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Shikotsu Toya National Park Is Close to New Chitose Airport and Sapporo and Has Many Sightseeing Spots -Shikotsu Toya National Park-

May 21st, 2014

Shikotsu-Toya National Park

Shikotsu-Toya National Park (支笏洞爺国立公園) is a sightseeing spot on behalf of Hokkaido constructed with lakes, volcanos and hot springs. Because it is easy to access sightseeing spots from New Chitose Airport and Sapporo, Shikotsu-Toya National Park gets popularity from tourists. The area of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is 99,473 ha, it is very large and is roughly divided into 5 area, Yoteizan Area, Toyako Area, Noboribetsu Area, Shikotsuko Area and Jozankei Area. A next page introduces about Noboribetsu Area, Shikotsuko Area nad Jozankei Area.

Lake Shikotsu
Lake Shikotsu

Youteizan Area

The leading role of Youteizan Area is just Mt. Yotei (羊蹄山). This area is famous for tasty clear water of Mt. Yotei. Tourist attractions that cold mineral spring can be drunk are dotted around Mt. Yotei.

>Mt. Youtei

Mt. Youtei is a volcano with 1898 m in height in Niseko town and is called another name "Yezo Fuji (蝦夷冨士)". Of course because its form resembles Mt. Fuji (富士山). Mountain climbings are active, too, and mountaineers climb the mountain from 4 trailhead, Kutchan Course (倶知安コース), Kyogoku Course (京極コース), Makkari Course (真狩コース) and Kimobetsu Course (喜茂別コース). The Kutchan Course is recommended for a beginner. Generally beginners will reach to the mountaintop that takes from 4 hours to 6 hours. Article is here

Mt. Youtei
Mt. Youtei
Mt. Youtei
Mt. Youtei

Spring Water Gushing Places around Mt. Yotei

There is Fukidashi Park (吹き出し公園) in Kyogoku town and is one of "100 Greatest Cold Springs in Japan (名水100選)" selected by the Ministry of the Environment, rain and snow that fell and soak into the underground of Mt. Yotei, the water is flowed out after 50 - 70 years. As well as the Fukidashi Park, Niseko tasty cold spring begins to gush out at Sakamoto Park (さかもと公園) of Konbu Onsen (昆布温泉) and Yokouchi Tourist Farm (横内観光農園) of Makkari. Article of the Fukidashi Park is this

Fukidashi Park
Fukidashi Park

Movie of Spring Water Gushing Places around Mt. Yotei Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Fukidashi Park

Movie of Spring Water is Gushing Out at Yokouchi Farm Shop

Movie of Kanrosen Spring at Sakamoto Park

Maccarina

Maccarina (マッカリーナ) is a French cuisine restaurant in Makkari villege, Niseko. It is known as the restaurant with accommodations called Auberge. When the Lake Toya Summit carried out in 2008, first ladies in the world ate their dishes and seemed to deepen friendship each other. In addition, they got one star in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. It is the celebrity restaurant that everyone knows. I heard from my older sister that vegetables were particularly tasty, and I visited here. By the way, ASPERGES (they garnered one star in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition) in Biei town and Moliere (they garnered three stars in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition) in Sapporo are sister restraunts. Article is here

Toro Pork
French Cuisine -Maccarina in Makkari- Vegetables Salad

French Cuisine and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of French Cuisine

Ichimura

Hand-made Buckwheat Noodles Ichimura (手打蕎麦いちむら) is a famous buckwheat noodles restraunt in Kutchan town located in the northwest part of Sapporo city and was founded in 2002. The restraunt is famous for getting the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. There is a building near Niseko Grand Hirafu. Article is here

Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup from Top
Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup -Ichimura in Kutchan-

Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup

Meisui Udon Nonosan

Meisui Udon Nonosan (名水うどん野々傘) is an Udon restaurant in Kyogoku town, Niseko. The restaurant's name is associated with the onwer's name, Nonoda. He quitted a company and trained cooking at several Udon restaurants, and he opened the Udon restaurant here in 2006. Article is here

Deep Fried Chikuwa and Soft Boiled Egg
Udon with Deep Fried Chikuwa and Soft Boiled Egg -Nonosan in Kyogoku-

Udon with Deep Fried Chikuwa and Soft Boiled Egg and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Udon with Deep Fried Chikuwa and Soft Boiled Egg

Toyako Area

Toyako Area is the earth park that Toyako-Usuzan Geopark 洞爺湖有珠山ジオパーク() is authorized in the world Geopark. There are Lake Toya (洞爺湖), Toyako Onsen (洞爺湖温泉), Mt. Usu (有珠山), Mt. Showa Shinzan (昭和新山) around Lake Toya.

Lake Toya

Lake Toya (洞爺湖) in Abuta town located in the northwestern part of Muroran city is the third largest caldera lake in Japan and was born 10,000 years ago. The perimeter of the lake is about 50 km. 58 sculptures are located around the Lake Toya, and those create scenes in accord with the lake. There is Nakajima island (中島) in the middle of the lake, and tourists can go over to there by a pleasure boat. Geographical features of mountains and lake were authorized in the world Geopark. Article is here

Pleasure Boat in Lake Toya
Lake Toya

Atmosphere of Lake Toya Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Lake Toya

Mt. Usu

Mt. Usu (有珠山) is an active volcano with 733 m in height. Mt. Usu erupted 4 times within 100 years ago. Tourists can reach to a neighborhood of the mountaintop by a ropeway and can enjoy 360 panorama from the Pacific to Lake Toya. There are tourist facilities such as Bear Ranch (クマ牧場) or Glass Museum (ガラス館) near a station of the ropeway, and everybody can heap up a sightseeing feeling. There is a toll car park.

Mt. Usu and Ropeway
Mt. Usu, Shikotsu-Toya National Park
Mt. Showashinzan Glass Museum
Mt. Usu, Shikotsu-Toya National Park
Mt. ShowaShinzan Bear Farm
Mt. Usu, Shikotsu-Toya National Park
Ropeway
Mt. Usu, Shikotsu-Toya National Park

When I read Tweets, Mt. Usu Resort seems to be popular.

Atmosphere of Mt. Usu Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Mt. Usu

Admission fee Return fare Adult: JPY 1500. Child: JPY 750.
Parking lot Pay parking lot is provided (400 Cars), Capacity for midsize vehicles: JPY 410.
Business hours 08:15-18:45 * It changes depending on seasons
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-142-75-2401
Home page Home page is here

Mt. Showashinzan

Mt. Showashinzan (昭和新山) is a volcanic lava dome with 398 m in height. An episode that a wheat field rose just overnight is famous. Actually, Showa Shinzan changed to a current shape after 2 years. It was named "Showashinzan" because Mt. Showashinzan rose in 1944, the Showa period, and it was designated as a special natural treasure. This volcano is a type of the beronite volcano, and it is one of only 2 volcanos in the world. There is a toll car park.

Mr. Masao Mimatsu and Mt. Showashinzan
Shikotsu-Toya National Park

When I read Tweets, Mt. Showashinzan seems to be popular.

Atmosphere of Mt. Showashinzan Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Mt. Showashinzan

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Pay parking lot is provided (400 Cars), Capacity for midsize vehicles: JPY 410.
Business hours -
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-142-75-2401
Home page Home page is here

Toyako Onsen

Toyako Onsen (洞爺湖温泉) is a hot-spring resort located in the south side of Lake Toya (洞爺湖). About 3 million tourists come, this hot-spring resort is one of major hot-spring resorts in Hokkaido and is the center of the Lake Toya sightseeing, and there are facilities such as a ferry port of sightseeing ship over Nakajima, a handbath and a footbath, and the pastry of "Wakasaimo (わかさいも)" is famous, too. Ippontei (一本亭) that got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition serves a ramen using soup called Toya Black. A lot of events are held, and Lake Toya Long-run Fireworks Display (洞爺湖ロングラン花火大会) is started from late April to late October. Toyako Manga Anime Festa (TOYAKOマンガ・アニメフェスタ) is held, too, and tourists can enjoy the coterie and costume play. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Lake Toya Long-run Fireworks Display
Lake Toya

Atmosphere of Lake Toya Onsen Resort Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Lake Toya Onsen Resort

Toya Onsen

Ikoi-no-Ie (憩いの家) is a public bath in the north side of Lake Toya (洞爺湖) and opened a business in 1983. Because a building stands on a hill, it is famous for having a good view from a bathhouse. A resting place has the good view, too. There is Ukimido Park near the building, and it is adjacent to an abandoned building of Hotel Toya Sunshine. Article is here

Look of Bathhouse
Toya Onsen Ikoi-no-Ie

Atmosphere of Toya Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Toya Onsen

Sobetsu-cho Onsen

Sobetsu-cho Onsen (壮瞥町温泉) is located in the south side of Lake Toya (洞爺湖). There are Onsen Ryokan Ikoiso (温泉旅館 いこい荘), Kohan-no-Yado Toya-Kawanami (湖畔の宿洞爺かわなみ), Hotel Nakanoshima (ホテル中の島) on the shore of the Lake Toya, and there is Yuai-no-Ie (ゆーあいの家) at city area. Tourists can take take a day trip bath in those hot spring facilities. There is Yuai-no-Ie near the Yokozuna Kitanoumi Memorial Hall (横綱北の湖記念館) and a park golf course. Article is here

Yokozuna Kitanoumi Memorial Hall
Sobetsu-Cho Onsen

Nakatoya Onsen

Kimundo-no-Ie (キムンドの家) is a hot spring facility for day trip bathers in Sobetsu town located in the east side of Lake Toya (洞爺湖). A building and Nakatoya Camping Ground (仲洞爺キャンプ場) are contiguous. Many campers seem to take a bath in a summer. A scenery from the Nakatoya Camping Ground is one of the Lake Toya 8 beauty spots. Tourists can look at Mt. Showashinzan (昭和新山), Mt. Usu (有珠山) and Lake Toya at the same time. Article is here

2 Indoor Baths
Nakatoya Onsen Kimundo-no-ie, Sobetsu

Atmosphere of Kimundo-no-Ie Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kimundo-no-Ie

Bankei Onsen

Bankei Onsen (蟠渓温泉) is a hot-spring place in Sobetsu town located in the eastern part of Lake Toya (洞爺湖) and is the place that hot springs have been gushed out since the Ainu period. The hot springs gush out along Osaru River (長流川), and it called Osaru-no-Yu (オサルの湯), many onsen funs come to take a bath at the natural open-air baths. There are 4 hot spring facilities, Yunotoya (湯人家), Bankei Fureai Center (蟠渓ふれあいセンター), Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen (伊藤旅館ひかり温泉) and Bangakuso (蟠岳荘). Visiotrs can take a day trip bath in those facilities. Article is here

Bathhouse
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen

Atmosphere of Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen

Benkei Onsen

Kubonai Fureai Center (久保内ふれあいセンター) is a hot spring facility in Sobetsu town near Lake Toya (洞爺湖) and Orofure Pass (オロフレ峠), and was founded in 1993. It maybe difficult to find a building because the building does not built along Hokkaido Route 2. Local people often use the hot spring facility, so not crowded is a special feature. It is said that a little‐known place where high quality hot springs can be enjoyed. Article is here

Look of Bathhouse
Benkei Onsen Kubonai Fureai Center in Sobetsu

Atmosphere of Benkei Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Benkei Onsen

Ippontei

Ippontei (一本亭) is a popular ramen restraunt in Toyako Onsen Resort (洞爺湖温泉) located in the south side of Lake Toya (洞爺湖) and is famous for getting the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. The ramen restraunt has an atomosphere such as a sushi restaurant, and there are some tables and family customers seem to enojoy. Local people love this ramen restraunt, and there were 4 groups of local people when I visited here around 13:00 on weekdays. Article is here

Black Soy Sauce Ramen
Black Soy Sauce Ramen -Ippontei in Toya-

Black Soy Sauce Ramen and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Black Soy Sauce Ramen

Wakasaimo

Wakasaimo (わかさいも) that everybody knows in Hokkaido is a Japanese cake like taro and has been sold since 1930 at Wakasaimo Honpo. As a souvenir of Toyako Onsen (洞爺湖温泉), it has been standard souvenir from old days. An origin is said to be Wakasayaimo (わかさ屋いも) of Wakasaya-Shinise (若狭屋老舗) in Suttu town. Both seems to be same whole families. I thought that Toyako Onsen was a birthplace. It is Lake Toya Head office that I have been regarding as the birthplace for many years. Article is here

In Fact, Not Potato!
Wakasaimo, Wakasaimo Honpo near Lake Toya

La Locanda Del Pittore

La Locanda Del Pittore (ラ・ロカンダ・デル・ピットーレ洞爺) is a popular Italian restaurant on a small hill around Lake Toya (洞爺湖) and is a sister restraunt of the famous Italian restaurant "PIZZERIA La locanda del pittore (ピッツェリア ラ・ロカンダ・デル・ピットーレ)" in Niigata. There is a building on the foot of The Windsor Hotels Toya Resort & Spa, and The Windsor Hotels Toya Resort & Spa cooperated with PIZZERIA La locanda del pittore in 2003, and they started a business. There are a gondola lift station for The Windsor Hotels Toya Resort & Spa and Lake Toya Ranch that visitors can get on horses near the building. Article is here

Marinara Pizza
Marinara Pizza -La Locanda Del Pittore around Lake Toya-

Marinara Pizza and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Marinara Pizza

A next page introduces about Noboribetsu Area, Shikotsuko Area nad Jozankei Area.

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