Nishiyama Sanroku Kako Walking Path

Nishiyama Sanroku Kako Walking Path, Toyako-cho: Hours, Address, Nishiyama Sanroku Kako Walking Path Reviews: 4/5

Nishiyama Sanroku Kako Walking Path

Nishiyama Sanroku Kako Walking Path
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Scenic Walking Areas
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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hcchelsea
Singapore, Singapore56 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Easy trail, very easy to follow and various destroyed sites to see along the way. We reached this trial after walking the Kompiriyama trial. There is a shop and a bus stop at the start of the trail (the ice cream is not great..) The highlight for me was the destroyed Kindergarten with the "slanted pool"! We took a bus back to LakeToya bus terminal across the road after the Kindergarten. Do note that there is only 1 bus per hour (I think!).
Written July 29, 2018
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Vince King
Sapporo, Japan3 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
I feel that Toya doesn't get enough credit for being an amazing town that it is. While Lake Toya is the most obvious natural attraction, the fact that this place has erupted (3 times in the last 100 years) gives it a rich history. With its latest eruption taking place in 2000, you can see the abandoned school, factory and houses along the way.

Many hiking trails in the world will offer you beautiful nature but this one doesn't surprise you with just a beautiful view, it surprises you to see a small part of modern civilization destroyed by mother nature. I've seen how my wife's elementary school was buried in lava. Yep, the school is no longer operational, to say the least.

For those that are looking for something more exciting to do, want to see what volcanoes can do, but don't want to deal with the heat, this is a great hiking trail. I don't know a lot of places in the world that have a volcanic hiking trail, two restaurants with two Mich stars, a small place that serves a recommended Mich dish, and some great onsens to boot.
Written May 13, 2018
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Adam G
London, UK248 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
I visited here at the start of April hoping to hike the trial through the geo park up to the crater, parking at the Visitor Centre nearby. Sadly even though the trails were visibly clear of snow the area was locked up and closed to entry. I'm not sure if there is a standard date set for the trails to open regardless of the weather, perhaps later in April, but I wished I'd checked beforehand.
Written April 2, 2018
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Yew Hong Ng
Singapore, Singapore196 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
The trail starts near the Toyako Visitor Centre. That's a few minutes walk from the Bus Terminal. You can find a map of the Nishiyama trail from the Tourist Info Centre at the Bus Terminal - the map has the Kompiriyama/Nishiyama trail on one side, and the Yosomiyama trail on the other side. I went to both - I'd say the Kompiriyama_Nishiyama trails were better with very interesting views.

Basically, the start of the trail is where the abandoned bathhouse and apartment are located. After that you go back to the start (where there is a small guardhouse where you can donate money to the upkeep of the place) and go on the dirt trail. It gets a bit muddy from here and I managed well with my hiking pole, but there are ropes around to let you get a grip on to pull yourself forward so it's not so much of a problem - it was raining when I started the trail.

Once you get higher the trail gets easier. The highlight of the trail is the crater with green water known as Yu Kun. You get to climb right up to the edge! The view here is fantastic - you will be able to see Lake Toya as well.

The trail is well marked and not easy to get lost in. I spotted a fox at the top of the trail right where you make a turn to start going downhill (before the chimney). We stared at each other for seconds before it decided to run back into the forest. Down the trail, there is bus stop, a toilet, and a small shop with delicious ice-cream, and beyond that, you can carry on to do the Nishiyama trail. It was late by the time I reached this part so I took the bus back to Lake Toya and went back the next morning to carry on with the Nishiyama trail.

It was amazing as well! Basically the Nishiyama trail follows this highway that was destroyed during the last eruption. You can see how a crater destroyed the road and is now a pond. Further up, you will see the road deformed in the earthquake as well as a factory which is now abandoned. At the top of the trail, you will see several craters caused by the eruption and nothing is left of the road except for a speed limit signpost. The view on top was magnificent - you will be able to see Mt Yotei and Lake Toya on one side, and the pacific ocean on the other side (where Muroran is). But the trail continues - don't stop here! Going downhill now, you will eventually reach an abandoned kindergarten. The famous bus is right there - it looked really despondent. You can a small tiled pond which shows you how the whole place was tilted in the eruption. There's the slide that kids used to slide down from, and other interesting parts of the kindergarten where the kids must had had a lot of fun. Another smaller bus ahead, and round the corner you can see the front of the kindergarten with its signboard.

That's the end of the trail. You have 3 options here. 1) Go back the same way you came from. You can always take the bus at the ice-cream place. I believe hiking back to Lake Toya from there would take max 45 minutes. 2) Go down to Toya Train Station. I think it will take max 1 hour. 3) Go down to the next bus stop. I had read somewhere online that the bus serving Toya Station and Toya Onsen Bus Terminal does not stop on this side of the hill. However, on my way out of Toya Onsen I noticed that the bus will indeed stop somewhere near the abandoned kindergarten, about 10 minutes downhill.
Written June 14, 2017
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Dear Yew Hong N Thank you very much for coming to Lake Toya at this time. We are so happy to hear that you had a good time. We will keep aiming to make wonderful tourist sites which are loved by everyone. There is a Lake Toya long run fireworks display held from spring to autumn. The tunnel of illumination is held in winter. You can enjoy them all year round. We look forward to your next visit. Toyako Onsen Tourist Association
Written December 7, 2017
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MY_Advisor
Cologne, Germany57 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
Nice seeing more nature and a bit more of history of Toyako. Only go when it is dry though as some of the paths can get quite slippery!
Written June 8, 2017
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Dear Momo_Advisor Thank you very much for coming to Lake Toya at this time. We are so happy to hear that you had a good time. We will keep aiming to make wonderful tourist sites which are loved by everyone. There is a Lake Toya long run fireworks display held from spring to autumn. The tunnel of illumination is held in winter. You can enjoy them all year round. We look forward to your next visit. Toyako Onsen Tourist Association
Written December 7, 2017
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aphpixels
960 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
Long walk but so worth it to see the sight of the ruins which have been left behind following the volcanic activity that occurred in the area.

The whole area has been left as an open air museum with everything left as is when people evacuated when disaster struck.

The abandoned kindergarten is especially a harrowing experience to walk around.
Written April 1, 2017
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Dear Paul H Thank you very much for coming to Lake Toya at this time. We are so happy to hear that you had a good time. We will keep aiming to make wonderful tourist sites which are loved by everyone. There is a Lake Toya long run fireworks display held from spring to autumn. The tunnel of illumination is held in winter. You can enjoy them all year round. We look forward to your next visit. Toyako Onsen Tourist Association
Written December 7, 2017
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

markelshout
Beijing, China250 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
This walk nearly killed me on the return journey. Not sure how many stairs you climb but they seem to go on forever. But it is worth it (I think). Just make sure you are fit enough to get back and allow 90 minutes return (and I have long legs).
Written August 13, 2016
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Dear markelshout Thank you very much for coming to Lake Toya at this time. We are so happy to hear that you had a good time. We will keep aiming to make wonderful tourist sites which are loved by everyone. There is a Lake Toya long run fireworks display held from spring to autumn. The tunnel of illumination is held in winter. You can enjoy them all year round. We look forward to your next visit. Toyako Onsen Tourist Association
Written December 7, 2017
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Yee
Singapore, null, Singapore86 contributions
Nov 2015
We were recommended to go to this by the tourism office lady at Lake Toya. Just a few mins bus ride away so we tried it. Unfortunately we took a wrong path at the bus stop when we reached and went onto another trial which we also saw some destructions due to year 2000 Mt Usu eruption.

We then went back to do this Nihiyama trail. It was the last day the trial was opened for as it closes during winter. Shops were already all closed and very few people were there. It had snowed the day before and the winds were strong up at the top. Was totally frozen but scenery was nice. Great for photos.

In total, we did 1.5 hours of walking because we did 2 trails, the first was a mistake. Quite right to get a good meal in town after that followed by soaking in hot spa.
Written December 2, 2015
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Dear Yeex Thank you very much for coming to Lake Toya at this time. We are so happy to hear that you had a good time. We will keep aiming to make wonderful tourist sites which are loved by everyone. There is a Lake Toya long run fireworks display held from spring to autumn. The tunnel of illumination is held in winter. You can enjoy them all year round. We look forward to your next visit. Toyako Onsen Tourist Association
Written December 7, 2017
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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