How to travel between Lake Toya and Tokyo

By air

The fastest way to access Lake Toya from Tokyo is by plane via Sapporo's Shin-Chitose Airport:
1) How to get from Tokyo to Shin-Chitose Airport
2) How to get from Shin-Chitose Airport to Lake Toya

By train

Take the JR Tohoku/Hokkaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto (4 hours) and transfer to the Hokuto limited express to Toya Station (2 hours). The entire one way trip costs around 25,000 yen and takes around six hours. It is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Rail Pass. Note that seat reservations are mandatory on Hayabusa trains between Tokyo and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto.

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Orientation

The lakeside hot spring resort of Toyako Onsen at the foot of Mount Usu is where you will find most of the area's hotels and shops, a visitor center, the sightseeing boat pier and the bus terminal.

Toyako Onsen bus terminal is served by both the local buses to JR Toya Station (15 minutes, 330 yen, one bus/hour, stops near Usuzan West Crater along the way) and Usuzan Ropeway (15 minutes, 340 yen, four buses/day, no service in winter), as well as by long-distance buses to Sapporo and other destinations.

Due to the infrequent bus connections inside the park and the absence of a public transport connection to nearby Lake Shikotsu, a rental car is the recommended means of transport for exploring Shikotsu-Toya National Park.

Page last updated: January 4, 2017