Visit spiritual sites around Lake Akan or relax with a foot bath.
Take a short drive to Kushiro Marsh or Shiretoko National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Here, we present sightseeing spots that let you experience the nature, history, and culture of this area
along with activities such as canoeing, cycling, and hiking that let you revel in all that Lake Akan has to offer.
Those who wish to take part in activities are welcome to use SIRI.
The Lake Akan hot spring resort and its surroundings
offer many things to see and do that will stimulate all of your senses.
Bountiful nature, Ainu culture and art,
hot springs.Mysterious legends and good traditions lurk here as well.
Explore the country in Lake Akan at your leisure and discover all its fascinations.
Opened on April 29, 2022,this gallery features a permanent exhibition of photography by Makoto Ando as well as displays and sells work by other artists with ties to Hokkaido.
Has exhibitions and information on the origins of Akan National Park and its flora and fauna, with a focus on Lake Akan.
Located on Churui, a remote island floating in Lake Akan, this center lets you observe the marimo (moss ball) of Lake Akan, a nationally-designated natural monument.Arrive by pleasure craft or high-speed boat, then view the enigmatic creatures within tanks of varying themes.
A small museum with free admission that exhibits watercolors and woodblock prints of the wildflowers populating the East Hokkaido and Lake Akan areas.
The largest Ainu settlement in Hokkaido, with 120 inhabitants in 36 houses.
A monument featuring a poem about Kushiro by Ujo Noguchi, famous for Red Shoes and Seven Children.Located in the courtyard of Akan Yuku no Sato Tsuruga.
A bakery, café, and bar on the first floor of Akan Forest and Tsuruga Resort Hanayuuka.Baguette sandwiches and other bread-based foods are served during brunch and lunch, while food and bread to savor alongside beer and wine are served during dinner.
A facility containing a tourist information office within the Lake Akan hot spring resort area.They provide sightseeing brochures as well as tourist information on the hot spring resort area.
Ikor is Japan's first indoor theatre specializing in Ainu culture, located in Lake Akan Ainu Kotan, a village of folk art and dance.Ancient Ainu dances and more are performed here.
A mud volcano within walking distance from the Lake Akan hot spring resort town.Gases spew forth from underground, meaning there is no snow even in winter.
An island where the White Dragon God is enshrined.Guarded by both the Water Dragon and the Mountain Dragon, this place is full of powerful feng shui energy.Yaitai Island is accessible by motorboat.
Located on Yaitai Island, this shrine consecrates the White Dragon God.
The deepest part of Lake Akan at 44 meters deep.Yet this sacred spot offers views of four mountains, including Mount Meakan.
Located just behind the lobby at Akan Yuku no Sato Tsuruga is a shrine with a giant wooden sculpture of a Blakiston’s fish owl.
A graceful mountain on the eastern side of Lake Akan, designated as an active volcano in 2011.Above the fifth station is an alpine belt.
An active volcano at an altitude of 1,449 meters towering on the southwest side of Lake Akan.This mecca for mountaineers is listed among the One Hundred Mountains of Japan.
The observatory on the south side of Akankohan Ski Resort commands sweeping views of Lake Akan.There is also a nature trail and the Mount Hakuto mud volcano (bokke).
Two small lakes on the eastern tip of Lake Akan, just past the Mount Oakan hiking trail.Surrounded in primeval forest, this place is full of mystery.
Also known as the “Five-Colored Lake” (Goshiki Numa), the colors of this lake shift between clear blue, emerald green, and indigo depending on the season, the weather, and the angle.
Held annually from June to November.A new tale of the forest at night, based on tales from the indigenous Ainu.Magical lights, sounds, images, and stories beckon you to worlds of the unknown.
Held annually from September to October.Torches are lit to pray for the continued protection of the lush nature surrounding Lake Akan.Flames flicker throughout this hot spring resort town as a way of giving thanks to the god of fire, Apehuci Kamuy, and this vast northern land.
Held annually from February to March.Enjoy the Winter Fireworks Show set off over frozen Lake Akan as well as many events and activities that can only be experienced during winter on Lake Akan.
A new foot bath opened in the Lake Akan hot spring resort area.Relax casually here as a break from walking around town.
A gazebo-style foot bath next to the walking path.Take in a foot bath while gazing at Lake Akan. Unavailable during the snow season.
A hollow trunk of an elm thousands of years old, full of hot water.Above the bath is a wooden sculpture of a Blakiston’s fish owl, the guardian deity of the village.
Outside is a hand bath.Inside is the Foot Bath Cafe, where you can soak your feet while enjoying some sweets.
Next to the hot water basin is a magnificent granite marimo (moss ball) sculpture, and lyrics to the song “Marimo no Uta” written on the sign add a seasonal touch.
A foot bath in front of Pan de Pan.Warm your mind and body as you read the sign about the “Five Mindsets” possessed by the forest spirits of Akan.
East Hokkaido is home to countless nature parks, including three national parks.
This dynamic land is interwoven with precious primeval forests,
magnificent mountains, stunning lakes and rivers, vast flower gardens, and marshes.
Get ready for the awe and excitement awaiting you in each area!
The enormous “kitchen of Kushiro”, home to over forty fishmongers, grocers, tea shops, and sushi restaurants.You’ll want to visit this place at least once if you ever find yourself in Kushiro, which boasts some of the largest catches in Japan.
Robatayaki is a cooking method in which seasonal fish and vegetables are grilled over charcoal.Choose what you want to eat and have it grilled for you on the spot.
A restaurant specializing in Soba that was founded in the city of Otaru in 1874, then relocated to Hakodate in We recommend the special course offering three different kinds of soba.
At the entrance to the observatory is an information board as well as a hiking course that lets you observe nature throughout the seasons.
An exemplary observatory commanding views of Kushiro Marsh.Gaze out over the meandering Kushiro River and vast green wetlands against the Akan Mountains in the distance.
Located 5 kilometers north of the city center of Kushiro is Kushiro Marsh, the largest marsh in Japan.To the west of Kushiro Marsh Observatory is a walking path.
Display boards provide information on the current status of endangered wildlife, such as Blakiston’s fish owl and the red-crowned crane, as well as on Kushiro Marsh, one of their natural ecosystems.
A nature park where red-crowned cranes roam free.The park was established in 1958 to conserve and propagate the endangered red-crowned crane.
Grus is the Latin word for crane.The Crane Center displays materials introducing the ecology of the red-crowned crane as well as crane pastures.
A lively building on the waterfront, connected directly to Nusamai Bridge.This center consists of MOO, a facility that brings together dining, shopping, and leisure, and Ever Green Garden, also known as EGG.
The exhibition is divided into 8 themes, with highlights such as “The People of Sakorobe”, which presents Ainu culture, and the “Red-Crowned Crane Corner”.
A bridge connecting Kita-Odori road in the center of Kushiro to Minami-Odori road on the opposite bank.One of the top three most famous bridges in Hokkaido, this bridge is lined with four bronze statues symbolizing each season.
Located on the shore of Lake Kussharo in Akan National Park is Lake Kussharo Monogatari Marukibune, where you can enjoy a full course of Ainu fusion cuisine. The water is sourced from Kushiro River at 159 kilometers.
Vegetables and seasonal produce grown in plenty of sunshine are transformed into natural French cuisine.Not only is lunch and dinner served here, but this auberge (French-style inn) lets you stay as well. (Closed in winter)
Boasting some of the clearest waters in the world, this lake is blue as far as the eye can see, and is renowned for its magical fog in summer.
Popular activities here include fishing, canoeing, and other sports and leisure activities, as well as bathing in the open-air baths dotting the lakeshore.
The rumbling plumes of sulfur are overwhelmingly powerful.In early summer, white rhododendron flowers bloom all across the foothills.
An observatory overlooking Lake Mashu, called Kamuy To (meaning “lake of the gods” in Ainu).
An observatory located 3 kilometers north of Lake Mashu Observatory No.1,offering commanding views of Kamuishu Island on the Lake, Mount Mashu in the front, and Mount Io and Lake Kussharo in the background.
An observatory in the town of Kiyosato on the northeast bank.It is located at an altitude roughly 100 meters lower than Lake Mashu Observatory No.1 and No. 3, for a relatively higher chance of seeing the lake surface.
Kawayu Hot Springs in the town of Tashikaga is where 48th yokozuna (sumo grand champion) Taiho, touted as the “eternal yokozuna”, spent his youth.His beloved ornamental apron as well as photographs are on display.
This museum consists of five themes surrounding the people of the village of Kotan and has screenings of Multi-Scope, a program on Ainu culture.Here, the life and culture of the Ainu come alive.
This center helps connect visitors with nature, history, and the culture of Kawayu.
A set of five amorphous lakes.The lakes do not have individual names and are called things like Lake One and Lake Two for convenience.These truly enigmatic lakes have no rivers flowing in or out.
South of Utoro Lighthouse the waterfall where underground water springs forth from a Cliff facing the Sea of Okhotsk.This place is also called Otome no Namida (“Maiden’s Tears”) because only a small amount of water trickles here.
Situated on Route 334 connecting Shari to Utoro is the biggest waterfall on Shiretoko Peninsula.It is also called Futami (“Two Beauty”) Falls because the waterfall splits in two midway through.
Gaze out at Shiretoko Peninsula from aboard the boat.Watch cliffs carving an intricate coastline flowing forth with waterfalls as you relax aboard the craft.
The harshness of life in nature in prehistoric times among indigenous peoples as well as the history of the town of Shari and its wild flora and fauna are presented through models and videos.
Moss phlox turns the entire slope of the hill pink when in bloom.Moss phlox is in season from late May to early June.
Learn about the magic and highlights of the Shiretoko World Heritage Site, as well as seasonal area information and rules for conserving nature.Photographs of animals as well as models of claw marks and other traces of wildlife are also on display.
An original film that lets you experience nature in Shiretoko is shown on one of the largest screens in Hokkaido.There are also promenades and walking courses in the surrounding area.
The nature, history, and culture of Shiretoko are presented in detail through panels and other exhibits as well as through video.This center provides the information necessary for understanding Shiretoko National Park and enjoying the wildlife there.
|Temperature（℃）||Appropriate attire for the Lake Akan area|
A down jacket or coat is required.
Scarves and gloves are also required.
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A jacket or sweater is required.
On some days, you may need a coat.
A down jacket or coat is required.
Scarves and gloves are also required.