Lake Shikotsu Glass Bottom kayak Tour

Explore Lake Shikotsu, one of Japan’s clearest and deepest lakes, via a glass-bottomed kayak. Take in not only the surrounding nature, but also get a good look at the treasures beneath the lake: marine life in its natural habitat.

Explore beautiful Lake Shikotsu, a vast lake blessed by nature. Largely formed by activity from its surrounding volcanoes, this caldera lake has since become well-known for its unique trifecta of qualities. Not only is it one of the clearest lakes in Japan, but it’s also one of the deepest and largest. Its combined depth and size also allow it to hold one of the largest volumes of water in the country.

Cruise along the lake’s gleaming waters on this kayaking tour. You’ll meet with your group at Ocean Days, a shop near Lake Shikotsu, where you’ll prepare for the experience. After that, your professional guide will hold a lesson that covers the basics of paddling, including proper technique. This activity is perfect even for first-time kayakers — you can enjoy it with your loved ones, and even your dog!

Head out to shore, get in your kayak, and paddle away! Beginners might take a bit of time learning to properly steer their kayaks, but the challenge only adds to the fun. Designed for sightseeing, your kayak invites you to pause and look through its transparent glass bottom — the window to Lake Shikotsu’s underwater wonders! See deep into the crystal-clear waters, and get an impressive view of Lake Shikotsu’s thriving marine life. Instead of craning your neck to get a view from the side of your kayak, you need only look down to spot fish of different species swimming below the surface.

Look out for the light-pink kokanee salmon. Abundant in Lake Shikotsu, this species was successfully transplanted from Lake Akan, also in Hokkaido. Other wildlife species include white-spotted chars and dusky tripletooth gobies.

You’ll be so close to nature that the underwater scenery isn’t the only thing you’ll admire. Lake Shikotsu is surrounded by lofty peaks and lakeside forests that grow so undisturbed that their canopies cover the lake’s edges. Whenever you’re in need of a cool-down, paddle toward these trees and take shade.

Don’t forget to smile for the camera as you enjoy your free exploration! The sights around you are unforgettably picture-perfect, but nothing beats having a good time. Don’t worry about photo opportunities, as Ocean Days staff will make sure to capture this memorable experience. After kayaking, you’ll be given your photos. What’s more, you’ll also receive a free discount voucher that can be used at one of the hot springs in nearby Shikotsu Onsen Resort. After working your muscles for a few hours, nothing beats resting and recharging with a soak in the steaming, therapeutic waters of Hokkaido.


  • 09:00 — Meet at Ocean Days for orientation and registration
  • 09:30 — Kayaking lesson
  • 09:45 — Kayaking experience
  • 10:30 — Receive your photos and discount voucher
  • 11:00 — Activity ends


2 Working Days
2 hours
Voucher Type
No Amendments
No Refunds

Operating Hours

This activity is available daily, and has the following start times: 09:00, 11:00, 13:00, and 15:00

What You Get

Lake Shikotsu Glass Bottom Kayak Tour

Adult: 13 years old and above

Child: 4 to 12 years old 


  • English-speaking guide
  • Equipment (including rainwear, gloves, hat, drysuit, and/or water shoes or boots)
  • Paddle
  • Life jacket
  • Insurance
  • Photos
  • Discount voucher for entry at a hot spring facility in Shikotsu Onsen Resort


  • Transport
  • Personal expenses
Additional information:
  • Participants must be aged 4 or above, and fit for kayaking
  • Each participant must weigh 100 kg or less due to the kayak’s weight limit
  • If we have to cancel due to bad weather, we’ll inform you the day before to refund or reschedule
  • The activity may be canceled midway at the discretion of the instructor
  • You may use your own camera for photos, but we will not be responsible for any damage or loss
  • Please come dressed in comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty
  • Please pick up your trash
  • Provided water shoes or boots are up to 30 cm in size
  • Provided drysuits can fit a person up to 190 cm tall
  • Life jacket for dogs are available for rent; please pay on-site
How to use:
  1. After booking, you will receive a second confirmation email with your e-voucher
  2. Present the e-voucher to the merchant to participate in the activity

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • No refunds will be entertained for cancellations
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

How to Get There

Meeting point: Ocean Days, near Lake Shikotsu

Item Price (SGD) Quantity
13 years old and above
Age 4 to 12

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