Our top 3 recommended spots to fully enjoy the Lake Akan’s season of fresh green!グリーンシーズンの阿寒湖を楽しむおすすめスポットベスト３!!
Are you wondering how to enjoy around Lake Akan, other than the renowned hot springs and iconic marimo algae balls? We'd like to introduce places for enjoying Lake Akan's season of fresh green!
Lake Akan Marimo Cruise
You must've come all the way to Lake Akan, so first of all, please enjoy the entire lake!
Cruising is the best way to know the wonders of Lake Akan. The boat trip takes about 85 minutes, which allow a chance to observe the marimo algae along the way. On a sunny day, you'll have spectacular views of Mt. Oakan and surrounding greenery of untouched forests reflecting on the crystal clear blue water while savoring the fresh air breezing on the open deck.
They also provide various speed boat cruise as options.
Akan Sightseeing Cruise Company
"Bokke Walking Trail" amidst Lake Akan's vibrant nature!
The Bokke Nature Trail allows visitors to closely experience the bounty of volcanoes and surrounding nature.
The trail entrance is conveniently located adjacent to Akanko Onsen. Strolling along the trail, you'll find yourself immersed in nature, amidst a dense growth of trees aged over a hundred years. With a little luck, you may spot wildlife such as Siberian red squirrel and Hokkaido deer, and you may even hear the tapping of woodpeckers.
The trail is best known for the "bokke" which is a remain of craters erupted about tens of thousand years ago. The word "bokke" is derived from the Ainu word meaning "to bubble up". Volcanic gases bubble up to the surface. As you near a bokke, a hint of sulfur smells in the gas. You'll also feel the ground surface temperature is warmer due to geothermal heat, which creates a very unique environment where is home to various creatures.
Bokke Walking Trail
Dynamic panorama of Lake Akan, "Akan Lakeshore Observatory"!
Skiers and snowboarders alike enjoy the Akankohan National Ski Area in winter. In the green season, the ski resort changes into a scenic lookout commanding breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Akan and Mt. Oakan.
parking at the foot of the slopes, which are ski runs in winter and just a bit hike give you an breathtaking panorama including imposing Mt. Oakan and Lake Akan's deep blue water.
Akan Lakeshore Observatory