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[Higureyama Observation Deck in Nanae] Beautiful Lake Onuma and Lake Konuma Can Be Enjoyed at Lookout

July 23rd, 2017

Higureyama Observation Deck

Higureyama Observation Deck (日暮山展望台) is a lookout point in Nanae town located in the northern part of Hakodate city. Mt. Komagadake (駒ヶ岳), Lake Onuma (大沼) and Lake Konuma can be viewed from the mountaintop of the Mt. Higure (日暮山) of 303 m elevation between the Lake Konuma, the 2nd largest lakes in Onuma Quasi-National Park, and Junainuma Swamp (蓴菜沼), the 3rd largest lake in the park. The lookout is well-known as a good place to savor a wonderful scenery, and the sea of clouds may be seen in the early morning, too. A poster of Seishun 18 Ticket (青春18きっぷ) used here as a shooting place. After all, a good picture can be taken here. A lookout, a parking lot and a public restroom are built at the site. Brown bears may appear, so beware of them. In addition, drive safely because a road to the mountaintop is a gravel road and the width of the road is only one car size. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

View from Higureyama Observation Deck
Higureyama Observation Deck, Onuma Quasi-National Park
Public Restroom
Higureyama Observation Deck, Onuma Quasi-National Park

Onuma Quasi-National Park

Onuma Quasi-National Park (大沼国定公園) is a quasi-national park at the foot of Mt. Komagatake (駒ヶ岳) in the southern part of Hokkaido, and is between Nanae town, Shikabe town and Mori town. Its area is 9,083 ha. The park has been designated as the quasi-national park since 1958, and 2 million tourists come. It consists of the Mt. Komagatake of 1,131 m elevation, an active volcano, Lake Ounma (大沼湖), Lake Konuma (小沼湖), Junsai Swamp (蓴菜沼), and beautiful scneries are highlights. The Onuma Quasi-National Park has been chosen as one of The 3 New Views of Japan (新日本三景) together with Miho-no-Matsubara (三保の松原) in Shizuoka prefecture and Yabakei (耶馬渓) in Oita prefecture since 1915. It is also famous for fall foliage, and has been chosen as one of The 100 Best Fall Foliage Spots in Japan (日本紅葉の名所100選). When the Mt. Komagatake erupted from 50,000 to 30,000 years ago, a river was dammed by flowing mud flood, and those lakes were created. Wetlands have been registered under the Ramsar Convention since 2012, and wild waterfowls such as Goose and Duck rest their wings on the surface of the lake. Article is here

Onuma Quasi-National Park
Onuma Quasi-National Park

Look of Higureyama Observation Deck

The distance from the parking lot to the mountaintop is about 50 m away. Only benches are on the mountaintop, and an observation platform is not built. That place is surrounded by trees, and a view is open only at the east side. The Mt. Komagadake, the Lake Onuma, the Lake Konuma and golf courses of Hokkaido Country Club can be looked over if it is fine weather. A conbination of innumerable islands floating in the lakes and an artifactual iron bridge is photogenic.

Path to Higureyama Observation Deck at Mountaintop
Higureyama Observation Deck, Onuma Quasi-National Park
Higureyama Observation Deck
Higureyama Observation Deck, Onuma Quasi-National Park
Lake Onuma, Lake Konuma and Golf Courses Come into Sight
Higureyama Observation Deck, Onuma Quasi-National Park
Mt. Komagadake
Higureyama Observation Deck, Onuma Quasi-National Park

Unfortunately, a view is bad because the Junasainuma Swamp direction at the west side is surrounded by trees. The mountain is named the Mt. Higure * The Higure means "The sunset" in English, so I completely thought here was a good place to see the sunset. But I could not enjoy it because of thick trees. According to my sources on internet, the mountain was named after a certain person viwed the scenery from the daytime to the sunset because of too beautifulness, so the mountain does not seem to be related to the beautiful sunset.

Setting Sun
Higureyama Observation Deck, Onuma Quasi-National Park
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (30 cars)
Business hour Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Winter season
Telephone number +81-138-67-2170
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 86 812 318*20

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Onuma. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

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Tome-no-Yu(留の湯)
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Hakodate-Onuma Prince Hotel(函館大沼 プリンスホテル)
Onuma Tsuruga Auberge Epuy(大沼鶴雅オーベルジュ エプイ)
Pension Heine(ペンションハイネ)
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Rakuten
Greenpia Onuma(グリーンピア大沼)
Station Hotel Asahiya(ステーションホテル 旭屋)
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Minshuku Yukkuri Onuma(民宿ゆっくり大沼)
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Granvillage Onuma(グランヴィレッヂ 大沼)
Onuma Nagareyama Ranch Paard Musee(大沼流山牧場 Paard Musee)
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Jalan
Pension Kaza(ペンション 風 KAZA)
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Pension Mori-no-Naka-no-Chisana-Ie(ペンション 森の中の小さな家)
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Jalan
Booking.com
Booking.com

A page of Onuma Quasi-National Park is here

Onuma Quasi-National Park

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