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Lake Shikotsu, Chitose

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Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Lake Shikotsu represents one of Japan's deepest bodies of water, offering fine views of a still-active volcano. Formed some 30,000 years ago, the caldera doesn't freeze in the winter, despite the cold northern climate. The eastern shore features hotels and hot spring resorts for tourists, while a nearby canyon shelters rich plant life and over twenty types of moss viewable from an observation deck--an ideal destination for nature lovers. Stroll around the lake's rim or hike up the volcano and enjoy the views over the deserted crater landscape and the glimmering water. Put Lake Shikotsu into our Chitose trip tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Chitose.
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  • It was mid-September, when strong winds and cold. At the visitor center lot studied, went down to the Lake. Tourist season is over or not is nothing like a boat floating on the Lake. Because of the strong winds was large wavy Lake. Chitose Burger car has bought and ate the eggs are nice and very clean.
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  • It is a very large lake. As first makes a mistake and the sea. Place Lake dive only in Japan. I think come within 1 hours from Sapporo weather permitting on the scenery better nature fully feel off the beaten path.
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  • Every year, in February and visit this place. Hokkaido has many events. Sapporo Snow Festival, Otaru Snow light path, sounkyo Gorge icefall in here Lake shikotsu Festival include the "ice Festival" will be held. Pumped water of Lake shikotsu, whatever, and then injected with a sprinkler, freeze said. Smaller venues are spectacular is 10 minutes, fireworks are being held. I'm not sure I can be seen many times, but this festival is run, sponsorship money in money terms continued stringent come. Are held during this year's visitors was urging cooperation funds. Been seen again the next year and beyond! Even a little, feel the same way, come please, donations help thank you!
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  • Calm and peaceful location for those if you that prefer the zen feel rather than a beach resort. It is a place suitable for all weather and season. My favourite are Winter - although cold, but the lake is surrounded by white land covered in snow. If you come in the right time, you also get to enjoy the blue/ice festival that lights up throughout the day. Autumn - the land is covered by the red, orange and yellow flavour of the season.
  • calm, peaceful and pretty. I recommend you to go there when its nice weather otherwise water clarity won't be good.
  • Water of this lake is very pure. The transparency of water of the river is extremely high. You can see the bottom of the river as if there is no water. There is a railroad bridge which was used for transporting woods. The scenery of the lake including these artifacts is attractive.
  • Nice day out,very scenic,nice food and you can scuba dive as well,very rel axing.pedal swan boats are expensive ¥2000/€18 for 30mins.
  • the driveway to marukoma ryokan was like lake Thun in Switzerland. I would say it was the one of the best lake with a view. Not to mention, ryokan was the number 1,natural hot spring.
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