If you want to travel around Hakodate and enjoy even more magnificent nature, I recommend going to Onuma Park. Onuma Park is a sightseeing spot approximately 16 km north of Hakodate center. There, you can enjoy the beautiful nature of spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Various activities such as cruising, canoeing, fishing, cycling, camping and skiing are possible at Onuma Park. Please visit Onuma Park by all means.
Best Things to do in Onuma Park
In the center of Onuma Park, there is Mt. Komagadake. It is an active volcano with an altitude of 1131 meters. Many swamps were formed around the mountain due to the volcanic activity of this mountain. The representative one is Onuma. There are over 100 small islands in Onuma. Onuma is famous for its beautiful scenery.
To Onuma Park, approximately 20 minutes by express "Super Hokuto" from JR Hakodate Station (about 50 minutes if it is a regular train). If you use the bus, it is about 60 minutes from JR Hakodate Station to Onuma Park. It is very close from Hakodate so you can enjoy a day trip to Onuma Park. There are several beautiful resort hotels around Onuma Park, so you can challenge diverse activities by staying in Onuma Park.
Many of the activities are handled by Onuma Godo Yusen Co., Ltd. which operates the following site. The following sites are not explained in English. So, you may not be able to reserve anything in advance. However, basically, you can use the service immediately on the day without reservation. I was able to get on a cruise ship etc without reservation.
Onuma Park : Best Things to do in winter
Why do not you enjoy snowmobiling on ice?
At Onuma Park, you can enjoy outdoor sports such as snowmobile and fish fishing in winter.
It is snowmobile that I recommend to you.
When the winter comes, Onuma freezes. So from mid January to early March every year, you can enjoy snowmobiling on the lake. Driving is easy, you can experience it if you are over 18 years old. The plan to make 2 laps of 1,000 meters course is 1,500 yen. If you challenge a two-seater snowmobile it's 2000 yen.
Onuma Park also has a tour to enjoy sledding. You can go around the lake for about 15 minutes on a big sled. Staff will draw sled by snowmobile.
If you want to fish on ice, you can use fishing equipment rental service. It is 1,600 yen per person per day.
You can also enjoy authentic skiing
There are several ski resorts around Onuma Park. The representative one is Hakodate Nanae Snowpark. This ski resort is open from mid December to early April every year. You can enjoy skiing and snowboarding here. You may come by day trip from Hakodate.
Hakodate Nanae Snowpark is a pretty real ski resort. You can get on the gondola to the top of the ski slope at once. From there you can slide a course of 4 km. From the ski slopes you can see magnificent Mt. Komagadake in front of you.
Of course at the ski resort there is also a rental service so you can come without having anything.
I have been to this ski resort with my family before. My child played with a small sled. In the Hakodate Nanae Snowpark, the whole family can enjoy it.
Onuma Park : Best Things to do in spring, summer, autumn
Tour around Onuma by cruise ship
A full-fledged spring will come to Onuma Park in about May. As the snow begins to fall in November, spring, summer, autumn will come to Onuma Park in a short period so far.
During this period, you can challenge various activities in Onuma Park. First of all, I recommend you take a boat on the lake.
From the beginning of May until the end of October, you can take a cruise ship and go round the Onuma. The journey time is around 30 minutes. The fee is 1100 yen for one adult and 550 yen for children (6 to 12 years old). If you board this ship, you can look over Onuma Park first. Why do not you think about what kind of activity you would like to challenge after taking this ship.
You can also board a motorboat (12 people capacity). The motor boat goes around the Onuma in 10 minutes. The price is 1,600 yen for adults and 800 yen for children.
Besides this there is also a small rowing boat rental service. If you rent one ship for two adults, the fare is 1,500 yen per hour.
Experiences of rowing a canoeboat on Onuma
If you want to move your body more yourself, I encourage you to row a canoeboat on Onuma.
In Onuma Park there is a store called "Exander Onuma Canoe House" that will support your canoeing experience. Veteran instructors attend to your canoe experience. Even full beginners or elementary students can participate. The time required for a general tour is 2 hours. The price is 4000 yen for one adult, and 3000 yen for elementary school students. For details, refer to the following site. At Exander Onuma Canoe House, activity tours such as mountain climbing to Komagatake are held in addition to canoes.
At Onuma Park, you can also use the bicycle rental. If you use a bicycle, you can go around Onuma in about an hour. I have also circled the Onuma by bicycle. There are a few ups and downs, but for junior high school students and above, I think that you can afford to go around.
Enjoy the foliage of Onuma Park
Onumakoen is famous for autumn leaves. It is around October 20 that autumn leaves begin in earnest. You can enjoy autumn leaves until early November.
In this period, the number of water birds is also very large. You will be able to appreciate autumn leaves and beautiful scenery to your heart 's content.
The following sites introduce Onuma Park's various viewpoints and experiences tours. Above mentioned Exander Onuma Canoe House is introduced a little. There are pages that display almost Japanese only, but I think that it will be helpful to some extent.
Before writing this article, I examined how you can book various activities in English. Unfortunately, there are not many sites that can be booked in English. If in Japanese, you can gather information about more activities and make reservations in your home country. But in English, it is difficult to book. I feel sorry about that.
If you stay at a hotel around Onuma Park, you can apply for various activities through your hotel. For example, at Hakodate Onuma Prince Hotel, accommodation plans that can experience canoeing and the like are prepared. Unfortunately this hotel's English site does not show that. However, if you stay at this hotel, please contact the hotel by all means. I have stayed at this hotel with my family before. We enjoyed the beautiful snow scene from hotel room. I wish you will be able to make wonderful memories at Onuma Park.
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