Today, I started my day by visiting Toyako (Toya Lake) observatory.
At the bottom of the mountain, the weather is so nice and warm for September in Hokkaido.
Toyako is also a caldera lake like Shikotsuko (Shikotsu Lake).
Toyako area is famous for a hot spring area because Usuzan (Mt. Usu) is active as a volcano.
Showa Shinzan (Showa New Mountain) has proven that Usuzan is still active.
This 290 m high mountain is new; it was created 70 years ago in Japanese era, Showa 20 (1945).
Usuzan’s volcanic activity rose a flat wheat field into a mountain: Showa Shinzan!
I took a rooeway to take a good look at the atrio and summit of Usuzan, Showa Shinzan and Toyako.
On the way down, I managed to take a last look of Yoteizan and Toyako.
I don’t want to end this trip, but it’s time to return for Tokyo.
First, I took Hokuto 8 from Toya-eki (Toya Station).
On the train, I ate kanimeshi (crab rice) and Hokkaido apple ice cream, enjoying Hokkaido local food on a local train.
And scenery; these are photos of Konuma (Small Pond).
At Shin Hakodate Hokuto-eki (Shin Hakodate Hokuto Station), changed to Hokkaido Shinkansen (Hokkaido Bullet Train), Hayabusa 24.
On 26 March 2016, the Shinkansen (bullet train) line was extended from Aomori, main island to Hokkaido.
It runs Seikan Tunnel (tunnel between Aomori and Hakodate, Hokkaido), under ocean for 54 km in 30 mins.
It takes only 4.5 hrs to reach Tokyo…
Usually I prefer a shorter traveling time; but for today, it means end of my Hokkaido trip and I want to enjoy longer.
I will plan to visit different areas of Hokkaido to enjoy great nature and delicious local food!