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Lake Akan

Lake Akan mapLake AkanLake Akan ("Akan-ko" in Japanese) is a freshwater caldera lake located about 30 km west-southwest of Lake Mashu and north-northwest of Kushiro city.
The area around Lake Akan has been designated Akan National Park, and has been inscribed as a registered wetlands under the Ramsar Convention in 2005.
It is one of most popular sightseeing area in eastern Hokkaido.

Originally it was a big caldera lake which was formed by the erruption of active Mount Me-Akan volcano (1,499 m) located southwest of current Lake Akan.
Ten thousand years ago, Mount O-Akan volcano (1,370 m) located east of the current lake erruped, then the old lake was divided.
So around Mt. O-Akan, there are Lake Akan, Lake Panketou, Lake Penketou and a few small lake.

Lake Akan is famous for "Marimo".
Marimo is a spherical moss growing in freshwater lake, and especially one in Lake Akan forms a nearly perfect sphere.
But recently the number has been decreasing.

On the southern coast of the lake, there is the Akan-ko hot spring resort.
There are some hotels and ryokans in this area, and pleasure boats leave from here.

At the western end of the resort, there is a Ainu village called Ainu-kotan, which is biggest in Hokkaido.
About 200 Ainus are living, and there are the shops selling folk crafts of Ainu.
In a theater of the village we can see the dance of Ainu, and we can learn the living and culture of Ainu at a small museum.

And at the lakeside northeast of hot spring resort, there is a spot called Bokke.
Boiled water and volcanic gas are emitting from the mud of the lake.

Akan Tourism Association and Community Development Promotion Organization

How to get to here

By route bus

From Kushiro station, it takes about 2 hours.

By car

About 75 km from Kushiro. It takes about 1 hours and 40 minutes.




Lake Akan and Mount O-Akan
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Pleasure boat on Lake Akan
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Lake Akan in winter
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Marimo
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Bokke
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Ainu-kotan Festival of Ainu
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Lake Penketou Lake On'netou
Photo by DO PHOTO

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