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Chitose, Hokkaido
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Reviewed October 10, 2018

The trees around the lake change to yellow red and some are green ,so beautiful! And so peaceful because no shops around only few hotels.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank nsinghakowinta
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

Yes. It has great scenery. It is no doubt. But if have (or rent) no car, thrn think twice. There is only one bus in a hour(or two hours) from/to chitose airport. You might need to spend a day for this because of poor public...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Sparkling icy cold lake which was beautiful to look at during the hours we were there. Sadly because of the tornado and earthquake much of the woodland walk was out of bounds. Ghastly swan pedalo boats to ride or a more sedate ride on a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ros m
Reviewed September 1, 2018

If you are riding or driving, this gorgeous lake is worth the drive. Suggest bring picnic lunch, the views are spectacular and the drive is easy. Spring, summer, good, fall the best. Winter depends on weather. You will not be disappointed.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MJonesPE
Reviewed August 14, 2018

In the film Howl's Moving Castle, Sophie went to a lake in the half-snow-covered mountains, which looked just like one of the lakes in the Alps. She washed a lot of clothes, and aired them with the help of Markl and Turnip Head. And then...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

We spent a nice night at a small guesthouse type hotel. There are beautiful walks and harder mountain trails all around the lake. We were surprised and really enjoyed our 2 days. You can rent paddle boats, waterbikes and kayaks.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ScambusterSZ
Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

After a first massive eruptions thousands of years ago that formed this large volcanic lake 3 other eruptions along the same fault line created 3 other craters of different ages. Some great hikes and a fun waterfront area for lunch/drink. Good parking and access. Just...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Lonestarbc
Reviewed June 15, 2018

Shikotsu is currently the cleanest lake in Hokkaido. Rainbow trout are raised here and currently eggs are being taken down to re-populate Fukushima. (You can fish in Hokkaido without a license). There are some great little cafes, spas, little eateries, and in winter the ice...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank kate s
Reviewed June 15, 2018

It was a 5 minute drive to the lake-front from the serene Kyukumura Shikotsu resort where we had spent the night. The sun was ablaze when we arrived at the lake at mid-morning. The brilliant hues of the azaleas framed the cool azure of the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Sidrian2
Reviewed March 31, 2018

You will see a place of absolute white. Everywhere is blanketed in fog and snow. The place will be best if the Putonghua-speaking people can lower their voice.

Date of experience: January 2018
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October 2, 2018|
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Response from ScambusterSZ | Reviewed this property |
The roads are fine. Only the area south of Chitose near to the epicenter was affected.
July 22, 2018|
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Response from Kumasan4989 | Reviewed this property |
Please search Shikotsuko Onsen Ryokan Association Official website and select language, click "access" I can't send address dut to regulation of Tripadvicer.
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June 21, 2018|
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Response from feil675 | Reviewed this property |
There is public bus going there. Check online or go to tourist center to get information.
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8 days early Sep 2018, need help with east Hokkaido (2 Replies)
Hello TAs. It's my first self drive in Japan, and my first visit to Hokkaido. My flights are booked and can't be changed. I arrive on 7 Sep at 1pm and leave on 15 Sep at 9pm, from New Chitose Airport (no open jaw). Two adults, late 50s. We prefer scenery, onsen, food. I realise that at that time of year we're too late for many of the flowers and too early for koyo. We'll won't be overly optimistic! I was thinking of combination self-drive plus trains because the idea of driving 4 to 6...More
March 26, 2018|
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Thank you so much for your advise! I wouldn't have thought of this at all on my own. Thank you again.
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Pls advise on cheap transport option in Hokkaido (0 Replies)
Our family of four ( 2 sons, age 13 & 11) are planning our 20 days during Dec in Japan, most of the time will be spent in Hokkaido, it's our first time in Hokkaido. Our itinery as below:- Day 1- Arrive Haneda airport, overnight in a hotel near Haneda airport Day 2 - Domestic flight fr Haneda to Sapporo (new chitose airport) Day 3 - Sapporo to Lake Shikotsu-ko, overnight at Lake Shikotsuko Day 4 - Shikotsuko to Noboribetsu, overnight at Noboribetsu Day 5 - Noboribetsu Day 6 -...More
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Mid February Itinerary Feedback (1 Replies)
Its gonna be our First time visiting Hokkaido & Experience Winter. what do you think of our Itinerary? We will be staying in Susukino Feb 14-20. Thanks Day 1: Susukino Day 2: Visit Nikka Distillery, Otaru Snow Light path Festival Day 3: Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival Day 4: Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival Staying Overnight Day 5: lunch in Asahikawa ( do you have any Best Ramen recommendation near Jr Asahikawa?) Dinner In Sapporo beer musuem Day 6: Breakfast in Sapporo curb market or...More
November 14, 2018|