Onuma Park, a 9,083 hectare national park, is a worthwhile side trip from the city or a nice stop on the journey between Hakodate and Sapporo. Located only 20 kilometers north of Hakodate, this area is known for its picturesque, island dotted lakes and majestic dormant volcano, Mt. Komagatake, as well as been loved by a number of people including the Meiji Emperor and foreign dignitaries since the Meiji era. The name Onuma refers to many wetlands at the base of Mt. Komagatake and the park includes Onuma, Konuma, Junsainuma and other lakes. There are 126 islets in the lakes and 18 bridges connecting a select few so visitors can enjoy walking on the trails, cycling, canoeing, and cruising. Besides, those lakes are known for a spectacular sunset view in summer among a beautiful display of mizubasho (Japanese skunk cabbage) flowers, while the Higurashiyama observation deck gives an exceptional view. Further more, there are more tourists’ attractions such as a horse riding place, golf courses and hot springs.
Onuma National Park
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20min. from JR Hakodate station to Onuma Koen station by limited express train (1130 yen) or 1hr. by local train (530 yen). Most limited express trains from Hakodate to Sapporo make a brief stop at Onuma Koen Station.
60min. to Onuma park by Hakodate bus
About 30min. from central Hakodate to Onuma Park along Route 5, a toll-free road. More about rental cars.
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September / 2010