What is the most convenient mode of transportation for accessing Kushiro?
The easiest way to visit Kushiro is by airplane. Direct flights to Tancho Kushiro Airport are offered from a number of airports in Japan, including Haneda Airport in Tokyo and Kansai International Airport in Osaka. Tancho Kushiro Airport sees much less snowfall in the winter than New Chitose Airport outside of Sapporo and the latest model of passenger plane capable of landing in the fog serves the route in the summer when the sea fog arrives. Therefore, there are very few flight cancellations and the airport itself is not congested, so overall the travel experience is much more relaxed and comfortable.
How can I get from New Chitose Airport to Kushiro?
There are many forms of transportation linking New Chitose Airport and Kushiro. These include airplane, railway (JR), bus and rental car.
The quickest way is airplane, which takes about 60 minutes. If you want a slower trip and a chance to enjoy the scenery along the way, you can ride a JR train, which takes a little less than five hours, or rent a car and drive, which takes roughly five hours.
For those travelers on a budget, you should head into Sapporo and take an intra-city bus. It takes about 40 minutes to reach downtown Sapporo from New Chitose Airport on the rapid express train and about five hours by bus from Sapporo to Kushiro.
What type of climate does Kushiro have?
Kushiro’s climate is rather unique in all of Japan.
Because the city is located in Northeastern Japan, summers are very cool, with the high temperature only around 20 degrees Celsius and fog is a frequent occurrence. Winter is cold and the temperature falls below freezing quite often, but unlike other parts of Hokkaido, downtown Kushiro receives a much smaller amount of snowfall. However, the Lake Akan and mountainous inland areas of the city receive heavy snowfall, which provides a great backdrop for winter activities such as skiing.
Because the city receives less snowfall, there are very few times when transportation is delayed or cancelled compared to other regions.
・The Climate of Kushiro - Akan：http://en.kushiro-lakeakan.com/overview/overview_category/climate-of-kushiro-akan-en/
What should I wear when visiting Kushiro?
The high temperature in downtown Kushiro in the summer is around 20 degrees Celsius. Visitors should bring along a long sleeve shirt even in the summer. There are rarely any days here where you can sweat just by standing still like in Kanto and Kansai.
Winter is extremely cold, so visitors should dress warmly and bring along a heavy down jacket. However, the temperature inside buildings is toasty warm. Be sure to dress in layers to adjust to the temperature so that you don’t catch a cold.
・Kushiro’s downtown area and Lake Akan area have contrasting climates despite being part of the same city：http://en.kushiro-lakeakan.com/overview/6373/
Hokkaido is such a vast place I don’t know where to go?
Kushiro is the most Hokkaido-like area of any part of Hokkaido. A trip to Kushiro will satisfy any traveler’s needs. In the summer Kushiro offers the majesty of nature and outdoor activities while in the winter there is beautiful snowy landscapes and plenty of winter activities. You can also encounter wildlife, experience the Ainu culture, or take a dip in a hot spring.
Kushiro is conveniently accessed by airplane using Tancho Kushiro Airport.
・What kind of place is Kushiro?：http://en.kushiro-lakeakan.com/overview/1378/
What languages are spoken in Kushiro?
The Lake Akan area is a famous tourist destination within Kushiro where a number of languages are spoken, including mainly English. There are also hotels that employ foreign nationals on their staff. In downtown Kushiro, most restaurants cater to local residents, so the main and often times only language spoken is Japanese. There are a number of tourist information centers in Kushiro that offer services in foreign languages. Feel free to drop by if you have any questions or need assistance.
Where can I view tancho cranes??
Kushiro is the only place in Hokkaido where you can view tancho cranes up close.
The cranes that live here are called tancho, a native species only found in Japan. This species was once endangered, but its population has increased thanks to the conservation efforts of local residents.
・The best place to view the tancho cranes, steward of the wetlands：http://en.kushiro-lakeakan.com/overview/3760/
Are there any forms of public transportation connecting Kushiro with areas other than Sapporo and New Chitose Airport?
Other parts of Hokkaido can be reached by public transportation, but there are very few services, making them rather inconvenient. This why most visitors rent a car. If you are unable to rent a car, you may want to consider purchasing a JR or Eastern Hokkaido express bus. There are a number of scheduled bus services from mainly Kushiro Station that offer access to famous tourism spots around the city.
What type of impression do travelers have of Kushiro?
We interviewed 200 travelers who visited Kushiro.
We invite you to visit Kushiro to have the same type of experience as they did.
Where should I stay in Kushiro?
There are two places to stay in Kushiro. One is Lake Akan and the other is downtown Kushiro. The Lake Akan area has many traditional hot spring hotels and is close to other famous tourism destinations. The downtown Kushiro area features a number of city and business hotels that are in close proximity to entertainment districts where there are many restaurants and eateries.
We invite you to choose the area that best suits your travel plan and interests.
・Lake Akan area：http://en.kushiro-lakeakan.com/things_to_do/area/area_akanko-en/