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A good place to start before exploring the area

Information place to start, it is closed for some of the days during winter. There is a toilet... read more

Reviewed 18 December 2017
Ethan S
Well set out visitors information centre

This centre has the requisite stuffed animals found in the vast majority of centres in Hokkaido but... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2016
Grafton, Australia
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Shikotsukoonsen, Chitose 066-0281, Hokkaido
+81 123-25-2404
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Reviewed 14 August 2018

As I have known Lake Shikotsu is a crater lake, I've been wondering why it has a gourd-like shape, narrowed on the north and the south shores. The center revealed the story to me. The lake used to be round. There were two eruptions along...More

Thank Kwakaku
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

This is a beautifully set up visitors centre with excellent displays of the local wildlife and a history of Lake Shikotsu and the surrounding mountains and volcanoes. Most displays have an English section and there are Interactive displays. A lovely building and very well laid...More

Thank ScambusterSZ
Reviewed 18 December 2017

Information place to start, it is closed for some of the days during winter. There is a toilet which is open all day.

Thank Ethan S
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful introduction to the surrounding nature. Amazing bird, bug, tree and plant exhibits that are interactive and helpful to discover what to see in the area. A library and a film are shown regularly. All sorts of tourist amenities - souvenirs made...More

Thank Maria L
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Japanese are very methodical and polite. Good place to learn about local fauna and flora. Beautiful view of lake albeit foggy view when I was there!

Thank Jenny S
Reviewed 26 May 2017

You can rent a bicycle from the center and return it at Chitose station. It'll take close to 2-hours one way. The center itself has a pretty decent exhibit too, to kill time.

Thank Jeynalsc
Reviewed 11 November 2016

This centre has the requisite stuffed animals found in the vast majority of centres in Hokkaido but also has a very up to date and well presented presentation featuring different aspects of the lakes makeup and the fauna and flora that call it home. As...More

3  Thank GraftonRiverguide
Reviewed 18 October 2016

When staying at the Lake its worth visiting the Visitor information center it has many good displays on the local area with a beautiful view over the lake, and is a nice place to just sit and relax and the near by main car park...More

2  Thank Paul S
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Most attractions we found in Hokkaido do not charge for parking unless you are in the city or somewhere really busy. So why does Shikotsu feel they can charge people for parking in what is basically a national park. Frustrated by this, we waited till...More

5  Thank markelshout
Reviewed 15 July 2016

This is a really useful vistor centre where we can find out more about the history of Lake Shikotsu. I call it Lake Shikotsu, as Shikotsuko means Shikotsu lake (ko = lake) so it is weird to call it lake twice. =)

2  Thank kenghoe
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