Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Bessou Ao no Za

Opening at Lake Shikotsu in May, 2019

Facility Introduction

New Top Class Luxury Japanese Onsen Ryokan Facility - "Ao no Za"

Only about 40 minutes drive from New Chitose Airport, Lake Shikotsu is the deepest lake in Hokkaido and the clearest lake with some of the purest water in all of Japan. We are pleased to announce that a new luxury Japanese Onsen Ryokan consisting entirely of suite guest rooms will be open at this location in May 2019. At "Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Bessou Ao no Za", all rooms offer a panoramic view of Lake Shikotsu. Guests will enjoy a luxuriously elegant experience with world-class service.

Guest rooms with a view of Lake Shikotsu

All 25 guest rooms are equipped with an outdoor hot spring bath and indoor jet bath. From both within the room and the outdoor bath, guests will be treated to magnificent scenery that shows a wide range of expressions throughout the four seasons.


Enjoy brand new culinary delights, only found here, that take advantage of seasonal Hokkaido ingredients. Immerse yourself in the soul of Japanese culture, brought to life through the skill and imagination of our chefs.

Acquaint yourself with Japanese culture by wearing traditional Japanese clothes or experiencing calligraphy at our built-in culture lounge. All will transport you from the troubles of daily life into a world of elegance.

About the area

Lake Shikotsu is a caldera lake formed approximately 40,000 years ago by volcanic activity. In addition to being among the clearest lakes in all of Japan, its waters are also the second deepest in the nation. With lovely scenery that changes with each of the four seasons, it is a perfect place to experience the unspoiled natural beauty of Hokkaido.

Activities for your


Let time slip away and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Lake Shikotsu. On fair weather days, your shadows will refllect off the surface of the transparent water, creating the impression that your canoe is floating in mid-air.

Lake Shikotsu Diving

Feel as if you've taken flight with a pleasurable dive into the waters of Lake Shikotsu. You'll catch glimpses of kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, and other freshwater fish for whom the lake is a natural habitat.

Hiking & Walking

Experience bountiful forests and mountain landscapes within Shikotsu-Toya National Park. Gazing at the lake from a different perspective will reveal its charms in a whole new way.


Car/Taxi Access

■Approx. 40 minutes drive from New Chitose Airport
  Take Prefectural Route 16 (Lake Shikotsu Park Line) → National Highway Route 453

■Approx. 60 minutes drive from Sapporo
  Take National Highway Route 453