“Toyako Onsen” is a hot spring area that boasts of having the third highest amount of hot spring water in Japan, and one of the most famous tourist resorts of Hokkaido.
Lake Toya is a crater lake made by the collapse of a volcano. Now an ice-free lake of the northern limit along with Lake Shikotsu, it is located within Shikotsu-Toya National Park. The name “Toyako” stems from the aborigine Ainu language, meaning “hill” and “lake” respectively.
Two breathtaking views, one from Miharashidai Observatory between JR Toya Station and the primary hot spring area, and the second from Sailo Observatory, are a must-see. The quite famous Hokkaido spots of Mt. Showa-shinzan and Mt. Usu are just nearby Toyako Onsen.
Lake Toya Cruise
Of the 4 islands of Lake Toya – “Nakajima Cruise”
On the water, listen to sound of the waves surrounded by Mt. Yotei, Mt. Showa-shinzan and Mt. Usu, being fully able to enjoy the four seasons’ scenery.
As one of the biggest ship sizes for lakes – “The Espoir” – brings the feeling of the medieval period to life, and gives the impression of a dream castle on the lake.
During the fireworks season, you may also wish to experience the Fireworks Cruise available each night.
Cruising, fishing and rental boats operations are running.
There are two motor boats, and even motor swan boat (pedal boat with an engine) – only here in Hokkaido.
Rent-a-Cycle Takayanagi Shokai
■Bicycles (40 adult bicycles available, offering support for children also) Reservation is possible
1 hour: 700 yen, 2 hours: 900 yen, Each additional hour: 300 yen, 1 day (by reservation): 2,000 yen
■Electrically-powered bicycles (3 bicycles available・electric assist cycles)・Two-seater electrically-powered bicycles (2 bicycles available・for 2-person use) 1 hour: 1,500 yen, Each additional hour: 500 yen, 1 day (by reservation): 4,000 yen
Volcano Science Museum・Toyako Visitor Center
The Volcano Science Museum introduces the history of Mt. Usu through a wide range of audio-visual materials, exhibitions, and experience devices focused on the eruptions in 1977 and 2000.
Located in Toyako Visitor Center, we offer exhibitions and displays of the organism that is Toyako and the surrounding area to help visitors to get in touch with the nature of the area.
Disaster Monuments at Konpira Craters・Konpira Craters・Craters at the Foot of Mt. Nishiyama
The eruption of Mt. Usu that occurred in March of 2000 is an experience which is passed down to the next generations. As the remains serve for the purpose of reducing future potential natural disaster, it is now kept in its original state as a walking path and reminder of the disastrous explosion.
You can see firsthand the damage and suffering caused by the eruption in things like bridges that were swept away, the volcanic mud flow, and buildings that were buried by it.
In the ever-changing hot spring town of Toyako, we believe in protecting the traditions while taking into consideration support for the new era.
With the hope of keeping the origin and basis for all of the future, we are to serve everyone. “Compassion towards people, thoughtfulness of taste”- Boyotei.
Toyako Event Information
- Toyako Long-Run Fireworks Display
The night sky is filled by the fireworks over Lake Toya for about 20 minutes every night from 20:45.
These fireworks are held for 6 months from the end of April to the end of October.
Set off from a ship which moves about on the lake, you can watch and enjoy from anywhere in comfort.
Dates: From the end of April to the end of October (Start time is 20:45)
- Toyako Onsen Kanko Farmer’s Market
In the morning market, a variety of vegetables and fruits cultivated around Lake Toya are sold at low reasonable prices.
As you can appreciate the wild plants and vegetables the season has to offer, the market is enjoyed not only by local people but quite popular among tourists as well.
Dates: Sundays, from the middle of May to the end of September (6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.)
- Toyako Marathon
A spring marathon race that runs the beautiful lakeside of Lake Toya.
With a selection of courses from the full marathon of 42.195 km to parent-child pair marathons of 2 km, and it is also possible for double entry.
After the marathon, as entrants can refresh body and mind in the area’s hot spring, it has become a rather popular marathon choice across the country.
Date: In the middle of May
- Toyako Manga・Anime Festival
Hokkaido’s town of Lake Toya transforms into a complete cosplay festival venue!
Come and enjoy a ton of fun at the event with a voice actor talk show, publications and goods sale display convention, exhibition of cars painted with Anime characters and more!
Dates: 2017 / 6 / 24 (Sat)・25 (Sun)
- Toyako Onsen Summer Festival
This open street fair is lined with stands and booths complete with shooting games, ring tosses and more, bringing a number of visitors from locals to tourists who gather to enjoy this traditional Japanese dance and lantern festival. Also as you can see the Long-Run Firework Display from the summer festival grounds, you will be sure to enjoy a long summer’s eve to your heart’s content.
Dates: During summertime
- Toyako Onsen Town Illumination
From the hot spring town of Lake Toya continuing along the lakeshore for about 70 meters, the street is completely adorned with bright blue and white shades of light. During this special time, the town is decorated with the illumination tunnel and creates a most romantic environment along the lake.
Date: During wintertime