- May 7th, 2017
[Mashu 1st Observation Deck in Teshikaga] Only Place Is That Lake Mashu Can Be Enjoyed through All Seasons
Mashu 1st Observation Deck
Mashu 1st Observation Deck (摩周第一展望台) is a viewing point along Hokkaido Road 52 in southwest side of Lake Mashu. In Akan Mashu National Park, it built on a somma of the Lake Mashu at about 520 m above sea level. Kamuisshu Island (カムイシュ島) can be seen on the left side, and Mt. Mashudake (摩周岳) can be seen on the right side, and a trailhead to the Mt. Mashudake is provided, too. A concrete building and a parking lot are built on the site, and the building has Mashuko Resthouse (摩周湖レストハウス) and a restroom on the 1st floor, and a rooftop is an observation deck. The Mashuko Resthouse has a restraunt and a souvenir shop, too. Because here is the most famous place in the tourist attractions of the Lake Mashu, a lot of visitors come. Chipmunk is made take to feeding, too. Admission free. A parking lot is charged for JPY 500 in a summer, but it is free of charge in a winter, and the Mashu Resthouse is closed, too.
The Lake Mashu is a caldera lake in Teshikaga town located in the northeastern direction of Lake Akan (阿寒湖), and means "A mountain god's lake" in Ainu language. The perimeter of the lake is about 19.8 km. The maximum water depth is 211 m. The lake is well-known as the 2nd clearest lake after Lake Baikal in the world, and does not has a river, But it is a mysterious lake that lake water level has barely changed if it rains. The Lake Mashu has much fog and a few sunny intervals, and it is called "Foggy Lake Mashu (霧の摩周湖)", too. 3 viewing points, the Mashu 1st Observation Deck, Mashu 3rd Observation Deck (摩周第三展望台), Uramashu Observation Deck (裏摩周展望台) are built on the cliff with 300 - 400 m in height from the surface of the lake around the Lake Mashu. By the way, Mashu 2nd Observation Deck (摩周第二展望台) used to be in old days, too, but it was not used, so it has disappeared. Read More
Mashu 3rd Observation Deck
Mashu 3rd Observation Deck (摩周第三展望台) is a viewing spot along Hokkaido Road 52 in west side of Lake Mashu. In Akan Mashu National Park, it built on a somma of the Lake Mashu at about 670 m above sea level. Overlapped Mt. Mashudake (摩周岳) and Kamuisshu Island (カムイシュ島) can be seen only on this observation deck. There are the observation deck and a parking lot on the site. A superb view of Mt. Iouzan (硫黄山) and Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) can be seen from the neighborhood of parking lot, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. The Hokkaido Road 52 is closed from early November to late April. Unfortunately, a souvenir shop and a restroom are not built. Read More
Uramashu Observation Deck
Uramashu Observation Deck (裏摩周展望台) is a viewing point at the end of Hokkaido Road 150 in northeast side of Lake Mashu. In Akan Mashu National Park, it built on a somma of the Lake Mashu at about 580 m above sea level, and is in the other side of Mashu 1st Observation Deck (摩周第一展望台) and Mashu 3rd Observation Deck (摩周第三展望台) across the lake, too, and only Uramashu Observation Deck is in Kiyosato town. Uramashu 2nd Observation Deck used to be near here, too. Mt. Mashudake (摩周岳) can be seen on the left side and, Kamuisshu Island (カムイシュ島) can be seen on the right side. An observation deck, a souvenir shop, a rest place, a public restroom and a parking lot are built on the site. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. An entrance gate of the Uramashu Observation Deck is closed from November to late April. * Uramashu means "The back side of the Lake Mashu" in Japanese, and the Mashu 1st Observation Deck and the Mashu 3rd Observation Deck are called "The front side of the lake" because those are famous. Read More
The distance is around 10 km away from the center of the Teshikaga, and a restraunt, a cafe and a convenience store are not built around here. But the center of the Teshikaga has the restraunt, the cafe, the convenience store and Mashu Onsen (摩周温泉). Speaking of tasty restraunts in the Teshikaga, Teshikaga Ramen Head Office (弟子屈ラーメン 弟子屈総本店), Miraku Sushi (味楽寿司), Soba Doraku (そば道楽), Inakaya Genpei (いなか家 源平) and Cream Dowa (くりーむ童話) are popular in particular. I ate foods at the Teshikaga Ramen Head Office and Seiryu, and those were tasty.
Mashu Onsen (摩周温泉) is a hot spring resort in Teshikaga town located in the northern direction of Kushiro city. The hot spring resort is divided into 2 hot spring places, Teshikaga Onsen (弟子屈温泉) along Kushiro River and Tobetsu Onsen (鐺別温泉) along Tobetsu River, and some hot spring facilities and accommodations are built there. Those hot spring places that were named after world famous Lake Mashu have been collectively called the Mashu Onsen since 1981. Road Station "Mashu Onsen" (道の駅「摩周温泉」) is built, and a footbath is on the site, too. Teshikaga Station was renamed Mashu Staion in 1990. Souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes, convenience stores, Izakaya and bars with a surcharge are built in the center of the Teshikaga, too. As for tourist attractions around here, the Lake Mashu and Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) are famous in particular. 900 Sogen Grassland (900草原), Mt. Iou (硫黄山), and Kimto Marsh (キンムトー) are relatively near here. Read More
Teshikaga Ramen Head Office (弟子屈ラーメン総本店) is a popular ramen restraunt in Teshikaga town located in the northern direction of Kushiro city and was founded in Sapporo city in 2003. However, they moved the head office to Teshikaga town to go back to basics. Underflow water of Lake Mashu was used to bring back taste of the Teshikaga ramen from the old day. Furthermore, Pork bones more than 3 times of the another ramen restraunts were cooked for 20 hours over a low heat. Read More
Look of Observation Deck
There are some viewing places on the site, and the viewing places on the rooftop and on the Mashu 3rd Observation Deck side are large. The Lake Mashu can be seen from the viewing places on the 1st floor of the Mashuko Resthouse and on the Teshikaga side, too, but I think the large viewing places have amazing views rather than another viewing places. A conbination of the bule lake called "Mashu Blue" and the Kamuisshu Island, only island floating in the lake, is very good, and the Mt. Mashudake is good accent. By the way, here is famous for seeing fantastic starry sky. The parking lot is free of charge in the evening.
The 1st Observation Deck is the only place to see the winter Lake Mashu in 3 viewing points around the lake. The winter Lake Mashu has a good reputation, too. A lot of photographers and overseas tourists come. Some activity companies serve snowshoe trekking on the somma.
Atmosphere of Mashu 1st Observation Deck Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Pay parking lot is provided (140 Cars), Capacity for midsize vehicles: JPY 500. * Tourists can park their cars on the parking lot of Mt. Iou if they pay a fee.|
|Regular closing day||Winter season|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||613 781 309*04|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Lake Mashu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Lake Mashu is here
A page of Akan Mashu National Park is here
Akan Mashu National Park
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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