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Lake Toya

Lake ToyaToya mapLake Toya ("Tooya-ko" in Japanese) is a freshwater caldera lake located about 60 km southwest of Sapporo, and it is located about 40 km west-southwest of Lake Shikotsu.

It is nearly circular and is about 10 km in diameter.
In the center of the lake, there are a big island (Nakajima) 3 km across and three small islands.
This lake doesn't freeze in winter.

Lake Toya was formed by eruption of a volcano about 100 thousand years ago.
The eruption was very powerful, then the volcanic ashes are found throughout northern Japan.
Now on the south side of the lake, there is a very active volcano Mount Usu (737 m).

There is Toyako hot spring resort on the southern shore, and more than a dozen hotels are located.
From here, we have a beautiful view of Mount Yotei distantly over the lake.

Sightseeing ship leaves from the resort area.
It is operated every 30 minutes from mid-April to early November.
It takes about 50 minutes to cruise round. You can land on the central island, then you can take the next ship from the island.

In July 2008, the G8 summit was held here.

How to get to here

By route bus

About 2 hour 40 minutes from JR Sapporo station.

BY railroad and route bus

By limited express to JR Toya station, about 1 hour and 45 minutes from Sapporo, about 1 hour and  40 minutes from Hakodate.
Then by route bus, about 18 minutes from JR Toya station.

By car

On the Hokkaido expressway, about 146 km from Sapporo to Abuta-Toyako Exit. It takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Then about 7 km to Lake Toya.

Lake Toya and Mount Yotei
Photo by Toyako Onsen Tourist Association
A view from north side Ukimido pagoda on the north shore
Photo by DO PHOTO
Toyako hot spring resort and Mount Usu Footbath in Toyako hot spring resort
Photo by DO PHOTO

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