Akan Area

Hokkaido, Hokkaido

Magnificent natural beauty and an awe-inspiring landscape. Spherical shaped moss enhances the mystery of this natural wonder.

Akan National Park is a mountainous park that stretches across the eastern part of Hokkaido. The park includes a group of volcanoes, such as Mt. Meakan-dake, Mt. Oakan-dake and Mt. Akan-Fuji, which are situated around three famous volcanic lakes: Akan-ko; Kussharo-ko; and Mashu-ko. Akan National Park is a very popular destination offering magnificent panoramic views and hot spring baths. Since the park is situated inland, the temperature fluctuates rather sharply - it may rise as high as 30 degrees Celsius on a hot summer's day, but it can also fall to as low as 10 degrees Celsius during the early morning hours and at night due to the radiative cooling phenomenon. This phenomenon often produces a sea of beautiful clouds that can be viewed from high elevations. Glittery stardust that completely fills the night sky and spectacular soft rime provide further delights for the eyes in winter.

Lake Akan-ko is a lake of mystery and beauty. It is well known for 'marimo' - a curious looking species of moss that grows into large green balls, a natural monument that is unique to the lake. The elegant Mt. Oakan-dake overlooks the eastern shore of Lake Akan-ko. Lake Mashu-ko is internationally famous for having the highest level of clarity in the world. There is also a primeval forest of spruce and white fir trees located nearby. Akan National Park attracts many visitors throughout the year with its magnificent scenic wonderland.

Those who visit Akan National Park can also see traditional Ainu (an ethnic group indigenous to Hokkaido) dances at their 'kotan' (village), and enjoy outdoor activities such as canoeing, mountain bike tours and camping. The hot spring baths on the lakeside will surely help you to unwind and relax at the end of an exciting day.


From Tokyo:
[Air] 1h 35 min from Haneda to Kushiro Airport, and 1h 10 min from the airport to Lake Akan-ko by bus.

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