April 1, 2023-March 31, 2024
"Akanko Onsen - Kushiro Airport
Use Akan Airport Liner for a
comfortable, convenient photo tour of
Lake Akan and eastern Hokkaido"
Ezo sika deer majestically roam across fields of grass, as delightful flowers bloom throughout the Kushiro Wetlands.
As the sun peeks over the horizon, painting the Pacific Ocean deep red, virgin forests come to life.
Magnificent seas of clouds spread across Lake Kussharo, while Lake Mashu is veiled in wondrous mists. The sunrise at Lake Akan is reminiscent of 'Diamond Mt. Fuji', when the sun crests Mt. Fuji at sunrise or sunset, appearing like a shining diamond in its crown. Ice floes on the Sea of Okhotsk portray the power of nature.
These are Eastern Hokkaido's most photogenic spots.
Embark on a journey to enjoy the picturesque wildlife together with the culture of Kushiro and Lake Akan.
From Lake Akan, use Japan Rail and buses to tour the region's most photogenic spots.
Shiretoko World Natural Heritage
Shiretoko National Park was designated as Japan’s 22nd national park in 1964. In 2005, it was further registered as a World Natural Heritage Site. The park spans from the center of the Shiretoko Peninsula to the tip of Cape Shiretoko, including some 40,000 hectares of land and the surrounding ocean regions. Diverse natural environments such as drift ice-inundated shores, the peaks of the Shiretoko Mountains, virgin forests, mountain streams, lakes and marshes are woven together into an unforgettably beautiful landscape. This captivating, untouched nature is also home to Shiretoko’s abundant wildlife. With a little luck, visitors may spot the brown bear, which is only found in Hokkaido, or designated endangered species of birds on the Ministry of the Environment Red List, such as the Blakiston’s fish owl or spectacled guillemot (a type of waterfowl).
The pass is located 525m above sea level and divides Bihoro town and Abashiri city on route 243. Bihiro pass offers a breathtaking view of Lake Kussharo. The absolutely stunning view of the sunrise through a sea of clouds will provide memories to last a lifetime. In 1953, a very popular movie, “Kimi no Na wa” (Your name), was shot here. Access: 46 min. drive from JR Mashu station. (43.6 km)
With a design based on the tockstock that grows in the wetland, this building is reminiscent of an old-style eastern European castle. The observatory features a scale-model reproduction of the wetland, a wood carving of a 2-m-long ito-fish that was caught in Kushiro Wetland, and a large-scale LCD monitor on which live images of the wetland and "The four seasons of the wetland" can be viewed.
The European style bridge that crosses the lower reaches of the Kushiro River is one of Hokkaido's three most famous bridges, which include Sapporo's Toyohira Bridge and Asahikawa's Asahi Bridge. The guardrail features four statues of women by four sculptors that depict the four seasons. At dusk, the Port of Kushiro dazzles as it takes on the hues of the setting sun, while at night the river's surface is lit up by the lights on the bridge and by the lights of the city. The bridge and streetlights also exude a magical aura in the summer fog. This symbol of Kushiro city with its many faces can be walked across or simply gazed at from afar.
Frost flowers are formed when feather-like ice crystals fold over layer upon layer, like the petals of a rose. Depending on the conditions of formation, sometimes there is only a single layer, which is known as "frost wings". More delicate than the finest glass, each is a work of immaculate beauty... truly as if nature is creating art. However, these flowers are so fragile that a single breath will melt them in the blink of an eye. This fragility is why you never see frost flowers on a windy day. The rare chance to partake in this ephemeral beauty is a miracle in itself.
Mt Hakutosan lies south of the Lake Akan onsen (hot spring) district, reaching a peak height of 950 m. From spring to autumn, the Akan Kohan Ski Resort situated here turns into hiking trails for nature lovers, offering points of interest such as wildflower fields and "bokke" mud volcano vents. Heading east from the peak leads to an observation point with a breathtaking view of Mt Oakan-dake and Lake Akan. On summer mornings, you might be so lucky as to experience the "unkai" (sea of clouds) from the mountaintop. The return trip takes about two hours.
Akan International Crane Center
This facility is unique to Japan in its purposes to conserve the tancho crane while providing research and information about these magnificent birds. Within the facility are informative displays, and outdoors visitors may observe tancho cranes being raised in a situation similar to nature throughout the year. From November to March, artificial feeding is carried out at the neighboring "Branch Tancho Observation Center", with as many as 300 wild tancho cranes visiting on a busy day.
See Opposite Route
April 1, 2023 - March 31, 2024
|Bus Name||AirportLiner 1||Route Bus 103||Route Bus 105*||Route Bus 107||Route Bus 109|
（La Vista Akangawa）
|Akanko Bus Center||11:15||12:10||14:10||16:50||19:15|
|Bus Name||Route Bus 102||Route Bus 104||AirportLiner 2||Route Bus 106*||Route Bus 108|
|Akanko Bus Center||※9:45||11:50||Akanko Onsen Hotels||※9:55〜||11:56〜|
|Akanko Bus Center||7:30||10:20||↓||12:30||16:00|
（La Vista Akangawa）
・As the local route bus does not require prior reservations, please make your way directly to the bus stop on your day of travel.
・Due to seats being limited, when the bus is at full capacity it is not available for boarding. It is recommended you reserve Airport Liner tickets in advance.
・The Airport Liner will stop at every hotel in the Akanko Onsen area. Please make reservations in advance for the "Tancho Kushiro Airport - Akanko Onsen" bus route.
・The first departure of the day is bus 104, departs at 09:45 and will stop at every hotel in the Akanko Onsen area.
・For those who plan to get off for a stop at "Tancho no Sato" when boarding your next bus whether it be an Airport Liner or the local route bus, please show the driver your Airport Liner PDF ticket again for no extra cost. By all means, pay a visit to Tancho no Sato!
・If the airport liner is full please use the next available route bus.
・For those wanting to from board and disembark from stops in between, please use the local route bus.
・The * symbol indicates routes only operational between 7/1 - 10/31.
・Please note, during the New Year period (12/31 - 1/3) Route Bus 109 and Route Bus 102 are not in service.
・In the case of a flight arrival time is delayed (up to 20 minutes) the departure of Airport Liner buses 1 and 3 will also be delayed. If the delay of more than 30 minutes please use the next available bus.
・Please understand that buses may run late due to traffic conditions.
・The flight arrival and departure times are based on the April 2023 flight timetable. For the latest information please contact the respective airline.