Most viewed - Toyako Onsen Spa 洞爺湖
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Toyako Onsen Spa is Lake Toya's main town and tourist base on the southern shore. It is a cluster of hotels and ryokans offering hot spring waters.549 views
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Toya manhole showing the Ukimido temple and Nakajima islands. Hokkaido273 views
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Sculpture: Anthem of the Sun, by Machiko Kodera 小寺 真知子「太陽の賛歌」235 views
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Sculpture: by Keiko Amamiya, 雨宮 敬子「洞照」. One problem with the outdoor sculptures, especially human figures, are the birds. Their droppings create unsightly white streaks down the body.226 views
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Lake Toya is decorated with almost 60 outdoor sculptures along the shore all around the lake. This is the first one you will likely see. By Tando Saka. 坂 担道「湖渡る風」221 views
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Sculpture: Light of the Moon, by Igor Mitoraj. イゴール・ミトライ「月の光」213 views
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Sculpture: Anthem of the Sun, by Machiko Kodera. Lake Toya has many nude woman sculptures.199 views
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On the west end of Toyako Onsen are more sculptures and a park. Sculpture by Kan Yasuda. 安田 侃「意心帰」195 views
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Toyako Culture Center with G8 Summit flags192 views
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Sculpture: At the Lake, by Akihiko Kurokawa 黒川 晃彦「湖畔にて」184 views
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Official logo of the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit on the Toyako Culture Center.173 views
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Onna (Woman) by Chizuko Sasado. 笹戸 千津子「女」168 views
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The Nakajima islands in the center of Lake Toya. There are four islands. Most them have a conical shape.167 views
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The new Toyako Onsen Bus Terminal167 views
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Cherry blossoms and the Nakajima islands, Lake Toya. Early May 2008.166 views
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Nakajima islands, Lake Toya161 views
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Toyako Onsen bus stop. "Toyako" means Lake Toya, and "Onsen" means hot spring. Lake Toya is within the municipalities of Toyako-cho town and Sobetsu-cho town (east shore).160 views
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A short bus ride from Toyako Onsen is the Nishiyama crater trail. Highly recommended. A series of craters can be seen up close. More photos here.154 views
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Signs in English near the bus stop.148 views
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Windsor Hotel, G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit venue. It would've been great if it were shaped a like a mountain-top castle.133 views
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Giant aerial photo of Lake Toya.124 views
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Going toward the lake. On the right is where you can rent a bicycle for 1000 to 1500 yen. On the left is the tourist office.122 views
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Lake Toya in early May121 views
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This cruise boat, called Espoir, looks like a medieval European castle. It's a double-hulled boat. The lake cruise fare is 1,320 yen for adults and 660 yen for kids. (Slightly more expensive during Nov.-April.)120 views
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Toyako Onsen has a nice lakefront promenade for pedestrians. Cars no longer travel here so it's pleasant for a stroll.119 views
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Hot spring foot bath is also popular with visitors.117 views
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Sculpture: Anthem of the Sun, by Machiko Kodera 小寺 真知子「太陽の賛歌」113 views
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Hot spring foot bath111 views
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Toyako Onsen lakefront. There are a few cruise boat docks, motor boat docks, and swan pedal boats.110 views
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Toyako Onsen Spa tourist information office with a G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit welcome sign. Near the bus terminal and center of town.109 views
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Hot spring foot bath on the lakefront promenade. It's called "Toron no Yu." 足湯108 views
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Sculpture: SHOWEN, by Noriyoshi Matsumoto. 松本 憲宣「SHOWEN」108 views
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The Toyako Visitor Center is spacious with a giant aerial photo of Lake Toya and various exhibits introducing the lake which is within the Shikotsu-Toya National Park.107 views
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Ezo deer sculpture and the Nakajima islands in the lake. The sculptures are called Toyako Gurutto Chokoku Koen (Lake Toya Circular Sculpture Park). The sculpture project started in 1984.106 views
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Lake Toya is a caldera lake, or crater lake. The mountain blew its top forming a huge crater. Later, volcanos erupted at the center to form smaller mountains which are now islands in the water-filled crater.105 views
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Sculpture: Muse, by Nobuyuki Akechi. 明地 信之「Muse」104 views
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Sculpture: Traveling Person, by Yoshiro Mineta 峯田 義郎「旅ひとり」102 views
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Lake Toya and cherry blossoms blooming in early May.101 views
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During Nov.-April, it operates every hour from 9 am to 4 pm. The cruise takes 50 min. if you don't get off to visit the Nakajima islands. Otherwise, allow 80 min. if you want to get also step foot on the Nakajima islands.99 views
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The Ekimae Sanbashi Pier, almost front and center along Toyako Onsen's lake shore, has cruise boats leaving for lake cruises to the Nakajima islands every 30 min. from 8 am to 4:30 pm during April-Oct.99 views
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Windsor Hotel and lake cruise boat.99 views
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The lake cruise boat heads back to shore as the Windsor Hotel (G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit venue) can be seen on the hill above. More boat cruise photos here.97 views
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Hot spring foot bath, great especially after taking a long walk.97 views
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Sculpture: Onna (Woman) by Chizuko Sasado. 笹戸 千津子「女」94 views
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The lakefront promenade goes for a good distance, passing in front of numerous hotels.93 views
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On this side of the lake, the waters are quite still.91 views
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Nakajima islands as seen from Toyako Onsen.88 views
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On the shore of Lake Toya is binoculars through which you can see the Summit venue, the Windsor Hotel.88 views
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Sculpture: At the Lake, by Akihiko Kurokawa. Perhaps the most humorous sculpture.88 views
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Lake Toya sign and the Nakajima islands.87 views
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Swan boat and a real swan.87 views
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Nakajima islands, Lake Toya87 views
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Toyako Visitor Center and Volcano Science Museum in Toyako Onsen Spa with G8 Summit welcome sign.86 views
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Entrance to Toyako Visitor Center (free admission, but admission charged for the Volcano Science Museum).86 views
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Lakefront promenade84 views
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Sculpture: by Keiko Amamiya, 雨宮 敬子「洞照」84 views
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Toyako Visitor Center84 views
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Photos of my visit to the Nakajima islands here.83 views
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Swan boats. You can pedal pretty far out in these things, but not to the Nakajima islands.83 views
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G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit countdown at Toyako Visitors Center and Volcano Science Museum in Toyako Onsen Spa.83 views
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Sculpture: Traveling Person, by Yoshiro Mineta 峯田 義郎「旅ひとり」82 views
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Swan boats again.82 views
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Mt. Usu Eruption Memorial Park on the west end of Toyako Onsen has more outdoor sculptures. 有珠山噴火記念公園82 views
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Wrecked car on display. The main attraction is the Mt. Usu Volcanic Eruption Theater which shows an engrossing film about Usuzan's eruptions. 火山科学館81 views
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G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit welcome sign on the edge of Toyako Onsen hot spring.79 views
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Toyako Visitor Center and Volcano Science Museum (smaller building on left). 洞爺湖ビジターセンター79 views
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The Toyako Visitor Center also has the Volcano Science Museum (admission 600 yen). A room (seen on left) simulating the 1977 Mt. Usu eruption with a video and vibrating sound is a must-see.79 views
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How Lake Toya was formed.79 views
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Fishes in Lake Toya73 views
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Birds around Toyako73 views
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Lakefront promenade on the west end of Toyako Onsen Spa.72 views
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Cherry blossoms (almost in full bloom) and the Nakajima islands, Lake Toya. More photos of cherry blossoms and Lake Toya here in eastern Toyako.68 views
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Volcanic rock which you can touch. Toyako Visitor Center67 views
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