Shinkansen sightseeing information

The area surrounding Obihiro, Shiretoko and Kushiro(Eastern Hokkaido)

Lake Akan(Kushiro)

Known as the home of the marimo, this lake offers a lakeside hot spring and Ainu Kotan village

Lake Akan, situated in Kushiro City's Akan National Park, is known as the home of the marimo, a rare ball-shaped lake algae that is a protected species, and kokanee, a landlocked species of salmon. The lake is surrounded by dense virgin forest while the lakeshore is site of one of Hokkaido's most famous hot spring villages called Akanko Onsen. The Ainu Kotan village located in the middle of Akanko Onsen provides an opportunity for visitors to learn about the history and culture of the Ainu people.

AddressAkanko Onsen, Akancho, Kushiro TEL0154-67-3200
(NPO Lake Akan Tourist Information)
Hours- Closed-
Getting there
  1. From Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station
  2. To the Hakodate Airport by bus
  3. New Chitose Airport by air
  4. Kushiro Airport by air
  5. Near the Akan Bus Akanko Onsen
  1. From Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station
  2. To the Hakodate Airport by bus
  3. To the Sapporo Okadama Airport by air
  4. Kushiro Airport by air
  5. Near the Akan Bus Akanko Onsen
Fees- URLhttp://www.lake-akan.com/
Lake Mashu(Teshikaga)

A mystical lake often shrouded in mist but also known for its vividly indigo colored water called Mashu Blue

Lake Mashu was formed from water collecting in a massive caldera formed from a volcanic eruption that occurred some 80 million years ago. The lake is completely isolated by the high walls of the caldera that range in height between 150 and 300 meters. This results in a unique blue color known as Mashu Blue because there are almost no impurities in the deep water. This also produces some of the clearest lake water in the whole world. The lake has radiation fog emitted from the water surface and also migrating fog that blows in from the ocean off Kushiro, which often shrouds the lake in mist. Lake Mashu is known as the lake of mist for this reason. The rest house at the Lake Mashu Observatory serves up a popular blue colored soft-serve ice cream called Mashu Blue.

AddressTeshikagagenya, Teshikagacho
Rest House Teshikagagenya, Teshikagacho
TEL015-482-2200
(Lake Mashu Tourism Association)
015-482-1530
(Rest House)
Hours
Rest House
8:00 - 18:00 (Late April - Late October)
8:00 - 17:00 (Late October - Late April)
ClosedRest House Open Daily
Getting there
  1. From Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station
  2. to the Hakodate Airport by bus
  3. New Chitose Airport by air
  4. Kushiro Airport by air
  5. The Kushiro Airport Line Kushiroekimae
  6. JR Mashu Station
  7. Near the Akan Bus Mashuko Daiichi Tenbodai
  1. From Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station
  2. to the Hakodate Airport by bus
  3. To the Sapporo Okadama Airport by air
  4. Kushiro Airport by air
  5. The Kushiro Airport Line Kushiroekimae
  6. JR Mashu Station
  7. Near the Akan Bus Mashuko Daiichi Tenbodai
Fees
Rest House
Two-wheeler 200 yen, passenger car 500 yen, microbus 1,000 yen, motorcoach 2,000 yen (tickets are common with the Iouzan Parking)
URLhttp://www.masyuko.or.jp/
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