Take-off from Lake Toya

The splendor of a seaplane taking-off from the surface of Lake Toya can be seen in the town of Toyako in Central Hokkaido. Instead of wheels, the aircraft is fitted with boat-shaped floats and, as the engine roars, the plane accelerates across the surface of the water before gently ascending. Kutchan resident and Australian national Ben Kerr – a real estate company CEO and vice president of the Kutchan Tourism Association – has based his private leisure flights at Lake Toya since early August. The aircraft is a 2-seater single propeller plane built in America. There are cases of seaplanes being used in Japan by the Maritime Self Defense Force, but examples of private use are rare.


Lake Toya