2017年12月11日

'Lake Toyako', located in the soutwest of Hokkaido, is an important element of 'Shikotsu Toya National Park'.

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Lake Toya, with the perimeter of 30 kilometers, is a caldera lake. Holding four islands, the largest one with the height of 450 meters, this lake offers beautiful scenery as shown in the first picture. The maximum depth is 180 meters though, the minimum depth is surprisingly less than 1 meter, because the top of the tallest lake-bottom volcano almost reaches the surface of the lake. There are 10 volcanos found under the water. A hotel standing on the top of a lakeside mountain was used for the main venue of 'G8 Summit' in 2008. Centering on 'Mt. Usu' active volcano, many signs of volcanic activity are found in the south of the lake. 'Toyako Onsen' hot spring resort also spreads over this area. The second picture shows 'Mt. Showa-Shinzan', the side volcano of Mt. Usu. This small volcano, 400 meters high, is known as Japan's newest volcano. A block lava emerged penetrating the flat field together with repeated earthquakes in 1944 to form Mt. Showa-Shinzan in 1945.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant
Masahisa Takaki.

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