Ishikari Region’s smallest agricultural village of Shinshinotsu is ideal for rural driving and family vacation. You can enjoy camping and getting into hot water around the pretty lake.


Shinshinotsu at a Glance

  • LINK THIS TOUR: Train Trip Sapporo to Asahikawa

  • START: Kami-Horomui Station (Around 10.20am)

  • FINISH: Shinshinotsu Onsen (Around 3pm)

  • DISTANCE: 10km

  • DURATION: 4.5 hours

  • BEST TIME TO VISIT: May to October for camping / Late December to early March for ice fishing


Kami-Horomui Station

If you start a day trip from Sapporo, take the JR local train (9:37) to Kami-Horomui (10:13).

NEXT ›› From Kami-Horomui (上幌向) bus stop on Route 12, take the Shinshinotsu Kotsu bus (新篠津交通 / 10:23) to Shinshinotsu Onsen (新篠津温泉 / 10:41 / ¥510) terminus. The timetable is (in Japanese).




You will get off the bus at Shinshinotsu Onsen terminus at 10:41. Behind the onsen, 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.

In winter (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 a popular activity.


Shinotsu Park Camp-jo

しのつ公園キャンプ場 / 46-S3, Shinshinotsu-mura / Tel 0126-58-3508 / May-Oct /

One of around Sapporo’s most popular and busiest campsite on the shore of Shinotsu-ko next to the Tappu-no-yu, Shinotsu Park campsite offers a rental tent (¥5000), sleeping bag (¥1000) and barbecue tool (¥1500). It also has permanent tents (from ¥9000 per person: book ahead) with two meals and onsen tickets. There is a 3-story observation tower (free) on a small hill overlooking the village.


Shinshinotsu Onsen Tappu-no-yu

しんしのつ温泉たっぷの湯 & 道の駅しんしのつ / 45-N2, Shinshinotsu-mura / Day bathing 6-8am (¥400) & 10am-11pm (¥500) / Wi-Fi /

Inside the Michi-no-eki Shinshinotsu facing the lake, Tappu-no-yu is a good place for a soak after activities. It features a wide open-air bath with yellow-brown cloudy hot water. This place has a pleasant accommodation, all rooms have a lake view. You can book an agricultural experience program (in Japanese) at the local farms here.

This onsen has the lake-view restaurant Mominoki (もみの木) that serves a wide variety of dishes using local rice and vegetables, such as vegetable curry (野菜カレー) and ankake yakisoba (あんかけ焼きそば: stir friend with sauce).

During the ice fishing season, this place can be cooked your caught wakasagi (¥500) if you order a meal.

CONTINUE ›› If you go back to Sapporo, take bus from Shinshinotsu Onsen (15:10) to Kami-Horomui Station (15:28), then change the local train (15:44) to Sapporo (16:22). The last bus from Shinshinotsu Onsen is at 19:15.