Donan Bus English Timetable Between Lake Toya / Toyako Onsen and Toya Station - Hokkaido, Japan


Lake Toya is between Noboribetsu and Hakodate.
In fact, I had a plan to go to Lake Toya but due to my tight schedule, I changed my plan. 
I passed Toya when I took train from Noboribetsu to Hakodate.
Here is my previous plan. Hope it will be for useful for you.



Access to Toya Station (JR-Muroran) (By Train)

1. From New Chitose Airport: Take JR Rapid Airport for Sapporo / Otaru to Minami-Chitose Station (3 mins) and interchange to Limited Hokuto / Limited Super Express Hokuto (80 mins)

2. From Noboribetsu: Take Limited Express Hokuto / Super Hokuto (40 mins)

3. From Hakodate: Take Limited Express Hokuto / Super Hokuto (100-110 mins)

If you have JR Pass, reserve seats for free at JR Ticket Counter.

Do you have problem when try to search the information in English? 
On Donan website provides timetable only in Japanese so it hard to read, then I translated in English. 


Timetable of Donan Bus (Effective: 1st April 2019)

Please click photo for larger version.

Bus tickets from Toya Station to Lake Toya Hot Springs Bus Terminal, Sakura-machi, Chuo-dori, and Motomachi are available at the ticket counter (Midori-no-madoguchi) in Toya Station. Roundtrip tickets are also available for these sections, and their validity period is one month.




JR Toya Station to Toyako Onsen Timetable


Toyako Onsen to JR Toya Station




Toyako Onsen -> Mt. Showa Shinzan Donan Bus Timetable 

Valid during 27 April - 4 November 2019

Fare
Toyako Onsen BT
10:25
12:45
13:40
15:50
340
Mt. Showa Shinzan
10:40
13:00
13:55
16:05



Mt. Showa Shinzan -> Toyako Onsen Donan Bus Timetable

Mt. Showa Shinzan
10:45
13:10
14:05
16:20
Toyako Onsen BT
11:00
13:25
14:20
16:35

One Way 340 yen, Round Trip 620 yen


Toyako Onsen Map


Toyako Onsen Town Map: Lake Toya

1. Toya Sun Palace Hotel
2. Hotel Hanabi
3. Toya Kohantei
4. Toya Gokirakutei
5. Toyako Manseikaku Hotel Lakeside Terrace 
6. Yutorelo Toyako
7. Toya Daiwa Ryokan
8. THE LAKE VIEW Nonokaze Resort
9. Toya Kanko Hotel
10. Grandvillage Toya Daiwa Ryokan ANNEX
11. Hotel Grand Toya
12. Toya Green Hotel
13. Hotel New Toyako
14. Hokkai Hotel
15. Petite Hotel Koizumi
16. Kitstusuki Canadian Club




Taxi Fare
JR Toya -> Toyako Onsen (12-15 mins, 2000-2500 yen)


Contact Information: Toya Taxi: Tel 0142-75-2266 

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82 comments :

  1. Hi Pear
    I am planning to go from Toyako Onsen to Rusutsu in Dec 16. I understand Donan buses ply that route. Would you be able to share details. I have luggage. Will the bus have storage space for that .
    Many thanks.
    Derek

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    1. Donan bus has storage space underneath the bus. Please see bus photo this link http://bluemoonpear.blogspot.com/2015/10/donan-bus-english-timetable-and-fare.html?m=0

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  2. Dear Pear
    Thank you so much for your helpful reply.
    Cheers
    Derek

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  3. Hi, does the Donan bus still operate in winter between Toya Station and Toya Onsen? Is there any buses to Usuzan Ropeway?

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    1. Hi!, I'm not sure about bus runs in Toya during the winter.
      By the way, please check the information from this website http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6730.html?aFROM=6725_6750

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  4. Hi.

    Is the timetable unchanged for this year?

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    1. I checked timetable on Donan bus website, the timetable changed but does not specify the date which updated on website. Please follow this link.
      Timetable

      洞爺湖温泉 Toyako Onsen
      洞爺駅前 Toya Station

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  5. Hi there,

    I had been advised to take a local bus from JR Toya Station to my hotel, Toya Kohantei Hote. While I roughly already know how to take the Donan bus, i'm not so sure onvwhere to alight. Cab you advise please?

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  6. Hi! I'm going to stay in Sapporo from April 26th to the 30th, and I'm planning a daytrip to Noboribetsu and Lake Toya on the 28th.
    My plan is to get up early and visit Noboribetsu in the morning, then go to Lake Toya to have lunch and spend the afternoon.
    I saw the table that you translated and it seems that the last bus from Toyako Onsen to the station is at 19:30. The thing is that I really want to see the fireworks! do you think I might be able to catch a Taxi to the station at around 21? The last train to Sapporo leaves at 21:47 so I guess I'll be on time, but I don't know if there are any taxi services in Toyako Onsen.
    Thanks in advance!

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    1. Hi! There are taxi run in Toya. The taxi fare should be around 2,000 yen (during 22:00-05:00 fare increases 30%) but it may hard to find taxi at night.

      Anyway, the bus timetable should be updated again on April. The current timetable is for winter. I think they may provide more buses in spring. Please check it again in April.

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    2. Hi! The bus timetable has been updated.

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  7. I plan to travel from Noboribetsu and Lake Toya, please advice the transport from Noboribetsu and Lake Toya and how long?

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    1. You can access by direct bus (Donan Bus), please follow this link Donan Bus

      Alternatively, take JR Noboribetsu Station (Limited Express) to JR Toya Station (40 minutes) and take Donan Bus to Lake Toya (21 minutes).

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    2. each day only 1 trip only 9am?

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    3. There are 2 rounds; 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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    4. If take the direct bus, how long?

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    5. Direct Bus takes 65-75 minutes approximately.

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    6. i m curious if it's possible to travel with luggage? my plan is for early January from Lake toya to Noboribetsu and spend the day here and go to Sapporo at evening.

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    7. Hi Nunnie! There are coin lockers at Noboribetsu Station.

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  8. Hi Bluemoon,

    Can you please help us? I intended to travel from Sapporo to Lake Toya via Jozankei by bus in early Feb 2018. On the way back from Lake Toya to Sapporo, I want to get off at Jozankei for a few days before heading to Sapporo. Is this trip even possible or is JR the only option for us? If so, can you please help translate the timetable for us? Thank you

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    1. Hi! There is direct bus between Jozankei and Sapporo. More detail, please Click here.
      I'm not sure this is the answer you're looking for.

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    2. Sorry but link doesnt exist. I'm just wondering is there direct bus between jozankei and lake toya and vice versa? Thanks

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    3. Sorry for broken link. The previous comment I sent the link of bus timetable between Jozankei and Sapporo but you just want to check about jozankei and Lake Toya, right? I try to access to Donan Bus website but cannot(may be server is down). Once the website is back to normal, I will inform you.

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    4. Hi! Sorry for late reply. Donan Bus website is just get back to normal. The latest timetable is 1st April 2017. Anyway, the timetable may be update again in winter. These are bus timetable (direct bus):

      Lake Toya to Jozankei

      07:05 - 08:48, 09:30 - 11:12, 12:10 - 13:52, 17:10 - 18:46

      Jozankei to Sapporo

      08:48 - 09:54, 11:12 - 12:10, 13:52 - 14:50, 18:46 - 19:50

      Sapporo to Lake Toya
      10:10 - 11:00, 14:10 - 15:00, 16:10 - 17:10, 17:10 - 18:00

      Jozankei to Lake Toya
      11:00 - 12:50, 15:00 - 16:50, 17:10 - 19:00, 18:00 - 19:50

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    5. Oh great, thank you very much for your help. Greatly appreciated!! 👍👍

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  9. Hello, we would like to take the Donan bus from Dai-ichi Takimotokan to Toyako onsen in Sept 2017...however, when I asked Dai-ichi, they said there's no bus to Toyako onsen from Noboribetsu! For some reason, Donan bus's website has been down for a few weeks now. I am not 100% sure if this bus route is still running as of today...not sure if anyone can confirm that we can still take this bus in mid September. It saves a lot of time (and money) if we could take direct bus to Toyako onsen rather than taking bus-train-bus route. Thanks in advance!!

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    1. Hi! Normally, there are the bus runs between Noboribetsu to Toyako Onsen. Since the hotel informed you like that, I recommend you to check the bus timetable again at Information Center near Noboribetsu Onsen bus stop. The latest bus timetable is April 2017 but I also cannot visit Donan Bus website as the server is down for more than 1 month.

      In case of direct bus is not available, you need to take the bus to JR Noboribetsu Station. Take train to JR Toya, then take the bus or taxi to Toyako Onsen.

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  10. Hi Blue Moon!

    Is there any bus connecting from Lake Toya to Noboribetsu? I’m coming from Hakodate with luggages and will stay at Noboribetsu Onsen area.

    My initial plan is:
    Hakodate Station - Toya Station (keep luggages)
    Toya Station - Lake Toya (donan bus)
    Lake Toya - Toya Station (collect luggages)
    Toya Station - Noboribetsu Station
    Noboribetsu Station - Noboribetsu Onsen (donan bus)

    Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy!
      There is direct bus between Lake Toya and Noboribetsu, click here

      Have a nice trip!

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    2. Hi Blue Moon! Thanks for your prompt reply.
      In that case when I reach Toya station, should I bring my luggages along with me until Lake Toya? Is there any place to keep my luggage at Lake Toya?

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    3. There are 19 coin lockers at JR Toya Station (5 medium size = 500 yen, 12 large = 600 yen and 2 large = 700 yen). You can keep luggage at Toya Station but cannot guarantee the availability of locker or send the luggage in advance to hotel.

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    4. So which mean from Toyako Onsen Bus Terminal, I need to go back to JR Toya Station to collect my luggage, then go to Toyako Onsen Bus Terminal again to take Donan Bus to Noboribetsu?

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    5. Sorry, I confuse with other comment which asked similar question.

      There are few lockers at Toyako Onsen Bus Terminal.

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    6. No worry! Just curious for the JR Train, the train come not so frequent? Have specific timing?

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    7. Yes, there is specific timing. The timetable on website is effective until end of this month. You can see as guideline, click here

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  11. Hi, im planning to take JR train/ bus to noboribetsu from airport. Then at the same day from noboribetsu to Lake toya. Which i will stay at Lake Toya a night. Can advise the last train from Noboribetsu to lake toya/ shall i take bus? Is that too rush? Thanks.
    Jo

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    1. Hi! Can you advise when your trip is? The timetable on website is effective until 30 November. The last train is 21:08-21:46 (Noboribetsu to JR Toya Station) but you will be unable to catch the last bus from Toya station to Lake Toya. By the way, you can take the taxi from Toya Station. Please be careful the taxi fare, the fare usually increase from normal rate after 10 p.m.

      The last bus (direct bus) from Noboribetsu to Lake Toya is 15:10 from Noboribetsu Onsen.

      Is that too rush? It depends on your arrival time in Noboribetsu. Suppose you arrive Noboribetsu in the morning and spend 3-4 hours there, then go to Lake Toya. That's fine. If you arrive Noboribetsu in the afternoon, then go to Lake Toya. You can still follow as your plan but you may get tired.

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  12. hello! do you have the english timetable from take bus from sapporo(the bus stations location) to lake toya bus terminal? appreciate your help

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    1. Does the bus from Toyako Onsen pass through the hotels in Lake Toya and if so which bus should I take? Is this the same bus that goes to JR station? Do you have the bus timetable?

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    2. Donan bus also pass the hotels in Lake Toya. Today, I can't access Donan Bus website so you can download this file for overview or can check timetable at the bus stop.

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  13. Hi Blue Moon,

    Can you provide me the timetable in english please? Thanks!

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    1. Hi! The link I provided on previous comment is already in English. You can download it. Please point the mouse "this file" on the above comment.

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    2. HI Blue Moon,
      Ok I managed to click on the link now. Can you tell me which bus timetable I should refer to if I want to get from Toya bus terminal to a hotel in Lake Toya (Hotel Hanabi)? Thanks again for your help!

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    3. Hi! If you get off JR Toya Station, please take the bus and get off Moto-machi (元町) bus stop instead of Toyako Onsen Bus Terminal. It takes about 22 minutes from JR Toya Station and 4 minutes from Toyako Onsen Bus Terminal.

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  14. Hi Blue Moon,

    Do you know if the timetable for the Donan bus between Toya station and Toyako Onsen (that was effective from December 1st 2017) is still in effect now? Thank you so much for translating it!

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  15. Hi Blue Moon, will the timetable for the Donan bus between Toya station and Toyako Onsen (that was effective from December 1st 2017) be still in effect early March? Pls advise. Thank you

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    1. Hi! Normally, the timetable is updated in April so the above timetable (1st Dec 17) should be effective until end March. By the way, please check again end of this month. Have a nice trip!

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  16. Hi Blue Moon,

    Am planning to Lake Toya next week, so the last bus from Onsen to JR station is at 6pm?

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    1. Yes. If you miss the last bus, you can take the taxi.

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  18. Hi Blue Moon, I'm planning to go to Lake Toya from Sapporo on 30 April, then to Hakodate the next day. The Donan bus website is currently unavailable, would you happen to know how I can reserve seats? Thank you.

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    1. Hi! Please make a phone reservation 011-865-5511 (Sapporo Office). In case the operator speaks English, you can ask hotel staff to help you.

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  19. Is there a way to go from Toyako onsen to Mt. Usuzan?

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    1. Hi! Please see the above update timetable. Take the Donan Bus from Lake Toya to Mt. Showa Shinzan, then take the ropeway.

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  20. Hi there, can you please help me with donan bus schedule on October 2018? My itinerary is:
    Datemombetsu station to usuzan ropeway
    usuzan ropeway to Sobetsu fruit village
    Sobetsu fruit village to Lake toya
    Lake toya back to datemombetsu station

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    1. Hi! I have no idea about Datemombetsu and Sobetsu but I found out donan bus schedule between Datemombetsu and Toya.

      Bus timetable between Datemombetsu and Toya
      http://donanbus.co.jp/kougai/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2013/11/%E4%B8%BB%E8%A6%81%E6%99%82%E5%88%BB%E8%A1%A8%E8%83%86%E6%8C%AF%E7%89%882018.4.1.pdf

      Lake Toya 洞爺湖温泉
      Date Mombetsu 伊達紋別

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  21. Hi

    I am looking at travelling from Jozankei to Noboribetsu. Stay a night then next day take the intercity bus to Lake Toya, then take a bus to hakodate. May I know if there are buses from these locations in winter Feb time?


    Thanks

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    1. Hi! I'm not sure about the bus at Jozankei. Currently, the bus timetable (Jotetsu Bus) runs between Jozankei and Sapporo is between 1st Jun - 31st Oct 18. For Noboribetsu, Lake Toya, Hakodate bus should be available in Feb. By the way, please check timetable again in winter (around December).

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  22. Hi, would like to check if Donan bus goes to Lake Hill Farm from Toya Onsen Bus Statino?
    If yes, able to advise on the timings to & fro?
    Whether there is a need for reservation?

    Been trying to find info on this online but unable to get any concrete info. Thanks so much for your help!

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    1. Hi! I have never been to Lake Hill Farm before but I try my best to search the information.
      You can take Donan bus to Lake Hill Farm from Toyako Onsen. The nearest bus stop is Hanawa Iriguchi (花和入口).
      The latest timetable is 1st April 2018. If you visit the farm in winter, please recheck the timetable around December.


      Please visitthis link for Donan Bus timetable.

      札幌駅前 Sapporo Station
      洞爺湖温泉 Toyako Onsen

      Hope this can help.

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  23. Hi. Would you be able to advise me on getting to Midorinokaze Resort Kitayuzawa from Toya station? The hotel website states to stop at Datemombetsu and take the Donan bus for Otaki Kutchan. Unfortunately I can't read Japanese and would need help with the Donan bus timing. I will be there in Feb,would the bus services still be running during that season?

    Thank you!

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    1. Hi! I access the hotel website. I understand that if you get on the bus from Toya station, get off at Kutchan Station and then take another bus to hotel.

      Please see this link about Toya and Kutchan bus.

      I'm not sure about the current bus timetable because I can't access Donan Bus website. By the way, I will check it again once the website is back to normal but may be a little bit late.

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    2. Hi! Please see this bus timetable for your reference. It's update on 1st April. If you visit the hotel in Feb, kindly check the winter timetable which is not available yet.

      I have no background about this place so you may check with the hotel by sending this bus timetable.

      My idea is taking JR from Toya Station to Datemonbetsu Station (10-15 minutes), take the bus to Shirakuni-no-Toko (白絹の床) bus stop. I'm not sure Date Station is the one close to Datemonbetsu Station so please double check with the hotel.

      Bus Timetable

      伊達駅前 Date Eki-Mae
      大滝東団地 Otaki Higashi Danchi
      倶知安駅 Kutchan Eki-Mae

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  24. Hi, we plan to travel on 24/12/2018 and would like to go to Usuzan Ropeway and Mt Usu Summit.

    The plan is:

    Sapporo -> Usu Station -> Usuzan Ropeway -> Toya Lake -> Usu Station -> Hakodate

    A very busy day on trains I know... but my main worry is what is the best way to go from Usu Station to Usuzan Ropeway and around the lake in December as there is no Donan bus that directly goes there.

    Are you able to advise?

    Thank you.

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    1. I just realised that Toya station would be better I think instead of Usu Station. But still have same problem with no winter bus.

      Is it normally bus from Toya -> Lake Toya. Then maybe use taxi to Usuzan Ropeway? Then do the same to get back.

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    2. Hi SKY,

      Actually, I have no idea about Usuzan Ropeway but I found some information on website. The website stated that "Toyako Onsen bus terminal is served by both the local buses to JR Toya Station (15 minutes, 330 yen, one bus/hour, stops near Usuzan West Crater along the way) and Usuzan Ropeway (15 minutes, 340 yen, four buses/day, no service in winter)" so I think you may use taxi. The taxi fare should be around 2,000 yen or over (one way trip).

      One thing that I concerned is about the weather (freeze and windy) especially in December so please be careful.

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    3. Hi!

      I just got information about Toya Travel Winter Bus which runs between Silo Observatory and Showa Shinzan (via Toyako Onsen Bus Terminal). The bus operates during 1st December 2018 - 28th February 2019. The information on website is still in Japanese. I will post the information in English soon (may be the next article).

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    4. Thank you very much! I'll try and have a look on the website too. That will help me save a lot more money rather than pay for a taxi :D

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    5. Found English details f: http://en.laketoya.com/t-pass/

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    6. Hi! Thanks for your detail. T-Pass is not valid in this year. It replaces with I-Pass. I just update the information on the first page, please check it. Have a nice day!

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  25. Hi! I'm planning to travel within Totako to places like Silo Observatory, Lake Hill Farm, Mt Usu and etc. IS there any bus that run around these sightseeing places? Would you be able to share whether there are any further updates to the bus timetable?

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    1. Hi! Donan bus runs around there. Actually, the winter bus timetable was just ended on late Feb. Donan bus website is unable to access so I will try to check on another bus website. As I'm on the trip now and the mobile is hard to read the text so I will get back to you after 16 April.

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    2. Hi! I think this bus timetable between Toyako Onsen and Silo Observatory should be updated.

      500 yen/trip
      Toyako Onsen -> Silo Observatory
      06:15 - 06:28
      07:05-07:16
      09:30-09:41
      12:10-12:21
      17:10-17:21

      Silo Observatory -> Toyako Onsen
      12:36-12:50
      13:39-13:57
      16:36-16:50
      18:46-19:00

      For Mt. Usu, if you visit with a group of your friend, you may take the taxi.

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  26. Hi Blue Moon, if I'm staying at Yutorelo Toyako, should I stop at Toyako Onsen Bus Terminal or Chuo-dori stop?

    I checked the hotel website, and they said that stopping at the bus terminal is roughly a 10 mins walk. Would stopping at Chuo-dori be a shorter walk? As looking at the map above it does seem shorter.

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    1. Hi! I agree with you. Chuo-dori should be the closest bus stop.

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  27. Hi! Is there any updates in the timetable? I'll be visiting Toyako in June

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    1. Hi! Currently, I could not access Donan Bus website so I checked it from the another website. Overall, you can still use this timetable at this moment but I cannot confirm the timetable in June. In my opinion, timetable in June seems unchanged.

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