Hokkaido Sights

Showa Shinsan

  • 184–5 Aza Showa Shinzan Map It
  • Shikotsu-Tōya National Park
  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Updated 09/20/2013

Fodor's Review

During an earthquake in 1943, Showa Shinsan rose suddenly from a farmer's wheat field. Kept secret during the Pacific War as a potentially unlucky sign, it continued growing to its present height of 1,319 feet by 1945. It's on private land, but a cable-car ride (¥1,450) up the eastern flank of Mt. Usu provides great views of the mountain, Lake Toya, and Funka Bay. Avoid the Bear Farm near the base—a depressing tourist attraction.

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184–5 Aza Showa Shinzan, Sobetsu-cho, Usu Gun, Shikotsu-Tōya National Park, 052-0102, Japan

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Updated 09/20/2013


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