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Lake created by large eruption 110 thousand years ago

Lake Toya

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Lake Toya

Description of Lake Toya

Lake Toya (Toyako) straddles Toyamachi, Abuta-gun and Sobetsu-cho, Usu-gun areas of Hokkaido Prefecture. Lake Toya is Japan's ninth largest lake and the third largest caldera lake. It has also been chosen as one of the "One Hundred Views of Japan," "the best 100 sightseeing spots in Japan," and "the best 500 beautiful and attractive walking paths in Japan." The area around Lake Toya is part of Shikotsu-Toya National Park that is registered as a Japanese Geopark and a UNESCO Global Geopark named the "Toya-ko Lake-Mount Usu Geopark."

Geography and nature

The shape of Lake Toya is almost round, roughly 11 km from east to west and roughly 9 km from south to north. Inhabitants of the lake include native fish such as Salvelinus leucomaenis, Japanese dace, Rhinogobius brunneus, bullhead, etc. and fish artificially released into the lake such as pond smelt, sockeye salmon, rainbow trout, cherry salmon, carp, brown trout, etc. You can enjoy fishing there unless it is a closed season. Lake Toya has four islands of various sizes in the middle that are collectively referred to as "Nakanoshima." Permanent residents used to live there up until around 1960. Today, there are no permanent residents on the Nakanoshima islands, but many Yezo sika deer live there. The Toyako Forest Museum of Nakanoshima has exhibits explaining the nature surrounding Toya-ko Lake and its wildlife.

Toyakokisen's cruise

Pleasure boats named "Toyakokisen" operate on Lake Toya. Nakanoshima cruises let you have look around "Oshima" island where Yezo sika deer live, "Kannon" island where the Kannon of a god of economy is placed, and "Benten" island which enshrines Benten, the god of marriage. The cruise is offered on four types of pleasure boats including the "Espoir" that looks like a medieval castle. The "Long-run Fireworks Display," is Lake Toya's famous attraction and there is a "Fireworks Cruise" to enjoy the fireworks. A lunch cruise is also available from the beginning of May to the middle of July, and from the beginning of September to the end of October. The regular Nakanoshima Cruise costs 1420 yen for adults and 710 yen for elementary school students. During summer, the Nakanoshima cruise without landing takes 50 minutes and the course with landing on Nakanoshima takes roughly 80 minutes. During winter passengers are not allowed to land on Nakanoshima, so the cruise's time is shortened to 30-45 minutes.

Access

You can visit Lake Toya either by car or by public transportation. If you drive, get off the expressway at the Abuta-Toya-ko Exit, which is the nearest exit to Lake Toya, and then head for the Toyako Onsen hot springs resort. If you use public transportation, the nearest station is JR Toya-ko station and the nearest bus stop is called "Toya-ko Onsen."

Information of Lake Toya

Spot name Lake Toya
Address 29, Toya-ko Onsen, Toya-ko-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido
TEL 0142-75-2137
FAX 0142-75-2653

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