Lake Shikotsu, Lake Toya and Mt.Usu Tour from Sapporo with Audio Guide)

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Visit two of the most famous lakes in Hokkaido, Lake Shikotsu and Lake Toya, and get in touch with the wild nature of this northern island. Get great views from Mt. Usu and enjoy lunch by the lake.

  • mt. usu
  • Lake Shikotsu in autumn
  • Cruising the waters of Lake Toya
  • Taking picture from the summit of Mt. Usu
  • Lake Shikotsu small boat dock
  • Dine lakeside at Toyako Manseikaku
Spend a full day exploring the scenic vistas of northern Japan’s most famous lakes, with audio guides in English, Chinese, or Korean. First up is Lake Shikotsu, well known for the crystal clear clarity of its water. You can enjoy an optional cruise over the shining waters here. Next up is Lake Toya, a caldera lake formed by a large volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Its water is rich in minerals. This bountiful nature makes it home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Gaze at the glass-like surface of the lake as you enjoy lunch at Toyako Manseikaku. Mt. Usu, the first designated UNESCO Global Geopark in Japan, is on the way, and once at the summit you can get amazing views in the fresh air. Snap photos of the other mountains and the open ranges.
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Tours Departing Mar 1 to Apr 3
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Adult (Age 12 & over)
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USD 43.40
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Adult (Age 12 & over)
USD 61.48
USD 61.48
Child (Age 6-11)
USD 43.40
USD 43.40
Children under 6 who do not require seats ride free (1 Child x 1 Adult)
Duration: 10 hours 25 min
Please note, the boats in Lake Shikotsu are not operating during this time.
  • Duration: 11 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: Lunch / Bus fare / English audio guide / Japanese-speaking guide / Chinese audio guide / Ropeway fee / Multilingual Audio Device (English, Korean, Chinese, Japanese)
  • Schedule
  • Check-in
    Time & Location
  • Check-out
    Time & Location

  • 08:20 Check-in at Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
  • 08:35 Departure from Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
  • 10:20 Lake Shikotsu (30 minutes)
    Lake Shikotsu small boat dock Explore the area around Lake Shikotsu at your own pace. Although the cruise boats will not be operating, you can enjoy the quiet and the dramatic views of the mountains across the lake.
  • 11:35 Rest at Kinoko Okoku Shop (25 minutes)
  • 12:45 Lake Toya (85 minutes)
    Lake Shikotsu in autumn Enjoy lunch and free time at this beautiful lake-side hotel. After checking out the views over the clear lake, you can opt to warm up in the nearby hot springs too!
  • Lunch at Toyako Manseikaku Hotel
    Lunch will feature specialties like miso grilled salmon and mushrooms, Japanese-style omelette, shredded daikon radish, udon noodles with pork and veggies, baby scallops and corn egg custard, grilled fish in soy sauce with almond crusted shrimp, chili pepper and vegetable salad and other dishes.
  • 14:20 Mt. Usu Ropeway (90 minutes)
    Taking picture from the summit of Mt. Usu Close to the volcano's summit, the observation decks offer gorgeous views of Lake Toya, neighboring Mt. Showa Shinzan, the Pacific Ocean, and Mt. Usu's largest crater.
  • 16:15 Sairo Observation Deck (15 minutes)
    Enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of the picturesque Lake Toya, the Nakajima Isles, Mt. Showa Shinzan, Mt. Usu, and much more!
  • 17:30 Nakayama Pass (15 minutes)
    Another scenic photo opportunity of the surrounding Hokkaido mountains including Ezo Fuji or the "Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido".
  • 18:10 Jouzankei Onsen (drop-off point)
  • 18:45 Sapporo Park Hotel (drop-off point)
  • 18:47 Art Hotels Sapporo (drop-off point)
  • 18:48 Jasmac Plaza Hotel (drop-off point)
  • 18:50 Susukino (drop-off point)
  • 18:55 Sapporo Clock Tower (drop-off point)
  • 19:00 Tour Ends at Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
Package detail / Schedule
    • For children under the age of 6 who require seats, please book as 'Child 6-11'.
    • Please exchange your VELTRA voucher 15-minutes prior to your boarding time at the terminal.
    • Please note that the Shikotsu Lake Cruise only runs until Novemer 3rd. Tours departing from November 4th - 13th will not board the cruise and your stay in Lake Shikotsu will be 35-minutes.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are easy to move around in.
Additional Note(s)
    • Show your bus ticket stub at the Shikotsu Lake Cruise (glass-bottomed boat) and receive a 10% discount on the fare. Adult 1,200 JPY, Child 600 JPY.
      The boat departs at 10:10 and the tour lasts 30 minutes.
      Participation is optional.
      *Only for tours running between May 7 and November 3.
    • The duration of sightseeing may be changed due to traffic and the number of passengers.
    • Arrival times may be earlier than scheduled due to holiday breaks or facility rules.
    • Depending on traffic or bad weather, the return bus to Sapporo Station may be delayed. Please allow enough time to make connecting transfers.
    • Tours may be cancelled due to bad weather or road closures. Please contact the tour operator to reconfirm the operation in the event of inclement weather.
    • Show your bus ticket stub for a 50 JPY discount on the Lake Toya Japanese beef croquette and 100 JPY discount on milk softserve ice cream.
    • In the case the ropeway does not operate due to strong winds and bad weather, you will receive a souvenir.
    • For an additional fare (JPY 500 for adults/JPY 250 for children/ Free for infants 5 years old and under), you can bathe in Manseikaku. Towels and toiletry are not included. Towels are available for rent at JPY 300. Both may be paid on site.
    • Show your ticket stub at the Showa Niiyama Glass House to receive an original postcard. Guests who also make a purchase will receive a bonus glass animal-shaped rubber band holder. (You will not be able to choose the animal.)
    • Show your bus ticket stub and receive a 10% discount at the Bear Farm.
      Adult JPY 850 -> JPY 750
      Child JPY 500 -> JPY 400
Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
    • You can book a minimum of 1.
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 2 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 100 yen.

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(4.00/5.00) 4.00 / 5
(3 reviews)
Language English, Japanese, Chinese
Pick-up Not available
Duration 10.5 - 11 hour(s)
Availability Daily
Meal Lunch


by: W.F. Leong
Lake Toya and Lake Shikotsu are two beautiful lakes that should not be missed. So is Mt Usu when visiting Hokkaido. We had a nice Japanese lunch served in a beautiful resort hotel overlooking Lake Toy...more
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