Hokkaido, Kushiro - LakeAkan Travel Guide[Official]

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Hokkaido, Kushiro - LakeAkan Travel Guide[Official]

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Model Course No.012 Night 3 Day Akan National Park & Kushiro Wetlands Tour Course

  • DAY.1
    Kushiro Airport → Lake Akan
  • SPOT.1
    Akan
  • LUNCH
    Ezoshika deer lunch
  • SPOT.2
    Lake Akan Marimo Natsukito
  • SPOT.3
    Akan Ainu Kotan (Ainu Village)
  • STAY
    Akanko onsen stay
  • DAY.2

  • SPOT.1
    Lake Masyu
  • SPOT.2
    Mt. Io
  • ACTIVITY
    Soar through the Stars above Lake Mashu
  • STAY
    Kawayu onsen stay
  • DAY.3

  • ACTIVITY
    Mashu Kussharo 'Unkai' (Sea of Clouds) Tour
  • SPOT.1
    Kushiro River Canoeing

Day.1 START

羽田空港 Day.1 START Kushiro Airport
Akan Airport Liner Transit between Kushiro Airport and Akanko Onsen DAY.1
Lake AkanAkan Mt Hakuto Trekking
Superb Views of Lake Akan!

Mt Hakutosan lies south of the Lake Akan onsen (hot spring) district, reaching a peak height of 950 m. From spring to autumn, the Akan Kohan Ski Resort situated here turns into hiking trails for nature lovers, offering points of interest such as wildflower fields and "bokke" mud volcano vents. Heading east from the peak leads to an observation point with a breathtaking view of Mt Oakan-dake and Lake Akan. On summer mornings, you might be so lucky as to experience the "unkai" (sea of clouds) from the mountaintop. The return trip takes about two hours.

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阿寒白湯山トレッキング

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阿寒白湯山トレッキング

Mt Hakutosan lies south of the Lake Akan onsen (hot spring) district, reaching a peak height of 950 m.

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Lake AkanEzoshika deer lunch
Ezo Sika Venison
A natural ingredient only found in Hokkaido!

In recent years, deer meat has received a great deal of attention as an ingredient used in wild game cuisine. Akan Onsen’s own Ainu Kotan village, the largest such village in all of Hokkaido, has served deer meat as local cuisine from before its popularity. Deer meat offers lower fat content and greater nutritional value than beef or other types of meat. It is also rich in iron. This makes healthy deer meat an ideal choice for women or people who are more health inclined. The gamey aftertaste is removed using traditional processing techniques, making the meat delicious and easy to enjoy.

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Ezoshika deer lunch

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Ezoshika deer lunch

In recent years, deer meat has received a great deal of attention as an ingredient used in wild game cuisine. Akan Onsen is noted for its Ainu Kotan Village, which is the largest such village in Hokkaido.

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Lake AkanLake Akan Marimo Natsukito (Summer Lamp Festival)
Wondrous Lights atop Lake Akan
bring Magic to Eastern Hokkaido Summer Nights

The enigmatic Lake Akan is the only habitat in the world where marimo aquatic plants grow into beautiful spheres. In this wondrous event, participants write messages of hope and enclose them into glowing globes styled after the marimo, which are scattered behind a cruise boat across the laketop. These glimmering lamps color the laketop with the hopes and wishes of summer, a breathtaking backdrop for a night cruise.

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Lake Akan Marimo Natsukito (Summer Lamp Festival)

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Lake Akan Marimo Natsukito (Summer Lamp Festival)
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ake AkanAkan Ainu Kotan (Ainu Village)
Experience Ainu culture and cuisine first-hand
Experience Ainu culture and cuisine first-hand
at Lake Akan Ainu Kotan Village

"Kotan" means "village" or "settlement" in the Ainu language. This is Hokkaido's largest kotan, located on the shore of Lake Akan. Attractions include a theatre specializing in traditional dance, souvenir shops offering artistic wood carvings, restaurants featuring Ainu cuisine, and more. The Ainu Kotan offers a chance to experience the day-to-day life and precious culture of the Ainu people.

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Akan Ainu Kotan (Ainu Village)

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Akan Ainu Kotan (Ainu Village)
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Day.2 START

Day.2 START

DAY.2
Akan Mashu-go (Bus)
Akan Mashu-go (Bus)
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TeshikagaLake Masyu
The unforgettable sight of 'Mashu Blue'!
The pristine lake sparkles with a strikingly deep blue.

Boasting a degree of transparency ranking next to lake Baikal in Russia. On a clear day, the lovely surface of lake Mashu is a deep blue color which is called Mashu blue.

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摩周湖

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摩周湖

Three lookout points offer unique vantages of Lake Mashu from different angles.

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TeshikagaMt. Io
After Lake Mashu,
stop by Mt Io

Atosa Nupuri means bare mountain in the Ainu language and refers to Mt. Io.
Even at present this volcano has active eruptions and is located about 3 kilometers from Kawayu hot spring district.

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Mt. Io.

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Mt. Io.

It's rare to see alpine plants at such a high altitude.

"Io" is Japanese for "sulphur". This gas contains sulphur, leaving the smell of sulphur upon the surroundings. The magnificent shape of the mountain, and the remarkable plants that flourish in the volcanic environment, create an unforgettable sight.

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Buckwheat Flour Crepes

Amidst the hot spring district stands a cafe-restaurant. Try the 'galette', a French-style buckwheat crepe filled with local Mashu vegetables and cheese.

Buckwheat Flour Crepes
トレッキング
TeshikagaSoar through the Stars above Lake Mashu
Let's go and search for stars!

Lake Mashu is perhaps best known for its striking daytime beauty. But night is just as beautiful, as darkness shrouds the silent lake, creating an ideal stargazing environment.
While located within a National Park, Lake Mashu is designated as a Special Protection Area, and may not be approached by the public.

Soar through the Stars above Lake Mashu

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Soar through the Stars above Lake Mashu

There are absolutely no human-made structures along the lakeshore, and naturally, no artificial light.
Starry-skied summer nights may become so perfectly dark that Lake Mashu disappears from sight entirely.

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Day.3 START

DAY.3
TeshikagaMashu Kussharo 'Unkai' (Sea of Clouds) Tour
An early morning departure in search of the Sea of Clouds!

Elevation 680 meters. Early morning at Lake Mashu No. 3 Observatory.
To the west lies Japan's largest caldera, the Kussharo Caldera.
To the east is the Mashu Caldera, brimming with the deep blue waters of enigmatic Lake Mashu.
Mist fills and overflows these two calderas as the 'unkai' (sea of clouds) flows.
Mashu - Kussharo Unkai tours offer a chance to partake in this rare scene of beauty.

Mashu Kussharo 'Unkai' (Sea of Clouds) Tour

ACTIVITY

Mashu Kussharo 'Unkai' (Sea of Clouds) Tour
Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko-go (JR Train) JR Kushiro Station
Kushiro TownKushiro River Canoeing
See the Wetlands from Nature's Point of View

Each season brings new ways to explore and experience the wetlands of Kushiro Shitsugen National Park, from canoeing to horse trekking, to smelt fishing in winter, and more. Of these activities, perhaps the most remarkable experience is canoeing atop Lake Kushiro, the ultimate vantage point to appreciate the magnificent beauty of the wetlands.

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釧路川カヌー

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釧路川カヌー

One of Japan's few undammed 'Class A' rivers, the Kushiro River is a mecca for canoeists, who visit from far and wide to partake in breathtaking views of the virgin riverside forests. Meandering through the Kushiro Wetlands, this river offers canoeists a chance to get as close as possible to the wetlands, and even encounter wetland wildlife such as tancho cranes, gray herons, and Ezo sika deer.

Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko-go (JR Train)
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Bus JR Kushiro Station
Kushiro Washo Market

Kushiro is known for its 'katte-don', a rice bowl filled with your choice of fresh, seasonal seafood toppings -- a perfect way to experience the port town market.

Kushiro Washo Market
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Nestled in the heart of downtown Kushiro, this sightseeing facility is home to 'Minato no Yatai', a congregation of pubs in street-stall style. The summer-season only 'Ganpeki Robata' (wharfside seafood barbecue) is also very popular!

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JR Kushiro Station
Nusamai Bridge (Sunset)

The number one spot in Kushiro to check out the sunset is Nusamai Bridge, which is considered to be one of the three most picturesque bridges in all of Hokkaido. The sight of the sun melting into the ocean from beyond the silhouette of the four statues of the seasons on the bridge’s guardrail is truly stunning.

Kushiro Washo Market
Sunset Cruise

Take in the beauty of Kushiro's sunset and night view from a sightseeing cruise boat! The "Sunset Cruise" departs from near Nusamai Bridge, heading out to sea to best appreciate the magnificent scene of one of the world's top three sunsets. Or enjoy the view of Kushiro at night as the "Night Cruise" roams the mouth of the Kushiro River. Reservations also accepted from the website. The apres-cruise lounge party is also very popular.

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Kushiro Airport

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Kushiro Airport GOAL Haneda Airport
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