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[Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo] Beautiful Lake Kussharo Can Be Enjoyed in Secret Spot

Mokoto Pass

Mokoto Pass (藻琴峠) is a pass at 648 m above sea level in the northern side of the Lake Kussharo, and Highland Koshimizu 725 (ハイランド小清水725) is built at 725 m above sea level on the hillside of Mt. Mokoto (藻琴山) near the hilltop of Hokkaido Road 102 connecting Koshimizu town and Teshikaga town, and is a popular viewing point with a view of the Lake Kussharo or Mt. Sharidake (斜里岳). Visitors can sometimes see a sea of clouds covered with the lake. In Akan Mashu National Park, there are a resthouse, a lookout, a trailhead to the Mt. Mokoto (Koshimizu Course), a public restroom and a parking lot on the site. Spring water of the Mt. Mokoto named "Chomeisui Spring (長命水)" is gushed beside the parking lot. It is well-known as drinkable famous mineral water, and a lot of the visitors come to draw water. By the way, the resthouse has a restaurant and a souvenir shop, and the visitors can take a rest, too. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

Koshimizu Highland
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo
Open Space beside Parking Lot
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo
View from Parking Lot
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo
Chomeisui Spring
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo
Chomeisui Spring
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo
Trailhead for Mt. Mokoto and Parking Lot
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo
Public Restroom
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo

Movie of Mokoto Pass

Lake Kussharo

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. In Akan Mashu National Park, 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. Read More

Lake Kussharo
Lake Kussharo

The distance is around 30 km from the center of the Koshimizu, Unfortunately, a restaurant, a cafe and a convenience store is not built around here. Highland Koshimizu Campsite (ハイランド小清水キャンプ場), Mokotoyama Parking Observation Park (藻琴山展望駐車公園) and Kawayu ONsen (川湯温泉) are relatively near here. By the way, In the Mt. Mokoto with about 1,000 m in height, hiking can be enjoyed in a summer, and backcountry skiing can be enjoyed in a winter. It is said that a superb view can be seen on the mountaintop. It takes 60 - 90 minutes each way on foot.

Highland Koshimizu Campsite
Lake Kussharo

Movie of Mt. Mokoto Backcountry Skiing

Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park

Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park (藻琴山展望駐車公園) is a viewing point at 430 m above sea level in the northeastern side of the Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖), and is built to see the lake along Hokkaido Road 102. You might see a sea of clouds in the early morning if you are lucky. In addition, starry sky is beautiful in the evening, too. In Akan Mashu National Park, there are a gazebo and a parking lot on the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Read More

View from Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park
Mokotoyama Parking Observation Park around Lake Kussharo

Kawayu Onsen

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

Ikedaya
Kawayu Onsen in Teshikaga -Ikedaya-

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

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Winter Lake Akan
Lake Akan

List of Lookouts

A lookout is at the mountainside, and an observation deck is at the resthouse.

Lookout

The lookout is about 100 m away from the Highland Koshimizu 725. An observation deck is not built, but a view is very good, and the Lake Kussharo, Mt. Iou and Shiretoko Mountain Range (知床連山) can be seen. A spacious scenery is very comfortable.

Guide Board to Lookout
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo
Path to Lookout
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo
Lookout Comes into Sight
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo
Lookout
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo
View from Lookout
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo
View from Lookout
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo

Atmosphere of Highland Koshimizu 725 Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Highland Koshimizu 725

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (36 Cars)
Business hours 24 Hours
Regular closing day Winter season
Telephone number +81-90-3119-6080
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 638 447 149*17

Resthouse

A resting place and vending machines are at the resthouse beside the parking lot, and an observation deck is at the outside of the building. Meals are served at the resthouse, a soft serve ice cream is also served. They close a business in a winter.

Resthouse
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo
Look of Resthouse
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo
Look of Resthouse
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo
Look of Resthouse
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo
Observation Deck of Resthouse
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo
View from Observation Deck
Highland Koshimizu 725 around Lake Kussharo
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (36 Cars)
Business hours 09:00-17:00 * Business hours is different depending on seasons
Regular closing day Winter season
Telephone number +81-90-3119-6080
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 638 447 149*17

List of Activities

Around the Lake Kussharo, Horse Trekking and canoe tours around the Lake Shikotsu and Kushiro River are held by some acticiity companies. In addition, a swan boat is rented at the Sunayu Resthouse Letarachip (砂湯レストハウス レタラチップ), and a fishing boat is rented to enjoy fishing at Wakoto Resthouse (和琴レストハウス). Besides, Lamp-no-Yado Moritsubetu (ランプの宿 森つべつ) holds a sea of clouds tour and a starry sky tour in the Tsubetsu Pass Observation Tower. Only tour participants can enter the observation tower during closing time. Refer to following websites for the activity companies around the Lake Kussharo. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Canoe

Movie of Canoe


Tourism Teshikaga(ツーリズムてしかが)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
North East Canoe Center(ノースイーストカヌーセンター)
ASOVIEW
Nanook(ナヌーク)
ASOVIEW
Lake Kussharo Eco Tours(屈斜路湖ecoツアーズ)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
SOMOKUYA(そもくや)
J Factory(ジェイファクトリー)
ASOVIEW
Matatabi(マタタビ)
Atreyu(アトレーユ)
ASOVIEW
Hokkaido Guide Tours(北海道ガイドツアーズ)
ASOVIEW
River & Field(リバー&フィールド)
ASOVIEW
Kimakurasha(きまくら舎)
HP
ASOVIEW

Boat Tour

Movie of Boat Tour


Sunayu Resthouse Letarachip(砂湯レストハウス レタラチップ)
ASOVIEW
Jalan

Horse Trekking

Movie of Horse Trekking


Megere Farm(メジェールファーム)
ASOVIEW

Sea of Clouds Tour

Movie of Sea of Clouds Tour


Lamp-no-Yado Moritsubetu(ランプの宿 森つべつ)

Starry Sky Tour

Lamp-no-Yado Moritsubetu(ランプの宿 森つべつ)

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations near the Highland Koshimizu 725. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Koshimizu

Highland Koshimizu Campsite(ハイランド小清水キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Hama-koshimizu Maehama Campsite(浜小清水前浜キャンプ場)
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
Booking.com

A page of Lake Kussharo is here

Lake Kushharo

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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