Lake Shikaribetsu Canoeing and Nature Trekking

At an elevation of 810 meters, Lake Shikaribetsu is the highest lake in Hokkaido, and is a place of primeval nature. In this tour program, you will go on a trek through the forest on the lakeshore together with a nature guide, then go on a Canadian canoe ride across the tranquil lake. After enjoying the nature activities, you will visit a secluded cafe to enjoy a lunch made with local ingredients.

The Shikaribetsu Recreation Forest is a virgin forest spreading on the shore of Lake Shikaribetsu. Together with a nature guide, you will take a hike into the forest and experience its nature up close.

The forest teems with various flora and fauna. You can see the seasonal wild flowers and mushrooms, and listen to the sounds of wild birds and mammals.

After the forest hike, you will go on a Canadian canoe tour of the lake. The friendly guides of the Lake Shikaribetsu Nature Center will teach you how to paddle, so even beginners can enjoy it easily. You can see a rare view of the surrounding nature from the middle of the lake.

After enjoying the fun nature activities, you’ll visit Tomaru Cafe, a house renovated into a cafe and lodge. Here you can re-energize yourself with a sumptuous lunch featuring galette bretonne made from local soba buckwheat.
Note: If you are allergic to buckwheat, please let us know in advance so we can prepare a different menu.

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


9:00 Meetup at Lake Shikaribetsu Nature Center
9:05 Forest trekking
10:30 Canadian canoe experience
12:40 Lunch at Tomaru Cafe
13:40 Tour finish
Tour name Lake Shikaribetsu Canoeing and Nature Trekking
Available period Early June to early November 2021
Time 9:30-13:40 (4 hours 10 minutes)
Participants Minimum 1 person, maximum 9 persons
Fee 1 person: ¥12,000
2-3 persons: ¥10,000 per person
4-6 persons: ¥9,700 per person
7-9 persons: ¥9,500 per person
Fee without lunch: ¥2,000 less
Pick-up and drop-off from Obihiro City (inquire for details)
Guide fee, canoe activity fee, lunch, tour insurance
Not included Transportation to and from the venue, personal expenses
Things to bring Comfortable clothes and shoes, hat
In case of rain: rain gear, rubber boots
Meetup Location

Lake Shikaribetsu Nature Center
Address: Shikaribetsu kohan, Kita-urimaku, Shikaoi-cho, Kato-gun, Hokkaido
Access: From National Route 274 in Shikaoi Town, drive north along Hokkaido Route 85 for 25 kilometers.
Mapcode: 702 387 448*63
Notes ・Children below 3 and pregnant women cannot join the tour.
・Please reserve at least 3 days in advance.
・Please mention in advance if you are allergic to buckwheat.
・Tours 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