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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 travel itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • It's not just a so called "best quality lake in Japan", it is also a nice place for water activities like rowing in Hokkaido. The view and river were just amazing even just sit and meditation; you can...  more »
  • In winter for the first time visited the Lake shikotsu, husband and wife both like and wants to come in the summer I tried to revisit. It is less windy sunny days and really increases the transparency and beautiful lakes. Tours to see birds, deer, and diving. I would look once the non-shikotsu Lake is really nothing personal atmosphere of the shikotsu Lake is love, will leave your preference. Finally eaten in a nearby shop chip Sushi (Sockeye Salmon), is fine to eat again.
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  • It is approximately a 30-minute tour. Really nice lady from the ship. Recommended take the seat on the left side towards the direction of the ship in the first half.
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Where to stay in Chitose

Chitose has a large number of accommodations for a city of its size, because of its large international airport. In the city center, you'll find an abundance of hotels of all varieties, usually used for convenience before or after a flight. Some more interesting accommodations can be found to the west of here in the national park, where visitors will find a decent number of options, including traditional guesthouses next to the scenic bodies of water, mountains, and hot springs.
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