The crescent-shaped lake Shinotsu-ko is the village’s big attraction. Swan-boats (10am-4pm ● ¥400) can be hired to take out on the lake. There are also fishing gear (¥500 incl feed) and free bike (up to 60min) rentals. It can be crowded with families on weekend.
▶︎ しのつ湖 · しのつ公園
Duration At least 2 hours
Shinshinotsu Onsen Tappu-no-yu
Inside the Michi-no-eki Shinshinotsu (道の駅しんしのつ) facing the lake, Tappu-no-yu is a good place for a soak (day bathing 6-8am & 10am-11pm) after activities. It features a wide open-air bath with yellow-brown cloudy hot water. This onsen has a pleasant lake-view accommodation.
▶︎ 新篠津温泉たっぷの湯 ● Day bathing 6-8am & 10am-11pm ● www.tappunoyu.com
Has a popular campsite and a 3-story observation tower overlooking the rustic village.
From late December to early March, wakasagi-tsuri (わかさぎ釣り: smelt fishing: Reserve ahead on Sat & Sun) on the frozen lake is the most popular activity. The onsen restaurant Mominoki at the Tappu-no-yu can be cooked your caught wakasagi (¥500) if you order a meal.
Address 46 Minami-3, Shinshinotsu-mura – Open in Maps
Getting There Just a short walk from Shinshinotsu Onsen Tappu-no-yu bus stop.