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[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.

Mashu 1st Observation Deck
Lake Mashu in Teshikaga
Lake Mashu
Lake Mashu in Teshikaga

Movie of Lake Mashu

Lake Mashu

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

Lake Mashu
Lake Mashu in Teshikaga

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

Mt. Mashudake and Kamuisshu Island
Lake Mashu in Teshikaga

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

View from Uramashu Observation Deck
Lake Mashu in Teshikaga

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

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

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Mashu Onsen

Teshikaga Ramen

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

Soy Sauce Broth Ramen with Seafood Flavor
Teshikaga Ramen

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.

Mashu 1st Observation Deck
Lake Mashu in Teshikaga
View from 1st Observation Deck
Lake Mashu in Teshikaga

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.

Winter Lake Mashu
Lake Mashu in Teshikaga
I Look at Observatory Deck
Lake Mashu in Teshikaga
Rising Sun
Lake Mashu in Teshikaga
Kamuisshu Island in Winter
Lake Mashu in Teshikaga

Atmosphere of Mashu 1st Observation Deck Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Mashu 1st Observation Deck

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.
Business hours 08:00-17:00
Regular closing day Winter season
Telephone number +81-15-483-2670
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 613 781 309*04

    List of Activities

    The snowshoe trekking in the winter, starry sky watching and nature walk are held by some acticiity companies. Refer to following websites for the activity companies around the Lake Mashu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

    Snowshoe Trekking

    Movie of Snowshoe Trekking


    B&B Come Home(B&B かむほーむ)
    Jalan
    Tourism Teshikaga(ツーリズムてしかが)
    ASOVIEW
    Jalan

    Starry Sky Watching

    Movie of Starry Sky Watching


    Tourism Teshikaga(ツーリズムてしかが)
    ASOVIEW

    Nature Watching Tour

    Tourism Teshikaga(ツーリズムてしかが)
    ASOVIEW
    Jalan

    Horse Trekking

    Movie of Horse Trekking


    Kawayu Park Ranch(川湯パーク牧場)
    ASOVIEW
    Jalan

    List of Accommodations

    Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Lake Mashu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

    Mashu Onsen

      Hotel Mashu(ホテル摩周)
      Guest House Mako(温泉民宿 摩湖)
      Booking
      Onsen Minshuku Kita-no-Daichi(温泉民宿 北の大地)
      Rakuten
      Pension Birao(ペンション Birao)
      Minshuku New Hatoya(民宿 ニューはとや)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Japanese Style Onsen Business Hotel Izumi-so(和風温泉ビジネスホテル 泉荘)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Kanno Ryokan(菅野旅館)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Pension New Marimo(ペンション ニューマリモ)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Alice Garden(アリスガーデン)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Guest House Uan(ゲストハウス ゆうあん)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Sakuragaoka Forest Park Automobile Campsite(桜ヶ丘森林公園オートキャンプ場)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten

      Kawayu Onsen

        Yunokaku Ikedaya(湯の閣 池田屋)
        Kinkiyu Hotel(お宿 欣喜湯)
        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

        Yoroushi Onsen

          Yuyado Daiichi(湯宿だいいち)
          Booking
          Rakuten
          Hotel Yoroushi(ホテル養老牛)

          Teshikaga

            Polaris(ぽらりす)
            Mashuko Youth Hostel(摩周湖 ユ-スホステル)
            Jalan
            Kira-no-Yado Subaru(きらの宿 すばる)
            Minshuku Mashumaro(民宿 ましゅまろ)
            Mashuen(摩周苑)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Pure Field Kazeyobi(ピュアフィールド 風曜日)
            Oyado Kageyama(お宿かげやま)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Pension Kumaushi(ペンション 熊牛)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Trout Inn(鱒や)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Pension Radish-inn(ペンション ラディッシュ)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Shoei Backpackes Hostel(旅人宿 昭栄)
            Jalan
            Fresh Air Inn(ペンション フレッシュエアーイン)
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            B&B Hayashi(B&B Hayashi)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Booking.com
            Booking.com

            A page of Lake Mashu is here

            Lake Mashu

            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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