• March 26th, 2014
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[Akanko Onsen in Kushiro] Day Trip Bath, Tourism and Lake Ball Can Be Enjoyed

Akanko Onsen

Akanko Onsen (阿寒湖温泉) is a hot-spring resort in the south side of Lake Akan (阿寒湖) located between Kushiro city and Abashiri city, and is the largest hot-spring resort in Eastern Hokkaido, and is a base for sightseeing of Akan Mashu Natioanl Park (阿寒摩周国立公園), and 1.5 million people visit here annually. It has a long history, and Ainu people had already used hot springs in 1858. After that, it is said that the origin of the Akanko Onsen is that a ryokan was built in 1912. About 20 accommodations are built at the Akanko Onsen, and huge buildings catch people's eyes. Maeda-Ippoen Foundation (前田一歩園財団) owns almost lands and the hot springs of the Akanko Onsen, and provides the hot springs gushed from 13 hot spring sources to hot spring facilities and private houses. Without mixing the hot springs gushed out from 13 hot spring sources, the hot springs are slightly different depending on the hot spring facilities. Therefore, visitors can enjoy difference in the hot springs at various hot spring facilities. By the way, the largeest Ainu Kotan (アイヌコタン) in Hokkaido is formed thanks to Mrs. Mitsuko Maeda (前田光子), the 3rd-generation president of the Maeda-Ippoen Foundation.
Akanko Onsen Guide Map in Japanese

Ferry
Ferry, Akan-Kohan Onsen in Kushiro
Benkei Footbath
Foot bath, Akan-Kohan Onsen in Kushiro
Marimo Handbath
Hand bath, Akan-Kohan Onsen in Kushiro

Movie of Lake Akan

Lake Akan

Lake Akan (阿寒湖) is a caldera lake in the northern part of Kushiro city, and the Akan means "Immovable" in Ainu language. In Akan Mashu National Park, the perimeter of the lake is about 25.9 km. The maximum water depth is 45 m. The lake is well-known for growing Lake Ball (Marimo). Old Lake Akan was dammed by eruptions of Mt. Oakandake (雄阿寒岳) 10,000 years ago, and 3 lakes, the Lake Akan, Lake Panketo (パンケトー) and Lake Penketo (ペンケトー) were born. Trees such as Yezo spruce, Abies sachalinensis, Painted maple and Mongolian oak grow naturally around the lake, and the lake side is covered with the primeval forest. 24 types of wild animals such as Brown bear and Yezo deer and 65 types of wild birds such as Black woodpecker inhabit, and the lake has been designed as a wetland under the Ramsar Convention since 2005. Around the Lake Akan, there are Takiguchi (滝口) that is famous for a beauty spot of fall foliage, Akankohan Lookout (阿寒湖畔展望台 * Akankohan Ski Resort) with a good view, Lake Onneto (オンネトー), Mt. Oakandake (雄阿寒岳), Mt. Meakandake (雌阿寒岳), Sokodai Lookout (双湖台) and Sogakudai Lookput (双岳台). Read More

Lake Akan
Lake Akan

The Akanko Onsen is roughly divided into 2 areas, west side and east side, there are Akan Kohan Eco Museum Center (阿寒湖畔エコミュージアム), Nature Trails, Bokke (ボッケ), Maeda-Ippoen (前田一歩園), a ferry port, souvenir shops, restaurants, convenience stores, Izakaya, bars with a surcharge, Akanko Marimu-kan (阿寒湖まりむ館), Footbath "Benkei" (弁慶の足湯) and hand baths at the east side. There are Ainu Theater IKor (阿寒湖アイヌシアターイコロ), Nitaito Forest and Lake Art Museum (ニタイトー森と湖の芸術館), Ainu Folklore Museum (アイヌ生活記念館), a ferry port, restaurants, souvenir shops, convenience stores, Akankohan Campsite (阿寒湖畔キャンプ場) and a gas station at the west side. Pan-de-Pan (パン・デ・パン) and Folk Cafe Poronno (民芸喫茶 ポロンノ) are popular in particular.

Ainu Theater IKor
Lake Akan
Ainu Folklore Museum
Lake Akan
Akan Kohan Eco Museum Center
Lake Akan

The Ainu Kotan is formed around the Ainu Theater IKor, and souvenirs such as a doll carved out of wood are sold. In addition, a lake ball (Marimo * まりも) that is symbolic of the Lake Akan is sold all over the Akanko Onsen. The Lake Akan is well-known for venison, speciality food, and Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl, local speciality food, is created, too.

Marimo Exhibition and Observation Center
Lake Akan

Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl

Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl (阿寒焼き鳥丼) is a new local speciality food of Lake Akan. Some restraunts serve it and I visited the Restaurant Kisen (レストラン汽船) to eat it. There was a parking lot beside a building. I stopped my car there and went to the restaurant on second floor. Read More

Features Two Kinds of Skewers and Lettuce Rolls
Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl -Restaurant Kisen in Kushiro-

Around the Lake Akan, there are Takiguchi (滝口) that is famous for a beauty spot of fall foliage, Akankohan Observatory (阿寒湖畔展望台 * Akankohan Ski Resort) with a good view, Lake Onneto (オンネトー), Mt. Oakandake (雄阿寒岳), Mt. Meakandake (雌阿寒岳), Sokodai Observatory (双湖台展望台) and Sogakudai Observatory (双岳台展望台). As for events, Lake Akan Opening (阿寒湖湖水開き) is held in late April, Opening of Mt. Oakan to Climbers (雄阿寒岳山開き) is held in late July, Iomante Fire Festival (イオマンテの火まつり) is held from late October to early December, Marimo Festival (まりも祭) is held in early October, Lake Akan Ice Aisu (阿寒湖氷上フェスティバル) is held from late January to late March.

Marimo Festival
Lake Akan
Iomante Fire Festival
Lake Akan
Lake Akan Ice Aisu
Lake Akan
Opening of Mt. Oakan to Climbers
Lake Akan

Akankohan Lookout

Akankohan Lookout (阿寒湖畔展望台) is a viewing point in the south side of the Akanko Onsen Resort. The distance is around 3 km away from the center of the Akanko Onsen Resort, and the lookout is built at about 530 m above sea level to overlook Lake Akan on a slope of Akankohan Ski Resort (阿寒湖畔スキー場). It is a lookout from June to November, and it turns into the ski resort from December to March. The lookout and a parking lot are on the site. The mountainside can be reached by car. It takes about 3 minutes from the parking lot to the lookout on foot. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Read More

View from Akankohan Lookout
Akankohan Lookout in Kushiro

Lake Onneto

Lake Onneto (オンネトー) in Akan Mashu National Park (阿寒摩周国立公園) is a dammed lake born by an eruption of Mt. Meakan (雌阿寒岳) in Ashoro town. The Onnneto means "Aged Marsh" or "Large Marsh" in Ainu language. The perimeter of the lake is about 2.5 km, and the maximum water depth is about 10 m, and the lake is not so large. The Lake Onneto is one of the three major secret lakes together with Lake Ocotanpe (オコタンペ湖) and Lake Shinonome (東雲湖) in Hokkaido. Because colors of water look azure blue and emerald green depending on seasons, places, directions of wind and weather, the lake is called "Goshikinuma (五色沼 * Marsh turning into 5 colors)", and it is said that the colors of the water is the most beautiful in Hokkaido. It seems to look beautiful in particular if weather is bad. The water turning into 5 colors is acid with ph 6, and fishes can not inhabit, but only Uchida Crawfish (内田ザリガニ) and Yezo Salamander (エゾサンショウウオ) inhabit in the water. Creatures seem to be able to adapt to harsh environment. Read More

Lake Onneto
Lake Onneto Ashoro

Fresh green, a kokanee fishing, hiking and a canoe can be enjoyed in a summer, and fall foliage and nature trail can be enjoyed in an autumn, smelt fishing and snowshoes can be enjoyed in a winter. There are only paid parking for tourists.

Fishing
Lake Akan
Fall Foliage of Takiguchi
Lake Akan
Smelt Fishing
Lake Akan

By the way, Sunrise Asahikawa-Kushiro-go (サンライズ旭川・釧路号), an express bus, runs between the Kushiro and Asahikawa, and Marimo Express Obihiro-go (まりもエクスプレス帯広号), an express bus, runs between the Lake Akan and Obihiro and Senpoku-go (釧北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and the Kushiro, and Akan Airport Liner (阿寒エアポートライナー) runs between the Lake Akan and Tancho Kushiro Airport. In addition, some nonstop buses for hotel guests seem to run between Sapporo, New Chitose Airport, Obihiro, Kushiro and the Akanko Onsen.

    List of Highway Bus

    Refer to following companies for the highway bus service between the Lake Akan and the Kushiro, the Asahikawa, the Kitami and the Obihiro.

    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Tancho Kushiro Airport to Lake Akan
    Jalan
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Lake Akan to Tancho Kushiro Airport
    Jalan
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Kitami
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kitami to Kushiro
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Asahikawa to Kushiro
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Asahikawa
    Abashiri Kanko Kotsu(網走観光交通) From Lake Akan to Obihiro
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Abashiri Kanko Kotsu(網走観光交通) From Obihiro to Lake Akan
    Jalan
    Rakuten

    KUSHIRO

    Kushiro (釧路) that about 170,000 people live is the 5th largest fisheries city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. The Kushiro became incorporated with Akan town (阿寒) and Onbetsu (音別) in 2005, and has became the 3rd largest city by area in the Hokkaido. In Japan, it is the 7th latgest city by the area. The Kushiro is also well-known as a tourist city with rich nature, and has 2 very famous national parks, Kushiro-Shitsugen wetland (釧路湿原), the largest wetland in the Japan, and Lake Akan (阿寒湖) consisted by primeval forests and lava. In addition, the beautiful sunset can be seen, too, and the Kushiro is one of the three major places to see the beautiful setting sun in the world together with Manila in Philippines and Bali in Indonesia. Read More

    Setting Sun of Nusamai Bridge
    Kushiro

    Akan Mashu National Park

    Akan Mashu National Park (阿寒摩周国立公園) has Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖), the largest caldera lake in Japan, Lake Mashu (摩周湖), the 6th largest caldera lake in the Japan, and Lake Akan (阿寒湖), the 7th largest caldera lake in the Japan, in the eastern part of Hokkaido, and the oldest national park in Hokkaido along with Daisestuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) in the north part of Kushiro-Sitsugen National Park (釧路湿原国立公園), too. In the national park, there are unique mountains such as Mt. Oakandake (雄阿寒岳), Mt. Meakandake (雌阿寒岳), Mt. Akanfuji (阿寒富士), Mt. Mokoto (藻琴山), Mt. Iou (硫黄山), Mt. Mashudake (摩周岳) and Mt. Nishibetsudake (西別岳), and here is a tourist attraction on behalf of Hokkaido containing some hot spring places such as Akanko Onsen (阿寒湖温泉), Meakan Onsen (雌阿寒温泉) and Kawayu Onsen (川湯温泉). The Akan Mashu National Park is roughly divided into 4 areas, Akanko Area, Onneto Area, Mashuko Area, and Kussharoko Area. The area is 91,413 ha in total, it is very vast. It is a highlight that a scenery was borned by growing forests and lakes created by water collecting in the craters of volcanoes after the volcanoes erupting in the primitive period, and it is said that an original scenery of Hokkaido has been creadted by "Volcanos", "Forests" and "Lakes". By the way, 900 Sogen Grassland (900草原) and Tawadaira Observaton Deck (多和平展望台) that a typical secenry of Hokkaido can be enjoyed are relatively near the national park, too. Read More

    Winter Lake Akan
    Lake Akan

    List of Day Trip Onsen

    Visitors can take a day trip bath at Marimo-Yu (まりも湯), Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings (あかん湖鶴雅ウィングス) and Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga (阿寒悠久の里鶴雅), New Akan Hotel (ニュー阿寒ホテル), Hotel Akanko-so (ホテル阿寒湖荘), Hotel Gozensui (ホテル御前水), Hotel Sansui-so (山水荘), Tohokan (東邦館), Hoyou-so (芳友荘), Akanko Bus Center (阿寒湖バスセンター) and Akakohan Training Center (阿寒湖畔トレーニングセンター). On the other hand, accommodations without taking a day trip bath are 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 Ryogoku (温泉民宿 両国), Hachiya Ryokan (八谷旅館), Onsen Minshuku Yamaguchi (温泉民宿山口) and Onsen Minshuku Kiri (温泉民宿 桐). As for the Onsen Minshuku Kiri, if you will contact them in advance, you may take a day trip bath.

    Lake Akan Ice Aisu
    Lake Akan
    Marimo Festival
    Lake Akan

    [Closing Down] Marimo-Yu

    Marimo-Yu is only public bath in Akanko Onsen in the east side of Akanko Onsen, and has opened a business since 1957. The appearance and the interior decoration have an atmosphere such as Showa period. There is 1 indoor bath at the public bathhouse. The bath is the size that about 5 people take a bath. Unfortunately, They close a business in December, 2019. This article before closing is as follows.

    Appearance of Building
    Marimo-Yu, Akan-Kohan Onsen in Kushiro
    Dressing Room
    Marimo-Yu, Akan-Kohan Onsen in Kushiro
    Look of Bathhouse
    Marimo-Yu, Akan-Kohan Onsen
    Indoor Bath
    Marimo-Yu, Akan-Kohan Onsen in Kushiro
    Hot Springs Are Gushing Out
    Marimo-Yu, Akan-Kohan Onsen in Kushiro

    Wooden toys made of Japanese pagoda tree called "Marimo-chan (まりもちゃん)" are placed on the upper edge part of the bathtub, it is bather's standard to play into the hot springs. Actually, I played those, so I retrieved my childish innocence. After the bathers finish playing, it is bather's standard to put those back, too.

    Marimo-chan Made of Japanese Pagoda Tree
    Marimo-Yu, Akan-Kohan Onsen in Kushiro
    Hot Spring Ingredient Petrified
    Marimo-Yu, Akan-Kohan Onsen in Kushiro
    Large Marimo-chan
    Marimo-Yu, Akan-Kohan Onsen in Kushiro
    I Set Afloat Marimo-chan on Surface of Hot Springs
    Marimo-Yu, Akan-Kohan Onsen in Kushiro

    The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.884 g/kg. Unfortunately, the hot spring are not drinkable. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and a paid hair dryer are installed at a dressing room. The floor is comfortable very warmly, too.

    Dressing Room
    Marimo-Yu, Akan-Kohan Onsen in Kushiro
    Resting Place
    Marimo-Yu, Akan-Kohan Onsen in Kushiro
    Resting Place
    Marimo-Yu, Akan-Kohan Onsen in Kushiro

    Atmosphere of Marimo-Yu Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Marimo-Yu

    Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
    Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 62.5 C
    ph 6.8
    Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Healthy increase
    Contraindications Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Active tuberculosis, Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, High anemia, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
    Indications of drinking Not drinking
    Facilities Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
    Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500. Junior high school student: JPY 250. Child: JPY 120.
    Business hours 09:00-21:00
    Regular closing day No closing day: From July to October.
    2nd and 4th Wednesday: From October to June.
    Parking lot A free parking is provided (5 cars)
    Telephone number +81-154-67-2305
    Home page Home page is not provided
    Mapcode 739 342 673*52

    Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga and Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings

    Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga and Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings are large-sized long-established onsen ryokan run by Tsuruga group on the lakeside in the west side of Akanko Onsen, and have opened a business since 1956. They won the first prize choosed from among all the Japanese hotels and ryokan by JTB in 2001, and are popular for high class hotels. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 1500. Visitors for day trip bath can take a bath at both hotels, (1)Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga and (2)Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings. As for a bedrock bath at the Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings, an extra cost is JPY 2000. In addition, the visitors can enjoy the day trip bath and all-you-can-eat buffet on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays. The plan fee is JPY 3000. Business hour is (1)14:00-17:00 and (2)11:00-17:00. A staying is possible, too, and delicious dishes have a good reputation.

    Appearance of Building
    Tsuruga Wings and Yukyu-no-sato, Akan-Kohan Onsen in Kushiro

    (1)Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga

    Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga have 5 areas, Main Building (本館), Annex Building (別館), Rela, Shiori and Komorebi, and there are Large Public Bathhouse "Hougaden" (大浴場「豊雅殿」) and Garden Open-air Bath "Rokusen-no-Yu" (庭園露天風呂「鹿泉の湯」) on the 1st basement floor of the Annex Building, and there are Lookout Large Public Bathhouse "Amanohara" (展望大浴場「天の原」) and Open-air Bath "Tennyo-no-Yu" (空中露天風呂「天女の湯」) on the 8th floor and the rooftop of the Annex Building. The basement floor is linked with the 1st floor by a staircase, and the 8th floor is linked with the rooftop by a staircase, so bathers can go up and down without wearing clothes.

    Appearance of Building (Source: Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga)
    Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga

    There are 2 open-air baths and 3 pot baths on the rooftop. There are 1 indoor bath, 1 sleeping bath, 2 whirlpool baths, 1 cascading bath, 1 walking bath, 1 cold bath and 2 saunas on the 8th floor. The Open-air Bath "Tennyo-no-Yu" (空中露天風呂「天女の湯」) is very famous, and both of a sense of openness and great views can be enjoyed. Bathers feel as if a nymph of paradise look down on the earth from the sky. The bedrock bath is provided for free on the 8th floor.

    Open-air Bath "Tennyo-no-Yu" (Source: Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga)
    Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga
    Sky Open-air Bath (Source: Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga)
    Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga
    Large Public Bathhouse (Source: Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga)
    Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga

    There are 1 large open-air bath, 1 open-air walking bath, 1 indoor bath, 1 whirlpool bath and 1 sleeping bath at the bathhouse on the 1st floor, and there are 1 indoor bath, 1 cypress bath, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cascading bath, 1 walking bath, 1 cave bath, 1 cold bath and 2 saunas at the bathhouse on the basement floor. It features an extensive space. The Garden Open-air Bath "Rokusen-no-Yu" has a sense of openness, and bathers can relax.

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    Garden Open-air Bath "Rokusen-no-Yu" (Source: Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga)
    Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga
    Large Public Bathhouse "Hougaden" (Source: Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga)
    Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga
    Large Public Bathhouse (Source: Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga)
    Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga
    Cave Bath (Source: Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga)
    Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga

    The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. The bathhouses for men or women on the basement and the 1st floor are replaced with the bathhouses for men or women on the 8th floor and the rooftop depending on time. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom, free hair dryers and a cold water dispenser are installed at a dressing room. Business hour for the day trip bathers is from 14:00-17:00, so the day trip bathers can only take a bath either at the bathhouse on the basement and the 1st floor or the bathhouse on the 8th floor and the rooftop. Therefore, I think that the visitors should stay.

    Dressing Room (Source: Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga)
    Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga

    Atmosphere of Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga

    (2)Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings

    As for the Tsuruga Wings, the large public bathhouse for women called "Manesshiri (マネッシリ)" is on the 2nd floor, and the large public bathhouse for men called "Pinneshiri (ピンネシリ)" is on the 3rd floor. There are 2 indoor baths, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the Manesshiri. There are 2 indoor baths, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the Pinneshiri. The bathhouses for men or women are not replaced. The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room. Resting places such as Yuagari Lounge Koropokkuru (湯上りラウンジコロポックル) and Healing Deck "Nibeki" (ヒーリングデッキ「ニベキ」) are provided, too.

    Appearance of Building (Source: Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings)
    Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings
    Large Public Bathhouse for Women (Source: Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings)
    Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings
    Large Public Bathhouse for Men (Source: Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings)
    Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings

    Atmosphere of Lake Akan Tsuruga Resort Spa Tsuruga Wings Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Lake Akan Tsuruga Resort Spa Tsuruga Wings

    Types of Hot Springs (1)(2)Simple hot spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
    Water temperature of Hot Spring Source (1)41.8 C
    (2)60.5 C
    ph (1)7.2, (2)7.0
    Indications (1)(2)Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Cut, Burn, Chronic skin diseases
    Contraindications Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Active tuberculosis, Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, High anemia, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
    Indications of drinking Not drinking
    Facilities Open-air bath(4), Indoor bath(12 or 13), Sauna(3), Bedrock bath(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There is a chartered bath. The bathhouses for men or women are replaced depending on time.
    Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 1500. Child: JPY 750.
    Business hours (1)14:00-17:00
    (2)11:00-17:00
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Parking lot A free parking is provided (150 cars)
    Telephone number +81-154-67-2531
    Home page Home page is here
    Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here
    Mapcode 739 341 734*35

    New Akan Hotel

    New Akan Hotel is a large-sized long-established onsen hotel run by Karakami-kanko group in the east side of Akanko Onsen, and is famous for open-air baths and Sky Garden Spa (天空ガーデンスパ) on a roof. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 1300. Visitors for day trip bath can use the pool, too. A staying is possible, too. They have 2 buildings, Crystal Building (クリスタル館) and Shangri-La Building (シャングリラ館), and Large Public Bathhouse "Unkai" (大浴場「雲海」) and Large Public Bathhouse "Tenbu" (大浴場「天舞」) are on the 9th floor of the Shangri-La Building. Rooftop Open-air Bath "Hanami-no-Yu" (屋上露天風呂「花見の湯」) and Rooftop Open-air Bath "Tsukimi-no-Yu"(屋上露天風呂「月見の湯」) on the roof. The bathhouses for men or women are replaced. The 9th floor is linked with the rooftop by a staircase, so bathers can go up and down without wearing clothes.

    Appearance of Building
    New Akan Hotel, Akan-Kohan Onsen in Kushiro

    There are 1 outdoor bath, 1 indoor bath, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cascading bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the Large Public Bathhouse "Unkai" and the Large Public Bathhouse "Tenbu". There are 1 open-air bath and 1 open-air whirlpool bathat the Rooftop Open-air Bath "Hanami-no-Yu" and the Rooftop Open-air Bath "Tsukimi-no-Yu". Both of a sense of openness and great views can be enjoyed. The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room. A coin-operated laundry is provided, too.

    Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
    Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 58.5 C
    ph 6.9
    Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases
    Contraindications Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, High anemia, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
    Indications of drinking Not drinking
    Facilities Outdoor bath(3), Indoor bath(4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. The bathhouses for men or women are replaced depending on time.
    Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 1300. Child: JPY 600.
    Business hours 12:00~17:00
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Parking lot A free parking is provided (200 cars)
    Telephone number +81-154-67-2121
    Home page Home page is here
    Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
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    Hotel Akanko-so

    Hotel Akanko-so is a middle-sized long-established hot spring hotel founded in 1933 in the east side of Akanko Onsen. Footbath "Benkei-no-Ashiyu" (弁慶の足湯) is installed on the site, too. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 1000. Business hour is from 13:00 to 15:00. Open-air Bath "Rokumei-no-Yu" (露天風呂鹿鳴の湯) is on the 2nd floor, and Lookout Large Public Bathhouse (展望大浴場) is on the 5th floor. The Open-air Bath "Rokumei-no-Yu" is divided into a public bathhouse for women "Tsuki-no-Yu (月の湯)" and a public bathhouse for men "Hoshi-no-Yu (星の湯)", and the Lookout Large Public Bathhouse is divided into a large public bathhouse for women "Mefuji (雌富士)" and a large public bathhouse for men "Ofuji (雄富士)". The bathhouses for women or men are not replaced.

    Appearance of Building
    Hotel Akanko-so, Akanko Onsen in Kushiro

    There is 1 open-air bath at the Open-air Bath "Rokumei-no-Yu". The depth is 130 cm. There are 3 indoor baths with different water temperature, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the Lookout Large Public Bathhouse. Lake Akan can be seen from the bathhouses. The baths use 100% natural free flowing hot springs. The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.722 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at bathhouses. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room. A staying is possible, too, chartered baths for hotel guests "Ki-no-Kaori" and "Ishi-no-oto" (貸切露天風呂 木の香・石の音) are provided, too.

    Open-air Bath Rokumei-no-Yu (Source: Hotel Akanko-so)
    Hotel Akanko-so, Akanko Onsen in Kushiro
    Lookout Large Public Bathhouse (Source: Hotel Akanko-so)
    Hotel Akanko-so, Akanko Onsen in Kushiro
    Lookout Large Public Bathhouse
    Hotel Akanko-so, Akanko Onsen in Kushiro

    Atmosphere of Akanko-so Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Hotel Akanko-so

    Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
    Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 58.7 C
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    Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase
    Contraindications Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, High anemia, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
    Indications of drinking Not drinking
    Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(3), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
    Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 1000. Child: JPY 500.
    Business hours 15:00-18:00
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Parking lot A free parking is provided (60 cars)
    Telephone number +81-154-67-2231
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    Mapcode 739 342 792*56

    Hotel Gozansui

    Hotel Gozansui is a large-sized onsen ryokan on the lakeside in the west side of Akanko Onsen, and has opened a business since 1973. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 800. A staying is possible, too. It is said that only they use a hot spring source of Chippu River in Akanko Onsen. Hot springs of indoor baths and an outdoor bath look different colors. A large public bathhouse for women Otowa-no-Yu (乙羽の湯) and a large public bathhouse for men Shisen-no-Yu (誌仙の湯) are on the 1st basement floor. There are 1 outdoor bath and 2 indoor baths at the Shisen-no-Yu. There are 1 outdoor bath and 3 indoor baths at the Otowa-no-Yu. The outdoor bath has a roof, and is surrounded by walls, so a sense of openness is not felt, and a view is not good. But the hot springs that sometimes look a bluish color has a good reputation. The baths use 100% natural free flowing hot springs. The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at bathhouses. Free hair dryers and a cold water dispenser are installed at a dressing room. Because there is not a restroom at the dressing room, You should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor.

    Outdoor Bath
    Hotel Gozansui
    Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
    Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 54 C
    ph -
    Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase
    Contraindications Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, High anemia, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
    Indications of drinking Not drinking
    Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(2 or 3). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
    Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 800. Child: JPY 400.
    Business hours 14:00-19:00
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Parking lot A free parking is provided (50 cars)
    Telephone number +81-154-67-2031
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    Mapcode 739 341 738*77

    Hotel Sansui-so

    Hotel Sansui-so is a small-sized onsen ryokan in the east side of Akanko Onsen, and has a opened a business since 1979. A staying is possible, too, and they accept staying with a small-sized dog at 3 guest rooms. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 500. There is 1 indoor bath at a small public bathroom. The bath uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs. The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. Because there is not a restroom at the dressing room, You should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor. A coin-operated laundry is provided, too.

    Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
    Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 59 C
    ph -
    Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase
    Contraindications Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, High anemia, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
    Indications of drinking Not drinking
    Facilities Indoor bath(1).* Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
    Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500.
    Business hours 12:00-20:00
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Parking lot A free parking is provided (16 cars)
    Telephone number +81-154-67-2101
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    Mapcode 739 342 644*52

    Tohokan

    Tohokan is a small-sized long-established onsen ryokan in the east side of Akanko Onsen, and has opened a business since 1964. A owner is a lover of fishing, so fishing lovers and hikers often stay. A staying is possible, too, and they accept staying with a pet. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 500. Business hour starts at 7 o'clock, and it is the earliest in Akanko Onsen. There is 1 indoor bath at a small public bathroom. The bath uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs. The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom. Because there is not a restroom at the dressing room, You should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor.

    Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
    Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 61 C
    ph -
    Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase
    Contraindications Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, High anemia, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
    Indications of drinking Not drinking
    Facilities Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
    Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500.
    Business hours 07:00-10:00, 15:00-21:00
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Parking lot A free parking is provided (13 cars)
    Telephone number +81-154-67-2050
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    Mapcode 739 342 544*71

    Ryokan Hoyu-so

    Ryokan Hoyu-so is a small-sized onsen ryokan in the east side of Akanko Onsen. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 500. A staying is possible, too. There is 1 indoor bath at a small public bathroom. The bath uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs. The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom. Because there is not a restroom at the dressing room, You should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor.

    Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
    Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 61 C
    ph 6.8
    Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase
    Contraindications Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, High anemia, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
    Indications of drinking Not drinking
    Facilities Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
    Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 300.
    Business hours 11:00-17:00
    Regular closing day Irregular closing day
    Parking lot A free parking is provided (35 cars)
    Telephone number +81-154-67-2728
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    Mapcode 739 342 516*47

    Akan Bus Center

    Akan Bus Center in the east side of Akanko Onsen has a simple accommodation, and has opened a business since 1965. A convenience store is adjacent to the facility at the Akan Bus Center. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 500. A staying is possible, too. There is 1 indoor bath at a small public bathroom. The bath uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs. The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom.

    Appearance of Building
    Akan Bus Center
    Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
    Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 57.1 C
    ph 6.7
    Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase
    Contraindications Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, High anemia, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
    Indications of drinking Not drinking
    Facilities Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
    Entrance fee to the bath facility JPY 500
    Business hours 11:00-20:00
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Parking lot A paid parking is provided (2 cars)
    Telephone number +81-154-67-2655
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    Mapcode 739 342 399*00

    Akakohan Training Center

    Akakohan Training Center is one of sport facilities at Kushiro Akankohan Sport Hiroba (釧路市阿寒湖畔スポーツ広場) in the west side of the Akakohan Onsen, and has opened a business since 1988. A simple bath facility is provided at a building with a exercise room. Visitors for day trip bath can use it, too. As for an entrance fee to the bath facility, from June to September is JPY 260. From October to May is JPY 360. Onsen evangelists highly evaluate this hot spring as secret onsen in Akanko Onsen.

    Appearance of Building
    Akakohan Training Center
    Pool Has Been out of Service
    Akakohan Training Center
    Training Center
    Akakohan Training Center
    Entrances of Pabulic Bathrooms
    Akakohan Training Center

    There is 1 indoor bath at a small tiled public bathroom. The bath is the size that about 6 people can take a bath. The depth is about 50 cm. The water temperature of the hot springs is about 39 - 43 C. Fresh hot springs always drop from a faucet basically, and flow to an outlet of the hot springs. Water temperature can be adjusted with a faucet of water.

    Look of Bathroom
    Akakohan Training Center
    Faucets of Hot Springs, Water and Hot Water
    Akakohan Training Center
    Wash Place
    Akakohan Training Center
    Outlet of Hot Springs
    Akakohan Training Center

    The hot springs are sodium magnesium and calcium bicarbonate chloride spring, and are slightly opaque and light green and have tasteless and no smell. A touch of the hot springs is a little slippery. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.401 g/kg. It is said that it is the strongest hot spring ingredient in the Akanko Onsen. This type of the hot springs is only here in the Akanko Onsen. The meta-silicic acid content is 203.3 mg/kg. It is said that the hot springs including the meta-silicic acid with over 200 mg/kg is effective for beautiful skin. Unfortunately, the hot springs are not drinkable because they get the permission of a health center.

    Opaque Hot Springs
    Akakohan Training Center

    Because shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathroom, bathers must bring those. A free hair dryer is installed at a dressing room. Because there is not a restroom at the dressing room, You should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor.

    Changing Room
    Akakohan Training Center

    Atmosphere of Akakohan Training Center Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Akakohan Training Center

    Types of Hot Springs Sodium magnesium and calcium bicarbonate chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
    Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 56.2 C
    ph 6.7
    Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase
    Contraindications Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, High anemia, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
    Indications of drinking Not drinking
    Facilities Indoor bath(1) * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
    Entrance fee to the bath facility From June to September Adult: JPY 260. Child: JPY 90. From October to May Adult: JPY 360. Child: JPY 130.
    Business hours 11:00-20:00
    Regular closing day Monday
    Parking lot A free parking is provided (100 cars)
    Telephone number +81-154-67-2655
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    Mapcode 739 370 108*35

      List of Activities

      Canoing, guided trekking, guided cycling, guided snowshoe trekking in the winter and pond smelt fishing are held by some acticiity companies. Refer to following websites for the activity companies around the Lake Akan. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Canoe

      Movie of Canoe


      Akan Nature Center(阿寒ネイチャーセンター)
      ASOVIEW

      Guided Trekking

      Shinsuke Nishida(西田 晋輔)

      Guided Cycling

      I-Moshiri(イ・モシリ)
      ASOVIEW

      Guided Snowshoe Trekking

      Movie of Snowshoe Trekking


      Akan Tourism Association & Community Development Organization(阿寒観光協会まちづくり推進機構)
      Akan Nature Center(阿寒ネイチャーセンター)
      ASOVIEW

      Pond Smelt Fishing

      Movie of Pond Smelt Fishing


      Ice Land Akan(あいすランド阿寒)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      List of Accommodations

      Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Akanko Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

        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)
        Hotel Akankoso(ホテル阿寒湖荘)
        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)
        Rakuten
        Sansuiso(山水荘)
        Booking
        Hoyuso(芳友荘) Only Tel:+81-154-67-2728
        Hachiya Ryokan(八谷旅館) Only Tel:+81-154-67-2747
        Hotel Gozensui(ホテル御前水)
        Onsen Minshuku Yamaguchi(温泉民宿山口)
        Booking
        Rakuten
        Tohokan(東邦館)
        Booking
        Onsen Minshuku Kiri(温泉民宿 桐)
        Booking
        Business Hotel Matsuoka(ビジネスホテルまつおか)
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Akankohan Campsite(阿寒湖畔キャンプ場)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Booking.com

        A page of Lake Akan is here

        Lake Akan

        A page of Great Onsen in Hokkaido is here

        Great Onsen in Hokkaido

        A page of Akan Mashu National Park is here

        Akan Mashu National Park

        A page of Kushiro is here

        Kushiro

        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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