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Go Kayaking on Winter Waters with Diamond-like Clarity


Experience the wonders of nature up close on the lake and shore


Lake Shikotsu: a sparkling jewel within the Shikotsu-Toya National Park in Hokkaido famed for its crystal-clear waters. So pristine, in fact, the lake has been rated among the purest nationwide for many consecutive years. Nowhere else in Japan can you see so deeply into the lake, a sight you can fully enjoy on a clear-bottom kayak tour.


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Autumn visitors can expect a visual feast of colored leaves, frogs about to spawn, and sockeye salmon. Winter adds the magic of the surrounding snowy peaks, as well as possible glimpses of wild deer and foxes on the shores.

Access: From Sapporo Station, take the Rapid Airport train to Chitose Station (about 30 minutes) and transfer to the Hokkaido Chuo Bus Shikotsuko to Shikotsuko (about 45 minutes).


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Contribution to Sustainability

Lake Shikotsu Caldera was formed by a large--scale volcanic eruption more than 40,000 years ago. The tour provider, Ocean days, the bottom of the lake.


National Parks of Japn Clear-Bottom Kayak Tours (Ocean days)


Shikotsuko Onsen Bangai, Chitose-shi, Hokkaido


Approx. 2 hours or more




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