Lake Nukabira Phantom Bridge and Onsen Tour (Winter)

Experience the Hokkaido winter at Nukabira Gensenkyo, a hot spring district in Kamishihoro Town. First you’ll go on a snowshoe trek in Lake Nukabira to see the famous Taushubetsu River Bridge, a concrete arch bridge that once part of a railway line. You’ll then re-energize yourself with a warm lunch at a local café. Afterwards, you’ll visit Nukabira Onsen Nakamuraya, a lodge in Nukabira Gensenkyo where you can take a relaxing warm bath in the hot springs, enjoy roasted potato chips, or try your hand at making unique handicrafts. 

The Taushubetsu River Bridge is a 130-meter long, 10-meter high concrete arch bridge that was part of the old National Railway Shihoro Line. Depending on the season, the bridge becomes visible or completely submerged under the lake, leading it to be called a “phantom bridge”. In winter, you can see the bridge up close by walking across the frozen surface of Lake Nukabira (this activity changes to an observation tour from the lake shore from late February to late March).

After the snowshoe trek to see the bridge, you’ll take a break at local café with a warm, relaxing atmosphere.

At Nukabira Onsen Nakamuraya, you can rejuvenate yourself with a warm bath in the hot springs, or try your hand at making various handicrafts.

Afterwards, you can relax in the lobby while roasting potato chips over a “hibachi” fire bowl. You can also check out their souvenir shop.

Note: All images are for illustration purposes only. Your actual experience may vary.


8:50 Meetup at Nukabira Onsen Bunka Hall
9:00-12:30 Taushubetsu River Bridge snowshoe trek or lake shore observation tour
13:10-14:10 Lunch 
14:40-16:00 Nakamuraya (onsen bath, handicrafts experience, snack time)
16:00 Tour finish
Tour name Lake Nukabira Phantom Bridge and Onsen Tour (Winter)
Available period Early January to late March 2025
Time 8:50-16:00 (7 hours 10 minutes)
Participants Minimum 2 persons, maximum 6 persons
Fee ¥12,000 per person
Snowshoe rental, Taushubetsu River Bridge tour fee, guide fee, lunch, activity and bathing fee at Nakamuraya, tour insurance
Not included Transportation to and from the venue, personal expenses
Things to bring Cold weather gear (ski wear)
Meetup Location

Nukabira Onsen Bunka Hall
Address: Nukabira Gensenkyo, Kamishihoro-cho, Kato-gun, Hokkaido
Mapcode: 679 398 546*02
Notes ・Please reserve at least 3 days in advance.
・Depending on the availability of the guide, we may not be able to accommodate your preferred tour date.
・The tour may be changed or cancelled due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control.

Cancellation Fee:
・2 or more days before the tour date: full refund
・1 day before the tour date: 40% of the tour fare
・On the day of the tour prior to the start time: 50% of the tour fare
・No show: 100% of the tour fare