Lake Toya was an almost circular lake 10k in diameter; the Lake House was on the northern side of the lake.  The drive right around the lake took about forty minutes.  The town of Toyako was on the southern shore and from there you could get a ferry to Nakajima, the island in the centre of the lake.

Toyako was larger than Toya and had five or six large hotels overlooking the lake and shops, restaurants, cafés and bars.

Ferry Terminal at Toyako

We found a public footbath along the promenade.  The sign said that bathing the feet would alleviate symptoms of cold, muscular pain, cold sensitivity, menstrual cramps, stiff shoulders and fatigue without having to take a bath.  The water didn’t  look very inviting but we couldn’t miss the opportunity to gain all the benefits offered, so we sat down and dabbled our toes in the hot thermal water and found it extremely pleasant.  We relaxed bathing our feet for ten minutes or more and felt quite invigorated.  I think it worked!

The Foot Bath On Promenade


Our Lunch Spot At Toyaku


3 thoughts on “Toyako

    • Hi #1. So pleased you are reading the blog, it is very beautiful here and unspoiled here. The straight roads with 90° intersections remind us of The ski areas in Colorado

    • Hi #1. It is very beautiful and unspoiled here. The towns with their straight roads and 90° intersections remind us of the ski areas in Colorado. Everyone is so nice and polite, almost deferential. Shop assistants give you a little bow as they hand you your change and you find yourself bowing in return, then they bow again – and so on! Miss you too, postcard creeping its way to you. X

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