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Lake Toya & Toyako, Hokkaido, Japan

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Lake Toya & Toyako, Hokkaido, Japan

Lake Tōya (洞爺湖 Tōya-ko) is a volcanic caldera lake in Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Abuta District, Hokkaidō, Japan. The stratovolcano of Mount Usu lies on the southern rim of the caldera. It is a nearly circular lake with 10 kilometers diameter in the east-west direction and 9 kilometers in the north-south direction. The main town is Tōyako Onsen (洞爺湖温泉), on the western shore. The town Tōyako is located on the other side of the lake.
Lake Tōya is said to be the northernmost lake in Japan that never ices, and the second most transparent lake in Japan. Nakano-shima, an island in the middle of the lake, houses the Tōya Lake Forest Museum.
Lake Tōya was called Kim'un-to (キムウン (kim'un) means "in the mountain" and ト (to) means "lake") by the Ainu. In the Meiji era, Japanese pioneers named the lake Tōya after the Ainu expression to ya, which means "lakeland."
The 2008 G8 Summit was held at Lake Tōya and The Windsor Hotel Toya Resort & Spa.

Tōyako, Hokkaidō

Tōyako (洞爺湖町 Tōyako-chō?) is a town in Abuta District, Iburi Subprefecture, Hokkaidō, Japan. This town was formed on 23 March 2006 through the merger of the town Abuta and the village of Tōya. Population as of 31 March 2008 was 10,671.
The name of the town was derived from the nearby Lake Tōya (Tōyako).

G8 summit

On April 23, 2007, the town and its surrounding area was announced as the site of the 2008 summer G8 summit. Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe reportedly chose the area because of its proximity to many famous sightseeing grounds, such as Lake Tōya and Tōyako Onsen[1].

Famous sights

Shikotsu-Tōya National Park
Lake Tōya
Mount Yōtei
The Windsor Hotel Toya Resort & Spa - the main conference site of 34th G8 summit.


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