In summer, each area offers its own rewards.
Explore the culture of the city, glide across the wetlands by canoe, or immerse yourself in bountiful nature at Lake Akan. Where will you enjoy?In summer, each area offers its own rewards.
Explore the culture of the city, glide across the wetlands by canoe, or immerse yourself in bountiful nature at Lake Akan. Where will you enjoy?
Kushiro is full of activities in the green season. Each area rewards visitors with its own special charms, unique scenery, new discoveries, and memorable experiences. Kushiro's city center is a treasure trove of cultural history and art attractions. If you find yourself with spare time before checking in to your hotel or before breakfast, take a leisurely stroll through the townscape. Summer is a particularly rewarding time to visit Kushiro Shitsugen National Park, offering access to the deepest reaches of the wetlands. If accompanied by a guide with permission to enter specially protected regions, you can visit awe-inspiring places such as Cape Kirakotan, catching a breathtaking glimpse of the true beauty of the wetlands, which is completely different from the views you have seen from observatories. Outdoor enthusiasts will also be in paradise, becoming one with nature through camping, birdwatching, and more. On the other hand, the Lake Akan area lies within Akan-Mashu National Park, with mountains, forests, and lakes providing the perfect stage for a wide variety of activities. Enjoy hiking or trekking, take in the magnificent view of the "unkai" (sea of clouds), or try your hand at fishing. Whichever summer destination you choose, unforgettable memories await.
・Kushiro Shitsugen National Park was an ocean 6,000 years ago：http://en.kushiro-lakeakan.com/overview/3750/
・Know before you go! All about Akan’s magnificent nature：http://en.kushiro-lakeakan.com/overview/2818/
Town guides are a highlight of Kushiro's summer.
Also try the special sightseeing train, "Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko-go", which departs from Kushiro Station.
Kushiro's city center offers a magnificent collection of sightseeing, historical, and cultural attractions. A wide variety of tours are available within a 1.5 to 2 km jaunt, such as visiting monuments to poet Takuboku Ishikawa, observing the riverside fish market, or stopping at scenic sunset spots. There are short tours that offer rewarding experiences before breakfast or before dinner. Please ask the guides for more information. The "Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko-go" is a limited-season sightseeing train on the JR Senmo Line, offering an easy way to access the wetlands from downtown. It's about a 60 km journey from JR Kushiro Station to Toro Station, one way. Along the way, the train will approach the meandering Kushiro River, offering chances to see wildlife such as Ezo sika deer.
Summer is the perfect season for canoeing on the Kushiro Wetlands or Kushiro River.
Try long courses, and at early morning or sunset.
Enjoy canoeing down the Kushiro River during the long summer days. The 4 hour Long Course leaves from the forest around the Toro Lake area, but when you pass Hoso-oka the view opens up to all the splendor of the region. Or, you can enjoy the different faces of the river. Canoe through the river's hazy morning mist, or experience the river's dramatic twilight while canoeing at sundown. Each course is 2 hours.
Don't let the summer pass you by! Experience the true joy of summer with a walk around Kushiroshitsugen's northern area on a tour to Cape Kirakotan. Called the ""Holy Land"" of the Kushiroshitsugen, you can see ruins of native settlements. June is the best month to visit this beautiful region. You may encounter a Japanese crane and her chicks!
The Akan Area is an outdoor paradise in summer.
Lakes, mountains, and forests are all within easy reach of the Lake Akan hot spring district.
Located in the northwestern region of Kushiro, the Lake Akan Onsen (hot spring) district is a hub for exciting activities. Lake Akan is right before your eyes, perfect for a canoe trip and also famous as a mecca for fishing. Travel to the point with a boat guide, and try your luck fishing for Lake Akan's remarkable fish, such as 80-cm golden trout (a native species of Japanese char), rainbow trout, or the enigmatic Sakhalin taimen, renowned as Japan's largest trout. Or, about three kilometers east of the hot spring district, you will find the hiking path to Mt Oakan-dake, revered as one of Japan's hundred most beautiful mountains. This steep and rugged yet rewarding path offers breathtaking panoramas from its peak, overlooking Akan National Park to the distant Sea of Okhotsk, making it a favorite for mountain enthusiasts. You can also find magnificent nature experiences without going so far as to climb to the peak of a mountain. The wonderful forests of Akan are not far from the hot spring district, offering a chance to immerse yourself in grand nature. Local walking guides can help you to find the most remarkable sights of areas such as the Bokke Footpath, an easy trekking course, or the Hakutosan mountain paths. Or, if accompanied by a qualified guide, you can travel into the "Forest of Light" managed by the Maeda Ippoen Park Foundation, which contains giant 800-year-old katsura trees.
・Guide Tour(Lake Akan)：http://en.kushiro-lakeakan.com/things_to_do/todo_category/guidetour-en/?s_tax=area&s_term=akanko
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