Our top three recommended spots to enjoy Lake Akan’s green season!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 what to enjoy at Lake Akan, other than the renowned onsens and iconic marimo algae balls? We'd like to introduce a few of our very favorite places for enjoying Lake Akan's green season!
Lake Akan Marimo Cruise
You've come all the way to Lake Akan, so first of all, please enjoy the entire lake!
Sightseeing cruises are a way to enjoy the wonders of Lake Akan. Each tour takes about 85 minutes, and you can even observe the marimo along the way. On a sunny day, you'll feel a fresh breeze on the deck as you admire on the open deck as you enjoy the clear blue water and vibrant green foliage along the lakeshore.
But what if you don't have 85 minutes? In that case, we'd recommend to try a quick motorboat cruise as a memorable way to experience Lake Akan!
Akan Sightseeing Cruise Company
Stroll the "Bokke Walking Trail", and enjoy a walk amidst Lake Akan's vibrant nature!
The Bokke Nature Trail allows visitors to closely experience the wonders of nature and the power of volcanoes.
A trail entrance is conveniently located adjacent adjacent to Akanko Onsen. Strolling along the trail, you will find yourself immersed in nature, amidst a dense growth of trees more than aged more than a hundred years. With a little luck, you may spot wildlife such as Hokkaido squirrels and Hokkaido sika deer, and you may even hear the tapping of woodpeckers.
But this trail is most famous for the "bokke" which it is named after. The word "bokke" itself is derived from the Ainu word meaning "to boil". Found near the trail at certain points, the bokke are mud volcanoes, seeming to boil as volcanic gas bubbles up to the surface. As you near a bokke, you will smell the characteristic fragrance of sulfur contained in the volcanic gas, and feel the changes in ground temperature along the trail due to geothermal heat.
This is a unique experience to immerse yourself in the therapeutic forest air and experience volcanoes up close, all in one remarkable walk!
Bokke Walking Trail
Step back and enjoy an unforgettable panorama of Lake Akan, from the "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, offering breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Akan.
It will take a bit of effort to hike up the slopes, which are ski runs in winter... but you will be well rewarded with an unforgettable panorama including the rugged peaks of Mt Oakan-dake and the deep blue water of Lake Akan.
Akan Lakeshore Observatory