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 | 新篠津
01 LAKE & FISHING
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.
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 ● tappunoyuonsen.com
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.
Shinotsu Park Camp-jo
しのつ公園キャンプ場 ● 46-S3, Shinshinotsu-mura ● Tel 0126-58-3508 ● May–Oct ● www.tappunoyu.com/lake/camp.html
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.
TIME TO EXPLORE One-day
BEST TIME May to October for camping. January to March for wakasagi-tsuri (smelt fishing) on the frozen lake or glamping.
9:37 Sapporo Station
⬇︎ Local train for Iwamizawa ● ¥860
10:13 | 10:23 Kami-Horomui Station
⬇︎ Shinshinotsu Kotsu Bus for Shinshinotsu Onsen Tappu-no-yu ● ¥410
10:41 | 15:10 ♨︎ Shinshinotsu Onsen Tappu-no-yu ● Restaurnt Momi-no-ki ★ Shinotsu-ko (fishing)
⬇︎ Shinshinotsu Kotsu Bus for Iwamizawa ● ¥410
15:28 | 15:44 Kami-Horomui Station
⬇︎ Local train for Otaru ● ¥860
From Sapporo, take an Iwamizawa-bound local train to Kami-Horomui (上幌向 ● 35min ● ¥740) on the JR Hakodate Line, then get the Shinshinotsu Kotsu (新篠津交通) bus to the Tappu-no-yu (新篠津温泉たっぷの湯 ● 30min ● ¥410). Timetables can be found at shinshinotsu-kotsu.com.
LINK THIS TRAVEL
Iwamizawa Sorachi region’s transport hub and the limited express trains for Asahikawa stop here. It is a good base of visit the old coal mine towns.