Onuma Park (大沼公園) is Southern Hokkaido’s most popular and picturesque resort that is designated as a quasi-national park. The volcanic mountain Koma-ga-take and its peaceful lakes offer good for cruise, camping, cycling and hiking. This park can easily be visited for the day from Hakodate.
01 SCENIC PARK
大沼公園 / 1023-1 Onuma-cho, Nanae-cho / 24hrs / FREE
A good place to access the lake O-numa is at antiquated little Onuma-koen Station, about 300m from the lakeside park square. Here you will find some nature trails over the islets, cruise ships and cafes.
大沼遊船 / 1023-1 Onuma-cho, Nanae-cho / 8.20am-4.20pm early Apr-mid Dec (every 40min May-Oct) / Cruise ¥1100 / www.onuma-park.com
Runs scenic 30-minute cruises on the two lakes from April to early December. They also offers motorboats, rowboats and swan-shaped pedal boats. In winter, you can try wakasagi-tsuri (smelt fishing: 8am-3pm; adult ¥1600) on the frozen lake.
Cycling Around O-numa
You can wander around the rim of O-numa along a 14km paved road by bicycle (70min). Bikes can be rented (¥500 per hour, ¥1000 per day) from the Friendly Bear (フレンドリーベア: 215 Onuma-cho / 9am-5pm) and the Poroto-kan (ポロト館: 185-5 Onuma-cho / 9am-4pm).
04 SKI AREA & CABLE CAR
Hakodate Nanae Snow Park
函館七飯スノーパーク / 9am-5pm (to 10pm Fri-Sun) mid Dec-late Mar / 1-day ski pass ¥4900 / Gondola late Apr-early Nov (return ¥1800) & Jan-Feb (return ¥2100) / hakodate-nanae.jp
Southern Hokkaido’s best ski area, Hakodate Nanae Snow Park has superb mountain and lake views from the slopes. During the snow and green seasons, a 3319m-long gondola (15min) makes runs up to the summit, from where you can spend time at the Peak Cafe or downhill by a rental MTB (¥3000 incl unlimited gondola ride). Full equipment ski rental is available for ¥6500 per day.
To get here, take a free shuttle bus from JR Onuma-koen Station or JR Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station. In winter free shuttle buses also run from JR Onuma Station that timed to meet local trains from Hakodate (40min).
05 SCENIC VIEWPOINT
日暮山 / Nishi-Onuma, Nanae-cho / 24hrs / Closed in winter
From the north side of Ko-numa, an unpaved road (1.5km) leads to the top (303m) for fine lake views. The mountain can be reached by car or bike.
Onuma Park Map
Onuma-koen Station (大沼公園駅) is serviced by the limited express train Super Hokuto between Hakodate (25min), Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto (10min) and Sapporo (3hrs). Local trains run infrequently to Onuma-koen from Hakodate (45min) and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto (20min). Note that some local trains don’t go to Onuma-koen.