- May 6th, 2016
[Sunayu around Lake Kussharo] Hot Springs Ooze out from Sandy Beach
Sunayu (砂湯) is a touring attraction along Hokkaido Road 52 in the eastern side of Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖), and is named because hot springs ooze out from sandy beach on the lakeside. It means "A place that sand gushes out" in Ainu language, too, so the hot springs have oozed out since a very long time ago. In Akan Mashu National Park, Sunayu Campsite (砂湯キャンプ場), Sunayu Resthouse Letarachip (砂湯レストハウス レタラチップ), Koike Shoten souvenir shop (小池商店), a public restroom and a parking lot on the site. The Sunayu Resthouse Letarachip has a restraunt and souvenir shop, and a swan boat can be rented, too. In addition, they accept a motorboat tour. Fresh green, camping, playing in water, fishing and canoeing can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and a winter scenery and whooper swans can be enjoyed in a winter. Admission free. A 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. 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 25 km from the center of the Teshikaga, and the Ike-no-Yu Onsen and the Nibushi Onsen are relatively near here.
Ike-no-Yu Onsen (池の湯温泉) is a hot spring place in Teshikaga town located in the north part of Kushiro city. The hot spring gushes out at the lakeshore in the southwestern part of Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) in Akan Mashu National Park, and it is one of hot spring places around the Lake Kussharo. It is hard to find the Ike-no-Yu Onsen, and there are a parking lot and the open-air bath next to Matsuya Ryokan (松屋旅館 * Shut Down) after visitors turn at a sign board of the Matsuya Ryokan, and go straight. The distance is about 10 km away from Kawayu Onsen (川湯温泉), and restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Read More
Nibushi Onsen (仁伏温泉) is a hot spring place in Teshikaga town located in the northern part of Kushiro city. The hot spring gushes out at the lakeshore in the eastern part of Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) in Akan Mashu National Park, and it is one of hot spring places around the Lake Kussharo. Nibushihoyojo (仁伏保養所) and Kussharoko Hotel (屈斜路湖ホテル) are built on the shore of the Lake Kussharo, and Kussharoko-so (屈斜路湖荘) is built along Hokkaido Road 52. The distance is about 4 km away from Kawayu Onsen (川湯温泉), and restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. 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 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
Lakeside of Lake Kussharo
The Sunayu is an usual sandy beach on the lakeside, but the hot springs ooze out if visitors dig the sandy beach for about 10 cm. A scoop is rented at the Sunayu Resthouse Letarachip, and the visitors can make a sandy bath as they like. But the hot springs are cold depending on places. A lot of people come, so you had better wear your swimsuit and bring your towel to wipe your feet. In the winter, the lake near the lakeside is not freezed by the hot springs, and a lot of the whooper swans pass the winter. Tourists can observe those closely.
Atmosphere of Sunayu Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (140 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open for 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Lake Kussharo. 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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