Showashinzan

Showashinzan, Sobetsu-cho: Address, Showashinzan Reviews: 4/5

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DYA717
Honolulu9,267 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
This attraction is along the way to Lake Toya onsens. Showa Shinzan is a relatively recently created lava dome, still steaming. There are restaurants, souvenirs shops and a bear zoo. The bears are trained to raise their paws at which time tourists would toss them cookies of some sort one can purchase there. Pitiful -- it didn’t seem like a good deal/environment for the bears. However, the rest of the attraction has many interesting things The Mount Usuzan ropeway is located there.
Written July 27, 2014
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John
Leavenworth, KS1,300 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
This new volcano is part of the Usuzan volcano system. It started erupting from a field in 1944. As this was during the Great Pacific War, the Japanese government reportedly did not announce the eruption for fear that the mountain would be used as a beacon for American and allied bombers flying from the Aleutian island chain, the Kuril Islands, over Japan’s northern territories, and over Hokkaido to the Japanese mainland. (Bombers never flew this route.) Eruptions ended in 1945. The mountain is easily observed from the parking lot to the Usuzan Ropeway. It is on private land and not a climbing mountain. I find it most interesting to observe the plant life that has grown on the mountain in its 75 years of existence. Visited 10/16/2017.
Written August 20, 2018
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markelshout
Beijing, China250 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
This was the toughest walk I did in Hokkaido. I don't know how many stairs I climbed on my return from the south tip of the crater but it felt like thousands. It is a hard walk and all estimates on how long you need to do the walk are accurate. But the views are incredible and the nature around there is very pretty too. The cost is reasonable for the cable car (ropeway) and for those not wanting to do any substantial walking, a viewing platform at the top of the cablecar (ropeway) does offer some good looks into the crater. But the walk is the only true way to get a sense of the volcanic activity. Just prepare yourself for the pain of climbing the stairs at the end!
Written August 17, 2016
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BadgerCT
Cape Town Central, South Africa2,024 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
Well-signposted both from the Lake Toya road and the freeway, and about 10 minutes’ drive from each. You’ll have to pay for parking below the mountain, a rip-off at Y500. There are several places you can get information about the formation of the mountain including the information boards just above the car park. The Volcano museum at Toyako 10 minutes away is another and then of course there’s google. If you aren’t riding up the ropeway then this is a 15-minute stop not counting browsing time in the many souvenir shops.
Written March 9, 2016
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Keith
Singapore, Singapore1,079 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Took the ropeway up mount Usu , the view is great. The was formed after the last volcanic eruption .
Written May 30, 2018
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Edwin L
Bandung, Indonesia416 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
our tour guide showashinzan was a new mountain. we stop by in the souvenir market and our tour guide said the in this place they have a famous cream. and many tourist buy the cream. there are some restaurant and coffee shop. the green tea ice was good.
Written January 6, 2018
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yfylou
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia6,502 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
After having a great time with the bears, we took a ropeway ride to the observatory deck. From here we can see a better view of Mr. Showa Shinzan still smoking, center crater of Mr. Usu and the panoramic view of Lake Toya.
Written August 3, 2017
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mcleeSingapore
Singapore, Singapore311 contributions
Nov 2016 • Family
A nice place for a photo moment. Close up to a volcano dome? You see and figure it out. I guess this will be the nearest I ever get to a volcano. There is a bear ranch nearby nice for kids! There are some little shops nearby which you can shop...oh! Do try the fresh corn and sweet potato! It's so so sweet! Nice!
Written November 12, 2016
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David L
Sydney, Australia407 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
When you see that there are free walking sticks on loan, you know that it will be physically demanding. On a good and with enough time, you will be rewarded with a good view on the volcano after the walk. Please note that the time stated on the information boards seem to be understating (or assuming you are extremely fit), so please allow more time.
Written September 13, 2016
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Prasad T
Kutchan-cho, Japan255 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
You can have a good view of the mountain form the Usuzan ropeway station. This is a young volcano still emitting smoke.
Written July 22, 2016
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