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[Sokodai Lookout in Akan] Viewing Point That Lake Penketo and Lake Panketo May Be Seen at Same Time

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!

View from Sokodai Lookout
Sokodai Lookout Akan
Closed Public Restroom and Parking Area
Sokodai Lookout 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

Sogakudai Lookout (双岳台) along the Akan Odan National Route is relatively near here, and a restraunt, a cafe and a convenience store are not built around here. The restraunt, the cafe, the convenience store and onsen are in Akan-kohan Onsen Resort and the center of the Teshikaga.

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! Read More

Mt. Meakandake and Mt. Oakandake
Sogakudai Lookout 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

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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

Lookout

An empty building and a lookout on a small hill are around 30 m away from the parking area. Small logs are set to see the Lake Penketo that means "An upper lake" in Ainu Language and the Lake Panketo that means "A lower lake" in the Ainu language on the lookout. You would fall off the logs because the logs are not fixed. In fact, it is hardly to see the lakes, and people should bring a stepladder. I could hardly see the Lake Penketo. In addition, It is said that the Lake Panketo is like a shape of Hokkaido.

Lookout
Sokodai Lookout Akan
Lake Penketo and Lake Panketo
Sokodai Lookout Akan

Atmosphere of Sokodai Lookout Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Sokodai Lookout

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (50 Cars)
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 739 414 509*18

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 around the Lake Akan. 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 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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