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Region
Hokkaido
Island
Hokkaido
Largest City
Sapporo
Population
5,682,950

Onuma Quasi-National Park

A national park offering year-round activities and a lakeside campground

By Irdina Auni

Located in the southern part of Hokkaido, Onuma Quasi-National Park provides visitors with a peaceful escape into nature’s embrace. The park is a favored destination for those seeking a retreat from urban life.

Onuma Quasi National Park is most famous for its picturesque landscapes featuring the towering volcanic Mount Komagatake and Onuma Lake. The park has numerous small islands scattered across Onuma Lake, that are beautiful no matter the season.

During spring, cherry blossom trees can be found along the shores, while summer brings lush greenery and vibrant flowers. As the leaves change color in autumn, the park becomes a photographer’s paradise as it transforms into a mosaic of reds, yellows and oranges. In winter, the entire lake freezes over and the snow-covered scenery provides a peaceful and ethereal atmosphere.

Outdoor Activities

Onuma Quasi-National Park. Hokkaido, Japan

Photo by: iStock/ CHENG FENG CHIANG Try venturing out onto the lake!

The park features numerous hiking trails of varying difficulty. There are hiking trails for both leisurely walks through forests and lakeside strolls, as well as more challenging hikes up Mount Komagatake for panoramic views of the surrounding area.

The Onuma Tourist Information Center offers daily guided nature tours for ¥4,000 per person. Bike rentals are available, and the park has an extensive network of paths and roads.

Onuma Lake itself provides a variety of seasonal activities.  From early summer to fall, kayaking is available, allowing paddlers to experience the park’s beauty from the water. During winter, the frozen lake provides the perfect setting for ice skating, ice fishing and snowmobiling.

Camping at Onuma Quasi-National Park

Onuma Quasi-National Park. Hokkaido, Japan

Photo by: iStock/ よっちゃん必撮仕事人 A rustic weekend escape

Camping is a popular option and preferred way to experience the charm of Onuma Quasi-National Park. The park offers several campgrounds with options for tent and RV sites, all equipped with basic amenities like toilets, showers and cooking facilities. There are options to suit every camper’s preference, whether you prefer a lakeside spot with a view of Mount Komagatake or a secluded forest clearing.

One highly recommended camping location is the Higashi Onuma Campground. It sits at the eastern end of Lake Onuma and provides a beautiful view of the lake, making it ideal for cycling or canoeing trips. Overnight stays are free, and no reservation is required. However, amenities and nearby dining options are limited, so ensure you are well-stocked with supplies before your arrival.

Things To Know

Hours and fees

Entry to the park is free, but various activities and rentals are available at different prices. Visit the park’s website for detailed information on pricing and schedules.

How To Get There

Address

By train

Take the Ltd. Exp. Hokuto train or a local train to JR Onuma Koen station.

By car

Approximately 40 min. by car from Hakodate station via the Hakodate Shinsotokan Road and National Highway 5 

Where To Stay

Hakodate Onuma Prince Hotel
  • Kabushikikaishiya Purinsuhoteru Hakodateonumapurinsuhoteru, Kameda-gun Nanae-cho, Hokkaido, 041-1392 Japan
  • ¥11,804 - ¥109,810
  • 4.28/5 (905 reviews)
  • 2.7 km

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