[Uramashu Observation Deck in Kiyosato] Lake Mashu Can Be Enjoyed from Back Side
May 7th, 2017
Uramashu Observation Deck
Uramashu Observation Deck (裏摩周展望台) is a viewing point at the end of Hokkaido Road 150 in northeastern part of Lake Mashu. In Akan Mashu National Park, it built on a somma of the Lake Mashu at about 580 m above sea level, and is in the other side of Mashu 1st Observation Deck (摩周第一展望台) and Mashu 3rd Observation Deck (摩周第三展望台) across the lake, too, and only Uramashu Observation Deck is in Kiyosato town. Uramashu 2nd Observation Deck used to be near here, too. Mt. Mashudake (摩周岳) can be seen on the left side and, Kamuisshu Island (カムイシュ島) can be seen on the right side. An observation deck, a souvenir shop, a rest place, a public restroom and a parking lot are built on the site. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. An entrance gate of the Uramashu Observation Deck is closed from November to late April. * Uramashu means "The back side of the Lake Mashu" in Japanese, and the Mashu 1st Observation Deck and the Mashu 3rd Observation Deck are called "The front side of the lake" because those are famous.
The Lake Mashu is a caldera lake in Teshikaga town located in the northeastern part of Lake Akan (阿寒湖), and means "A mountain god's lake" in Ainu language. The perimeter of the lake is about 19.8 km. The maximum water depth is 211 m. The lake is well-known as the 2nd clearest lake after Lake Baikal in the world, and does not has a river, But it is a mysterious lake that lake water level has barely changed if it rains. The Lake Mashu has much fog and a few sunny intervals, and it is called "Foggy Lake Mashu (霧の摩周湖)", too. 3 viewing points, the Mashu 1st Observation Deck, Mashu 3rd Observation Deck (摩周第三展望台), Uramashu Observation Deck (裏摩周展望台) are built on the cliff with 300 - 400 m in height from the surface of the lake around the Lake Mashu. By the way, Mashu 2nd Observation Deck (摩周第二展望台) used to be in old days, too, but it was not used, so it has disappeared.
The distance is around 40 km away from the center of the Kiyosato, and a restraunt, a cafe and a convenience store are not built around here. Kaminoko Pond (神の子池) and Yoroushi Onsen (養老牛温泉) are relatively near here. Speaking of tasty restraunts in the Kiyosato, Shusaiya Ota (酒菜屋大田) and Restraunt Papas (レストランパパス) are popular in particular.
Mashu 1st Observation Deck
Mashu 1st Observation Deck (摩周第一展望台) is a viewing point along Hokkaido Road 52 in southwestern part of Lake Mashu. In Akan Mashu National Park, it built on a somma of the Lake Mashu at about 520 m above sea level. Kamuisshu Island (カムイシュ島) can be seen on the left side, and Mt. Mashudake (摩周岳) can be seen on the right side, and a trailhead to the Mt. Mashudake is provided, too. A concrete building and a parking lot are built on the site, and the building has Mashuko Resthouse (摩周湖レストハウス) and a restroom on the 1st floor, and a rooftop is an observation deck. The Mashuko Resthouse has a restraunt and a souvenir shop, too. Because here is the most famous place in the tourist attractions of the Lake Mashu, a lot of visitors come. Chipmunk is made take to feeding, too. Admission free. A parking lot is charged for JPY 500 in a summer, but it is free of charge in a winter, and the Mashu Resthouse is closed, too. Article is here
Mashu 3rd Observation Deck
Mashu 3rd Observation Deck (摩周第三展望台) is a viewing spot along Hokkaido Road 52 in western part of Lake Mashu. In Akan Mashu National Park, it built on a somma of the Lake Mashu at about 670 m above sea level. Overlapped Mt. Mashudake (摩周岳) and Kamuisshu Island (カムイシュ島) can be seen only on this observation deck. There are the observation deck and a parking lot on the site. A superb view of Mt. Iouzan (硫黄山) and Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) can be seen from the neighborhood of parking lot, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. The Hokkaido Road 52 is closed from early November to late April. Unfortunately, a souvenir shop and a restroom are not built. Article is here
Kaminoko Pond (神の子池) is a pond in Kiyosato town located in the northern part of Lake Mashu (摩周湖). In Akan Mashu National Park, the pond is in a primeval forest at about 280 m above sea level. After turning Hokkaido Road 1115 to a forestry road, visitors head the road for about 2 km, and reach to a parking lot. The perimeter of the pond is about 220 m. The maximum water depth is 5 m. The pond is very small. It is said that the Kaminoko Pond is connected to Lake Mashu under the ground, and water of 12,000 t a day spring out from the bottom of the pond. * There is another opinion that the Kaminoko Pond is not connected to the Lake Mashu, too. People in the old days thought of the pond as the son of the Lake Mashu meaned "A mountain god's lake" in Ainu language, and the pond was named "Kaminoko Pond (A son of the god in Japanese language)". * There are various opinions. Trees that sank into the pond have never rotted have a good reputation, and it becomes a popular tourist attraction as a spiritual place because of the mystery. There are the Kaminoko Pond, walks, a restroom and the parking lot on the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Bears live around here, so you had better do not visite here in the early morning or the evening. By the way, snow is not removed on the forestry road, and the road might be closed almost from mid November to late April. Article is here
Yoroushi Onsen (養老牛温泉) is a hot-spring place in Nakashibetsu town located between Lake Mashu (摩周湖) and Notsuke Peninsula (野付半島). 2 onsen ryokan, Hotel Yoroushi (ホテル養老牛) and Yuyado Daiichi (湯宿だいいち) are built along Hokkaido Route 505, and Karamatsu-no-Yu (からまつの湯), a mixed bathing open-air bath for free, is a little away from the center of the Yoroushi Onsen. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. The hot-spring place is surrounded by nature, and rare animals such as Blakiston's Fish Owl and Japanese sable inhabit a forest, so those animals sometimes appear at the accommodations. There are Yoro Falls (養老の滝), Kaiyodai Observatory (開陽台) and Lake Mashu (摩周湖) around the Yoroushi Onsen. Article is here
Look of Observation Deck
The wooden observation deck that about 20 people can enter is built on a small hill. It features that the Mt. Mashudake looks largeer than another observation decks. When I visited here in a summer, 2014, trees obstructed my view, so a view was not so good. It is said that the best season to see the view is before the trees grow thickly or after falling laeves. Small winged insects fly in the summer, so you had better bring an insect repellent, too. * When I visited here in 2018, I enjoyed a nice scenery without obstructing my view!
Atmosphere of Uramashu Observation Deck Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (15 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Winter season|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||910 038 689*42|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Uramashu Observation Deck. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Akan Mashu National Park is here
Akan Mashu National Park