This park consists of Toya, Shikotsu, Noboribetsu and Jozankei hot springs. There are various volcanoes, caldera lakes and hot springs to visit. It is the closest National Park to Sapporo, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hokkaido.
This lake is surrounded by hot springs and is a popular resort area throughout the year. If you are looking for an expensive but enjoyable hot spring experience, check out the onsen at the Sun Palace Hotel. The facilities include a large indoor pool filled with hot spring water, artificial waves, water slides, and a sun terrace. The hotel also offers more traditional hot spring baths for men and women, complete with saunas.
Access: 2hr 30 min by Donan bus from Sapporo Station bus terminal to Toyako Onsen bus stop
Toyoko Onsen puts on a nightly fireworks display from the end of April through October. The show begins around 8:45pm. Mt. Showa Shinzan is not far from the hot springs. Note: Due to the recent eruption of Mt. Usu, it is advisable to call and check all facilities in this area before going. Tourist Information: 0142-75-2446
Access: 15 minutes from Toya Station by bus
This caldera lake is the northernmost ice-free lake in Japan. It is surrounded by mountains and is a popular fishing area. There are three hot springs situated in rustic settings at the side of the lake, and it’s only about forty minutes from Chitose, or one hour from Sapporo by car. Camping is also available.
Access: 1hr 20 min by Chuo bus from Sapporo Station Bus Terminal to Shikotsu Kohan bus stop
Rusutsu comprises a vast and comprehensive relaxation and recreation facility, complete with swimming pools, ski slopes, hiking trails, golf courses and a large amusement park. Not surprisingly, it is a popular destination for day trips among Sapporo residents in summer and winter.
1hr by Donan Bus (Toyako Onsen Eki) from JR Kutchan Station to Rusutsu Resort bus stop or 1hr 30 min. by bus from Kamori Kanko Building to Rusutsu Resort.
Noboribetsu in southwestern Hokkaido is the location of the Noboribetsu-onsen, Karurusu-onsen, Shin-Noboritbetsu-onsen hot springs, and has a rich variety of scenery including forests, lakes and marshes. The Noboribetsu-onsen is one of Hokkaido’s best-known hot springs, and is surrounded by a virgin forest 200 meters above sea level. All the hot water is free flow, which means it is not circulated for multiple usage, and it is drinkable. From the outdoor bathes surrounded by the hilltop wood, visitors can view Orofure Mountains while bathing. Noboribetsu Tourist Association Tel: 0143-84-3311 Fax: 0143-84-3303