Kijihiki Highland/きじひき高原

Hokuto city is located east of Hakodate and it will hold new Shinkansen bullet train station in 2015. One of its touristic attractions is Kijihiki highland which commands panoramas of Mt. Hakodate, Mt. Komagatake, Ono plain, Hakodate bay, etc.

The pictures below are taken from the observatory. Each can be enlarged by clicking them.
This shows Mt. Hakodate in the middle.

Mt. Komagatake and Lake Onuma can be seen in this picture.

At the observatory, you can find statues of Bodhisattvas, buddhist statues which were donated by local pioneers.


Outdoor activities in Onuma

At the beginning of July, one of my friends came visited Hakodate and she and other friends including me spent a enjoyable time in Onuma Quasi-national Park.

The park features a volcano Mt. Komagatake and three lakes formed by the volcanic eruption some three hundred years ago. It is located 30km north of Hakodate and you can easily get there by car or by train from Hakodate. By car, it takes about 40 minutes and by train with 20 minutes.

If it is fine, you can enjoy cycling, boating, canoeing, camping, etc. There are some good onsens(hot springs)!

We arrived at Onuma area around two or so, and had a lunch at a restaurant located by the lake shore. Then, after leaving luggage in the inn, we went for cycling. We rented bicycles at Friendly Bear. It was around three in the afternoon, so the rental fee was 500yen per person. We made a round of the biggest lake, Onuma, of which circumference is 24 km.

After enjoying cycling, we went to Nagareyama Onsen to wash our sweat off. Then, we had a tasty dinner at the inn, Pension Kaza.

On the way back to the inn from the Onsen, we stopped at a convenience store and got fireworks. Before we go to bed, we went outside to do fireworks and all were excited at star-filled sky.

The following day, we had breakfast at the inn and then went to Yamakawa Ranch to eat soft-served ice creams.

We stayed in Onuma two days, but only a day or even a half day, you can enjoy beautiful nature and various activities;)

Onuma Quasi-National Park/大沼国定公園

It is a quasi-national park which is located about 30km north of Hakodate. It consists of Mt. Komagatake, which is an acitive volcano, and three dammed lakes formed by a volcanic activity of it; Onuma(Literal meaning is a big lake), Konuma(Lit. a small lake) and Lake Junsai(Junsai is a edible water plant). Its beauty of each season is well-known.

The photo below was taken from a room of Onuma Prince Hotel.

Soon it comes a season of autumn-color leaves. You will be able to enjoy colorful leaves on branches and on the surface of lake water.

On fine days, you can see a peak of Mt. Komagatake from the summit of Mt. Hakodate.