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Nishiyama Crater Trail (Nishiyama Kakogun Sansakuro)

  • 3–4–5 Takashaga-dori Map It
  • Shikotsu-Toya National Park
  • Trail/Path

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

A fire station, a school, and houses stand at crazy angles amid the solidified ash flows where the 2000 eruption reached the edges of Toyako Onsen. See it all from boardwalks that wind up into the still-steaming hills. It's an impressive scene of what can happen when you live next to a volcano. As a bonus, there are views both of the lake to the north and the ocean to the south. There's also a whole series of boardwalks, mountain trails, and short stretches of roads that were cut off after the eruption. To get here from JR Toya Station, ask for the Donan Bus headed to the bus stop called Kyushoku Senta. The buses are not numbered, so check with the driver as well if you're worried. Alternatively, this can be accessed from just behind the Visitor Center at Tokyako Onsen.

Sight Information


3–4–5 Takashaga-dori, between Toya and Toyako Onsen, Shikotsu-Toya National Park, 049-5721, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Apr.–Nov., daily 7–6

Published 12/10/2015


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