Toya Lake Ship TEL 0142-75-2137
This is tour boat that travels to the four islands. The luxurious catamaran
ship, which reflects the image of a medieval ancient castle, is one
of the biggest reasons for its popularity. During prolonged periods
when the firework festival takes place, firework-viewing ships operate
Fares: Adults: 1,320 yen, Children: 660 yen.
Firework-viewing shipts: Adults: 1,500 yen, Children:
Sailing times: Summer: 8am - 4:30pm (Operates every 30 minutes)
Excursion: 50 minutes (90 minutes for shore excursions)
Steam Ship Company
A park that is a base for
watersports such as yachting, canooing, wind surfing, and boating. It
is a place where one can take walks and relax on the the grass on the
Toya, where one can view the vast panorama of Yoteizan, Usuzan, and
Showa-Shinzan. Sobetsu Waterfall is located nearby where the plum-grove
blooms all together around the beginning of May. This is too good to
This is low hill at the north of the lake. Lake Toya and its lakeside
are before your eyes, and the panorama of Raibadake, Murorandake, and
Usuzan can be seen in the distance.
This is a quiet park on the northern shore
of the lakeside. The double vermillion-lacquered tower was built in
honor of Shotokutaishi.
This is a slope with a wonderful view that leads to the Yoteizan
that Takeshiro Matsuura praised. There is a parking lot as well as a
park, and the view of Lake Toya and the fuming Usuzan are splendor.
*Lake Toya Sculpture Garden
With a perimeter of 36.5km, the lakeside of Lake Toya is the perfect
cycling course for enjoying the scenery, changing from the fresh greenery
of spring to the foliage season of autumn. One cycle around the course
takes about four to five hours, but with the beautiful scenery and the
refreshing breeze, the cycling is bound to be pleasant. On the way,
there are 58 sculptures by 55 sculptors that represents Japan, and it
is as if the entire lake side of Toya is an outdoor museum. Also, there
are Kannnondo statues in 33 places around the lake, so it is likely
that you will be entertained whichever way you choose to go around it.
*Lake Toya Forest Museum
The Shinrin Museum is located
on the large island where the reciprocating boat sails. There are lots
of information about the nature and creatures in the are of Lake Toya.
The multi-slide show there that presents the successive beauties of
the season to season changes of Lake Toya is worth seeing.
Entry fee: Adults: 200
yen, children: 100 yen. (10% off with 15 people or more)
Open: April-November 9am-5pm
Museum of ScienceTEL 0142-75-2555
This is a facility with a collection of valuable data related to volcanoes,
such as the data of the volcanic eruption of the Usuzan of 1977, the
eruption of year 2000, as well as 16 minute video clips.
Entry fee: Adults: 600 yen, children: 300 yen.
Closed: year-end and new-years.
This is a new mountain with an altitude of
406.9m, which was created by the bulging of the dry field cased by volcanic
activity between December 28th of 1943 and September 10th of 1945. Even
today, one can see it raising fumes up close.
*Mimatsu Masao Memorial
Mimatsu Masao experienced the creation of the new mountains created
by the eruptions of Meiji-shinzan, Showa-shinzan, Usu-shinzan, and precisely
recorded the creation of Showa-shinzan. After that, he recorded every
detail of the activities of the Usu-zan, and his drawings and investigations
is known as "Mimatsu diagram", which is acclaimed by the world.
This Memorial Hall exhibits his observation records.
Entry fees: Adults: 300 yen, children:
Open: April-October 8am-7pm
Novermber-March 9am-4pm (With temporary closings)
Hall TEL 0142-75-2053
This gives exposure to the culture left by the Ainu
tribe. One can also watch shows such as dances here.
Entry fees: 1 Show (15 minutes) 3,675 yen
Adults: 210 yen, Middle/High school students:
140 yen, Children:105 yen (Group discounts).
Open: Late April-Late October 8am-5pm
On March 31st of 2000 at around 1:10pm, Usuzan erupted for the first
time in 22 years and 7 months. This volcanic vent raises volcanic smoke
to this day. There is a walking trail that leads near it, and there
is also a observatory deck to see it.
This is a lawn that is on
a small isle, which is located further east from the hot-spring town
of the lakeside. There are facilities such as tennis courts, and it
is also the best spot for watching long-run fire-works that goes on
for half a year.
Shinzan Glass MuseumTEL
There are handcrafted glass, spoons, cups, and plates
that come from around the world. On the second floor, there is a beautiful
chandelier made with the finest crystal which is worth ten-million dollars.
Open: April-October 8am-7:30pm
*Showa Shinzan Bear
ranch TEL 0142-75-2290
Around 100 brown bears around the size of 2 meters are
being bred here.
Entry fees: Adults: 800 yen, children: 500 yen.
Open: Summer: 8am-5pm, Winter: 9am-4pm
55th Yokozuna Kitanoumi, a native of Sobetsu-cho where
Lake Toya is located, has a record of 24 victories and 951 wins. This
memorial hall honors his foot steps. Kitanoumi is currently the head
director of the Japan Sumo Association. This hall is also the local
resource center of Sobetsu-cho, so one can view the historical resources
of this town as well.
Entry fees: Adults: 250 yen, children: 100 yen
(For groups of 20 or more: Adults: 200 yen, children 80 yen)
Closed: Novermber-April, Every Monday
*Usuzan Ropeway TEL
Usuzan is a volcano south of Toya Caldera, and it is said that it has
been active since fifteen thousand to twenty thousand years ago. It
had a large eruption on August 7th of 1977, and it is an active volcano
that still sends up volcanic fume today. It is across from Showashinzan,
and there is a ropeway that holds 106 people that goes up to the area
near the peak of the mountain. There, you can enjoy the view lakeside
of Lake Toya all the way to Yoteizan and Uchiura bay.
Fees (Round-trip): Adults: 1,450 yen, children:
Open: 8:15am-5:30pm (15 minutes)
Varies according to the season.
Sports and Leisure Information
Rental Cycle (43km… around 4hrs to circle
*Toya Rental Cycle TEL 0142-75-2406
*Nakanishi Cycle TEL 0142-75-2820
*Showa Shinzan YH TEL 0142-75-2283
Tennis court (Abuta Tennis court)
Service period: 4/1-11/30 (Everyday)
Service times: 9am-9pm
Everyone but local towns people will be charged
TEL 0142-76-2937 (Mother and Child Hall)
*Sakura Park Golf Field
36Holes, 500yen per day, TEL 0142-82-5525
*Toya Interaction park
18Holes, 200yen, TEL 0142-82-5111
*Sobetsucho Park Golf Field
18Holes, 300yen, TEL 0142-66-2201
*History Park Yuhigaoka Park Golf Field
27Holes, Adults:500yen, children: 250yen, equipment rental fee:200
yen, TEL 0142-76-2422
Lake Hill Golf Club
A beautiful plain and mountain view at the base of Usuzan. 18 holes,
Par72. Appointments only. Visitor plays welcome.
(On Saturdays/Sundays/Holidays, members get priority. Appointments can
be made 1 month in advance)