Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort

Lake Abashiri, Hokkaido, Japan

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  • A stylish blend of traditional and contemporary design

  • Quirky design touches include a Chair Gallery and Fire Tower

  • Private onsen bathing available

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Hokkaido is a year-round destination for travellers as its distinct seasons benefit the activities you can do here. The hotter summer months of July and August are perfect for witnessing colourful meadows full of flowers. Winter peaks in January with colder temperatures than the rest of the country, but it is then that the snowy slopes are at their best for skiing. The months of April, May and June are spring-like with pleasant temperatures and long sunny days, which is great for hiking. Autumn arrives early on Hokkaido and by mid-September the famous autumn colours are once again changing the landscape.

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A stylish hotel that blends traditional Japanese design and cultural heritage with contemporary chic, Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort offers both Japanese and Western-style rooms with the option of a private onsen.

The Hokuten no Oka, or Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort, pays honour to the indigenous Okhotsk people throughout the resort. The main lounge is dotted with wooden carvings and artefacts used by these ancient people over 1,000 years ago, while the Fire Tower in the grounds, which houses a footbath, echoes the shape of the Okhotsk tents. This cultural heritage combines well with the hotel’s modern sleek lines and slightly quirky touches, such as a fire-pit in the main lounge, where guests can toast marshmallows, and a Chair Gallery. A 15-minute drive from Abashiri Station, the hotel provides a free shuttle bus if required, or for those flying into Memanbetsu airport, it’s a 20-minute drive to the hotel.
Standard rooms include twin beds, seating area, en-suite bathroom, TV, fridge, and tea and coffee-making facilities. Upgrades include balconies and larger living areas. Japanese-style rooms include tatami mats and furniture with futon beds, while rooms sleeping up to five guests include twin beds with additional futons. Families of four can choose a studio apartment with kitchen, living, dining area, twin beds and two futons. For the luxury of a private onsen, the suite accommodation includes an outdoor deck with hot spring bath as well as a massage chair.
The Okhotsk-style buffet serves creative and quality dishes, while for traditional multi-course kaiseki dining, head to Kaiseki ,or French cuisine is served at Tou Tou. Alongside the restaurants, the main lounge has complimentary marshmallows to toast over the fire and guests can also snack at the Ramen Noodle corner. Private dining rooms are available and the Lounge Bar serves a comprehensive selection of drinks. Other facilities include a Cigar Room and Bar Bambi karaoke room. For relaxation, there is single sex onsen bathing, hot stone saunas, spa with massage and hot springs lounge area.
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Twin Rooms include two beds, seating area, en-suite bathroom, TV, fridge, and room wear and upgrades include balconies and larger living areas. Japanese-style Rooms include tatami mats and furniture with futon beds, while Japanese-Western-style rooms include twin-beds with additional futons. For the luxury of a private onsen, the suite accommodation includes an outdoor deck with hot spring bath as well as a massage chair.


While children are welcome there are no specific facilities or childcare available.


The Okhotsk Style Buffet serves international dishes, while multi-course kaiseki dining is offered at Kaiseki and French cuisine is served at Tou Tou. The lounge also has complimentary marshmallows and a Ramen Noodle corner. The Lounge Bar serves a comprehensive selection of drinks and there is a Cigar Room, while Bar Bambi offers karaoke. For relaxation, there is single sex onsen bathing, hot stone saunas, spa with massage and hot springs lounge area.


Guests can explore the Chair gallery, take a footbath, visit the library, sing karaoke and enjoy the spa and hot springs bathing.


  • Abashiri City Highlights

    Take a tour of Abashiri City and visit the Okhotsuku Ryuhyo Museum and Prison Museum.

  • Active Winter in Asahidake

    Today, visit Daisetsuzan National Park, one of the largest national parks in Japan, and embark on a light winter snowshoe trek in the park. Finish the day with a tour on the Asahidake ropeway, which provides great views of the scenic winter landscape.

  • Biei Nature Tour - Flower Fields and the Blue Pond

    Drive to Biei and visit the Patchwork Hill and Shikisai Hill, which offers fantastic views of the countryside and various flower fields. After lunch, visit the Blue Pond which is a mesmerising blue colour before hopping on a Norokko Train.

  • Birdlife and Nature in Onuma National Park

    Reconnect with nature as you visit Onuma National Park, known for its bird life and an abundance of diverse vegetation.

  • Boat Ride on Lake Akan

    Take a Boat Tour and enjoy the scenery of the unspoiled lush forest around Lake Akan and the famous Marimo, one of Japan's unique natural wonders.

  • Hakodate Morning Market and the Grand Matsumae

    Today, visit the Morning Market of Hakodate and experience the local life. Continue to Matsumae, a former castle town, where you can take a tour of the town and the grand Matsumae Castle.

  • Half Day Tour of Kushiro

    Today, take a trip to the Hoso'oka Observation deck to view the spectacular Kushiro Marsh before heading to Washo Market that boasts Japan's largest fish catch!

  • Highlights of Sapporo

    Enjoy a Half Day City tour of Sapporo. You will see the Sapporo Clock Tower, Odori Park, the Old Hokkaido Government Building, the viewing point of Okurayama Ski Jump Hill and more.

  • Hiking in Shiretoko National Park

    Enjoy a three hour hike around the Shiretoko Goko Lakes and discover the untouched nature of Shiretoko.

  • Horseback Riding

    Enjoy a leisurely nature tour on a 70-minutes horseback ride through the great outdoors while taking in the beautiful scenery of Abashiri.

  • Icebreaker Cruise in Abashiri

    From the end of January until March, embark on a spectacular Icebreaker Cruise and witness the white ice that spreads South around the Amur River.

  • Insight into Sapporo Beer

    Take a tour of the Sapporo Beer Factory for an insight into beer and brewing.

  • Morning Local Immersion in Rausu

    This morning, explore the local fishing village of Rausu. Enjoy the chance to witness a real fish auction and watch how the locals snap up their deals at the market.

  • Otaru by Rickshaw and Foot

    Explore Otaru by rickshaw and experience the city in a unique way. Afterwards, take a stroll along the Otaru Canal and have a chance to visit the original stone-built warehouses.

  • Refreshing Lake Toya

    Tour Lake Toya. Enjoy great views of the lake and the neighbouring Showa Shinzan at the observation deck of the Usuzan Ropeway. Make a stop at Lake Hill Toya and taste some of the best home-made icecream. Afterwards, proceed to Niseko for a horse-trek.

  • Sushi Making in Yoichi

    Learn how to make sushi by preparing your own sushi rolls for lunch!

  • Tofu Making Class in Honbetsu

    Take a trip to Honbetsu town to learn how to make tofu from soy beans with the local farmers - a wonderfully unique activity.

  • Tokachigawa Winter Dog Sledding

    Get ready for a winter adventure as you try your hand at mushing a team of Alaskan Huskies!

  • Winter Exploration of Akan

    Discover Eastern Hokkaido as you visit Mt Iou, Lake Mashu, known as the 'foggy lake' and immerse in the culture of the Ainu at the Ainu Kotan.

Holiday Ideas

  • Eastern Hokkaido in Winter

    Abashiri, Shiretoko, Akan, Kushiro

    from £4900 pp inc flights & transfers for 5 nights

    • Experience the wild and pristine beauty of Eastern Hokkaido, an area off the beaten track and less visited.
    • Visit during end January to mid March to see the phenomenon of drift ice in the Okhotsk Sea of Northeastern Hokkaido.
    • Go onboard the Shiretoko Nature Cruise and get the chance to see some rare species of birds or wildlife!

Location & directions

Lake Abashiri, Hokkaido, Japan

The hotel is a 15-minute drive from Abashiri Station and provides a free shuttle bus. Alternatively, Memanbetsu airport, is a 20-minute drive from the hotel.
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