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  • Ice-Bar of Kotan village
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  • Glassy Lake Shinonome
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  • Fall colors of Lake Shikaribetsu
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  • Early-morning Canoeing
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  • Canoe on Lake Shikaribetsu
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Shikaribetsu Recreation Forest


Elevation Lowest : 700m / Highest : 1,300m

Experience a unique mystical forest world,
beside a lake that reflects the starry skies above

Experience a unique mystical forest world, beside a lake that reflects the starry skies above

Newest information
Please visit official tourism websites for the latest updates and information.
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Flower-viewing Autumn leaf viewing Birdwatching Cycling Picnics (lawn area / park) Areas for paddling/fishing (pond/lake/river) Guided tours(charge applies)(English-language explanation (charge applies)) Canoeing (charge applies) Pleasure boat (charge applies) River trekking (charge applies) Footbath Hot spring day spa (charge applies) Outdoor cooking (charge applies) Zip-line (charge applies) Mountain climbing Forest yoga (charge applies)(English-language explanation (charge applies))
Geographical/topographical features
Shikaribetsu Recreation Forest stretches out from the shores of Lake Shikaribetsu, in the south of Daisetsuzan National Park. The area is home to the Shikaribetsu volcanic group, whose peaks stand around 1,200 m high, as well as Lake Shikaribetsu, the highest lake in Hokkaido, which was formed tens of thousands of years ago when volcanic activity dammed the river.
The volcanic group emerged during the last glacial period, when the climate was colder than it is now. Around their rocky slopes are air holes through which a cold wind blows, even in summer, and permafrost soil, sediment or rock that remains frozen all year round ― has been found underground.
Other features of this area's unique topography and landscape include hot springs, which are one of the benefits of volcanoes; a river delta that is still in the process of being formed even now; and Lake Shinonome, famed as one of Hokkaido's top three little-known lakes.
Historical/cultural features
• Most Hokkaido place names are derived from the Ainu language and many reflect the topographic features or local produce of that area. (There are a number of theories about their etymology.)
Shikaoi-cho: In Japanese, “shikaoi” means “pursuing deer”; it is derived from the Ainu word “kutekuushi” (a place with fences for capturing deer) Shihoro-cho/Kamishihoro-cho: Derived from the Ainu word “shuuoro” (a place where cooking pots were steeped in cold water)
• The area has been used as a location for filming various television commercials, music videos, and television dramas.
Climate, flora and fauna
In winter, the temperature plummets to -30°C or lower, while even in summer, it can drop to almost 5°C. The primeval forest surrounding the lake is home to a unique natural environment created by the oldest permafrost in Japan.
This is the only natural lake in Daisetsuzan National Park. The Miyabeiwana (Salvelinus malma S.m.miyabei) is a subspecies of Oshorokoma (Dolly varden) that was uniquely evolved in this unlocked lake and lives here exclusively.
• Mountain climbing: The peaks of the surrounding mountains tower around 400 m above the trailhead. Trail conditions vary, but they are relatively easy and quick to climb, so they are suitable even for people who want to climb at a slower pace while taking in the nature around them and people who are new to mountain climbing.
• Canoeing and kayaking: Guided tours are available (charge applies), so even novices can enjoy these pursuits safely.
• Pleasure boat trips: The pleasure boat sails all the way around Lake Shikaribetsu on a cruise lasting about 40 minutes. Both the Morning Cruise and the Night Cruise are highly recommended. (Reservation required)
There are many other things to enjoy here, including guided tours, camping, fishing (seasonal restrictions apply), and a footbath.
Latest Information
Hakuja Hime Matsuri (White Snake Princess Festival) (first Saturday in July); Shikaribetsuko Kotan (igloo village on the lake) (late January – mid-March)
・Long-sleeved tops and long trousers must be worn to prevent tick bites.
• A bell, whistle, and bear spray must be carried at all times, as higuma, brown bears (Ursus arctos) are frequently sighted in this area.
Usage Guide
Entrance fee
Opening seasons and hours
Open all year
Accommodation options
Lake Shikaribetsu Northern Shore Campground, Shikaribetsu-kohan Onsen Hotel Fusui, Nupuka-no-sato
Toilets and drinking fountains Toilet (accessible) Walking trail Walking trail (accessible) Car park Observation platform Visitor center (staffed only) Vending machine Shop Restaurant Campsite and/or cabins (charge applies) Accommodation facilities (Hotels / Japanese inns)
Shikaribetsu-kohan, Shikaoi-cho, Kato-gun, Hokkaido
(Distances and times are provided as a guide only)
By public transport
<Access from nearest railway station / bus stop>
  • ・Takushoku Bus (*In winter, there is no charge for traveling from Obihiro/Shintoku to Shikaribetsu-kohan Onsen (Lake Shikaribetsu), the last stop. However, a regular charge applies if you get off the bus en route. Ask at bus terminals for details.)
  • ・Obihiro Station Bus Terminal → Shikaribetsu-kohan Onsen (1 hour 40 minutes)
  • ・JR Shintoku Eki-mae (Shintoku Station entrance) → Shikaoi Eigyosho → Shikaribetsu-kohan Onsen (1 hour 20 minutes)
<Access from major transport hubs to nearest railway station / bus stop>
  • ・Tokachi–Obihiro Airport → JR Obihiro Station (40 minutes)
  • ・JR Sapporo Station → JR Shintoku Station (2 hours 10 minutes)
  • ・JR Sapporo Station → JR Obihiro Station (2 hours 30 minutes)
By car
  • ・New Chitose Airport → Doto Expressway → Tokachi Shimizu IC → Route 274 → Pref. Route 593 → Pref. Route 85 → Lake Shikaribetsu (190 km / 3 hours)
  • ・Asahikawa Airport → Route 237 → Route 253 → Route 38 → Pref. Route 713 → Pref. Route 593 → Pref. Route 85 → Lake Shikaribetsu (168 km / 3 hours)
  • ・Tokachi-Obihiro Airport → Obihiro–Hiroo Expressway → Doto Expressway → Memuro IC → Pref. Route 54 → Pref. Route 133 → Pref. Route 85 → Lake Shikaribetsu (101 km / 1 hour 30 minutes)
  • ・Shintoku Station →Pref. Route 75 →Pref. Route 133 → Route 274 → Pref. Route 85 → Lake Shikaribetsu (50 km / 50 minutes)
  • ・Sapporo Station → Hokkaido Expressway → Doto Expressway → Tokachi Shimizu IC → Lake Shikaribetsu (220 km / 3 hours 20 minutes)
  • ・Obihiro Station → Lake Shikaribetsu (65 km / 1 hour 20 minutes)
<Car parking capacity / parking charges>

Space for about 150 vehicles Free of charge
In winter(late October - late April), pref. route 85 between Lake Shikaribetsu and Nukabira is closed. At the moment this route from Yamada Gate to Nukabira Gate is blocked due to 2016’s Typhoon damage, therefore the route 85 from Shikaribetsu to Nukabira is impassable year-round.

Management office contact details
Higashi Taisetsu Branch Office, Tokachi Seibu District Forest Office, Hokkaido Regional Forest Office, Forestry Agency
Shikaoi-cho Tourist Information
Information on Other Local Tourist Attractions
Tokachi Shikaoi Geopark [External link]
Lake Shikaribetsu Nature Center [External link]
Official Tourist Information
Shikaoi Tourism Association [External link]
Kamishihoro Tourist Association [External link]
Shihoro Tourist Association [External link]
Hokkaido Takushoku Bus [External link]
Recreation Forest Management Committee
Shikaribetsu Recreation Forest Protection and Management Committee
(Commerce, Industry, and Tourism Division, Shikaoi Municipal Office)
Tel: 0156-66-4034

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