Klook Service: Excellent. Ticket Office just took our vouchers and gave us admission passes. No hassle.
Park: The cultural park itself was awesome - period buildings, displays, activities, even the theater experience reportedly simulates theater-going during the Edo period. Definite must-go place when you're in Noboribetsu.
My 4yo loves the park so much that she’s asked to go back again today!
The park is smallish and I thought not that much to see. We got there after midday during weekdays. I can see that we’ve probably missed out on some of the extra shows. However all the staffs are extremely friendly and engaging with the kids. The actors and actresses from the three plays wondered around the park, interacting with visitors, making the the whole experience so wonderful. Our favourite is the ninja show, which is surprisingly funny and not scary for our sensitive 4yo. They had special effect lighting so we could cover her eyes before the last killing act.
To get to ropeway you can take Donan Bus Company bus. They have a special schedule for Winter period. First bus 1025hrs to shawa shinzan. Last bus back is 1455hrs from Shawa Shinzan Terminal.
Plan your trip well.
At top you walk to observatory.
Bus company one way fare 360Yen.
If you come from JR Toya station take a bus to Toyago Onsen Terminal then go to Shawa Shinzan terminal.
simply breathtaking. the counter staff has prepared our ticket so we just collect and board the ropeway upon arrival. we were also given 10% discount voucher for souvenirs purchase which is equivalent to tax free without needing to seal the goods. what a steal. we realise that the snacks and souvenirs are priced the same across Hokkaido even if you purchase it from tourism sites so you do not need to worry you might find it cheaper elsewhere.
Worth it! The ropeway would brought you to a platform where you can view Lake Toya and Showa Shinzan Lava dome. An additional 10-minute hiking would brought you to Pacific Ocean view and another 30 mins hiking towards Summit Crater foothpath will bring you closer to the crater views. The scenary is simply stunning.
Super convenient to redeem the ticket. The ticket booth prepared the ticket prior to your arrival and once you show them your booking they will pass you the ticket and discount voucher. Discount voucher is 10% which is worth it if you are buying Hokkaido souvenirs back. The view up the mt is nice. Must visit!