10 Days Hokkaido – Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU NO UTA

By the time we left Lake Mashu for the seven-hour drive to Lake Shikotsu, it was almost 2pm. The GPS indicated initially that we would reach our resort after 9pm. That’s means we would miss our dinner which we had paid for. Thankfully, our GPS was not updated. The toll-highway that was indicated as dotted lines in our physical map has already been completed. On the GPS, we were shown as ‘flying through space’, but we were actually charging down the highway while trying to keep to the speed limit and hopefully made it in time for dinner.

Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU NO UTA is our last stop in Hokkaido. This lake is situated next to the more famous Lake Toya. We were awed by the sprawling low-rise resort, rarely in Japan.

Upon entering the lobby, a staff is at hand to exchange your shoes for the in-house slippers. The lobby has a modern sitting area while you wait to be checked in. At 8pm nightly, a harpist from Mexico serenades instrumental hits.

Mexican harpist Cristina.

Next to the sitting area is a lounging area with a fire-place in the middle. Large leather cushions are placed around for you to lie back, sit or just…lounge about. At night, a tray of marshmallows is thoughtfully placed next to the fire-place where you can barbeque and snack while chatting. Surrounding this platform lounge area are shelves of books. Next to it, a JBL sound systems playing soothing music when the harpist is off.

The lounge area, our favourite place in the resort.

Our rooms were located just next to the lounge area. In our western room, there was a Japanese (chair with back but no legs) sitting area as well as two massage chairs. I tried the massage chairs and it was the perfect remedy for tired muscles after a long drive.

The onsen area is below the lounge area. The onsen is designed to shape like a natural pond amidst lush greenery.

In this resort, one can literally let down and relax. We wore our pyjamas and slippers throughout the day, going for our meals and some even ventured out to the lake in the pyjamas and velvet robes.

Our resort is situated next to the Lake Shikotsu, a pictureque lake surrounded by three volcanos:  Mount Eniwa to the north and Mount Fuppushi (風不死岳)and Mount Tarumae to the south. Lake Shikotsu is a caldera, a cauldron-like volcanic feature usually formed by the collapse of land following a volcanic eruption.

Lake Shikotsu Park

The sakuras were in bloom as we strolled along the lake, crossing a historical railway to the other side.

Historical railway, now just an ordinary bridge.

Unfortunately while we were there, Mount Tarumae, an active volcano was closed, so was  the moss-covered cave featured in the Tourist map.

Dejected, we decided to spend our remaining time enjoying the resort rather than drive further to Lake Toya, our original plan. After all, how often can one laze around in pyjamas all day without a care in the world.

My attire at the resort.


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4 Responses to 10 Days Hokkaido – Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU NO UTA

  1. Once again, I’ll like to thank you for the description of this trip. Together with Google Earth and Bing map, I “flew-by” the same route from 摩周湖 of 阿寒国立公園 to 支笏湖 of 支笏洞爺国立公園 (the same 6 hours 44 min journey). I also have the opportunity to learn and see 樽前山 (Mt Torumae) in details! It’s true, 秀才不出门,也能看天下!

  2. I have never been to Japan (stopovers don’t count) nor Europe. But you know, you mentioned Lake Toya which is right next to Uchiura Bay, that is not really more famous. It just has an island 中岛 in the middle of it, very much like Lake Toba which also has an island in it and associated with it a famous song “Sing Sing So” which my daughter loves to sing (in both the Batak and Chinese version).

    • vickychong says:

      Lake Mashu also has an island in the middle called the dimple. We’re very lucky in Singapore as almost everybody travels out of the country every few months. Mike is going to Denver and Minn next Monday for work. I wanted to tagged along but can’t. 😦

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