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[Lake Onuma in Nanae] Lake Onuma Is Well-Known as One of Famous Beauty Spots to See Fall Foliage in Hokkaido

November 1st, 2017

Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage

Lake Onuma (大沼) is the largest lake in Onuma Quasi National Park, and is well-known as a beauty spot to see fall foliage in Hokkaido, too. A combination of Mt. Komagadake (駒ヶ岳) and small islands with fall foliage floated on the surface of the Lake Onuma is very good. 4 trails, Oshima Trail (大島の路), Forest Trail (森の小径), Island Hopping Trail (島巡りの路) and Sunset Trail (夕日の道), are provided around Park Plaza (公園広場), and I have walked the Oshima Trail and the Island Hopping Trail on foot. By the way, bicycles are prohibited on the trails. The best time to see is from late October to early November. Admission free. A parking lot is chraged.
Lake Onuma Guide Map

Park Plaza
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
View from Park Plaza
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Park Plaza
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae

Onuma that 2 million tourists visit is one of the major tourist attractions in Hokkaido, and around JR Onuma Koen Station (JR大沼公園駅) is the centeral of Onuma tourism. There are Parking Plaza (公園広場), a sightseeing boat pier, accommodations, restraunts, souvenir shops, Numa-no-Ie (沼の家) and rented bicycle shops. Except the fall foliage, various things can be enjoyed.

JR Onuma Koen Station
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Paid Parking Lot
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Onuma Tembokaku
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Park Information Onuma
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Rented Bicycle Shop
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Friendly Bear
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Fall Foliage Tunnel
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Onuma Park
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Sightseeing Boat Pier
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae

Atmosphere of Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage Can Be Watched on Youtube

Moive of Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage

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

Onuma Onsen

Onuma Onsen (大沼温泉) is a hot spring resort in Nanae town located in the northern part of Hakodate city. In Onuma Quasi-National Park, the Onuma Onsen is divided into Nishi-onuma Onsen in the west side and Higashi-onuma Onsen in the east side acrose Lake Onuma (大沼), and Hakodate-Onuma Price Hotel (函館大沼プリンスホテル) and Onsen Ryokan Tome-no-Yu (温泉旅館 留の湯) are built in the each places. The Onuma Onsen is a place of scenic beauty surrounded by trees and the Lake Onuma, Lake Konuma (小沼湖) and Junsai Swamp (蓴菜沼) in the foot of Mt. Komagadale (駒ヶ岳), and there are some famous tourist attractions such as Onuma Park Square (大沼公園広場) or Shirotai Ranch Observation Point around here. There are Lucky Pierrot (ラッキーピエロ) that is famous for a hamburger, Kerun (ケルン) that is famous for a hamburger steak and a convenience store along National Route 5 nearby here. Article is here

Tome-no-Yu
Onsen Ryokan Tome-no-Yu Lake Onuma Onuma Onsen in Nanae

Onuma Dumplings of Numa-no-Ie

Numa-no-Ie (沼の家) is a long-established Japanese-style confectionary store between Lake Onuma and JR Onuma Koen Station in Nanae town located in the north part of Hakodate city, and has opened a business since 1905. Onuma Dumplings (大沼だんご) devised by Mr. Kamekichi Horiguchi (堀口亀吉), the founder, is famous. A box of the Onuma Dumplings represents the Lake Onuma and Lake Konuma, the dumplings without skewers represent 127 small islands floating on the lakes. They serve 2 types of the Onuma Dumplings, sweet red bean paste (餡) and sweet sesame paste (胡麻), and 2 sizes, large size (大) and small size (小). The Onuma Dumplings with Sweet Red Bean Paste is sold at Limited Express Super Hokuto (スーパー北斗), too, but the Onuma Dumplings with Sweet Sesame Paste is sold only at this store. Article is here

2 Types of Onuma Dumplings, Sweet Red Bean Paste and Sweet Sesame Paste
Onuma Dumplings -Numa-no-Ie in Nanae-

Fall Foliage of Hokkaido

It is said that the Fall Foliage of the Hokkaido turns red at the earliest in Japan. The best time to see the fall foliage comes in Daisetsu-zan at high altitude, and it comes gradually in low areas. It comes in Mt. Asahidake (旭岳) and in Mt. Kurodake (黒岳) in mid September, and autumn leaves fall in early November. As for the highlight of the Fall Foliage of the Hokkaido, tourists are bowled over by vast nature with the fall foliage, or are bowled over by small space that goes well with the fall foliage. Except famous beauty spots for the fall foliage, there are less famous beauty spots for the fall foliage such usual mountains and rivers or gorges here and there. Article is here

Fall Foliage in Shiranuka
Fall Foliage in Hokkaido

Walking Courses of Lake Onuma

There are the Oshima Trail, the Forest Trail, the Island Hopping Trail and the Sunset Trail. My visited places are as follows.

Oshima Trail

Oshima Trail (大島の路) links Nishi-oshima island (西大島) to Higashi-oshima island (東大島). It takes about 15 minutes to look round on foot, and is easy to look around in the 4 trails. There are Nishi-oshima Bridge (西大島橋), Higashi-oshima Bridge (東大島橋), A Thousand Winds Monument (「千の風になって」モニュメント), a stone tablet inscribed with a haiku of Hana-no-Hon Choshu (花の本聴秋句碑), Tai Koen Fishing Pond (つり堀太公園) and a sightseeing boat pier along the Oshima Trail. A combination of the Mt. Komagadake and a small round rock can be seen only at the Nishi-oshima island, and it is a good place for taking a photo. In addition, vivid red maple is great, too. Tourists using a wheelchair or pushing a baby carriage can enjoy themselves because the Oshima Trail is relatively flat.

Nishi-oshima Bridge and Fall Foliage
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Nishi-oshima Bridge
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Fall Foliage from Nishi-oshima Bridge
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Mt. Komagadake and Fall Foliage
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Place That Mt. Komagadake Looks Beautiful
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Small Round Rock and Mt. Komagadake Is Good
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Oshima Trail
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Vivid Fall Foliage
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Viewing Point That Is A Thousand Winds Monument
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
A Thousand Winds Monument
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
View from A Thousand Winds Monument
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Mt. Komagadake and Small Islands with Fall Foliage
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Stone Stairs
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Beautiful Fall Foliage
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Tai Koen Fishing Pond
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Tai Koen Fishing Pond and Fall Foliage
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae

Island Hopping Trail

Island Hopping Trail (島巡りの路) links 7 islands. There are Koraku Bridge (後楽橋), Wakasagi Bridge (公魚橋), Wakasagi Island (公魚島), Nagashima Path (長島園路護岸), Ukishima Bridge (浮島橋), Ainu Island (アイヌ島), Hinode Bridge (日の出橋), Vantage Point for Viewing Mt. Komagadake (東宮殿下御展望の地碑), Hakamagoshi Bridge (袴腰橋), Kinpa Bridge (金波橋), Kogetsu Bridge (湖月橋), Shakunage Bridge (石楠花橋), Shakunage Island (石楠花島) and Yatsu Bridge (八つ橋) along the Island Hopping Trail. It takes about 60 minutes to look around on foot, and is the longest trail in the 4 trails. Narrow paths and small islands are like a miniature garden, and those sceneries will make a good picture. A distant view of Mt. Komagadake and each bridges is good balance, and those sceneries will make a good picture, too. At inland side, beautiful fall foliage is reflected on the surface of the water. By the way, paths are undulating, so it would be better to wear shoes and clothes that are easy to walk in.

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Koraku Bridge
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Small Islands with Fall Foliage
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Island Hopping Trail
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Nishi-oshima Bridge and Fall Foliage
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Beautiful Fall Foliage
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Wakasa Bridge
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Wakasa Bridge
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
View from Wakasa Island
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Islands with Fall Foliage from Wakasa Island
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Fall Foliage and Small Islands
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Ukishima Bridge and Fall Foliage
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Sightseeing Boat Goes Head
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Nagashima Path
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Nagashima Path
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Ukishima Bridge
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Fall Foliage on Lake Onuma
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Island Hopping Trail
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Fall Foliage like Picture
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Vantage Point for Viewing Mt. Komagadake
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Hakamagoshi Bridge
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Good Fall Foliage along Trail
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Ukishima Bridge
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Kinpa Bridge
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Mt. Komagadake and Fall Foliage
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Lake Onuma and Fall Foliage
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Kogetsu Bridge
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
View from Kogetsu Bridge
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Open Spacea in Front of Kogetsu Bridge
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Table De Rivage
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Fall Foliage
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Trail Turns into Moss
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Lotus Leaves Float on Surface of Lake
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Kogetsu Bridge
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Fall Foliage
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Kogetsu Bridge from Side Trail
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Fall Foliage Is Closely
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Shakunage Bridge
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Beautiful Fall Foliage
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Shadow of Lake Is Mirror Surface
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Boat Pier
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Yatsuhashi Bridge
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
View from Yatsuhashi Bridge
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Yatsuhashi Bridge and Fall Foliage
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
View from Island Hopping Trail
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Fall Foliage World
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Koraku Bridge
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Beautiful Fall Foliage from Boat Pier
Lake Onuma with Fall Foliage in Nanae
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Pay parking lot is provided (Regular sized car: JPY 400)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-138-67-3020
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 86 816 666*23

List of Activities

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

Rental Bicycle

Rental Bicycle
Onuma Quasi-National Park
Friendly Bear(フレンドリーベア)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Porotokan(ポロト館)
ASOVIEW
Jalan

Canoe Tour

Movie of Canoe Tour

Exander Onuma Canoe House(イクサンダー大沼カヌーハウス)
Jalan
Neverland Tour Office(ネバーランド・ツアーオフィス)
HP
Jalan

Sightseeing Boat Cruise

Movie of Sightseeing Boat Cruise

Hokkaido Sightseeing Concierge Center(北海道観光コンシェルジュセンター)
Jalan
Onuma Godo Yusen(大沼合同遊船)
ASOVIEW
Jalan

Segway Tour

Movie of Segway Tour

Segway Japan(セグウェイジャパン)

Horse Trekking

Sonnys Stable(サニーズステーブル)
Jalan
Onuma Nagareyama Ranch(大沼流山牧場)
ASOVIEW

Leisure Land

Greenpia Onuma(グリーンピア大沼)
ASOVIEW

Guided Nature Tour

Onuma International Exchange Plaza(大沼国際交流プラザ)
ASOVIEW
Jalan

Gondola

Movie of Gondola

Hakodate Nanae Gondola(函館七飯ゴンドラ)
Jalan

Zip Line

Movie of Zip Line

Hakodate Onuma Prince Hotel(函館大沼プリンスホテル)
ASOVIEW

Pond Smelt Fishing

Movie of Pond Smelt Fishing

Onuma Godo Yusen(大沼合同遊船)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Tai Park(太公園)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Junsai Swamp(蓴菜沼)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Higashi-onuma Camping Site(東大沼キャンプ場)
ASOVIEW
Jalan

Snow Activities

Ice Park Snowman(アイスパークスノーマン)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Hokkaido Tourism Concierge Center(北海道観光コンシェルジュセンター)
Jalan

Snowshoe Tour

Exander Onuma Canoe House(イクサンダー大沼カヌーハウス)
Jalan
Neverland Tour Office(ネバーランド・ツアーオフィス)
HP
Jalan

List of Accommodations

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

Tome-no-Yu(留の湯)
Booking
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)
Booking
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)
Booking
Minshuku Yukkuri Onuma(民宿ゆっくり大沼)
Booking
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)
Booking
Jalan
Pension Kaza(ペンション 風 KAZA)
Booking
Pension Mori-no-Naka-no-Chisana-Ie(ペンション 森の中の小さな家)
Booking
Jalan
Booking.com
Booking.com

A page of Onuma Quasi-National Park is here

Onuma Quasi-National Park

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  1. good! hokkaido! says:

    Hi, Shrenik san,
    Welocome to Hokkaido!

    I found Time Table and Ticket Price of Train and Cruise Ships Dock.
    Enjoy your trip!

  2. Shrenik Gandhi says:

    we are arriving October 11 2019 via HolandAmerica cruise line 8am to 11pm can you help planing trip to Onuma park from cruise terminal using public transportation with train schedule?
    Thanks,
    Shrenik

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