October 2, 2013

HOKKAIDO : Lake Toya - Shikotsu-Toya National Park

Shikotsu-Toya National Park


Hazy sunset, Lake Toya, Shikotsu-Toya National Park, HOKKAIDO


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Lake Toya

Lake Tōya (洞爺湖 Tōya-ko) is a volcanic caldera lake in Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Abuta District, Hokkaidō, Japan. It is a part of "Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Global Geopark" which joins in Global Geoparks Network. The stratovolcano of Mount Usu lies on the southern rim of the caldera. The lake is nearly circular, being 10 kilometers in diameter from east-west and 9 kilometers from North-South. The lake's biggest town, Tōyako is located on its western shore. The town Sōbetsu is located on the other side of the lake.

Lake Tōya is said to be the northernmost lake in Japan that never ices, and the second most transparent lake in Japan. Nakano-shima, an island in the middle of the lake, houses the Tōya Lake Forest Museum.

Lake Tōya was called Kim'un-to (キムウン (kim'un) means "in the mountain" and ト (to) means "lake") by the Ainu. In the Meiji era, Japanese pioneers named the lake Tōya after the Ainu expression to ya, which means "lakeland."

The 2008 G8 Summit was held at Lake Tōya and The Windsor Hotel Toya Resort & Spa.

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Fireworks at Lake Toya, Shikotsu-Toya National Park, HOKKAIDO




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Summer has gone with a dragonfly.....Shikotsu-Toya National Park, HOKKAIDO


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