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[Akan Mashu National Park] Original Hokkaido Landscape Can Be Enjoyed

September 1st, 2014

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.

Winter Lake Akan
Lake Akan
Lake Onneto
Lake Onneto
Lake Mashu
Lake Mashu in Teshikaga
Lake Kussharo
Lake Kussharo

900 Sogen Grassland

900 Sogen Grassland (900草原) is a municipal ranch in the south of Teshikaga town. About 2000 cows are bred at a site area of 930 ha. 900 Sogen Grassland was named after the site area. It is known for enjoying a typical scenery of Hokkaido and beautiful contrast between green grassland and blue sky is comforatable. An observatory tower, an observatory deck, a resthouse, a restroom and a parking lot are built on the top of the ranch, and there is a park golf course around the ranch. Free admission. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Ranch Scenery
900 Sogen Grassland in Teshikaga

Tawadaira Observaton Deck

Tawadaira Observaton Deck (多和平展望台) is a viewpoint in Shibech located in the northeast part of Kushiro, and is popular for enjoying a typical expansive scenery of Hokkaido from a hilltop at 195 m above sea level. There are Tawadaira Observaton Deck, Tawadaira Campsite (多和平キャンプ場), Green Hill Tawa (グリーンヒル多和), a parking lot and a restroom on the site. The Tawadaira Campsite covered with green grass is popular for motorcycle riders. There are a souvenir shop and a restraunt at the Green Hill Tawa. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Tawadaira Observaton Deck
Tawadaira Observaton Deck in Sibecha

I introduce about the Akanko Area and the Onneto Area on the first page, and introduce about the Mashuko Area and the Kussharoko Area on the second page.

Akanko Area

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). Article is here

Lake Akan
Lake Akan

Akanko Onsen Resort

Akanko Onsen Resort (阿寒湖温泉街) is a sightseeing base in the south side of the Lake Akan. There are a lot of accommodations, hot spring facilities, a landing port for a pleasure boat, restaurants, souvenir shops in the onsen resort. It is also well-known for the biggest Ainu Village (アイヌコタン) in Hokkaido, and is adjacent to the Akankohan Ski Resort and the Akankohan Camping Ground (阿寒湖畔キャンプ場), too, and tourists can enjoy the Lake Akan in a summer and a winter.

Lake Akan
Lake Akan

Tourists can enjoy 85-minute Cruise on the pleasure ship. Marimo Exhibition and Observation Center "Torasanpe" (マリモ展示観察センター "トラサンペ") is in Churui Island (チュウルイ島) that the pleasure ship drops anchor on the way, and real lake ball can be observed.

Sightseeing Pleasure Boat
Lake Akan
Marimo Exhibition and Observation Center
Lake Akan

Akankohan Eco Museum Center (阿寒湖畔エコミュージアムセンター) is built on a part of the onsen resort, and the lake ball and Itou fish (イトウ) are bred at the glass tank, and visitors can watch the rare algae and the rare fish at the same time. In addition, there is a place called "Bokke (ボッケ)" that extra hot springs gush out if the tourists go along Akanko Natural Path for about 15 minutes. Because the bank of the lake is very hot, please do not get burnt!

Lake Akan and Woman on Shore
Lake Akan
Bokke
Lake Akan
Akankohan Eco Museum Center
Lake Akanー
Itou
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, the lake ball that is symbolic of the Lake Akan is sold all over the Akanko Onsen.

Ainu Theater IKor
Lake Akan
Ainu Folklore Museum
Lake Akan

Atmosphere of Lake Akan Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Lake Akan

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Pay parking lot is provided (500 Cars), Capacity for midsize vehicles: JPY 410.
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-154-67-3200
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 739 342 730*04

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. Article is here

View from Akankohan Lookout
Akankohan Lookout in Kushiro

Hakutosan Observation Deck

Hakutosan Observation Deck (白湯山展望台) is in the south side of the Akanko Onsen Resort. Tourists can view the Lake Akan and Mt. Oakandake (雄阿寒岳), and arrive here through Hakutosan Natural Trail (白湯山自然探勝路) from Akankohan ski resort. It takes about 80 minutes each way on foot. The tourists can see Hakuto-Bokke (白湯ボッケ) and a hot spring river during walking, and can experience energy of nature. In the case of me, it took 20 minutes on foot to an entrance of the Hakutosan Natural Trail. Besides, I gave up hiking there. The tourists must hike along a rough trail, and I think that a mountaineering wear, water and food are necessary. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Movie of Ski Area in Front of Entrance to Hakutosan Observation Deck

Mountain-Climbing Registration Form Post
Skiing Area in Front of Entrance to Mt. Hakuto Observatory
View from Half up Ski Resort
Skiing Area in Front of Entrance to Mt. Hakuto Observatory
Information Map at Entrance to Hakutosan Observation Deck
Skiing Area in Front of Entrance to Mt. Hakuto Observatory

Atmosphere of Hakutosan Observation Deck Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Hakutosan Observation Deck

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (5 Cars)
Business hours May 09:00-17:00, From June to September 07:00-18:00
Regular closing day It changes skiing area in a winter
Telephone number +81-154-67-3200
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 739 249 552*46

Sokodai Lookout

Sokodai Lookout (双湖台) in Kushiro city is around 12 km away from Lake Akan, and is well-known as a viewing point at about 680 m above sea level to view Lake Penketo (ペンケトー) and Lake Panketo (パンケトー) born by an eruption of Mt. Oakandake (雄阿寒岳) along Akan Odan National Route (阿寒横断道路 * National Route 241). Those lakes are off‐limits to common people, so here is the only viewing point. The Soko (双湖) means "Twin lakes" in Japanese. In Akan Mashu National Park, only Sokodai Parking Area (双湖台駐車帯) is on the site. A building for taking a rest and a public restroom used to be, but those are not used at present. Unfortunately, this place is not lively as a tourist attraction. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. By the way, the Akan Odan National Route connecting Akan with Teshikaga town has a lot of sharp curves, so it is popular with tourist motorbike riders and driving lovers. Drive safety! Article is here

Lake Penketo and Lake Panketo
Sokodai Lookout Akan

Sogakudai Lookout

Sogakudai Lookout (双岳台) in Kushiro city is around 15 km away from Lake Akan, and is well-known as a viewing point to see Mt. Oakandake (雄阿寒岳) and Mt. Meakandake (雌阿寒岳) on the top of a pass at 740 m above sea level along Akan Odan National Route (阿寒横断道路 * National Route 241). The Sogaku means "Twin mountains" in Japanese. Except Sogakudai Parking Area (双岳台駐車帯), there is no facility. Admission free. The parking area is free of charge. By the way, the Akan Odan National Route connecting Akan with Teshikaga town has a lot of sharp curves, so it is popular with tourist motorbike riders and driving lovers. Drive safety! Article is here

Mt. Meakandake and Mt. Oakandake
Sogakudai Lookout Akan

Fall Foliage in Akan Lakeside

Lakeside around the Lake Akan is famous for fall foliage, too. Especially, Takiguchi (滝口), Tsurumi Bridge (鶴見橋) and Lake Taro (太郎湖) are famous, and a combination of a stream and the fall foliage seems to be very good. But I have never visited. The best time to see is from early October to mid October.

Fall Foliage in Akan Lakeside
Lake Akan with Fall Foliage in Kushiro
Fall Foliage in Akan Lakeside from Akan-Kohan Lookout
Lake Akan with Fall Foliage in Kushiro
Fall Foliage in Akan Lakeside from Akan-Kohan Lookout
Lake Akan with Fall Foliage in Kushiro

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. Article is here

Ferry
Ferry, Akan-Kohan Onsen in Kushiro

Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl

Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl (阿寒やきとり丼) is a new noted product of Lake Akan. I visited a Restaurant Kisen (レストラン汽船) to eat it. There was a parking lot beside a building. I stopped car there and went to the restaurant on second floor. Article is here

It Features 2 Kinds of Skewers and Lettuce Rolls
Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl -Restaurant Kisen in Kushiro-

Onneto Area

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. Article is here

Lake Onneto
Lake Onneto

Onneto Observation Deck

Onneto Observation Deck (オンネトー展望デッキ) is on the west side of Lake Onneto located in the southeastern part of Lake Akan in Akan Mashu National Park (阿寒摩周国立公園), and is a tourist attraction that most tourists visit in the neighborhood of the Lake Onneto. A wooden observation deck is buil on the lakeshore. The lake turning into 5 colors, Mt. Meakandake (雌阿寒岳) and Mt. Akanfuji (阿寒富士) can be seen. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. A restroom is built near the parking lot. A trail to Onneto Lookout (オンネトー展望台) is provided beside the restroom, too. Drive safely because the parking lot is small, and Hokkaido Road 664 is narrow. Article is here

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Lake Onneto
Lake Onneto Ashoro

Onneto Hot Falls

Onneto Hot Falls (オンネトー湯の滝) is a hot spring waterfall in the southwestern part of Lake Onneto located in the southeastern part of Lake Akan in Akan Mashu National Park (阿寒摩周国立公園), and has been designed as a special natural monument in Japan since 2010 because precious natural manganese was discovered. The manganese that is often used for a dry cell is generated on the ocean floor most commonly, so here is very precious place to see the generating manganese on the ground. In addition, it is said that here is the largest generating manganese place on the ground. By the way, water is hot, and Guppy and Tilapia breed in very cold ground of Hokkaido, and it become a problem. Those are removing at a pond now. It takes 20 minutes from a parking lot to here on foot. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. There is a restroom near the parking lot. Article is here

Onneto Hot Falls
Onneto Hot Falls Ashoro

Onneto Lookout

Onneto Lookout (オンネトー展望台) is a viewing place on the west side of Lake Onneto located in the southeastern part of Lake Akan in Akan Mashu National Park (阿寒摩周国立公園). Visitors go up a mountain from North Trailhead (北登山口) beside a restroom near Onneto Observation Deck (オンネトー展望デッキ), and reach to a monitoring hut for volcanoes and a resting place on the viewing place at about 690 m above sea level. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

View from Onneto Lookout
Onneto Lookout in Ashoro

Onneto Campsite

Onneto Campsite is located on the south side of the Lake Onneto. Land within 1262 ha around the Lake Onneto has been designed as a natural recreation forest by the government, and the campsite surrounded by Japanese red pine and Abies sachalinensis was built, too. It has a atmosphere like the campsite in the forest. A restroom and a field kitchen are built. Visitors should buy the foods and the drinks beforehand, because there is not store near the Onneto Campsite. A camping is charged, and a parking lot is free of charged.

Parking Lot and Administration Building
Onneto Camping Ground Ashoro
Field Kitchen
Onneto Camping Ground Ashoro
Campsite
Onneto Camping Ground Ashoro
Shore of Lake Onneto
Onneto Camping Ground Ashoro
Story of Onnneto
足寄のオンネトー

Atmosphere of Onneto Campsite Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Onneto Campsite

Using Fee Adult: JPY 350. Child: JPY 200.
Parking lot Free parking is provided (30 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day From November to May
Telephone number +81-156-29-7711
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 783 761 358*76

Fall Foliage around Lake Onneto

The Lake Onneto is well-known for seeing beautiful fall foliage, too. A combination of the Mt. Meakandake, the Mt. Akanfuji and the Lake Onneto is marvelous, and the refrection of the fall foliage on the water of the lake is marvelous, too. Views from the Onneto Observation Deck and the Onneto Campsite are great, and local people that happened to be there said "The best viewing place is a lakeside down from a parking lot between the Onneto Observation Deck and the Onneto Campsite". A magnificent view of the Mt. Meakandake and the Mt. Akanfuji surely is very amazing. The best time to see the fall foliage is from late September to mid October.

Fall Foliage from Onneto Campsite
Fall Foliage around Lake Onneto in Ashoro
Fall Foliage from Onneto Campsite
Fall Foliage around Lake Onneto in Ashoro
Fall Foliage from Onneto Campsite
Fall Foliage around Lake Onneto in Ashoro
Mt. Meakandake with Fall Foliage from Parking Lot
Fall Foliage around Lake Onneto in Ashoro
Mt. Meakandake and Mt. Akanfuji from Parking Lot
Fall Foliage around Lake Onneto in Ashoro
Mt. Akanfuji with Fall Foliage from Parking Lot
Fall Foliage around Lake Onneto in Ashoro
Mt. Meakandake with Fall Foliage from Parking Lot
Fall Foliage around Lake Onneto in Ashoro
Onneto Observation Deck
Fall Foliage around Lake Onneto in Ashoro
Mt. Meakandake with Fall Foliage from Onneto Observation Deck
Fall Foliage around Lake Onneto in Ashoro
Lake Onneto from Onneto Observation Deck
Fall Foliage around Lake Onneto in Ashoro
Lake Onneto with Fall Foliage from Onneto Observation Deck
Fall Foliage around Lake Onneto in Ashoro
Lake Onneto with Fall Foliage from Onneto Observation Deck
Fall Foliage around Lake Onneto in Ashoro

Meakan Onsen

Meakan Onsen (雌阿寒温泉) is a hot spring place in Ashoro town located in the northwestern part of Kushiro city, and is well-knonw as a secter onsen in a mountain at around 720 m above sea level in Akan Mashu National Park (阿寒摩周国立公園). Only Nonaka Onsen (野中温泉), Nonaka Onsen Annex Building (野中温泉別館), Kiefuku (景福), a public parking lot and a public restroom are built at an entrance of Lake Onneto (オンネトー). A lot of hikers come to go up Mt. Meakandake (雌阿寒岳) or Mt. Akanfuji (阿寒富士), and here is popular for the Lake Oneneto and rare type of hot springs. The distance is around 50 km away from the center of the Ashoro, and the distance is around 20 km away from Akako Onsen Resort (阿寒湖温泉街), so a convenience store is not built. But Onneto-Chaya (オンネトー茶屋) is a little away from here, and tourists can have a lunch there. Article is here

Nonaka Onsen Annex Building
Meakan Onsen

List of Accommodations

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

Lake Akan

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)
HP
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

Lake Onneto

Yama-no-Yado Nonaka Onsen(山の宿 野中温泉)
Booking
Onneto Camping Ground(オンネトー野営場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com
Booking.com

I introduce about the Akanko Area and the Onneto Area on the first page, and introduce about the Mashuko Area and the Kussharoko Area on the second page.

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