Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Lake Shikotsu represents one of Japan's deepest bodies of water, offering fine views of a still-active volcano. Formed some 30,000 years ago, the caldera doesn't freeze in the winter, despite the cold northern climate. The eastern shore features hotels and hot spring resorts for tourists, while a nearby canyon shelters rich plant life and over twenty types of moss viewable from an observation deck--an ideal destination for nature lovers. Stroll around the lake's rim or hike up the volcano and enjoy the views over the deserted crater landscape and the glimmering water. Put Lake Shikotsu into our Chitose trip tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Chitose.
Tours To Lake Shikotsu
Lake Shikotsu Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $100
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
Explore Lake Shikotsu, Toya & Mount Usu BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $104
Duration: 9 hours
Lake Shikotsu Reviews
Visited the lake and ice festival, it was beautiful and we had a wonderful time. There are also some food stands available in the area. more »
Beautiful. One-of-a-kind experience. Perfect timing. Duration of tour just right. No regrets at all. Highly recommended. When I booked this tour via KKDay, I requested for an English tour guide... more »
The lake is not frozen often and plants and leaves don't rot. It is worth to see. Noted on wonder-tips.
Calm and peaceful location for those if you that prefer the zen feel rather than a beach resort. It is a place suitable for all weather and season. My favourite are Winter - although cold, but the lake is surrounded by white land covered in snow. If you come in the right time, you also get to enjoy the blue/ice festival that lights up throughout the day. Autumn - the land is covered by the red, orange and yellow flavour of the season.
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