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[Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park around Lake Kussharo] One of Lake Kussharo Viewing Points

May 6th, 2017

Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park

Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park (藻琴山展望駐車公園) is a viewing point at 430 m above sea level in the northeastern side of the Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖), and is built to see the lake along Hokkaido Road 102. You might see a sea of clouds in the early morning if you are lucky. In addition, starry sky is beautiful in the evening, too. In Akan Mashu National Park, there are a gazebo and a parking lot on the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

Resting Place
Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park around Lake Kussharo
View from Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park
Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park around Lake Kussharo

The Lake Kussharo is the largest caldera lake in Japan in Teshikaga town located in the northeastern part of Lake Akan (阿寒湖), and its shape tuend into the current shape by large-scale eruptions 40,000 years ago. Before then, the lake was larger round lake than the current lake. It is the 2nd largest caldera lake in the world after Lake Toba in Indonesia, too. The perimeter of the lake is about 57 km, and the maximum depth is 117 m, and Nakashima (中島), the largest island on the fresh water lake in the Japan, flotas on the surface of the lake, but landing is prohibited. There are Mt. Mokoto (藻琴山), the Wakoto Peninsula, Bihoro Pass Lookout (美幌峠展望台), Tubetsu Pass Observation Deck (津別峠展望台), Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park (藻琴山展望駐車公園), Highland Koshimizu 725 (ハイランド小清水725), Wakoto Onsen (和琴温泉), Sanko Onsen (三香温泉), Kotan Onsen (コタン温泉), Ike-no-Yu Onsen (池ノ湯温泉), Suna-Yu (砂湯), Nibushi Onsen (仁伏温泉), Wakoto-kohan Campsite (和琴湖畔キャンプ場), Wakoto Campsite (和琴キャンプ場), Suna-Yu Campsite (砂湯キャンプ場) and Highland Koshimizu Campsite (ハイランド小清水キャンプ場) around the Lake Kussharo.

Lake Kussharo
Lake Kussharo
Wakoto Peninsula
Lake Kussharo

The distance is around 30 km from the center of the Kawayu Onsen, Unfortunately, a restaurant, a cafe and a convenience store is not built around here. Highland Koshimizu 725 (ハイランド小清水725), Highland Koshimizu Campsite (ハイランド小清水キャンプ場) and Kawayu ONsen (川湯温泉) are relatively near here.

Highland Koshimizu 725

Mokoto Pass (藻琴峠) is a pass at 648 m above sea level in the northern side of the Lake Kussharo, and Highland Koshimizu 725 (ハイランド小清水725) is built at 725 m above sea level on the hillside of Mt. Mokoto (藻琴山) near the hilltop of Hokkaido Road 102 connecting Koshimizu town and Teshikaga town, and is a popular viewing point with a view of the Lake Kussharo or Mt. Sharidake (斜里岳). Visitors can sometimes see a sea of clouds covered with the lake. In Akan Mashu National Park, there are the Highland Koshimizu 725, a lookout, a trailhead to the Mt. Mokoto (Koshimizu Course), a public restroom and a parking lot on the site. Spring water of the Mt. Mokoto named "Chomeisui (長命水)" is gushed beside the parking lot. It is well-known as drinkable famous mineral water, and a lot of the visitors come to draw water. By the way, the Highland Koshimizu 725 has a restaurant and a souvenir shop, and the visitors can take a rest ,too. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

View from Lookout
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo

Kawayu Onsen

Kawayu Onsen (川湯温泉) is a famous hot-spring place in Teshikaga town located in the northern part of Kushiro city. There are Mt. Iou (硫黄山), Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) and Lake Mashu (摩周湖) around the Kawayu Onsen, and it is a base for sightseeing, and about 0.7 million tourists come every year. Ph of the hot springs is about 1.8, and the Kawayu Onsen is popular for great strong acidic hot springs in Japan together with Tamagawa Onsen in Akita prefecture, Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma prefecture, Zao Onsen in Yamagata prefecture and Sukayu Onsen in Aomori prefecture. They are proud of high quality hot springs, and chant "100% narutal free flowing hot springs" as a whole, and all the hot spring facilities use the 100% narutal free flowing hot springs. Article is here

Ikedaya
Kawayu Onsen in Teshikaga -Ikedaya-

Lookout Parking Park

The lookout parking park surrounded by fences on the mountainside of Mt. Mokoto has only the gazebo, benches and the parking lot. I can not sweepingly say that here is a touring attraction, but it has different angle views from Bihoro Pass Lookout (美幌峠展望台) and Tsubetsu Pass Observation Towe (津別峠展望台). Mt. Iou looks bigger especially. Rising vapor can be seen, too.

View from Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park
Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park around Lake Kussharo
View from Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park
Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park around Lake Kussharo

Atmosphere of Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (31 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Winter season
Telephone number +81-152-76-2151
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 444 060 265*16

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Yunokaku Ikedaya(湯の閣 池田屋)
Kawayu Daiichi Hotel SUIKAZURA(川湯第一ホテル 忍冬)
Meitonomori Hotel Kitafukuro(名湯の森ホテルきたふくろう)
Kinkiyu Hotel(お宿 欣喜湯)
Kokuminshukusha Hotel Kawayu Park(国民宿舎 ホテル川湯パーク)
Booking
Rakuten
Hotel Parkway(ホテルパークウェイ)
Kawayu Kanko Hotel(川湯観光ホテル)
KKR Kawayu(KKR川湯)
Booking
Rakuten
Asanebo(旅人宿 あさ寝坊)
Jalan
Rakuten
Cottage Loghouse Kawayu(コテージログハウス川湯)
Booking
Jalan
Hotel Kaiko(ホテル 開紘)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Ezo Rider House(Ezo ライダーハウス)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
ARtINn Extra Cold Art Infectious Device(ARtINn 極寒藝術伝染装置)
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Akan Mashu National Park is here

Akan Mashu National Park

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