Hokkaido Showa Shinzan
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.
Opening Hours: 9:00-16:00 (longer hours during summer)
Entrance Ticket: 1600 Yen (Ropeway round trip)
Address: Showashinzan, Sobetsu, Usuzan, Hokkaido
Duration: 2-3 hours