We drove to Lake Toya after our 2 nights adventure in Hakodate! I was really looking forward
Many friends asked why we did not drive directly to Lake Toya after our trip to Noboribetsu since it was on the way
We figured out that the best itinerary (for us) is to drive back to Lake Toya after our stay in Hakodate. In this way, we can drive up to Otaru in 2-hours without compromising another day in that area.
Lake Toya is a very popular destination among the locals. Most of the hotels are located along the lake (duh!) so that you are guaranteed to get the best view. When we visited Lake Toya in July, they had fireworks daily on the lake (YES ON THE LAKE!).
Hotels are limited as Lake Toya is a very small town. We decided on a cheaper Ryokan since we had already spent on a good one in Noboribetsu.
Hotel Hanabi is a 3-star hot spring hotel located near to the entrance of the Lake Toya. Most of the hotels are facing Lake Toya and have direct access to the pathway along the lake.
We booked a Japanese-Style Twin Room with Western beds for about S$240 per night. I believe if we had booked our hotel earlier, we could have fetched a cheaper price. There is free parking in the hotel and you can walk to the nearest 7-11 within 5 minutes. We restock our snacks from the 7-11 shortly after we settled in the hotel.
All the rooms come with
The view was fantastic! I believe you have to book the room that was facing the Lake otherwise you will be looking at the buildings. Since it was Summer, there was fireworks performance daily at around 8~8.30pm. The boat would move from one section to another and repeat the performance for a few times. We were really surprised at their effort in making sure everyone can enjoy the performance.
By the way, the bed was really hard even though we requested for a Western bed. The bed was made up of a thin mattress on the hardwood. I thought that it was quite good for my aching back but Mickey didn’t really find it comfortable.
You can rent a swan boat to go to the middle of the lake. There are boats that bring you around the lake. We didn’t do that because we are generally lazy (hah!).
If you are not a very scenic person, I would suggest skipping Lake Toya. It’s pretty but the town is very boring. We spent most of our time catching Pokemon.
We went back to the hotel in the evening to have our dinner. I think there was a tour group so our time slot was very crowded. The food was alright and they had a variety of both western and Japanese food.
After our dinner, we stayed in our room to play games and watch fireworks.
We concluded our night early since I was really tired from the long drive. Lake Toya is a very pretty town but there are not many activities you can do. I find that it’s good for us since we are lazy by nature. If you are the kind who can’t slow down for a day, perhaps you can choose to skip this town.
Next, we will be driving to Otaru!