Lake Shikotsu and Lake Toya Tour (Multilingual Audio Tour)

【Concerning the suspension of ALL Regular Sightseeing Buses due to the Declaration of State of Emergency regarding the prevention of the spread of Novel COVID-19】

We thank our patrons for the continued support and use of the Chuo Bus Company.
The Japanese government has declared a state of emergency that encompasses a wider area, as a special revised measure to prevent the further spread of the Novel COVID-19. Hokkaido prefecture has also issued preventative measures against the spread of the virus. In light of these new measures, and for the purpose of protecting the safety and health of our customers, prevention of the further spread of the virus is our priority. For this reason, we have decided to suspend ALL Regular Sightseeing courses until further notice.
We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause our patrons and customers, and thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation during this difficult time.

●Suspension period
Until further notice
●Suspended courses
All Regular Sightseeing Bus courses scheduled to operate during this period.
The service restart date will be posted on our Regular Sightseeing Bus multiple language website pages.

  • Minimum requirement of one passenger to operate.
  • 1 day tour
  • Recommendations
  • Dam・Marsh・Lake
  • Ropeway・Gondola riding
  • Nature of Hokkaido
  • Multilingual guided tour
  • Hot springs
  • Red leave
  • Meal included
Operation Period Apr 19 - Nov 3, 2020
Duration 10 hours 30 min
(9 hrs and 40 min between Apr 29 - May 6)
Distance 243km
Embarkation Point/Departure and Arrival Times
Sapporo Station Bus Terminal:
Dep 8:35 Arr 19:05 (Dep 8:35, Arr 18:15 between Apr 29 - May 6)

This includes Lunch and Usuzan Ropeway fare
※This course is provided in multilingual announcement such as Japanese, Chinese, Korean and English. Also Japanese announcement will be done in audio.(Tour guide will not provide in multilingual announcement.)

An animation introduces each course.


*This is a video relating to operations between Apr 19 - Nov 3.
(We will not make a stop at the Silo Observatory between Apr 29 - May 6. The lunch venue and menu will also be changed.)

みどころ PICK UP!!

Experience the majestic beauty of water “Lake Shikotsu” and the spectacular nature of Lake Tōya


“Lake Shikotsu” is well known for the clarity of its water and was once listed on “the Best Water in Japan” by the Ministry of Environment.
There will be an opportunity to take “Lake Shikotsu Cruise” and enjoy the scenic beauty from the deck.
This is a caldera lake, the remains of a very large volcanic eruption a hundred thousand years ago. The rich nature surrounding the lake provides habitat for many fauna and flora.
Have lunch at Toyako Manseikaku, and enjoy the refreshing view of the lake side. (Between Apr 29 – May 6, we will have lunch at the Usuzan Ropeway. Therefore we will not stop at Manseikaku.) We will then head to Mt. Usu, the first mountain area in Japan to be designated as a Global Geopark in August 2009, by Global Geoparks Network supported by UNESCO. There are 58 Global Geoparks in 18 countries and Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Geopark is recognized as the 59th of these. We will view Mt. Usu from the windows of the ropeway.
This is a reasonable 1-day tour which allows you to experience two famous lakes of Hokkaido.



[Itinerary for [Apr 19 - 26, May 7 -Nov 3]

8:35 Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
  Route 453
10:00~11:00 ※①Lake Shikotsu (free time※Lake Shikotsu Cruise for extra pay)【60min】
11:45~12:10 Kinoko Okoku in Otaki (rest) 【25min】
12:55~14:20 ※②Toyako Manseikaku (lunch and time for a walk)【85min】
14:30~15:55 ※③Usuzan Ropeway (ride the ropeway) and Bear Farm 【85 min】
16:20~16:35 Silo Observation Deck【15min】
  Route 230
17:35~17:50 Nakayama Pass【15min】
18:15 Jouzankei Onsen (DO possible)
18:35 Apa Hotel & Resort Sapporo (Kawazoe 5 Jo 2-chome stop, DO possible)
18:50 Sapporo Park Hotel (DO possible)
18:52 Hotel Mystays Premier Sapporo Park (DO possible)
18:53 Jasmac Plaza Hotel(DO possible)
18:55 Susukino (DO possible)
19:00 Sapporo Clock Tower (possible to alight)
19:05 Sapporo Station Bus Terminal

[Itinerary for Apr 29 - May 6]
*Time schedule for Apr 29 - May 6 (Lunch venue will change from Manseikaku to Usuzan Ropeway Restaurant)
(The itinerary following our stop at Usuzan will change to the following. We will not stop at Manseikaku, Silo Observation Deck, Jozankei Onsen, or Apa Hotel & Resort Sapporo)

8:35 Sapporo Station Bus terminal
  via Route 453
10:00~11:00 ※①Lake Shikotsu (free time to explore * optional Lake Shikotsu sightseeing cruise) 【60 min】
11:45~12:10 Mushroom Kingdom Otaki branch (rest) 【25 min】
12:55~15:25 ※③Usuzan Ropeway (ride the ropeway) and Showa Shinzan Bear Farm 【150 min】
  Date IC
16:35~16:50 Tarumae SA (rest) [15 min]
18:05 Sapporo Factory
18:10 Sapporo Clock Tower
18:15 Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
18:25 Susukino
18:27 Jasmac Plaza Hotel (DO possible)
18:28 Hotel Mystays Premier Sapporo Park (DO possible)
18:30 Sapporo Park Hotel, Hotel Lifort Sapporo (DO possible)
  • ※①The lake cruise (glass-bottomed boat) is an optional tour. Show the bus stub and get 10% discount for the fare(adults ¥1,200, children ¥600). The boat departs at 10:10. (required time : 30min)
    Get a 10% discount on food and souvenirs at Restaurant Memer at Lake Shikotsu. (Discounts unavailable on Wednesdays due to the restaurant being closed.)
  • ※②Lunch [Savory Chicken Soup Hot Pot Set] : Salmon baked with egg, Japanese mustard spinach tossed with sesame, rolled cabbage and two kinds of vegetables cooked together, young chicken hot pot(with nappa cabbage, crysanthemum leaves, enoki and shimeji mushrooms), sautéed onions and corn egg custard, scallops fried in panko, shishamo smelt fried with seaweed, shishito peppers, potato salad, white rice, clam miso soup, two kinds of cake(subject to change).(The lunch venue will change from Apr 29 - May 6, so the menu will also change.)
  • As an option, you can bath in the hot springs at Manseikaku Hotel. Admission is ¥600 per adult, and ¥300 per child(children under elementary school are free). Towels are not provided, but you may rent them at the front desk. ¥400 for face and bath towel. (We will not be making a stop at Manseikaku between Apr 29 - May 6, so you will not be able to enjoy the hot springs.)
  • ※③Though there is a footpath to the summit of Mt.Usu, it is wise to wear clothing and shoes that are easy to move and walk in.
    You can get discount ticket for Brown Bear Zoo with showing your bus stub. (Adult:\850→\750 Child: \500→\400).
    If the ropeway is closed due to strong wind or inclement weather, you will receive a token of your trip to the ropeway instead.
    If you show the bus stub, you can get discount service for the following products.
    Lake Toya croquette ¥100 OFF
    Original milk soft serve ¥100 OFF
Lake Toya croquette Milk soft serve

An animation introduces each course.


*This is a video relating to operations between Apr 19 - Nov 3.
(We will not make a stop at the Silo Observatory between Apr 29 - May 6. The lunch venue and menu will also be changed.)

Schedule Calendar

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※Colored days are operating days.

Special Notes

※This tour is operated with the multilingual audio system (provided in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean). Views seen from the window will be explained through the audio system. ( A guide will accompany the tour but will not provide explanations of the sights.)
※Duration of sightseeing may be changed due to the traffic and the number of passengers
※Arrival time will be earlier than scheduled time due to the holiday break or the restriction condition of the facility.
※Please allow enough time for transfer to the other modes of transport, because buses may be delayed due to the traffic jams or adverse weather conditions.
※Tours may be cancelled due to the snow disaster. Please contact us to reconfirm the operation in the event of abnormal weather.