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Lake Shikotsu-ko

Travel Guide - Lake Shikotsu-ko


Lake Shikotsu-ko, a volcanic caldera lake 40.3 kilometers around, was created by a major eruption 40,000 years ago. It is the second deepest lake in Japan: 363 meters in depth. The lake is surrounded by mountain peaks - Mt. Eniwadake on its north and Mt. Tarumae and Mt. Fuppushi on its south - which are beautifully reflected in the lake.
A sightseeing boat is available for visitors from April to early-Novemver. A rent-a-bicycle service is also available and is operated by the ryokan Japanese inn situated along the lake.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • Open 24 hours
  • Visitor Center: 9:00 - 17:30 (April - November)
  • Visitor Center: 9:30 - 16:30 (December - March)


  • No closing days
  • Visitor Center: Tuesdays (December - March)

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Admission Free

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 40 minutes from JR Chitose Station by the bus bound for Shikotsu-ko. Get off at Shikotsu-ko Bus stop.

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • Shikotsukonsen, Chitose-shi, Hokkaido, 066-0281