Trip with a Rent a Car in Chitose city: Local tour to experience the nature of Chitose
What we'll do
Chitose Salmon Aquarium has an underwater observation zone that allows you to directly view below the surface of the Chitose River, letting you observe the movements of the animals in the Chitose River up close. At the Shikotsuko Lake Onsen (Marukoma Onsen), you can look out at Lake Shikotsu right in front of you while you bathe, and this place also lets you heal your fatigue while enjoying a view of the virgin forests and mountains. Okotanpeko Lake is a mysterious lake that has been named one of Hokkaido's big three hidden lakes. The color of the lake appears to change depending on the weather, where you view it from, and the time of day. How would you like to enjoy Chitose's nature on this fascinating tour that is packed with things recommended by the locals?
We can meet here, at the TOYOTA Rent a Car Poplar Office.
From Shin-Chitose Airport exit, 5-minute walk toward TOYOTA Rent a Car Poplar Office counter.
The type of car we rent and the rental fee will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.
*One-way: Available inside / outside the prefecture
- Price per person
- 5,000 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
-Taxis or rental cars are recommended for transportation.
-Transportation and Admission fees are not included in the price.
-Recommend comfortable shoes.
1Chitose Salmon Aquarium
The ecology of salmon and a variety of other northern freshwater fish can be seen and experienced at the Chitose Salmon Aquarium. Within the establishment, there are showings of the "Salmon Movie," which depicts the lives of salmon, as well as an underwater observation room that allows visitors to see directly into the water of the Chitosegawa River and observe the creatures that inhabit it during each of the seasons. A mere 15 minutes from New Chitose Airport by car, this establishment is great for a first stop on a trip to Hokkaido or for enjoying a bit of extra time before a flight out.
2Shikotsuko Lake Onsen (Marukoma Onsen)
Marukoma Onsen is an onsen inn famous for its observatory open-air bath from which bathers can gaze out at the Shikotsuko Lake that lies directly in front. The hot spring water of this natural open-air bath gushes out directly at your feet, and it's said that there are only about 20 of these baths in all of Japan. This one in particular has been bubbling up continuously since it was founded 1915. In addition, there are a variety of other kinds of onsen that can also be enjoyed, including a large public bath and reservable private baths. Due to the salt content in the water, the heat-retaining effects of the baths continue even after getting out. There are also daytime packages available for those who don't have time to stay the night. Indulge in the silhouette of the forest and mountains that change their expressions to match the changing of the seasons while soothing your fatigue at Marukoma Onsen. *Soap, shampoo, and conditioner are available. *Towels are available for rental or purchase. Face towel (purchase): JPY 250 / Bath towel (rental): JPY 250.
Okotanpeko Lake is a small dammed lake with a circumference of four kilometers. This lake along with Ashoro-cho's Onneto and Kamishihoro-cho's Shinonomeko Lake are called Hokkaido's Three Great Secret Lakes. Depending on the time and angle, the vista looks as if it changes from green to blue, making it a popular spot for those who enjoy leisure driving tours around Hokkaido. About one hour from Sapporo City by car, accessing this "urban" secret lake is relatively easy. *Okotanpeko Lake is designated as a specially preserved district of Shikotsu-Toya National Park, so visitors cannot enter the area directly. *Route 78 that leads to Okotanpeko Lake is currently closed. National Highway 453 can be used to access the lake instead.