The 10 Best things to do in Kushiro and Lake Akan of Hokkaido in summer.夏の釧路・阿寒湖で体験できる10のこと
Various outdoor activities can be experienced in Kushiro area and Lake Akan during summer time.
What would you like to do?
1.Canoeing down the Kushiro River through ‘Kushiro Marshland’.
Down the Kushiro River through the “Kushiro Shitsugen’’ with an experienced guide. Kushiro Shitsugen National Park is the largest marshland of all Japan and is home to about 1,300 species of wild animals such as Red-crowned crane ( Tancho crane ), White-tailed sea eagle, and Ezoshika deer.
2.Enjoy the view of marshland from ‘Kushiro City Marsh Observatory’
You’ll have a spectacular panoramic views of marshland from the upper deck. And then you can enjoy walking along with wooden trails to observe the marshland at close range.
In the observatory building, they provide a wide range of exhibitions and explanations related to the marshlands. There is a small café and our best recommendation is ‘’ Tancho Crane shaped soft ice cream”.
3.Socializing with the locals at ‘Ganpeki Robata’
Kushiro is the birthplace of ‘’Robatayaki” cooking style, where various kinds of seafood are grilled on the charcoal barbecue stoves. During summer season, various robatayaki stalls are set on the Kushiro Port, which is called “ Ganpeki Robata’’ where you can savor local specialty accompanied with quality saki looking at the renowned beautiful sunset and chatting with local people. It’ll be a precious time for you.
4.Ride on the ‘NOROKKO TRAIN’
‘NOROKKO TRAIN’ is a sightseeing trolley train which is operated from April through October. The train runs through ‘’ Kushiro Shitsugen’’. You’ll have an open views of the marshland and when the train slows down, you might see some wild animals in a relaxed posture.
There is a little store on the train that sells bento lunch boxes which feature local specialties.
5.Take a stroll in the ‘Light Forest’ and meet the giant trees of 800 years old
“ Light Forest “ walking tour give you a privileged opportunity to enter the primeval forest near the Lake Akan. A tour with a special licensed guide allow you to enter the private area which is closed to ordinary people. The 800 years old Japanese Judas tree and the volcanic mud pool called ‘’Bokke’’ are the highlight of the tour.
You might share the emotion that the owner of this forest would feel under the sunlight shining through the leaves of trees.
6.Take a tour boat at Lake Akan and observe mysterious “marimo”.
The sightseeing boat takes you to the most scenic places in the Lake Akan. You’ll have breathtaking views of Mt. Oakan and Mt. Meakan. The boat make a round trip and lastly stops at the Churui Island where you can observe ‘semi-wild’ marimo at Marimo Exhibition and Observation Center.
7.Visit Akanko Ainu Kotan (Ainu Village) and experience Ainu culture.
The Ainu are Japan’s indigenous people who live in Hokkaido. They worship and thank the nature as the god for its grace. Akanko Ainu Kotan at the Lake Akan offers a variety of handicrafts with Ainu patterns passing down from the ancestors, such as wood carvings, embroideries, and traditional dishes.
8.「KAMUY LUMINA」OPEN in the night forest in Lake Akan 2019 Jul
KAMUY LUMINA is an enchanted multimedia night walk experience that will take visitors on an interactive journey to the land of Kamuy(Ainu gods) from the lakeside forests of Akan. Using lighting effects, soundscapes and projections, this unique interactive experience will highlight the importance of coexistence with nature through the mythology of the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido.
9.Climb up Mt. Meakan.
Climbing Mt. Meakan ( 1,499m ), is like walking between Heaven and Earth. The ecological changes according to the seasons and the unique landscapes of the active volcano on the way will all make you feel the rhythm and vitality of the earth. When you reach the top of the mountain, the magnificent scenery that stretches into the sky will be a beautiful memory.
10.Visit the ‘ Five Color Lake Onneto’
Lake Onneto is a dammed lake formed by the eruption of Mt. Meakan. It’s known as a mysterious lake, whose water color changes such as clear blue and emerald green depending on the seasons, times of the day, and the angles from which it is viewed.
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