Lake Kuttara

Lake Kuttara, Shiraoi-cho: Address, Lake Kuttara Reviews: 4/5

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John
Leavenworth, KS1,300 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Lake Kuttara – Lake Kuttara (倶多楽湖 ) and Lake Mashu in eastern Hokkaido are the two most clean lakes and have the deepest transparencies in Japan, about 20 meters, according to Japan’s Ministry of the Environment. They are both caldera lakes, and the lakes are sometimes hard to see from the tops of the caldera because they often cloud over. While Lake Kuttara is listed in Tripadvisor as being in Shiraoi Town, the only approach to it is from Route 350 from Noboribetsu and it is best seen as part of a Noboribetsu Onsen tour. Route 350 is about 15 km long and begins and ends at different places in Noboribetsu. The lake is approachable by car, bike or by a long hike. Route 350 circumnavigates about 1/3 of the lake from the northwest to the south and if you approach the lake from the northwest (from Oyunuma and Mount Hiyori in the Noboribetsu onsen area) you will climb to the caldera top and on clear days have beautiful views of Shiraoi, Muroran, Uchiura Bay and Mount Komagatake in Hakodate, as well as the almost circular Lake Kuttara. Proceeding further, the road enters the caldera and gradually descends to the lakeside, where you will find a paddle boat rental spot, restrooms, and a restaurant. The road then rises back to the caldera top where you can have beautiful views of Shiraoi, Muroran, Uchiura Bay and Mount Komagatake in Hakodate before decending again to Noboribetsu close to the Uchiura Bay. Mid-October travelers will also be rewarded with a beautiful array of fall colors. Visited 16 October 2017
Written October 21, 2017
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asianchef
Bangkok180 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
Nice view and serenity of the old crater. The peaceful lake with the sound and smell of nature and good imagination of this old volcanic creation can make this place a popular attraction. Since the winding asphalt road is narrow, driving with extra caution during high season. Good for picnic along the beach too.
Written July 15, 2013
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Sam Kim
Seoul, South Korea24 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
didn't expect to see this. but it was a nice place to drive by. but getting a good full view of the lake is difficult. not much developed as a tourist attraction. imagination-provoking place. the road by it would be great for cyclists. do check it out on your way out of the onsen village.
Written July 19, 2014
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LoChin73
Singapore, Singapore96 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
Some deserted areas on the road, we went in the summertime. Lots of winding roads and nice views of the lake.
Written August 12, 2018
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junglejan3
Rotterdam, The Netherlands4 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
The lake is nice, but you won't spend much time there. After taking a few pictures and maybe eating a bit it's time to move on. Make sure you move to Hell Valley. It's way more spectacular. We went by our own (rental) car which we found a real plus.
Written August 3, 2017
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Yew Hong Ng
Singapore, Singapore196 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
Lake Kuttaro is a caldera lake that is near to Noboribetsu Onsen. On the way to Oyunuma Pond, there is a tar road cutting through the path to Oyunuma. On Google Map, you can clearly see this road winding in an inverted U shape up North then South again to Lake Kuttaro. It took me less than two hours to reach there from the path to Oyunuma, and about the same time to get back. I must say that the walk away from Oyunuma uphill gave a much better view of Oyunuma than going down to the pond itself. Even if you do not intend to go all the way to Lake Kuttaro, at least go up the road a bit so that you can look down at Oyunuma.

Warning: there is nothing in between. No toilet, not a single vending machine to buy a drink, not a single place to sit or hide from any rain, no public buses (only 3 cars passed by me on my more than 3 hours trek). I went on a rainy day so I didnt really see much, especially the famed blue colour of the lake. But it was a pleasant hike anyway and I enjoyed the wind blowing through the mountain.
Written June 12, 2017
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AngAhSin
Singapore, Singapore72 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Less than 15 mins and 6.5 km drive from the Hell Valley parking area. Children can play with the clean waters (supposedly 2nd cleanest lake water in Japan) and catch little fishes.
Written August 5, 2019
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Emily_G_Scott
Sydney, Australia380 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
This is the route you can take to go back to Noboribetsu after sightseeing at Hell’s Valley and Lake Oyunuma & Okunuyu.

It’s the larger volcanic lake in the area. We managed to catch the sight when the sun was setting, casting a golden circle on the lake.

It’s peaceful and tranquil, highly recommend to finish up sightseeing at Hell’s Valley.
Written November 3, 2018
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GIT
Melbourne, Australia409 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
We went to Hells Valley and decided to go round the lake after our hike. Since we rented a car, it is not too difficult to go around the lake. It only took us 20-30mins drive to go around the scenic route and to stop along the observatory. The view up here is beautiful and it is worth it. There are some beautiful pictures to show the reflections of the golden maple leaves...Will certainly return.
Written November 3, 2018
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