This new 2020 Regular Sightseeing course features a tour of Upopoy(National Ainu Museum and Park) which is the first national museum in Japan to feature the indigenous Ainu, and Toyako-Usuzan Geopark, the first geopark in the nation to be recognized by the Global Geoparks Network, in one day.
This observatory provides a spectacular view of Lake Toya, the Nakajima Islands in the lake, Mt. Usuzan and Mt. Showa Shinzan.
Lake Toya and Mt. Usuzan Geopark
The geopark features Lake Toya which was formed 100 thousand years ago due to a massive volcanic eruption, as well as Mt. Usuzan which was formed due to volcanic activity 20 thousand years ago. Inside the park visitors can see the evidence and experience the geographic changes the land undergoes with volcanic activity. There are also many ruins from the Jomon period, as well as evidence pertaining to the lifestyles of the Ainu, which explains the history of people and how they coexisted with a volcano.
Mt. Usuzan Ropeway
From the summit station of Mt. Usuzan, past the crater observatory, there is the “”Usuzan Outer Rim Trail ,”" 1.1 km one-way(about 40 -50 min), leading to the Usuzan Outer Rim Observatory. From this vantage point, a sweeping view of the crater, Lake Toya, Mt. Yotei, and the Pacific Ocean can be seen.
Upopoy (National Ainu Museum & Park)
• National Ainu Museum
The first national museum featuring the indigenous Ainu. The museum introduces various artifacts concerning the history and culture of Ainu, seen from the perspective of the Ainu.
• National Ainu Park
This interactive field museum features various experiential programs, such as ancient dances, performances, and much more, so visitors can get a feel for Ainu culture.