[Bihoro Pass Lookout around Lake Kussharo] One of Lake Kussharo Best Views
May 6th, 2017
Bihoro Pass (美幌峠) is a pass at about 493 m in height in the northwestern side of the Lake Kussharo, and is a popular viewing point with a view of the Lake Kussharo on the mountaintop of Bihoro National Route (National Route 243) connecting Bihoro town and Teshikaga town, and is a shooting place for Japanese movie "What is your name? (君の名は)", too. In Akan Mashu National Park, Bihoro Pass Lookout (美幌峠展望台), Roadside Station "Gurutto-Panorama Bihoro-Toge (ぐるっとパノラマ美幌峠)", a monument inscribed with a song "Bihoro-Toge (美幌峠)" sang by Ms. Hibari Misora, a public restroom and a parking lot are built on the site. A restaurant, a souvenir shop and a restroom are provided at the roadside station, and visitors can take a rest, too. A soft serve ice cream with striped bamboo flavor is popular in particular. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.
The Lake Kussharo is the largest caldera lake in Japan in Teshikaga town located in the northeastern part of Lake Akan (阿寒湖), and its shape tuend into the current shape by large-scale eruptions 40,000 years ago. Before then, the lake was larger round lake than the current lake. It is the 2nd largest caldera lake in the world after Lake Toba in Indonesia, too. The perimeter of the lake is about 57 km, and the maximum depth is 117 m, and Nakashima (中島), the largest island on the fresh water lake in the Japan, flotas on the surface of the lake, but landing is prohibited. There are Mt. Mokoto (藻琴山), the Wakoto Peninsula, Bihoro Pass Lookout (美幌峠展望台), Tubetsu Pass Observation Deck (津別峠展望台), Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park (藻琴山展望駐車公園), Highland Koshimizu 725 (ハイランド小清水725), Wakoto Onsen (和琴温泉), Sanko Onsen (三香温泉), Kotan Onsen (コタン温泉), Ike-no-Yu Onsen (池ノ湯温泉), Suna-Yu (砂湯), Nibushi Onsen (仁伏温泉), Wakoto-kohan Campsite (和琴湖畔キャンプ場), Wakoto Campsite (和琴キャンプ場), Suna-Yu Campsite (砂湯キャンプ場) and Highland Koshimizu Campsite (ハイランド小清水キャンプ場) around the Lake Kussharo.
The distance is around 20 km from the center of the Bihoro, Unfortunately, a restaurant, a cafe and a convenience store is not built around here. The Tubetsu Pass Observation Deck, the Wakoto Peninsula, the Wakoto Onsen and the Sanko Onsen are relatively near here.
Wakoto Peninsula (和琴半島) is the only peninsula extending out Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) in the southern side of the Lake Kussharo. In Akan Mashu National Park, Wakoto Field House (和琴フィールドハウス), Wakoto-Kohan Campsite (和琴半島湖畔キャンプ場), Wakoto Campsite (和琴キャンプ場), a nature trail (自然探勝路), Wakoto Onsen (和琴温泉), a souvenir shop, a restraunt, a boat for hire, Koshin-so (湖心荘), a public restroom and a parking lot are built on the site. Fresh green, a canoe and fishing can be enjoyed in a summer, Fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn and a snow scenery can be enjoyed in a winter, and it is said to be a sightseeing base of the Lake Kussharo. By the way, Min-min-zemi cicada (ミンミンゼミ) inhabits here, and they do not inhabit further north than the Lake Kussharo, so they have been designated as a special natural treasure since 1951. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
Tsubetsu Pass Observation Deck
Tsubetsu Pass (津別峠) is a pass at 745 m in height in the western part of Lake Kussharo. Tsubetsu Pass Observation Tower (津別峠展望台) near the mountaintop of Hokkaido Road 588 connecting Tubetsu town and Teshikaga town is a popular viewing point with a view of the Lake Kussharo, and is the highest viewing point at 951 m above sea level in some viewing points around the lake. In Akan Mashu National Park, the Tsubetsu Pass Observation Tower and a parking lot are built on the site. A food truck "Yamasuke (山輔)" sometimes opens on the parking. The Tsubetsu Pass Observation Tower is well-known for seeing a sea of clouds, and the sea of the clouds tour is held with the growing popularity of it recently. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. By the way, Drive safety because the Hokkaido Road 588 is narrow, and has a lot of sharp curves, too. Article is here
Wakoto Onsen (和琴温泉) is hot spring place in Teshikaga town located in the north part of Kushiro city. The hot spring gushes out at the lakeshore in the southern part of Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) in Akan Mashu National Park. The Wakoto Onsen is the generic name of some onsen. 2 campsites, Wakoto Hanto Kohan Campsite (和琴半島湖畔キャンプ場) and Wakoto Campsite (和琴野営場), are at Wakoto Peninsula. There are a shop, a public restroom and Onsen Ryokan Koshin-so (湖心荘) around a public parking lot. Unfortunately, a convenience store is not built around here. Article is here
Sanko Onsen (三香温泉) is a hot spring place in Teshikaga town located in the northern part of Kushiro city. Only Inn "Sanko Onsen" is built on the shore of Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) in Akan Mashu National Park, and the distance from the center of the Teshikaga is around 20 km. Unfortunately, a convenience store is not built around here. There are Wakoto Peninsula (和琴半島), Wakoto Onsen (和琴温泉), Kotan Onsen (コタン温泉) and Ike-no-Yu Onsen (池の湯) around the Sanko Onsen, and various natural open-air baths can be enjoyed throughout the year. Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in a spring, Fresh green and the canoe can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and whooper swans can be watched in a winter. Article is here
Bihoro Pass Lookout
The Bihoro Pass Lookout is divided into 2 parts, Hilltop Lookout (頂上展望台) and Lower Lookout (下段展望台). The Hilltop Lookout at 526 m in height is 360 m away from the road station, and it takes about 5 minutes through a stairway on foot. The visitors can view the Lake Kussharo, the 2nd largest caldera lake in the world, spreading out below them. The view is very magnificent. The Nakajima Island on the lake looks very large, and Mt. Iou (硫黄山), the Wakoto Peninsula and Shiretoko Mountain Rnage (知床連山) can be seen. A sea of clouds with beautiful morning sun can be enjoyed if you are lucky. In addition, starry sky seems to be beautiful in the evening, too.
The Lower Lookout at 500 m in height is 150 m away from the road station, and it takes about 3 minutes on foot. The lookout is covered with rocks. A conbination of curved national route and the Lake Kussharo can be seen from here. The Monument Inscribed with Song "Bihoro Toge" is built near here.
Atmosphere of Bihoro Pass Lookout Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (134 Cars)|
|Business hours||09:00-18:00 * It changes on the period|
|Regular closing day||The year-end and New Year holidays|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||638 225 400*18|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Bihoro Pass. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|Kussharo Prince Hotel(屈斜路プリンスホテル)|
|Lakeside Resort Pension CHATRAN(レイクサイドリゾートペンションチャトラン)||
|Onsen Ryokan Koshin-so(温泉旅館 湖心荘)||
|Lake Kussharo Tsuruga Auberge SoRa(屈斜路湖鶴雅オーベルジュ SoRa)||
A page of Akan Mashu National Park is here
Akan Mashu National Park