Lake Shikaribetsu Area

Figure of the primeval forest:

The lakes are among splendid natural forests and the area where a primeval forest remains a lot in particular in Hokkaido. The rural beauty of the unexplored region in a deep forest and outdoors baths await visitors. Few visitors get there since access is rather infrequent. However, the area can thoroughly be enjoyed for its spectacular nature in return. It is highly recommended.

The autumn leaves are approaching.


Access and Getting Around

There are only a few bus services which makes the access inconvenient from JR Shintoku Station, yet tourists take a pick-up bus at JR Shintoku Station for a hotel by Lake Shikaribetsu. So it is convenient to stay at a hotel by the lake in consideration of convenience.

By Bus

From Obishiro Station, 4 bus services per day (3 buses on Saturdays, Sundays)

From Shintoku Station, 3 bus services per day (2 buses on Saturdays, Sundays)

By Car

From Obishiro Station, Approximately 1.5 hours

Lake Shikaribetsu Area


Lake Shikaribetsu

-Specific Nature 

Lake Shikaribetsu is in the east Daisetsu area of  Daisetsuzan National Park.Its altitude is 800m. It is the highest among the lakes of Hokkaido and the Japan's coldest area.There are colored leaves in fall that can be enjoyed for the entire seasonand outdoors event (Kotan Festival tourist attraction in winter). ...

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Kotan Festival

-Seasonal Attractions  -Festivals 

Various outdoor activities are held in winter.An ice bar, outdoor baths on the frozen lake, an ice theater, cross-country skis, the walk in the forest, a knight watching,the making of glass, snowmobiles, concerts, and wedding ceremonies on the ice.It is not enough to enjoy the fun in a day due to so many events(From the end of January to the middle of March).  ...

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Shikaribetsu Ravine

-Specific Nature 

Open Air Baths are dotted in the ravine of the virgin forest.It is the heaven for outdoor bath lovers.The access is only by car due to no public transportation at all.It is an unknown region due to few visitors. It is the term apt for “real gem”.One of our most favorite hot springs. A campground is available in the ravine.There is no problem with staying since there is a hotel nearby.   ...

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Accommodation around Lake Shikaribetsu Area