[Sokodai Lookout in Akan] Viewing Point That Lake Penketo and Lake Panketo May Be Seen at Same Time
May 4th, 2017
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!
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 (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
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
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.
Atmosphere of Sokodai Lookout Can Be Watched on Youtube
|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|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||739 414 509*18|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Sogakudai Lookout. 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)|
|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)||
|Hachiya Ryokan(八谷旅館)||Only Tel:+81-154-67-2747|
|Onsen Minshuku Yamaguchi(温泉民宿山口)||
|Onsen Minshuku Kiri(温泉民宿 桐)||
|Business Hotel Matsuoka(ビジネスホテルまつおか)||
A page of Akan Mashu National Park is here
Akan Mashu National Park
A page of Kushiro is here