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.
|Address||Akanko Onsen, Akancho, Kushiro||TEL||0154-67-3200
(NPO Lake Akan Tourist Information)
- 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.
Rest House Teshikagagenya, Teshikagacho
(Lake Mashu Tourism Association)
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