Toya Onsen

Toya Onsen, located in southwest Hokkaido, is a popular getaway for Japanese urbanites - offering hiking, fishing, watersports and hot spring baths in a beautiful lakeside setting surrounded by mountains.

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“With a guestlist including Bush, Brown, Medvedev, Sarkozy and Berlusconi, you will be in good company in Toya Onsen! This beautiful lakeside resort encompasses all that is great about Hokkaido; stunning scenery, steaming volcanoes, hot-spring baths & endless ways to enjoy the great outdoors.”

Harry Sargant, Marketing & Agents Manager

In 2008 Toya received its most illustrious guests to date when it was chosen by Japan to host the G8 Summit, to showcase Japan's natural beauty to the world.

On the south side of Lake Toya proudly stands one of Japan's youngest volcanoes, Showa-Shin-Zan, which was "born" as recently as 1943, when a series of earthquakes saw a bump appear, which grew into a mound, which grew into a hill, which grew into the 400-metre peak which stands today, still mildly active and attracting curious visitors. Be wary however as the next-door peak of Usu-zan blew its top in 2000; evacuations were necessary in the surrounding area to prevent casualties. You can find out more about the unpredictable nature of Toya's geology at a handful of small museums.

The volcanic activity in the area means of course plenty of hot spring baths, and Toya is one of Hokkaido's premier hot spring resorts with a range of baths to try out (some offering stunning lake views), with many accommodations opening their baths to non-staying guests during the day. You will also find several foot-baths, or ashi-no-yu along the lakeside, and during the summer months the resort puts on nightly firework displays.

Toya makes a good base for exploring this corner of Hokkaido. Other places of interest in the Shikotsu-Toya National Park include Lake Shikotsu, the hot spring mecca of Noboribetsu and hiking and walking just about anywhere!

Recommended Accommodation in Toya Onsen

The following are our favourites from among the western-style hotels and Japanese-style inns of Toya Onsen.

Experiences in Toya Onsen

Toya Onsen offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of Japan's fascinating culture. See below for a few of our favourites

Weather in Toya Onsen

The Climate Guide for Toya Onsen, Japan is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) -3 -2 1 8 13 18 22 23 20 13 6 0
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) -10 -10 -6 0 4 10 14 16 11 5 -2 -7
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 2 3 5 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 3 2
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 10 10 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Heat and Humidity Discomfort None None None None None None None None None None None None
Days with some Rainfall 30 26 26 18 18 17 18 19 18 20 25 29
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 138 104 81 77 81 72 118 156 161 138 144 144
UV Index (Maximum) 1 2 3 5 7 8 9 8 6 3 2 1