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Lake Shikotsu (Shikotsuko)
Lake Shikotsu (Shikotsuko)

Lake Shikotsu (Shikotsuko)

Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan

The Basics

There are many ways to enjoy Lake Shikotsu. Go bird-watching at Shikotsu Wild Bird Nature Path or the Yacho-no-Mori bird sanctuary. During the summer, popular activities include fishing, boating, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, hiking, cycling, and camping. During the winter, popular activities include snowmobiling, snow rafting, and sledding. Hot springs (onsen) can be enjoyed year-round.

Visit independently or as part of a guided hiking, mountain biking, snow-activity, or Ice Festival tour to Lake Shikotsu. Visitors looking to explore more of the area can join a guided tour with additional stops at Lake Toya and the Toya-Usu UNESCO Global Geopark.

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Explore Lake Shikotsu, Toya & Mount Usu
Explore Lake Shikotsu, Toya & Mount Usu
star-4.5
$103.71 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Breathtaking!
The colors of autumn were all over the mountain and lakes! There was a bit of snow at Mt. Usu. Tour team assigned to us was amazing! Really worth it!
katlising, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Sapporo

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Great Experience Cycling Tour
tiffenybeh, Oct 2019
Lake Shikotsu Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo
Had a great time with tour guide Marion. He is very careful and always make sure your safety comes first. Cycling through the park with some bumpy path was great. The view of Lake Shikotsu was awesome with the surrounding of autumn leaves on the trees.
star-5
Beautiful tour!
Neal_M, Jul 2020
Lake Shikotsu & Lake Toya National Park Private Day Trip
Sumi was a fantastic tour guide. She was so easy to talk to, and she was very knowledgeable about the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Sapporo and Hokkaido. The whole park area was gorgeous, the two calderas were beautiful, and the views from Mt. Usu were stunning.
star-4
Day trip from Sapporo
Chris H, Nov 2019
Explore Lake Shikotsu, Toya & Mount Usu
Met our tour guide Sam, a young guy from Northern Territory, Australia at 7:45. We were still gas bagging at 17:30 when our day out finished. Very pleasant trip with 2 lakes, volcanos and lovely autumn colors. Lunch to boot. Thank you.
star-5
Great tour option when you don't want to hire a car!
jessharling, Oct 2019
Explore Lake Shikotsu, Toya & Mount Usu
Enjoyable tour with an informative guide. All of the locations are beautiful and worth seeing. We visited some places that are tricky to get to without a car so good for those who cannot hire a car.
star-5
This was an exceptional tour which I...
Melissa v, Jul 2017
Lake Shikotsu Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo
This was an exceptional tour which I would highly recommend if you are staying in Sapporo and are looking for an experience in Hokkaido nature! In total it's an 18 km mountain bike tour two legs with a lunch and some leisure time in between. It is a moderate tour not too heavy. The tour brings you to Lake Shikotsu and its beautiful nature. Jun-san is a good and professional guide, highly responsive to his group, and I really enjoyed biking with him. Arigatou gozaimasu!
star-5
Great trip showing some of the best sights
davidnR7986HL, Aug 2019
Explore Lake Shikotsu, Toya & Mount Usu
This is a great trip. I was picked up by Sam our amazing guide and as there was only 4 of us it felt like a personal tour. Have used Viator before and their trips are always well structured and informative.
star-5
Friendly tour guide
Maps00355085262, Aug 2019
Explore Lake Shikotsu, Toya & Mount Usu
Ruby was knowledgeable about the destinations and did her best to talk to everybody in the group so that no one would feel isolated.
star-5
Jun-sen was very professional. He...
Chris G, Oct 2016
Lake Shikotsu Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo
Jun-sen was very professional. He picked me up from the hotel in Sapporo city, and sent me back safely after the ride. On the way back to the hotel, he detoured to a river to watch Salmons swimming upstream only September period. The mountain bike I rode was new only one month young and good. Highly recommended.
star-5
Very good and professional
xbryanng, Aug 2019
Explore Lake Shikotsu, Toya & Mount Usu
As the tour was only the both of us (rather than a big group), our guide Sam offered to pick us up from our hotel, rather than the usual pick up point at Sapporo station. Sam was friendly and warm by making sure that we were entertained and provided us with many recommendations on different places to go after. Very good experience in this tour. Would defitnally recommend this tour to anyone.
star-5
An amazing tour around Lake...
Mari H, Jul 2016
Lake Shikotsu Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo
An amazing tour around Lake Shikotsu, great value for the money. Our guide Jun was nice and experienced, and he was even able to fix one of the bicycles on the road! Highly recommended.
star-5
Very pleased with the bike...
Dean Y, Aug 2016
Lake Shikotsu Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo
Very pleased with the bike tour Jun was a very knowledgable and good tour guide
star-4
Nice Bus Tour
lokahilisa, Mar 2019
Explore Lake Shikotsu, Toya & Mount Usu
Erina, Erika and driver Nonako-san were very friendly guides. They were our personal guides that were fun to get to know as we spent the day with them. The lakes were beautiful and we took a nice walk. Mount Usu was interesting to see. The views from the top were breathtaking. Lunch was nice and included we got to choose between the restaurants at the ropeway. We also stopped at a fun ice cream place to get some ice cream. The store offered very different flavors like chiso leaf, sesame, pumpkin & kidney bean along with the every popular Hokkaido cream, chocolate, coffee, cookies & cream, etc. There was quite a bit of driving. It was nice that we got picked up & dropped off at our hotel. They also made great suggestions for things to try for dinner and things to see on our other days. WE visited in March and ate was nice that the places we went to were not crowded.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Lake Shikotsu is ideal for nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and adventure travelers.

  • Don’t forget your camera to capture stunning vistas around the lake.

  • Onsen hotels around the lake are open to nonguests.

  • Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and activity.

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How to Get There

Lake Shikotsu is located inside Shikotsu-Toya National Park, about 27 miles (43 kilometers) south of Sapporo and 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of New Chitose Airport. For those not visiting as part of a tour, it’s easiest to get there and around by car. By public transport, take the train from Sapporo to Chitose Station, then transfer to a bus to Lake Shikotsu. Buses are also available from New Chitose Airport.

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When to Get There

When to visit Lake Shikotsu depends on which activities you want to do. Several popular festivals take place nearby, including the Lake Shikotsu Festival in late July, the Lake Shikotsu Autumn Leaves Festival in early October, and the Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in late January to mid-February.

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Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

Every year, water from Lake Shikotsu is sprayed to create stunning ice sculptures, which are lit at night, for the Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival. In addition, the festival includes a variety of activities such as ice skating, sledding, and tubing. On weekends and public holidays, there are additional special events, including drumming performances and fireworks displays.

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