A Thousand Year Tancho Story
A special tour bus ” A Thousand Year Tancho( Red-crowned crane) is now being operated. it’s very convenient for those who want to see Tancho in the limited time. For now, special discount coupon( adult 4500 yen/ child aged 12 and under 3100 yen) is being sold. It includes round bus rides from Lake Akan to Akan International Crane Center, lunch, admission fees for the Crane Center & Kushiro Shitsugen Museum. There are 2 couses; Tour A “from & to…
Ice Land Akan will open on January 11th.
Annual winter event on the Lake Akan, “Ice Land Akan” will open January 11th. The event provides various winter activities on the lake, such as ice fishing, ski, ice skating, snow baggy, banana boat and much more! Please come and enjoy on the powdered & ice cryastal snow!
Winter Tour Bus “White Pirka” starts operation from Jan. 10th.
Winter Tour Bus “White Pirka” will get started this year’s operation from Jan. 10th. It is very convenient for those who don’t have much time or don’t have a car to visit popular tourist spots in eastern Hokkaido effectively. The bus leaves every day from the JR Kushiro Station at 8:30, visiting popular tourist places including one of the 3 major Tancho feeding spots, Tsurumidai(20 min., then Lake Kussharo(20 min.), and Mt.Io(30 min.), have lunch at Michi-no-Eki[Mashu Onsen](lunch is included…
Winter theme park “Ice Land Akan” opens tomorrow!
Winter theme park on the Lake Akan ” Ice Land Akan” is opening tomorrow! on 11th. On the opening day, various winter activities including ice fishing, snow buggy, banana boat, and ice skating are provided. Please enjoy the fresh nature on the Lake Akan!
Frost Flower in Lake Akan
Early winter is the best season to see Lake Akan’s renowned beautiful “Frost Flower”. The Morning Walk tour starts from Jan. 20th. So called frost flower is a natural phenomenon seen under several meteorological conditions. Ice frost make a exquisite layers of ice crystals and form natural flowers.
Lake Akan’s Morning Tour gets started!
Lake Akan’s super-popular “Morning Tour” started operation today, on Jan.20th. We walk on the frozen lake in the morning. If you are very lucky, you might see Lake akan’s renowned ” frost flower”. It’ll be your unforgettable memory to see ” diamond dust” with magnificent Mt. Oakan on the background. Guide fees; Adult 2500 yen/ Aged 12 and under 1750 yen. Contact 0154-67-3200
Lake Akan Snow Festival Started on Feb. 1st
Lake Akan Snow Festival started on Friday, Feb. 1st at the Lake Akan. The festival takes place every day on the lake until March 3rd. Mini games, ceremonies and fireworks. Fireworks start at 20:10 Snow mobiles and Banana boats are provided at the same venue. During day time, you can enjoy ice fishing, ski, ice skating as well as snow mobiles and banana boats. From March 4th-17th: Fireworks only
Midwinter Nature & An Exciting Ainu Culture Festival
Midwinter Nature & An Exciting Ainu Culture Festival ～Just this once in AKAN～ Feb. 22 through 24 This is a special program of the Lake Akan Ice Festival. The event is full of attractions including Japan’s celebrated singer, Hitomi Shimatani’s live performance and programs where you can eperience winter nature & Ainu Culture which Akanko Onsen boast to the world. The event includes several hand-on activities such as “Mukkuri” (mouth harp) playing lesson, Ainu food eating, etc. For further information Midwinter…
Akanko Ainu Theater [Ikor]’s brand-new performance ” Lost Kamuy” unveiled March
Akanko Ainu Theater [Ikor]’s brand-new performance ” Lost Kamuy” unveiled March 19 The new play features the theme of ” co-existence of human and wolves” based on the Ainu legend. Ainu is a ethnic group of people who existed in old time. They revere nature and lived in harmony with nature.
Lake Akan Icebreaker Cruise starts April 21st
The Lake Akan sightseeing cruise boat starts annual icebreaking cruise operation which starts on 21st. You’ll experience the rare thrill available only on Lake Akan as the cruise ship crushes the ice on the lake’s surface as it pushes through. Magnificent views of Mt. Meakan, Mt. Oakan, and Lake Akan provide a spectacular backdrop. It is going to end when the the ice disappear.
”Marimo Cruise ” start regular operation from May 1st
” Marimo Cruise ” start regular operation from May 1st. The 85 minutes boat ride give you an unparalleled opprtunity to see the rare creature named “marimo” or lake moss ball. The boat takes you to the scenic spots around Lake Akan and lastly stops at the Churui Ilet where you can have chance to see marimo up close. The boat leaves at 6:00 8:00 9:00 10:00 11:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00. The one that leaves at 6:00 is…
Lake Akan & Akan River Fishing Season Start from May 1st
Fishing season start in Lake Akan & Akan River from May 1st The season ends November 30 in Lake Akan and October 31st in Akan River. Lake Akan & akan River are home to a variety of fish including raibow trouts, Japanese char, and very popular fishing fields and receiving many anglers annuallyb both from inland and foreign countries and considered as one of the most enjoyable places in Japan. The fishing license fees: 1 day 1500 yen/ 12 days…
Mt. Hakuto trail route has been open !
■ Mt. Hakuto trail route has been open on May 25th. It’ll be open until October 31 this year. ■ Mt. Hakuto is a very popular mountain among day hikers from the beginners to the experts because of the great views located on the south shore of Lake Akan. ■ The hike takes around 2 hours and a half. The trail begins at the mountain lodge of the ski area and has many attractions with a variety of alpine plants…
KAMUY LUMINA in Lake Akan starting from July 5
Kamuy Lumina is an enchanted multimedia night walk experience that will take visitors on an interactive journey to the land of Kamuy ( the God in Ainu ) from the lakeside forests of Lake Akan. Guided by an illuminated ” Rhythm Stick”, visitors will go on a journey with an endearing little Jay bird to deliver an important message from an owl, which is the village gurdian god, to the kamuy. Using lighting effects, soundscapes and projections, this unique interactive…
KAMUY LUMINA pre-opening re-scheduled
Before the KAMUY LUMINA grand opening from July 5th, we ‘ll have pre-opening and a ceremony. Visitors can participate in the pre-opening and the ceremony for free. July 1 Pre-opening 20：00～21：30 ( re-scheduled) July 2 Pre-opening 20：00～23：00 ( re-scheduled) July 3 Pre-opening 20：00～21：45 ( re-scheduled) July 4 Opening Ceremony 19：15～20：30 ( re-scheduled) The pre-opening will starts after the ceremony and ends at 22:00 Venue: Akan Kanko Boat pier ( east- side pier ) Duration：50~60 minutes Click here!
KAMUY LUMINA Opening Ceremony re-scheduled
The beginning time of the KAMUY LUMINA Opening Ceremony has been changed from 18:30 to 19:15. The correct schedule of Opening Ceremony July 4th 19:15-20:30 Then, the LAMUY LUMINA pre-opening will start after the ceremony. 【Contact】0154-67-3200
Akan Mashu Bus ( summer operation)
Akan Mashu Bus ( summer operation) The times vary depending on the dates 【July/13-July/26】 （one way） Akanko Bus terminal 9：05 JR Mashu Station 10：10 （return） JR Mashu Station 12：00 Akanko Bus terminal 13：30 【July/27-Sep/1】 （one way） Akanko Bus terminal 7：25 12：00 JR Mashu Station 8：30 13：05 （return） JR Mashu Station 10：30 14：45 Akanko Bus terminal 11：20 15：35 【Fare】 One way：Adult 1500 yen/ Child 750 yen Round ： Adult 2100 yen / Child 1050 yen （Round trip discount is valid only for the same day travel.）
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