- May 6th, 2017
[Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park around Lake Kussharo] One of Lake Kussharo Viewing Points
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 northeast 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.
The Lake Kussharo is the largest caldera lake in Japan in Teshikaga town located in the northeastern direction 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
The distance is around 30 km from the center of the Kawayu Onsen, Unfortunately, a restaurant, a cafe and a convenience store is not built around here. Highland Koshimizu 725 (ハイランド小清水725), Highland Koshimizu Campsite (ハイランド小清水キャンプ場) and Kawayu ONsen (川湯温泉) are relatively near here.
Highland Koshimizu 725
Mokoto Pass (藻琴峠) is a pass at 648 m above sea level in the north 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 the Highland Koshimizu 725, 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 (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 Highland Koshimizu 725 has a restaurant and a souvenir shop, and the visitors can take a rest ,too. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Kawayu Onsen (川湯温泉) is a famous hot-spring place in Teshikaga town located in the northern direction 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
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 northern direction 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
Lookout Parking Park
The lookout parking park surrounded by fences on the mountainside of Mt. Mokoto has only the gazebo, benches and the parking lot. I can not sweepingly say that here is a touring attraction, but it has different angle views from Bihoro Pass Lookout (美幌峠展望台) and Tsubetsu Pass Observation Towe (津別峠展望台). Mt. Iou looks bigger especially. Rising vapor can be seen, too.
Atmosphere of Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (31 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Winter season|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||444 060 265*16|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations near the Highland Koshimizu 725. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Lake Kussharo 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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