We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Lake Mashu

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: , Kawakami-gun, Teshikaga-cho 088-3200, Hokkaido
Improve this listing

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 336 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 172
    Excellent
  • 121
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Not spectacular

We went to both Deck 1 (which has all the facilities) and Deck 3 (to view the whole lake). Overall, the lake was nice but not spectacular so in my opinion, it is not a must-go... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
greytokyo
,
Singapore, Singapore
Add Photo Write a Review

336 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Thai first
  • Any
English first
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We went to both Deck 1 (which has all the facilities) and Deck 3 (to view the whole lake). Overall, the lake was nice but not spectacular so in my opinion, it is not a must-go place. While there isn't any entrance fee to enter the area, if you want to park here, you will need to pay 500 yen.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
103 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

we got to observation nbr 1 when a bus full of locals arrived. lake was cloud covered .suddenly a ray of sun ..and we could sea the lake at its glorey. one of the nicest in japan.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dorset
Level Contributor
103 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Lake Mashu is just as beautiful as everyone says. We were lucky enough to visit on a sunny day with clear blue sky and it was simply stunning. After a brief stop at viewpoint 3, we parked at viewpoint 1 (parking fee is now ¥500). To the right of the shop is the start of the hiking trail and it... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lausanne, Switzerland
Level Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We only saw it from the 1st observatory lookout (no one is allowed by the lake), but the place, the view and its story will be one of the highlights of our journey in Hokkaido. Don't forget to visit the eco-museum at Kawayuonsen to get explanations if you need them in English.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Honolulu
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

There is a term "Mashu blue" when the sky is clear and sunny. A nice, quiet morning hike starts at the south end of the parking lot of "Observation Point 1". We were not up to the full hike, but had some great views of the lake not visible from the observation station. You cannot get down to the lake... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
singapore
Level Contributor
55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The first time we drove up to the lake it was cloudy :( We tried again another day when the weather was more promising and voila we were rewarded with a beautiful view of the lake. The security guy at the ticketing booth recognised us from the day before and allowed us in without having to pay again! The still... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
101 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Love Lake Mashu. Mysterious yet the calming effect gives travelers an everlasting impression. The entire atmosphere was serene and peaceful. Since Lake Mashu is always foggy(it says that if you can view Lake Mashu on a fog-less day, you could strike a jackpot!), one could smell the purity in the air. Will return someday.

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

How amazing is it! We were lucky can view the lake clearly. Please go to Level 3 Observatory Desk if you want to view the whole lake and nice scenery! The parking was free here. For level 1 car park we also enjoyed the free parking because we already paid ¥410 at Lousan, the sulphur mountain. There are many local... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
108 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I have been wanted to visit Lake Mashu, Lake Akan and Lake Kusharo in one day. I was in Abashiri and looking for a day tour to the 3 Lakes. Abashiri does not have any tour to the Lakes. Only in Kushiro that I could get a day tour by Akan Bus, from terminal beside JR Kushiro Station. Lake Mashu... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Genève
Level Contributor
217 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

You can have a nice view from the lake by going here. The only problem is that you cannot go down, so you just have a view from the top. The parking is 410 yen at one spot, and free at the other one, but you should do both.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Lake Mashu also viewed

Shari-cho, Shari-gun
Teshikaga-cho, Kawakami-gun
 
Kiyosato-cho, Shari-gun
Teshikaga-cho, Kawakami-gun
 

Been to Lake Mashu? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Lake Mashu and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Lake Mashu staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?