Lake Tōya, Hokkaido
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Lake Tōya, Hokkaido

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UniquenessThe sunset watched here, how different is it from the others?
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VisibilityIs the sunset likely to be seen from the location?
7/10
AccessibilityHow easy is it to get to the location? ("-" means the location cannot be revisited at will)
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CrowdHow busy is the location? ("-" means the location has no public access or I was on the move)
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OverallIs this location worth a sunset visit?

Lake Tōya is a volcanic caldera lake in Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Abuta District, Hokkaidō, Japan. It is part of “Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Global Geopark” which joins in Global Geoparks Network. The stratovolcano of Mount Usu lies on the southern rim of the caldera. The lake is nearly circular, being 10 kilometers in diameter from east-west and 9 kilometers from North-South. The town of Tōyako comprises most of the area surrounding the lake and the town of Sōbetsu is located on the eastern side. Lake Tōya is said to be the northernmost lake in Japan that never ices, and the second most transparent lake in Japan. Nakajima Island is an island in the middle of the lake which houses the Tōya Lake Forest Museum.

  • The lake is not very special although it is very large, but the lonely island in the middle of the lake adds some uniqueness to this area.
  • Visibility of the sunset is excellent provided that you and standing at the right side of the lake, which can take a while to get to if you walk. Otherwise the sun can be blocked by the mountains surrounding the lake.
  • There are many resorts and hotels build around the lake and most of them accessible by car. There is a ferry service that travels around the lake for tourist sightseeing purpose.
  • The lake is huge and there isn’t a fixed photo spot or observatory platform, therefore it won’t have a concentrated crowd anywhere.
Lake Tōya, Hokkaido
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Lake Tōya, Hokkaido
Photo Source: Masahiro Matsushima
Lake Tōya, Hokkaido
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Lake Tōya, Hokkaido
Photo Source: Esteban Vai
Lake Tōya, Hokkaido
Photo Source: The Sunset Blog

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