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3-Day Model Trip FOCUS / Shiretoko & Lake Toya-ko


3-Day Model Trip FOCUS / Hokkaido / · Shiretoko<br />
· Lake Toya-ko, a mysterious lake given the blessings of a volcano


Hokkaido is richly endowed with nature. Shiretoko is a place where you can enjoy the magnificent scale and expressive landscape changing seasonally. Shiretoko was certified as a world natural heritage in July 2005.
The mixed ecosystem peculiar to Shiretoko, which is formed by the link between the ocean, rivers, and land, is rare in the world, and there are trackless regions nobody can visit even now.
The name of Shiretoko is derived from "Sir-etok" meaning the end of the earth in the Ainu language. As its name suggests, a chain of steep and precipitous cliffs runs along the west coast of Shiretoko Peninsula.
The term, "The Eight Shiretoko Scenes," is a generic term of scenic spots representing Shiretoko, and refers to the Five Shiretoko Lakes, Furepe-no-taki Waterfall, Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, Shiretoko Pass, Cape Puyuni, Yuhidai (Base of the Setting Sun), Oshinkoshin-no-taki Waterfall and Oronko Rock. The Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall is a rare hot spring, the flow from which became a river.
At present, the passage of cars is disallowed in Shiretoko, but, shuttle bus services are available in the summer. In winter, you can enjoy snow and ice through many events such as ice diving, drift ice walk, etc.
The enchantment of Shiretoko all of which cannot be delivered with photos and images will leave a great impression on visitors as they have never experienced before.

Lake Toya-ko, a mysterious lake given the blessings of a volcano

It takes 2 hours 30 minutes from Sapporo by bus to Lake Toya-ko, known as one of the two northernmost ice-free lakes along with Lake Shikotsu-ko. It is a caldera lake formed by depression of a volcano. There are 4 isles of different sizes in the center of this emerald green lake with a mysterious atmosphere.

The lakeside is a large resort with abundant hot springs, a gift from the volcano. Mt. Showa-shinzan gushing white smoke behind the hot spring resort was formed by the upheaval of the ground two years after the earthquake in 1943. Neighboring Mt. Usu-zan is also a 737 meter-tall active volcano. Eruption on March 31, 2000 is still fresh in our memory. The volcanic activities have just about ceased today. A new crater was formed at the foot of Mt. Usu-zan and it is gushing out white smoke, and the scenery of the Lake Toya-ko is even more dynamic. The volume of the hot spring water has increased after the eruption, and the water temperature has also risen.

The quality of the Toya-ko Onsen Hot Spring is weak common salt type, and it is effective for healing gastronomical diseases and chronic muscular rheumatism. Neighboring Sobetsu Onsen hot spring contains gypsum salt water, which helps heal external wounds, neuralgia and arthritis. Many inns have Hot Spring baths where you can enjoy the sight of the lake as you bathe, and you can relax with the feeling of being embraced by the Mother Nature. Gorgeous pleasure boats cruise on the lake, where you can enjoy the scenery of the lake in all seasons.