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Powerful and Magnificent Scenery Can Be Enjoyed -Lake Toya in Abuta, Sobetsu and Toya-

May 21st, 2014

Neighborhood of 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.

Windsor Hotels Toya Resort & Spa
Lake Toya Windsor Hotels Toya Resort & Spa

In addition, Windsor Hotels Toya Resort & Spa that 34th G8 Summit (Hokkaido Toyako Summit) was held at is famous. Around the Lake Toya, there are Toyako Onsen Resort (洞爺湖温泉) that is a sightseeing base town, Silo Observatory (サイロ展望台), Ukimido Park (浮見堂公園), Toya Onsen (洞爺温泉), Nakatoya Onsen (仲洞爺温泉), Nakatoya Camping Ground (仲洞爺キャンプ場), Green Stay Toyako (グリーンステイ洞爺湖) and Takarada Camping Ground (水辺の里財田キャンプ場).

Windsor Hotels Toya Resort & Spa
Lake Toya Windsor Hotels Toya Resort & Spa

Toyako Onsen Resort

Toyako Onsen (洞爺湖温泉) is a hot-spring resort located in the south side of Lake Toya. 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 Toya Lake 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 (TOYA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.

Lake Toya and Nakajima Island
Lake Toya
Pleasure Boat in Lake Toya
Lake Toya
Toyako Visitor Center
Lake Toya
Lake Toya Long-run Fireworks Display
Lake Toya

Atmosphere of Lake Toya Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Lake Toya

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (150 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-142-75-2446
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 321 518 425*36

Silo Observatory

Silo Observatory (サイロ展望台) is located in the west side of the Lake Toya and is popular as a place that tourists can look over the Lake Toya. Here is a heliport, too, and the tourists can look at the Lake Toya from the sky. From mid July to mid September, the tourists can enjoy aerial swimming for 3 minutes. Of course it is charged a fee. There are an observatory deck, a restaurant, a souvenir shop and a restroom at the Silo Observatory. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Silo Observatory
Lake Toya
View from Silo Observatory
Lake Toya
Silo Observatory
Lake Toya
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (60 Cars)
Business hours 09:00-17:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Telephone number +81-142-87-2221
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 321 754 292*37

Ukimido Park

Ukimido Park (浮見堂公園) is located in the north side of the Lake Toya. There is a two‐storied pagoda which dedicated to Prince Shotoku (聖徳太子) called the Ukimido. It is maintained as a park, and a garden is built. Cherry-trees are blossoming in all their glory in a spring, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Ukimido
Lake Toya
View from Ukimido Park
Lake Toya
Ukimido Park
Lake Toya
Cherry Tree Blossoms in Ukimido Park
Lake Toya
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (60 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-142-82-5111
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 321 789 343*22

Tsukiura Observatory

Tsukiura Observatory (月浦展望台) is a viewing point in the south side of Lake Toya and is one of the Lake Toya 8 beauty spots (洞爺湖八景). It takes about 3 minutes from a parking lot to the observatory on foot. Nakajima Island (中島) floats on the surface of the Lake Toya before eyes, and Mt. Usu (有珠山) and Mt. Yotei (羊蹄山) can be seen. A few visitors come here, so the visitors savor beautiful views without being crowded. Except some benches and observatory, there is not facility. A road is closed to traffic in a winter. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Tsukiura Observatory
Tsukiura Observatory around Lake Toya
Entrance of Tsukiura Observatory
Tsukiura Observatory around Lake Toya
Stairway to Observatory
Tsukiura Observatory around Lake Toya
Tsukiura Observatory
Tsukiura Observatory around Lake Toya
Look of Observatory
Tsukiura Observatory around Lake Toya
Some Benches Are Installed
Tsukiura Observatory around Lake Toya
Nakajima Island
Tsukiura Observatory around Lake Toya
Blue Lake Toya!
Tsukiura Observatory around Lake Toya
Mt. Usu
Tsukiura Observatory around Lake Toya

Atmosphere of Tsukiura Observatory Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Tsukiura Observatory

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (20 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Winter season
Telephone number +81-11-709-2311
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 321 605 218*45

Takarada Camping Ground

Takarada Camping Ground (財田キャンプ場) is an auto camping site in the north side of the Lake Toya. There is a center house in the camping site, and a restroom, a stall, a laundry, a shower facility are built. Except camping ground facilities, there are Exercise Open Space, Event Open Space and Natural Experience-based House. Admission fee is charged. A parking lot is free of charge.

Center House
Lake Toya Takarada Camping Ground
Exercise Open Space
Lake Toya Takarada Camping Ground
Camping Ground
Lake Toya Takarada Camping Ground
Lake Toya from Camping Ground
Lake Toya Takarada Camping Ground
Admission fee Adult: JPY 800. Child: JPY 400.
Parking lot Free parking is provided (100 Cars)
Regular closing day Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Winter season
Telephone number +81-142-82-5777
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 321 792 598*14

Nakatoya Camping Ground

Nakatoya Camping Ground (仲洞爺キャンプ場) is located in the east side of the Lake Toya. A hot spring facility called Kimundo-no-Ie and a camping ground are contiguous. A scenery of the Nakatoya Camping Ground is one of the Lake Toya 8 beauty spots. Visitors can see Mt. Showashinzan, Mt. Usu and Lake Toya at the same time. Admission fee is charged. There is a toll parking.

Nakatoya Camping Ground
Lake Toya Nakatoya Camping Ground
Lake Toya from Nakatoya Camping Ground
Lake Toya Nakatoya Camping Ground
Admission fee Adult: JPY 420. Child: JPY 320.
Parking lot JPY 300. Pay parking lot is provided (70 Cars)
Regular closing day Open 24 hours
Regular closing day From October to late April
Telephone number +81-142-66-3131
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 321 710 163*70

Toya Mizunoeki

Toya Mizunoeki (洞爺水の駅) is a sightseeing facility in the north side of the Lake Toya. There are a souvenir shop, a farmer's market and a restraunt at a building. In addition, there are a huge poplar tree and a wooden pier on the lakeside, and it is famous for looking over a nice scenery. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Appearance of Building
Lake Toya Toya Mizunoeki
Huge Poplar Tree and Wooden Pier
Lake Toya Toya Mizunoeki
Monument
Lake Toya Toya Mizunoeki
View from Lakeside
Lake Toya Toya Mizunoeki
Restroom
Lake Toya Toya Mizunoeki
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (70 Cars)
Business hours 09:00-18:00 * It changes depending on seasons
Regular closing day From April to October: No closing day. From November to March: Monday, Year-end and New Year holidays
Telephone number +81-142-89-3108
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 321 820 310*76

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

Footbath (Ryudo-no-Yu)
Toyako Onsen, Ryudonoyu

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 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 is a hot spring facility for day trip bathers in Sobetsu town located in the east side of Lake Toya. A building and Nakatoya Camping Ground 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, Mt. Usu 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 Nakatoya Onsen

Ippontei

Ippontei (一本亭) is a popular ramen restraunt in Toyako Onsen Resort located in the south side of Lake Toya 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 (わかさいもほんぽ). As a souvenir of Toyako Onsen, it has been standard souvenir from old days. An origin is said to be Wakasayaimo 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

La Locanda Del Pittore Toya

La Locanda Del Pittore is a popular Italian restaurant on a small hill around Lake Toya and is sisters restraunt of the famous Italian restaurant "PIZZERIA La locanda del pittore" 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

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Lake Toya.

The Windsor Hotel TOYA(ザ・ウィンザーホテル 洞爺リゾート&スパ)
Toyako Manseikaku Hotel Lakeside Terrace(洞爺湖万世閣 ホテルレイクサイドテラス)
Toya Kohantei(洞爺湖畔亭)
Toya Gokirakutei(洞爺湖畔 ごきらく亭)
Toya Kanko Hotel(洞爺観光ホテル)
Hotel Grand Toya(ホテル グランドトーヤ)
Hokkai Hotel(北海ホテル)
Toya Sansui Hotel Kafu(洞爺山水ホテル 和風)
Hotel New Toyako(ホテル ニュー洞爺湖) Only Tel:+81-142-75-2818
Toya Green Hotel(洞爺グリーンホテル)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Toya Sun Palace(洞爺サンパレス リゾート&スパ)
The Lake View Toya Nonokaze Resort(ザ レイクビュー TOYA 乃の風リゾート)
Daiwa Ryokan Annex(大和旅館 アネックス)
Toyako Onsen Hotel Hanabi(洞爺温泉 ホテル華美)
Daiwa Ryokan(大和旅館)
Kitsutsuki Canadian Club(きつつき カナディアンクラブ)
Booking
Rakuten
Petit Hotel Koizumi(西山高原プチホテル恋泉)
HP
Jalan
Pension Ohno(ペンションおおの)
Hotel Cocoa(ホテルココア)
HP
Lakehouse At Toyako(レイクハウスアット洞爺湖)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Nakatoya Onsen Camping Ground(仲洞爺キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
 
Onsen Ryokan Ikoiso(温泉旅館 いこい荘)
Toya Kaawanami(洞爺かわなみ)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Hotel Nakanoshima(ホテル中の島)
Showa Shinzan Youth Hostel(昭和新山ユースホステル)
Booking.com

A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here

Shikotsu-Toya National Park

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