Lake Shikotsu is a caldera lake that offers a relaxing ambiance and stunning natural views. It is a part of the Shikotsu-Toya National Park. It’s tucked away in the southwest part of Hokkaido. The average depth is 869 feet with a maximum depth of 1,191 feet, which makes it the second deepest lake in all of Japan. It is also the northernmost ice-free lake in all of Japan. It was created about 50,000 years ago and its name comes from “shikot” meaning “hollow” or “big depression.” The Japanese tried to rename the lake “Engi” but that name didn’t catch on.
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Paddle your way across this beautiful lake. Enjoy the fresh air, exercise and chance to relax in a splendid, peaceful environment.
The fishing here is amazing for Remote Lands clients who find both joy and peace while angling. The river is full of salmon and other fish. Red salmon, known as “chippu,” is popular here. It was first introduced in 1895 from Lake Akan.
Hokkaido Barbecue College
Visit the college and try some of the very best beef around Japan, if not the world. The chefs here are outstanding, the students eager and the food is simply delicious. Highly recommended by Remote Lands staff.
Saddle up for a great ride led by your guide and you meander through one of the most beautiful, scenic parts of Japan.
Peddled your way on a lovely, scenic ride which puts you right in the heart of nature and allows for group interaction along the way. Stop for photographs or even a picnic lunch.
Lake Shikotsu is surrounded by three volcanoes: Mount Tarumae in the south, Mount Fuppushi and Mount Eniwa. Hike, walk, trek and photograph to your heart’s content.
Explore in-depth information, experiences and highlights by navigating to specific regions using the links below on the right.
- Iya Valley
- Izu Peninsula
- Kotohira & Takamatsu
- Lake Shikotsu
- Lake Toya
- Matsuyama & Imabari
- Naoshima & Seto Inland Sea Islands
- Yakushima Island
Mizu-no-uta Tsuruga Resort & Spa
Situated on the beach, Tsuruga Resort offers luxurious accommodation and hot spring baths by Lake Shikotsu. Shikotsu-Toya National Park is the main attraction in the area. The resort features a spa, spa tub, a fitness facility, a steam room, hot springs, an indoor pool, a restaurant and a bar/lounge. The comfortable rooms include a private bathroom, coffee/tea makers, hair dryers, flat-panel televisions with VCRs and a comfy seating area. Rooms are decorated in a contemporary Japanese style, with warm woodwork and tatami. Some suites come with a private open-air hot spring bath. The lake is only a five-minute walk away. Bicycle rental is available. The onsite Amam Restaurant offers all-day buffet dining, and Amano Uta Restaurant serves exquisite Japanese fare. Bar Ape serves up a selection of alcoholic drinks, and sweet treats are on offer at Patisserie Labo.
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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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