Shikotsu-Tōya National Park


Shikotsu-Tōya National Park

Infobox_protected_area | name = Shikotsu-Tōya National Park
支笏洞爺国立公園
iucn_category = II



caption = Lake Toya (October 2007)
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location = Hokkaidō, Japan
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area = 993.02 km²
established = May 16, 1949
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governing_body = Ministry of the Environment
nihongo|Shikotsu-Tōya National Park|支笏洞爺国立公園|Shikotsu Tōya Kokuritsu Kōen is a national park in the central part of the island of Hokkaidō, Japan. Named after the volcanic caldera lakes of Lake Shikotsu and Lake Tōya, it has a total area of 993.02 square kilometers. The popular hot spring resort of Noboribetsu is also within the park.

It can be divided into roughly five areas:
* The Mount Yōtei area
* The area around Lake Tōya, Mount Usu and Showashinzan
* The area around the hot springs of nihongo|Noboribetsu|登別|, nihongo|Orofure Tōge|オロフレ峠|, and nihongo|Lake Kuttara|倶多楽湖|Kuttara-ko
* The area around nihongo|Lake Shikotsu|支笏湖|Shikotsu-ko, nihongo|Mount Tarumae|樽前山|Tarumae-san, and nihongo|Mount Eniwa|恵庭岳|
* The area around nihongo|Teizankei|定山渓|, nihongo|Toyohira Valley|豊平峡|Toyohira-kyo, and nihongo|Nakayama Toge|中山峠|

Notable features

At the foot of Mount Tarumae on the north-west side one can find the impressive moss-covered cavern or Koke-no-domon.

ee also

*List of national parks of Japan

External links

* [http://wikitravel.org/en/article/Shikotsu-Toya_National_Park Wikitravel: Shikotsu-Toya National Park]
* [http://www.biodic.go.jp/english/jpark/np/sikotu_e.html Shikotsu-Toya National Park] Biodiversity Center of Japan


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