• September 14th, 2017
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[Mt. Usu around Lake Toya] Active Volcano Is Easy to Be Gone up by Ropeway

Mt. Usu

Mt. Usu (有珠山) is an active volcano with 733 m in height between Date city, Toyako town and Sobetsu town in the south side of Lake Toya (洞爺湖), and has been double volcano with Ousu Lava Dome (大有珠), Kousu Lava Dome (小有珠), Mt. Ogari (オガリ山) and Mt. Usushinzan (有珠新山) since 20,000 years ago, and erupted 4 times within 100 years ago, so it is one of very active volcanos in the world, too. In Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Geographical features with the Lake Toya and Mt. Showa-shinzan have been authorized in the World Geopark. It can be said that the Mt. Usu is one of main actors in Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Global Geopark (洞爺湖有珠山ジオパーク). A ropeway is the most popular way to go up the mountain, but visitors can hike it, too. Admission free. A parking lot is charged for JPY 500. But It is free of charge form December to March.
Mt. Usu Hiking Guide Map in Japanese

Parking Lot
Mt. Usu in Date

Lake Toya

Lake Toya (洞爺湖) between Toyako town and Sobetsu town located in the northwestern direction of Muroran city is the 3rd largest caldera lake in Japan after Lake Kussharo and Lake Shikotsu, and was born by large-scale eruptions 110,000 years ago. In Shikotsu-Toya National Park, the perimeter of the lake is about 43 km, and 58 sculptures are located around the lake, and those create scenes in accord with the lake. Geographical features of mountains and the lake have been authorized in the World Geopark. The lake is one of major tourist attractoions in Hokkaido, and a lot of international tourists come. Windsor Hotels Toya Resort & Spa that 34th G8 Summit (Hokkaido Toyako Summit) was held at is famous, too. Around the Lake Toya, there are Toyako Onsen Resort (洞爺湖温泉) that is a sightseeing base, Toya Silo Observation Deck (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), Takarada Camping Ground (水辺の里財田キャンプ場), Sobetsu-cho Onsen (壮瞥町温泉), Mt. Showa-shinzan (昭和新山) and Mt. Usu (有珠山). Read More

Blue Lake Toya!
Tsukiura Observatory around Lake Toya

Tourist facilities such as Showa-shinzan Bear Ranch (クマ牧場), Showa-shinzan Glass Museum (ガラス館), Masao Mimatsu Memorial Hall (三松正夫記念館) and souvenir shops are built near a ropeway station, and the visitors can rise their tourist mood. In addition, Mt. Showa-shinzan (昭和新山) is nearby the ropeway station.

Showa-shinzan Glass Museum
Mt. Usu, Shikotsu-Toya National Park
Showa-shinzan Bear Ranch
Mt. Usu, Shikotsu-Toya National Park

Mt. Showa-shinzan

Mt. Showa-shinzan (昭和新山) is a volcanic lava dome with about 400 m in height in Sobetsu town located in the south side of the Lake Toya. The new volcanic lava dome has raised or erupted since 1944. In Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Geographical features with the Lake Toya and Mt. Usu have been authorized in the World Geopark. It can be said that the Mt. Usu is one of main actors in Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Global Geopark (洞爺湖有珠山ジオパーク). It is nearby the Mt. Usu. Tourist facilities such as Showa-shinzan Bear Ranch (クマ牧場), Showa-shinzan Glass Museum (ガラス館), Masao Mimatsu Memorial Hall (三松正夫記念館) and souvenir shops are built near a ropeway station, and the visitors can rise their tourist mood. Admission free. A parking lot is charged for JPY 500. But It is free of charge form December to March. Read More

Mr. Masao Mimatsu and Mt. Showa-shinzan
Mt. Showa-shinzan around Lake Toya

    List of Means of Transportation

    A local bus runs between the Toyako Onsen and the Sapporo, and "Iburi-go (いぶり号)", an express bus, runs between the Toyako Onsen and the Noboribetsu Onsen. Refer to following the means of the transportation. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    Donan Bus(道南バス) From Sapporo to Toyako Onsen
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    Donan Bus(道南バス) From Toyako Onsen to Sapporo
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    Donan Bus(道南バス) From Noboribetsu Onsen to Toyako Onsen
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    Donan Bus(道南バス) From Toyako Onsen to Noboribetsu Onsen
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    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is at Toya Station

    Shikotsu-Toya National Park

    Shikotsu-Toya National Park (支笏洞爺国立公園) has Lake Shikotsu (支笏湖), the 2nd largest caldera lake in Japan, and Lake Toya (洞爺湖), the 3rd largest caldera lake in the Japan, in the southwestern part of Hokkaido. In the national park, there are unique mountains such as Mt. Usu (有珠山), Mt. Tarumae (樽前山) and Mt. Showa-shinzan (昭和新山), and here is a tourist attraction on behalf of Hokkaido containing Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) and Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉) in the 3 major onsen in the Hokkaido. Because it is easy to access the tourist attracions from New Chitose Airport and Sapporo city, the Shikotsu-Toya National Park gets popularity from tourists. The Shikotsu-Toya National Park is roughly divided into 5 areas, Yoteizan Area, Toyako Area, Noboribetsu Area, Shikotsuko Area and Jozankei Area. The area is 99,473 ha in total, it is very vast. It blows my mind why it adds the Yoteizan Area and the Jozankei Area, but I googled it, but I could not find. Read More

    Lake Shikotsu
    Lake Shikotsu

    Mt. Usu Trip

    Tourists can go up to around the summit by the ropeway carried by Wakasa Resort, a subsidiary company of Wakasaimo Honpo (わかさいも本舗). It takes about 6 minutes. A round ticket is JPY 1500 for adult and JPY 750 for child. HIS issues a coupon ticket, and the Wakasa Resort make a discount of 10% off the fare if the visitors bring printed the coupon ticket. The Mt. Showa-shinzan and the Lake Toya can be seen from the ropeway.

    Ropeway Station
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    Inside of Ropeway Station
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    Tourists Ride Ropeway
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    Look of Inside
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    Ropeway
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    It Takes About 6 Minutes to Usu-sancho Station
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    There are Toyako Viewing Platform (洞爺湖展望台) and Usuzan-Kakogen Viewing Platoform (有珠山火口原展望台) around Usu-sancho Station (有珠山頂駅), the Mt. Usu, the Lake Toya, the Mt. Showa-shinzan and Pacific Ocean can be looked over. The Toyako Viewing Platform and the Usuzan-Kakogen Viewing Platoform are easy to reach on foot relatively. At the Usu-sancho Station, there are a souvenir shop and a movie corner about the Mt. Usu.

    Usu-sancho Station
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    Souvenir Shop
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    Movie Explains About Mt. Usu
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    Ousu Lava Dome
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    Toyako Viewing Platform
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    It takes about 3 minutes from the Usu-sancho Station to the Toyako Viewing Platform on foot. Although it is very close to the Usu-sancho Station, amazing views of the Lake Toya and the Mt. Showa-shinzan can be enjoyed. A observation deck and some benches and tables are provided on the site. By the way, A sea of clouds might be seen from May to July in the morning.

    Wood Deck
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    Mt. Showa-shinzan
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    Lake Toya Comes into Sight
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    Lake Toya
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    Boardwalk to Usuzan-Kakogen Viewing Platoform
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    Stairway
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    The very impressive Mt. Usu and a crater basin can be seen from the Usuzan-Kakogen Viewing Platoform. It takes about 10 minutes from the Usu-sancho Station to here on foot. You may be tired because of a difference of elevation. But you can realize here is the volcano when you see steam. The square lookout is surrounded by fences, and does not has a facility. The Pacific Ocean and Date city can be seen from here. The view is very good unexpectedly. In addition, Osarugawa Bridge (長流川橋) with 1772.50 m in total length, the longest highway bridge in Japan, can be seen, too.

    Usuzan-Kakogen Viewing Platoform
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    Ousu Lava Dome
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    Mt. Komagadake Can Be Seen
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    Outer Rim of Crater
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    Date City
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    Usuzan-Gairinzan Boardwalk (有珠山外輪山遊歩道) is built around the outer rim of the crater, and is easy to walk relatively, but a stairway has difference of elevation, so you must get tired. There are Kakogen Lookout (火口原展望台) and Minami-gairinzan Lookout (南外輪山展望台) along the boardwalk. Green carpet from the Usuzan-Kakogen Viewing Platoform is the boardwalk and the Kakogen Lookout. It takes about 60 minutes from the Usu-sancho Station to the Minami-gairinzan Lookout on foot. I think hikers had better bring water and an insect repellent. In addition, Beware of bears.

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    Beware of Bears!
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    Entrance of Usuzan-Gairinzan Boardwalk
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    Boardwalk
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    Ousu Lava Dome
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    Ginnuma-Daikako Crator
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    Outer Rim of Crater
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    Around 269 Steps
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    Mt. Ogari
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    Boardwalk
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    Kousu Lava Dome
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    Mt. Ogari, Ousu Lava Dome and Long Stairway
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    Mt. Ogari
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    Ginnuma-Daikako Crator
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    A restroom, a gazebo and benches are provided on the Kakogen Lookout. Here can be viewed from the front than the Usuzan Kakogen Lookout relatively.

    Kakogen Lookout
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    Restroom and Gazebo
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    Ginnuma-Daikako Crator
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    Mt. Ususinzan
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    Kakogen Lookout
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    Boardwalk
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    Small Stone Statue
    伊達の有珠山
    Fork in Boardwalk
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    Boardwalk to Minami-gairinzan Lookout
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    The Minami-gairinzan Lookout has Usu Zenkoji Okunoin Branch Temple (有珠善光寺奥の院) and benches. The Mt. Usu with another outer rim can be viewed from the front, and the pacific ocean can be viewed from the front, too. The Lake Toya and Mt. Yotei (羊蹄山) can be seen. I think that here is the best view. It is worth hiking to here. I had a sandwich while seeing the Pacific Ocean and the Lake Toya.

    Usu Zenkoji Okunoin Branch Temple
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    Around Minami-gairinzan Lookout
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    Minami-gairinzan Lookout
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    Lake Toya and Kousu Lava Dome
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    Ginnumadaikako Crator Can Be Seen
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    End Point of Usuzan-Gairinzan Boardwalk
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    Lake Toya Comes into Sight
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    I Look at Toyoura
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    I Have Sandwich
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    Samll Volcanic Smoke Rise
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    Usu Zenkoji Temple Can Be Seen
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    Atmosphere of Mt. Usu Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Mt. Usu

    Admission fee Admission free
    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

    List of Accommodations

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

    Toyako Onsen

      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)
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      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)
      Rakuten
      Petit Hotel Koizumi(西山高原プチホテル恋泉)
      HP
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      The Lake Suite Ko no Sumika(ザ・レイクスイート 湖の栖)
      Second house TOYA(セカンドハウスToya)
      HP
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      Rakuten
      TOYA HOME Kairou(TOYA HOME廻廊)
      HP
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      Rakuten
      Guest House COCO(ゲストハウス 湖湖)
      Guest house HiDE(ゲストハウス HiDE)
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      Rakuten

      Sobetsu-cho Onsen

        Onsen Ryokan Ikoi-so(温泉旅館 いこい荘)
        Toya Kaawanami(洞爺かわなみ)
        HP
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        Rakuten
        Hotel Nakanoshima(ホテル中の島)
        Showa Shinzan Youth Hostel(昭和新山ユースホステル)
        Pension Ono(ペンションおおの)
        レイクサイドクラシックハウス チャイハナ(Lakeside Classic House Chaihana)
        HP
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        Rakuten

        Lake Toya

          The Windsor Hotel TOYA(ザ・ウィンザーホテル 洞爺リゾート&スパ)
          Hotel Cocoa(ホテルココア)
          HP
          Lakehouse At Toyako(レイクハウスアット洞爺湖)
          WE Hotel Toya(WE Hotel Toya)
          Phoenix Toya Club(フェニックス洞爺クラブ)
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          LAKE TOYA Great View Log Cabin(LAKE TOYA グレートビューログキャビン)
          HP
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          Rakuten
          lakeside villa kohansanso(lakeside villa 湖畔山莊)
          HP
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          Rakuten
          Takarada Campsite(水辺の里財田キャンプ場)
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          Rakuten
          Lakeside Campsite(湖畔キャンプ場)
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          Rakuten

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              Hotel Royal(ホテルローヤル)
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              Date Prince Hotel(ダテプリンスホテル)
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              Nishiki Ryokan(錦旅館)
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              Date Business Hotel Castle(伊達ビジネスホテルキャッスル)
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              Station Hotel Sanga(ステーション ホテル サンガ)
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              Kangetsu Ryokan(観月旅館)
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              Rakuten
              Date Onsen(伊達温泉)
              Booking
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              Rakuten
              Kawahara Ryokan(河原旅館)
              HP
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              Rakuten
              Minshuku Akashiya-so(民宿あかしや荘)
              HP
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              Rakuten
              Asada Minshuku(あさだ民宿)
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              Rakuten
              Minshuku Yamamoto(民宿山本)
              HP
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              Noro Minshuku(野呂民宿)
              HP
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              Rakuten
              Ryokan Kankokan(旅館 観光館)
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              Rakuten
              Arutori-misaki Campsite(アルトリ岬キャンプ場)
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              Rakuten
              Booking.com

              A page of Lake Toya

              Lake Toya

              A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here

              Shikotsu-Toya 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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