Showa Shinzan is a mountain newly formed in about 1943 after a series of earthquakes. Still smoking sulfurous fumes, Showa Shinzan is an active volcanic lava dome located east of its parent Mt. Usu in Hokkaido. The height of Showa Shinzan recorded as of 2019 is 398 meters or 1306ft.
Taking the Usuzan Ropeway is one of the best options for an aerial view over the UNESCO Geopark and the nearby Lake Toya. The ropeway operates daily from about 9AM to 4PM, and bounds upward from the foothill of Showa Shinzan to the Usuzan Toyako Observatory deck.
Showa Shinzan offers distinct views at different seasons, from blossoming mountain in spring to snow covered peak in the winter. At the Usuzan Toyako Observatory deck, tourists can not only oversee the volcanic summits and Lake Toyako, but also the Pacific Ocean. Round trip ticket for an adult is 1600 yen.
Unsurprisingly, the volcanoes provide one the most extraordinary onsens in Hokkaido. Toya Onsen, which received hot spring directly from Mt Showa Shinzan and Mt Usu, is a well recognized onsen ryokan in the country. Toya Onsen has hosted national summit because of the remarkable hot spring. To get to the foothill of Showa Shinzan, there is about a 15 minute drive from the closest station, the JR Toyako Station.
JR + Bus: Take the JR express line from New Chitose Airport Station to JR Toya Station, which takes 1h 36 min. Or take the JR from Sapporo Station to Toya Station, which take 1h52min. Once arrive at Toya Station, take the Donan Bus to the Toya OnsenMore
Showa-shinzan is located on the foothill of Mt. Usu, and they are only about a few hundred meters away from each other. To Lake Toya, there is a bus with four fixed departures every day, which starts in Lake Toya Onsen station and ends in Showa-shinzan stMore
We do provide half-day or full day trip. However, due to the high demand on tour guides during high season, the price is expensive. Instead, we recommend booking a private transfer service, and we can arrange a driver speaking simple English.More
There are many hotels with different level of rating. For hotels with quality and reasonable prices, you can consider: Toyako Manseikaku Hotel Lakeside Terrace; Hotel Grand Toya; Granvillage Toya Daiwa Ryokan Annex.More