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Lake Shikotsu, Chitose

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Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
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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  • Great for families, nice place to view the mountains..since I stayed at Fino Chitose Hotel it is easy excess to commute by bus...  more »
  • The lake is beautiful, completely surrounded by mountains on all sides. We went in the winter so it was windy and cold but beautiful and mesmerizing.  more »
  • The lake is not frozen often and plants and leaves don't rot. It is worth to see. Noted on wonder-tips.
  • 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.

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