- May 7th, 2017
[Mashu 3rd Observation Deck in Teshikaga] Highest Observation Deck around Lake Mashu Is That Sea of Clouds and Superb View Can Be Enjoyed
Mashu 3rd Observation Deck
Mashu 3rd Observation Deck (摩周第三展望台) is a viewing spot along Hokkaido Road 52 in western part 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.
The Lake Mashu is a caldera lake in Teshikaga town located in the northeastern part 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 1st Observation Deck
Mashu 1st Observation Deck (摩周第一展望台) is a viewing point along Hokkaido Road 52 in southwestern part 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. 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 northeastern part 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 15 km away from Kawayu Onsen, and a restraunt, a cafe and a convenience store are not built around here. But the Kawayu Onsen has the restraunt, the cafe and the convenience store. 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.
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. 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 part 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
A walk with about 120 m in length and observation decks at both ends of the walk are built on the steep cliff with about 300 m in height. Here is the closest observation deck in the 3 viewing points around the Lake Mashu, and the Kamuisshu Island floating on the lake using the Mt. Mashudake as the background can be enjoyed. Nothing obstructs people's views, so a sense of openness can be felt, too. The walk is like a slim corridor, and it is not a bad idea that the Lake Mashu can be seen from various angles. I think that here is worth visiting most in the 3 viwing points around the Lake Mashu. Small winged insects fly in a summer, so you had better bring an insect repellent. By the way, here is located in the highest place in in the 3 viwing points around the Lake Mashu, so it is well-known for seeing a sea of clouds from June to October in the early morning if you are lucky. Great sea of clouds called "Fog Falls (滝霧)" have a good reputation.
Atmosphere of Mashu 3rd Observation Deck Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (20 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Winter season|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||613 870 658*27|
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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