Category: Shikotsu-Toya

Toyoura: Scenic Bayside Town

On the rugged northern coast of the Uchiura Bay (Funka-wan) is a small town of Toyoura (豊浦) just outside of Toya-ko. A couple of beaches and campsites scattered along the coastline. The town is famous for its hotate (scallop). Toyoura…

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Showa-shinzan and Usu-zan

Showa-shinzan This 398m-high active volcano (昭和新山) appeared in 1944 (Showa period) in the countryside, close to Usu-zan. Today the ground is still hot and not allowed to climb, but you can see it from the observation square. The daytime parking…

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Lake Toya and Toyako Onsen

The calm caldera lake of Toya-ko (洞爺湖) is a unique tourist spot in the western part of Shikotsu-Toya National Park. The active volcano Usu-zan (737m) has erupted four times in the 20th-century, which created Showa-shinzan (398m) next to its mountain…

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Things to Do in Noboribetsu Onsen

Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) is one of Japan’s most famous hot spring resorts bustling with international tourists. About 10,000 tons of mineral water gushing out every day from the volcanic valley of Jigoku-dani (地獄谷) and muddy pond of Oyu-numa (大湯沼). The…

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Marukoma Onsen on the Lake Shikotsu

Founded in 1915 at the northern shore of the lake, the secret Marukoma Onsen Ryokan (丸駒温泉旅館) has two pleasant open-air baths: super panoramic bath and calm rocky bath. Hot water quality is perfect. It offers higaeri nyuyoku (day bathing; 日帰り入浴…

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