- May 30th, 2014
[Lake Shikaribetsu in Shikaoi] Tourist Attractions, Onsen, Activities and Starry Sky Can Be Enjoyed in Clear Lake
- Lake Shikaribetsu
- List of Lake Shikaribetsuko Tourist Attractions
- List of Events in Lake Shikaribetsu
- List of Activities in Lake Shikaribetsu
- List of Accommodations
Lake Shikaribetsu is a freshwater lake at 804 m above sea level, the highest lake in Hokkaido, between Shikaoi town and Kamishihoro town located in the north part of Obihiro city, and is well-known for enjoying the beautiful starry sky. In the Eastern Daisetsu Area (東大雪エリア), Daisetsuzan National Park, this lake is also the only natural lake in the Daisetsuzan National Park. The perimeter of the lake is about 13.8 km. The maximum water depth is 98.5 m. The lake water is very clear, and it is said that the lake is the 2nd clearest lake after Lake Mashu in Japan or the clearest lake in the Japan, and there are various opinions about clear lake water. After all, the lake has very clear lake water. It is also well-known for the only lake that Miyabe Charr (ミヤベイワナ), "Dolly Varden Trout (オショロコマ)" that was confined in the lake evolves, inhabits. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
Yanbetsu river (ヤンベツ川) was dammed by born by the volcanic activity of Nishi-nupukaushinupuri Lave Dome (西ヌプカウシヌプリ溶岩ドーム) and Higashi-nupukaushinupuri Lave Dome (東ヌプカウシヌプリ溶岩ドーム) 10,000-40,000 years ago, and the Lake Shikaribetsu was born. The lake is surrounded by New Lake Shikaribetsu Volcanos Group (新期然別火山群), Old Lake Shikaribetsu Volcanos Group (旧期然別火山群) and Mt. Naitai (ナイタイ山), and Shikaribetsuko Kohan Onsen (然別湖畔温泉), a sightseeing base of the Lake Shikaribetsu, is in the west shore of the lake, and Lake Shikaribetsu Norh Shore Campsite (然別湖北岸野営場) is in the north shore of the lake. Hokkaido Road 85 (Common name: Pearl Sky Line) that is the only road along the lake between the Shikaribetsuko Kohan Onsen and the Lake Shikaribetsu Norh Shore Campsite often is closd to traffic by a natural disaster. By the way, Lake Komadome (駒止湖) and Lake Shinonome (東雲湖) are located in the southern part of the Lake Shikaribetsu. The Lake Shinonome is one of the three major secret lakes together with Lake Ocotanpe (オコタンペ湖) and Lake Onneto (オンネトー) in the Hokkaido. In addition, Pika inhabits Mt. Hakuun (白雲山) and Senjo-kuzure (千畳くずれ).
Fresh green, a pleasure boat, a canoe, a kayak, hiking and fishing can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and Shikaribetsu-Kotan (然別コタン) is held in a winter, and an open-air bath on the frozen lake can be enjoyed. Lake Shikaribetsu Nature Center (然別湖ネイチャーセンター) serves various activities to enjoy clear lake water. A trailhead of Shikaribetsu Kohan Course (然別湖畔コース) is at the southern part of the lake, and even beginning hikers can go up the Mt. Hakuun or Mt. Tenbou (天望山). The length of a trail to the Mt. Hakuun is about 3.8 km, and it takes from 2 and a half hours to 3 hours both ways on foot. I could not find about the Mt. Tenbou, but most hikers for the Mt. Tenbou seem to traverse the Mt. Hakuun, the Mt. Tenbou and the Lake Shinonome.
Daisetsuzan National Park
Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) in the center of Hokkaido is the largest national park in Japan, the size of 226,764 ha, and has been designed as the national park since 1934, and is the oldest national park in the Hokkaido along with Akan Mashu National Park (阿寒摩周国立公園). A mountain named Daisetsuzan does not exist, and the whole area including the mountains with over 2,000 m above sea level such as Mt. Asahidake (旭岳), the highest mountain in Hokkaido, Mt. Kurodake (黒岳), Mt. Aibestudake (愛別岳), Mt. Tomuraushi (トムラウシ山) is collectively called "Daisetsuzan", and those are called "A roof of the Hokkaido" ,too. Rare nature such as active volcanoes, Lare Columnar joints, a sea of trees and permafrost even in the Hokkaido can be seen. About 250 types of alpine plants grow naturally, and various forms of life such as brown bear, blakiston's fish owl, dolly varden and pine grosbeak inhabit here. By the way, A right notation is "Daisetsuzan", but local people often call "Taisetsuzan". Read More
List of Lake Shikaribetsuko Tourist Attractions
There are the Shikaribetsu Kohan Onsen Resort and the Lake Shikaribetsu Norh Shore Campsite. My visited places are as follows.
Shikaribetsu Kohan Onsen Resort
Shikaribetsu Kohan Onsen (然別湖畔温泉) is a hot spring resort in Shikaoi town located in the northwestern part of Obihiro city. The distnace is around 30 km far away from the center of the Shikaoi, Hotel Fusui (ホテル風水) is built at about 800 above sea level in the western side of Lake Shikaribetsu (然別湖) in Estern Daisetsu Area, Daisetuzan National Park. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. There are Lake Komadome (駒止湖), Ogigahara Lookout (扇ケ原展望台) and Shikaribetsu Hokugan Campsite (然別湖畔北岸野営場) near here. Kanno Onsen (菅野温泉), Shikaribetsukyo Campsite (然別峡野営場), Shikaribetsukyo Shika-no-Yu (然別峡 鹿の湯) and Lake Shinonome (東雲湖) are relatively near here, too. In addition, there is Fukuharasan-so (福原山荘), a famous place to see the fall foliage, too. Read More
Atmosphere of Lake Shikaribetsu Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (30 cars)|
|Business hour||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open year all round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||702 388 482*28|
Lake Shikaribetsu Norh Shore Campsite
As its name suggests, Lake Shikaribetsu Norh Shore Campsite is at the north shore of the Lake Shikaribetsu, and is famous as a campsite with the beautiful starry sky. They open a business from July to September.
Atmosphere of Lake Shikaribetsu Norh Shore Campsite Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Adult: JPY 250. Child: JPY 150.|
|Regular closing day||From October to June|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||702 479 435*66|
List of Events in Lake Shikaribetsu
The Lake Shikaribetsu Kotan is held from late January to late March, and Lake Shikaribetsu Opening (湖水開き) is held from mid June to late June, and White Snake Princess Festival (白蛇姫まつり) is held on the first Saturday, July. My visited event is as follow.
Lake Shikaribetsu Kotan
Lake Shikaribetsu Kotan (然別コタン) is a winter event in Shikaoi town located in the north part of Obihiro city, and has been held on Lake Shikaribetsu near the hot spring resort from late January to late March since 1980, and about 40,000 tourists come to enjoy winter cold. Buildings called igloo made of snow and ice by Inuit people are built on 80-100 cm-thick lake ice, and Kotan (コタン * a village of the Ainu people) is formed. Making period is about 1 month. Because the village shows up on the frozen lake only in a winter, it is called the phantom village. Indeed, if snow and ice melt, nothing remains. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. By the way, this event is sometimes closed depending on bad weather. Read More
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Lake Shikaribetsu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here
Daisetsuzan National Park
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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