8 hours 30 minutes
Activity Level
Mountain climbing

Lake Shikotsu – Mt. Tarumae Caldera Trekking

Lake Shikotsu is located around 1 hour drive from Hokkaido’s capital city Sapporo. The lake is one of the finest caldera lakes in Japan. The lake was formed by a volcanic eruption approximately 40,000 years ago. Even after the main eruption, the volcanoes on the lakeshore kept erupting, making the caldera lake the shape it is today.
This tour starts from the shore of Lake Shikotsu, tracing back the marks of pyroclastic flow on the mountainside all the way to Mt. Tarumae, an active volcano. On the way you will encounter untouched nature and enjoy a diversity of the sceneries created by the volcano.


Chitose city

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No. ED000018 Lake Shikotsu – Mt. Tarumae Caldera Trekking

Area Chitose city
Length 8 hours 30 minutes
Price From JPY 22,000
Season May - October
Group size Minimum: 3 Maximum: 6
Activity level 3*★★★☆☆

Mountain climbing 6hours. *August: Level 4

Activities Mountain climbing 9km
Meeting point Lake Shikotsu Visitor Center
Access From Sapporo Station: 1 hour 10 minutes by car
Price includes • Activity
• Activity Guide fee
• Insurance
Clothing • Warm/ Windproof/ Waterproof jacket
• Trekking shoes
• Comfortable and moveable clothing
Items to bring • Backpack
• Water bottle
• Rain gear
• Hat
• Sunscreen
• Sunglasses
• Lunch
• portable food *Chocolate, Candy

Traveler’s Digest

Meet a local guide at Lake Shikotsu Visitor Center. After learning about the background of the area you will proceed to the lakeshore and start trekking.
A large part of the trekking route will be on the ground of a rift that was formed by the accumulation of pyroclastic flow and erosion of hardened tuff of the volcanic eruption a long time ago. Nowadays the high walls of the rift are covered by vibrant green moss. The scenery is truly mystical.
After the rift, you can now see the naked mountainside of Mt. Tarumae. Hiking to the mountain, you can appreciate the magnificent lava dome and smoke rising from the sleeping volcano. The diversity of the changing sceneries is one of the perks of this hiking tour. And finally, from the summit of Mt. Tarumae you can appreciate the stunning view of Lake Shikotsu spreading in front of your eyes.