- May 6th, 2017
[Wakoto Peninsula in Lake Kussharo] Onsen, Camping and Nature Trail Can Be Enjoyed in Only Peninsula in Lake Kussharo
- Wakoto Peninsula
- List of Wakoto Peninsula Tourist Attractions
- List of Activities
- List of Accommodations
Wakoto Peninsula (和琴半島) is the only peninsula extending out Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) in the south side of the Lake Kussharo. In Akan Mashu National Park, Wakoto Field House (和琴フィールドハウス), Wakoto-Kohan Campsite (和琴半島湖畔キャンプ場), Wakoto Campsite (和琴野営場), a nature trail (自然探勝路), Wakoto Onsen (和琴温泉), a souvenir shop, a restraunt, a boat for hire, Koshin-so (湖心荘), a public restroom and a parking lot are built on the site. Fresh green, a canoe and fishing can be enjoyed in a summer, Fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn and a snow scenery can be enjoyed in a winter, and it is said to be a sightseeing base of the Lake Kussharo. By the way, Min-min-zemi cicada (ミンミンゼミ) inhabits here, and they do not inhabit further north than the Lake Kussharo, so they have been designated as a special natural treasure since 1951. 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 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 Wakoto means “A tight part of fish tail” in Ainu language, as its name suggests, the southsern part of the peninsula is tight. The peninsula used to be a lave dome island called “Oyaktsu Lave Dome”, but a sandbar is formed on the southsern part of the island, so it has turned into the peninsula. There are fumaroles called “Oyakotsu Jigoku (オヤコツ地獄)” on the tip of the peninsula, and vapor rise activelly now. The Oyakotsu means “The hip linked with land” in the Ainu language. The old Ainu pople had a deep interest in the sandbar.
The distance is around 20 km from the center of the Teshikaga, and Lake Kussharo Tsuruga Auberge SoRa (屈斜路湖鶴雅オーベルジュ SoRa) and Megere Farm (メジェールファーム) are near here. Unfortunately, a convenience store is not built around here. The Bihoro Pass Lookout, the Tubetsu Pass Observation Deck, the Sanko Onsen and the Kotan Onsenare relatively near here, too.
Bihoro Pass Lookout
Bihoro Pass (美幌峠) is a pass at about 493 m in height in the northwest side of the Lake Kussharo, and is a popular viewing point with a view of the Lake Kussharo at the hilltop of Bihoro National Route (National Route 243) connecting Bihoro town and Teshikaga town, and is a shooting place for Japanese movie “What is your name? (君の名は)”, too. In Akan Mashu National Park, Bihoro Pass Lookout (美幌峠展望台), Roadside Station “Gurutto-Panorama Bihoro-Toge (ぐるっとパノラマ美幌峠)”, a monument inscribed with a song “Bihoro-Toge (美幌峠)” sang by Ms. Hibari Misora, a public restroom and a parking lot are built on the site. A restaurant, a souvenir shop and a restroom are provided at the roadside station, and visitors can take a rest, too. A soft serve ice cream with striped bamboo flavor is popular in particular. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Tsubetsu Pass Observation Deck
Tsubetsu Pass (津別峠) is a pass at 745 m in height in the west part of Lake Kussharo. Tsubetsu Pass Observation Tower (津別峠展望台) near the mountaintop of Hokkaido Road 588 connecting Tubetsu town and Teshikaga town is a popular viewing point with a view of the Lake Kussharo, and is the highest viewing point at 951 m above sea level in some viewing points around the lake. In Akan Mashu National Park, the Tsubetsu Pass Observation Tower and a parking lot are built on the site. A food truck “Yamasuke (山輔)” sometimes opens on the parking. The Tsubetsu Pass Observation Tower is well-known for seeing a sea of clouds, and the sea of the clouds tour is held with the growing popularity of it recently. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. By the way, Drive safety because the Hokkaido Road 588 is narrow, and has a lot of sharp curves, too. Read More
Sanko Onsen (三香温泉) is a hot spring place in Teshikaga town located in the northern direction of Kushiro city. Only Inn “Sanko Onsen” is built on the shore of Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) in Akan Mashu National Park, and the distance from the center of the Teshikaga is around 20 km. Unfortunately, a convenience store is not built around here. There are Wakoto Peninsula (和琴半島), Wakoto Onsen (和琴温泉), Kotan Onsen (コタン温泉) and Ike-no-Yu Onsen (池の湯) around the Sanko Onsen, and various natural open-air baths can be enjoyed throughout the year. Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in a spring, Fresh green and the canoe can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and whooper swans can be watched in a winter. Read More
Kotan Onsen (コタン温泉) is a small hot spring resort in Teshikaga town located in the northern direction of Kushiro city. Kotan means a village in Ainu language. Around here has been the village for Ainu people since a very long time ago, and it becomes the small hot spring resort at present, and there are some accommodations, Kotan Ainu Museum of History and Folklore (コタンアイヌ民俗資料館), Ainu Traditional Crafts Shop named “Kotan-no-Ie (コタンの店)”, Restraunt Marukibune (レストラン 丸木舟) with serving Ainu meals and a cafe named “Jiji cafe Canoe (ぢぢ 喫茶 カヌー)”. In addition, a canoe can be enjoyed by River and Field (リバーアンドフィールド). Unfortunately, convenience stores are not built. There are Wakoto Peninsula (和琴半島), Wakoto Onsen (和琴温泉), Sanko Onsen (三香温泉) and Ike-no-Yu Onsen (池の湯) around the Kotan Onsen, and various natural open-air baths can be enjoyed throughout the year. Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in a spring, Fresh green and the canoe can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and whooper swans can be watched in a winter. 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
List of Wakoto Peninsula Tourist Attractions
There are the nature trail, the Wakoto Onsen, the Wakoto-kohan Campsite and the Wakoto Campsite. My visited places are as follows.
The nature trail with about 2.5 km in total length is built around Mt. Mokoto with 216 m in height, and it takes about 60 minutes to go a trip on foot. There are Wakoto Open-air Bath (和琴露天風呂, Wakoto Public Bathroom (和琴公衆浴場), Wakoto Oku-no-Yu (和琴奥の湯), the Oyakotsu Jigoku and Wakoto Shrine (和琴神社) along the nature trail. The Oyakotsu Jigoku was used as nature open-air bath in the old days, and it is prohibition of the entering now. But only the canoe is close to there. The nature trail is made of woods and soil, and You may be tired because of a difference of elevation, so you should wear comfortable shoes. More than 20 wild birds such as Black Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker and Pygmy Woodpecker can be watched, and nature flowers such as Soft Windflower, Skunk Cabbage and Corydalis Ambigua can be seen, too.
Wakoto Peninsula Nature Trail in Japanese
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (100 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||731 577 050*77|
Wakoto Onsen (和琴温泉) is hot spring place in Teshikaga town located in the north part of Kushiro city. The hot spring gushes out at the lakeshore in the southern part of Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) in Akan Mashu National Park. The Wakoto Onsen is the generic name of some onsen. 2 campsites, Wakoto Hanto Kohan Campsite (和琴半島湖畔キャンプ場) and Wakoto Campsite (和琴野営場), are at Wakoto Peninsula. There are a shop, a public restroom and Onsen Ryokan Koshin-so (湖心荘) around a public parking lot. Unfortunately, a convenience store is not built around here. Read More
Wooden Paths around Wakoto Campsite
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations near the Wakoto Peninsula. 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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