great time. There are restaurants in the park.
  • Cape Chikyu
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Muroranshi Bokoiminamimachi 4-77
    Cape Chikyu is famous for its approximately 14-kilometer stretch of spectacular cliffs, which average around 100 meters in height. On days when the weather is good, the observation platform at Cape Chikyu offers amazing views of the Pacific Ocean; the Cape is very popular as a place to view the first sunrise of the new year on New Year’s Day, with many people coming to watch the sun rise up out of the Pacific Ocean. Cape Chikyu also has a wealth of natural interest; for example, it is famous as a nesting site for peregrine falcons, which come here to breed because of the food source provided by the large numbers of migratory birds.
  • Oyunuma Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Lake Toya Forest Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Abutaguntouyakochou Toyako Oshima (Nakajima)
    Lake Toya Forest Museum, which is open between late April and the end of October every year, was built in 1955 on Nakanoshima Island in the middle of Lake Toya. The Museum’s displays focus mainly on Hokkaido’s forest resources, while also covering the natural environment and wildlife of Lake Toya. Ekimae-sambashi, the pier from which the tourist boats depart for Nakanoshima Island, is located behind Hotel Grand Toya.
  • Hokkaido Toyako Summit Memorial Museum
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    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Abutaguntouyakochou Touyakonsen 142-130
    The 34th G8 Summit was held at Lake Toya (Toyako) in 2008; one of the main issues discussed at the Summit was measures to address the impact of global warming. The displays at the Hokkaido Toyako Summit Memorial Museum include life-sized panels depicting the national leaders who attended the Summit, the tables and chairs used in the Summit meetings, etc. Entrance is free.

    The Hokkaido Toyako Summit Museum is right next to the JR station and remembers the summit meeting that took place here it's free and on our way to the Volcanoes museum

  • Silo Observatory
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    199 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Abutaguntouyakochou Naruka 3-5
    This is an observation deck on the west bank of Lake Toya. It is a great place to overlook Lake Toya as well as Nakajima Island, Mt. Usu and Mt. Showa Shinzan. The second floor viewing restaurant is large with 216 seats and has many customers from group tours. The Hokkaido souvenir shop on the first floor with many souvenirs is also convenient.

    We came here to see Lake Toya from a higher terrain. It is beautiful and tranquil. Not many people fussing around. There’s a souvenir shop behind and free use of lavatory. Highly recommended for...

  • Enmado
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Noboribetsushi Noboribetsuonsenchou
    This is “The Enma King of Hell mechanical festival float” which was produced in commemoration of the thirtieth “Noboribetsu Hell Festival”. Enma, the King of Hell stands overlooking the passersby in the main street called Gokuraku (meaning Heaven) of Noboribetsu Onsen. Six times a day (five times in winter), at the time of “judgment of hell”, it raises his arms frighteningly and judges the sins of people. A huge crowd forms at the time of the judgement. The mechanical gimmick has great impact and has become the symbol of Noboribetsu Onsen.
  • gla_gla
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Abutaguntouyakochou Tsukiura 44-517
    This is the glass artist, Mr. Daisuke Takatomi’s Studio, Gallery & Café. It is located in the Toyako, Tsukiura district, the setting for the movie “Shiawase no Pan”, and has a nature filled space overlooking Lake Toyako. There are many varieties of practical glassware and some items that are not practical at all. It is a great place for making holiday memories as visitors can also experience glass blowing and glass sculpturing.
  • Mt. Sokuryo Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Muroranshi Shimizuchou 1
    An observatory built on Mt. Sokuryo in Muroran City. From the mountain top 200 meters above sea level, you can enjoy the Port of Muroran nightscape, including the Hakucho-ohashi Bridge. The 360 degree panorama of the surrounding area includes such highlights as the Mt. Showa-shinzan lava dome, Mt. Usuzan, and Mt. Yoteizan. The night view from the mountain is considered beautiful in all directions and has been chosen as one of the eight most beautiful views in Muroran, as one of Japan's night view heritages, and as one of the 100 most beautiful night views in the country, among other honors. The steps leading to the observatory are lit up at night, ensuring visitors can make their way up and down the mountain in safety even when it's dark out.
  • Road valley of illusion and mystery of the will-o'-the-wisp
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Noboribetsushi Noboribetsuonsenchou
    There is a promenade leading from Jigokudani Observatory to Tessen Pond. Footlights are place along the sides of the wooden walkway to illuminate it at night. This illuminated pathway, the only source of light in the pitch-dark mountains until Tessen Pond, is likened to a path of the will-o'-the-wisps. People love the magical scene created by the steam covering the landscape of this former exploded crater. Entry is free throughout the day and night. The walkway is lit up from sundown until 21:30.

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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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