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.
This activity is available daily, and has the following start times: 09:00, 11:00, 13:00, and 15:00
Lake Shikotsu Glass Bottom Kayak Tour
Adult: 13 years old and above
Child: 4 to 12 years old
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.
Meeting point: Ocean Days, near Lake Shikotsu