Rare Marimo and Magnificent Nature are Attractive -Lake Akan in Kushiro-
August 26th, 2014
Neighborhood of Lake Akan
Lake Akan (阿寒湖) is a dammed lake located in the northern part of Kushiro city. Mt. Oakandake (雄阿寒岳) erupted and lava dammed a large lake, and 3 lakes, Lake Akan, Lake Panketo (パンケトー) and Lake Penketo (ペンケトー), were born 10,000 years ago. The perimeter of the lake is approximately 25.9 km. Trees such as the Japanese red pine, Abies sachalinensis and Maple grow naturally around the lake and the lake side is covered with the primeval forest. The Lake Akan was registered as a wetland under the Ramsar Convention in 2005.
In addition, speaking of the Lake Akan, round algaes "Marimo (まりも * Lake ball)" which was designated as the special natural monuments is particularly famous. It is considerably unusual that algaes such as round shaped Marimo of Lake Akan grow in colonies, and except Lake Akan, there is only Lake Myvatn in Icelandic. But the Marimo of Lake Myvatn is imminently threatened with extinction. Therefore, I think that Marimo of Lake Akan is property of the earth. It is prohibited to enter other than the southern part of Lake Akan, because there is the colonies of Marimo on the northern part of Lake Akan.
The Chinese romantic comedy movie "If you are the one" photographed in the eastern part of Hokkaido became popular, and Lake Akan became a famous sightseeing spot for the Chinese people. Director, Mr. Feng Xiaogang, produces it, and a popular actor, Mr. Ge You, and a popular actress, Ms. Shu Qi, play the leading part. The foreigner tourists visit here by all means and I wants everybody to feel good Hokkaido.
"If you are the one" is found on Amazon.
Lake Akan Onsen Resort
Lake Akan Onsen Resort (阿寒湖畔温泉) is a sightseeing base located in the southern part of the Lake Akan. There are many accommodations, hot spring facilities, a landing port for pleasure boats, restaurants, souvenir shops at the onsen resort. It is also known that there is the biggest Ainu Village (アイヌコタン) in Hokkaido and is adjacent to the Akan-kohan Ski Resort (阿寒湖畔スキー場) and the Akan-Kohan Camping Ground (阿寒湖畔キャンプ場), too, and tourists can enjoy the Lake Akan in a summer and a winter, and can enjoy 85-minute Cruise on the pleasure boat. There is the Marimo Display Observation Center "Torasanpe" (マリモ展示観察センター "トラサンペ") in the Churui Island (チュウルイ島) that the pleasure boat stop at on the way and tourists can observe the real Marimo.
Akankohan Eco Museum Center (阿寒湖畔エコミュージアムセンター) is built on this quarter of the onsen resort, and Marimo (マリモ) and Itou fish (イトウ) are bred in the glass tank, and the tourists can watch the rare algae and the rare fish at the same time. In addition, there is a place called "Bokke (ボッケ)" that extra hot springs gush out if the tourists go along Akanko Natural Path for approximately 15 minutes. Because the bank of the lake is hot, please do not get burnt!
Atmosphere of Lake Akan Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Pay parking lot is provided (500 Cars), Capacity for midsize vehicles: JPY 410.|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||739 342 730*04|
Akankohan Lookout is halfway up a mountain on a slope of Akankohan ski resort located in the south side of the Akankohan Onsen Resort. Because it changes the ski resort in a winter, tourists can use it as a viewing spot only in a summer. It takes 3 minutes from a parking lot on foot. Visitors can look over the Lake Akan. A view from here is very beautiful. There are only the parking lot and a simple bench. Article is here
Sokodai Observatory (双湖台展望台) is an observatory which is far from the Lake Akan a little. There is the observatory along National Route 241. It is the only viewing place that tourists can look at Lake Penketo (ペンケトー) and Lake Panketo (パンケトー). But it is not easy to look at the Lake Penketo and the Lake Panketo at the same time. Originally there seemed to be a resting area and a restroom, but those are not used now. There are only parking lot. Article is here
Sogakudai Observatory (双岳台展望台) is an observatory which is far from Lake Akan a little. There is the observatory along National Route 241. It is a view spot that Mt. Oakandake (雄阿寒岳) and Mt. Meakandake (雌阿寒岳) look beautiful. I was fascinated with the grandeur of Mt. Oakandake. There are only parking lot. Article is here
There is the Hakutosan Observatory (白湯山展望台) in the south side of the Akan-kohan onsen resort. Tourists can look over the Lake Akan and Mt. Oakandake (雄阿寒岳) and arrive here through the Hakutosan natural trail (白湯山自然探勝路) from the Akan-kohan ski resort. It takes approximately 80 minutes. The tourists can see Hakuto-Bokke (白湯ボッケ) and a hot spring river during walking and can experience energy of nature. In the case of me, it took 20 minutes on foot to an entrance of the Hakutosan natural trail. Besides, I gave up mountain climbing there. The tourists must climb along a rough trail, and I think that a mountaineering wear, water and foods are necessary.
Atmosphere of Hakutosan Observatory Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (5 Cars)|
|Business hours||May 09:00-17:00, From June to September 07:00-18:00|
|Regular closing day||It changes skiing area in a winter|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||739 249 552*46|
Fall Foliage in Akan Lakeside
Akan Lakeside is famous for fall foliage, too. Especially, Takiguchi (滝口), Tsurumi Bridge (鶴見橋) and Lake Taro (太郎湖) are famous, and a combination of a stream and the fall foliage seems to be very good. But I have never visited. The best time to see is from early October to mid October.
Akankohan Onsen (阿寒湖畔温泉) is a hot-spring resort around Lake Akan located between Kushiro city and Asahikawa city. It is one of the largest sightseeing spot in Hokkaido. 1.5 million people visit here annually. Ainu people used a hot spring in 1858 and it is a historical hot spring. There are 13 accommodations in the hot-spring resort, and there are a footbath and a handbath, souvenir shops, restaurants, a ferry port, a camping ground. Article is here
Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl
Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl (阿寒やきとり丼) is a new noted product of Lake Akan. I visited a Restaurant Kisen (レストラン汽船) to eat it. There was a parking lot beside a building. I stopped car there and went to the restaurant on second floor. Article is here
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Akankohan Onsen.
|Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings(あかん湖 鶴雅ウィングス)|
|Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga(阿寒悠久の里鶴雅)|
|New Akan Hotel(ニュー阿寒ホテル)|
|Akan-no-Mori Tsuruga Resort Hanayuuka(阿寒の森 鶴雅リゾート花ゆう香)|
|Akan Tsuruga Besso Hinanoza(あかん鶴雅 別荘 鄙の座)|
|La Vista Akangawa(カムイの湯 ラビスタ阿寒川)|
|Onsen Minshuku Ryougoku(温泉民宿 両国)||
|Hachiya Ryokan(八谷旅館)||Only Tel:+81-154-67-2747|
|Onsen Minshuku Yamaguchi(温泉民宿山口)||
|Onsen Minshuku Kiri(温泉民宿 桐)||
A page of Akan National Park is here
Akan National Park
A page of Kushiro is here