Mount Usu & Lake Toya (Guided in English)

QRN-215 | Muroran, Japan | See Special Notes

from $99.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:
  • Shikotsu-Toya National Park Shikotsu-Toya National Park
You will see:
  • Lake Toya Lake Toya


Excursion Length:
Approx. 4 hours

Max. Group Size: 40

Tour Overview

Departing from Muroran, you'll board your motorcoach for a scenic journey through rolling, forested countryside on your way to the Shikotsu-Toya National Park and the "Rim of Fire." Be sure to bring your camera.

Hokkaido abounds with volcanic activity, resulting in crystalline lakes, towering peaks and bubbling natural hot springs. As you travel, you'll pause (15 minute photo stop) by beautiful Lake Toya. The large caldera was formed when an eruption of a volcano about 100 thousand years ago diverted a stream to create this vast pool. You won't want to miss the chance to take pictures of the spectacular scenery.

From there, it's a short drive to Mount Usu (Usuzan). This is one of the most active volcanoes in Japan, erupting four times within the last 100 years (in 1910, 1944, 1977 and 2000). It stands a towering 2,404 feet above sea level. A gondola ride up the Ropeway will bring you close to the volcano's summit. The upper station's observation deck offers you panoramic views of Lake Toya and neighboring Showa Shinzan, Japan's youngest volcano, "born" in 1945. A short walk away is a second observation deck with views of the Pacific Ocean and Mount Usu's largest crater.

After some time to explore, your adventure comes to an end as you re-board your motorcoach for the relaxing and scenic ride back to Muroran and your ship.

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Detailed itinerary

Depart from ship for a photo stop for Lake Toya

Travel time:01:00 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):40
Time at site:00:20 Inside Visit :No
Walking distance (yards):100
Total number of steps:20
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:Yes
Shopping available?:No
Air conditioned?:No
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Visit to Mt. Usu and photo stop for Mt. Showa

Travel time:00:10 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):40
Time at site:01:45 Inside Visit :No
Walking distance (yards):660
Total number of steps:270
Wheelchair accessible?:No Notes

Can't access from top station to Observatory

Restrooms available?:Yes
Free Time at Site (minutes):105 Shopping available?:Yes
Air conditioned?:Yes
Currency accepted:JPY Credit cards accepted: Yes
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Travel time:00:45 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):40

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes


We suggest passengers carry local currency for purchases.
Wear comfortable, low-heeled walking shoes.

After the gondola ride up Mount Usu, an optional walk climbs 136 stairs to the mountain's obervatory.

This tour involves stairclimbing and is not recommended for passengers with limited mobility.

A minimum of 40 passengers is required for this tour to operate.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

For information on walking distances and/or the number of steps at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

Wheelchair Accessibility:

For information on wheelchair accessibility, please see the detailed itinerary above.

Camera/Video Restrictions:

For information on camera/video restrictions at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

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