The Toya Sunpalace can be found on the banks of Lake Toya, a beautiful crystal-clear caldera lake – formed by the collapse of a volcano. The lake is some 10 kilometers in diameter, and hosts a number of onsen resorts on its shores. The Toya Sunpalace is a large, long-established hotel with 452 guest rooms, the majority of which proudly boast beautiful views of the lake.
The hotel is spread over two buildings: a main building and an annex. At maximum capacity, 1883 guests can be accommodated at once. The hotel can cater to a wide variety of tastes, with room types such as Japanese-style, Western-style, VIP and Modern Japanese/Western-Style. The rooms all include a plethora of amenities as well as fridges, safes, heaters, private baths and toilets – all in place to make guests feel relaxed and at home.
Due to its close proximity to Lake Toya, which was formed by volcanic activity, the area is rich in natural onsen water. Toya Sunpalace is proud to offer both indoor and outdoor onsen baths. All sourced with quality natural hot spring water from Toyako Onsen. The Grand Public Baths can be found on the first and second basement floors and are open 24 hours a day – but be carefully not to slip when the lights get dim after midnight! Male and female baths rotate between the first and second basement floors. The baths will close for a 30-minute period between 2:30 and 3:00 a.m. for cleaning.
The hotel has a great deal to offer in the way of food. On the first floor is the restaurant Palacio, which offers a buffet-style environment, with Chinese, Japanese and Western food all on the menu. Guests can watch fresh pizzas being made right before their very eyes. If Japanese food is more to your liking, head to the izakaya Dosanko on the first basement floor to eat your fill of delicious sashimi, tempura and ramen. Dosanko also serves a multitude of alcoholic drinks including varieties of whiskey, sake and cocktails, all waiting to be tried. In the mood for something more subdued? The hotel’s lounge is the perfect place to sip on a hot beverage, relax, and admire a wonderful unobstructed view of Lake Toya and Mount Yotei through the full glass window wall that looks out onto the lake.
For those with children, the hotel offers a great pool for all the family to enjoy. Guests can enjoy swimming in the warm, in this spacious indoor heated pool, with icy views of the lake and mountains visible through the windows.
From the December, there is an illumination display around Lake Toya. Hokkaido wears the winter season so well, and the illumination is the perfect accompaniment for the Christmas season.