Lake Shikotsu

Scenic crater lake offers unusual water activities

By Nicole Bauer    - 1 min read

Lake Shikotsu (or Shikotsu-ko, 支笏湖 in Japanese) has surprised me by all means. It was just meant to be a last stopover before heading back to New Chitose Airport at the end of our road trip in Hokkaido, but I wished we had planned this in as a proper stay of at least 2 nights. Lake Shikotsu is a stunning crater lake with a depth of about 360 meters, which makes it the second deepest lake in Japan, after Lake Tazawa in Akita Prefecture. It offers a great variety of outdoor activities, as hiking, canoeing or even cycling on water!

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Nicole Bauer

Nicole Bauer @nicole.bauer

Travelling abroad to discover new places, getting to know different cultures and learning foreign languages has always been my passion. I was born and raised in Germany; however, for a few years now I've been very lucky to be able to spend my life abroad. I lived for some time in England and Italy before moving to Japan in October 2009. It took me a while to adapt to this very different world; however, travelling up and down the country has helped me to not only adapt, but to actually fall in love with this country Japan. It has also reawakened my interest in photography, so whenever I get a chance I pack my camera and discover something new. Japan is full of beautiful but less well-known places. To make these more discoverable for everybody, I'm very happy to be able to share my stories and photography on this site, and open a world of extraordinary experiences, which would be difficult to find in a guidebook. For any queries regarding Tokyo as a travel destination or any of my published articles, please feel free to contact me.