Lake Shikotsu is known for having some of the clearest waters in all of Japan, and the eponymous Lake Shikotsu Onsen area, located a short drive from Hokkaido’s main airport, New Chitose Airport, offers a natural oasis of relaxation. Chill out in the healing waters of an all-natural onsen (hot spring) as you gaze out at gorgeous mountainous landscapes, including the peaks of Mt. Eniwa and Mt. Tarumae. If you decide to spend the night, there are many ryokan (traditional inns) offering lodging, private hot springs and delicious meals centered around red salmon, a specialty of the region.