Driving about 50 minutes from the entrance of Hokkaido, new Chitose airport, feeling the brightness of the green from the road named Lake Shikotsu Sky Road; it will get you to the spring town of the lake Shikotsu.
It is a wonder to see one of the greatest natures in Hokkaido in just an hour from the airport. Its peculiar configuration as a caldera which has steep mountains around has made it possible. Remote from the outside, it keeps plenty of beauty and the secrets of nature.
Not to block the view, even Lake Shikotsu Hot Spring only has some hotels, restaurants and gift shops.
Park the car or get off the bus and walk through the stores, you will find a neat shore. Then you can see grasses like carpet, hardwood that makes the nice arbor and the blue glitter of Lake Shikotsu that spreads out before you.
If you walk along shore from pier where sightseeing boat departs, it will get you to the mouth of Chitose River. This red pier is commonly known as Yamasen Railroad Bridge, heritage of railroad traffic. Once, the train carried wood from lakeside of Shikotsu to Tomakomai.
This is the view from observatory in front of Kyuukamura. The pier belongs to Lake Shikotsu Hot Spring.
If you cross the Yamasen Railroad Bridge, and go up the stairs, it will lead you to the observatory in the garden.