Lake Akan Onsen (Kushiro City, Hokkaido)
A fusion of Japanese and Ainu culture
A lakeside resort replete with exotic atmosphere
- (Mar. - May)
- (Jun. - Aug.)
- (Sept. - Nov.)
- (Dec. - Feb.)
- : Culture
- : Gourmet
- : Relaxation
- : Shopping
- : Scenery
- : Convenience
- Experience The Culture Of The Ainu Ethnic Group, The Indigenous People Of Hokkaido
The Lake Akan Ainu Kotan (the Lake Akan Ainu Village; "ainu" means people and "kotan" means village in the Ainu language) is the largest of its kind in Hokkaido. Here, you can enjoy the "ancient dance rites of the Ainu," with a booklet of phonetic sounds in English. These dance rites have been designated as a Important National Intangible Cultural Property.
- Enjoy A Variety Of Activities In All Four Seasons
In addition to mountain climbing at Mt. Oakandake and Mt. Meakandake, which are listed in the One Hundred Famous Mountains of Japan, you can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities throughout the four seasons, including trekking, fly fishing, canoeing, golf, and riding snowmobiles, etc.
- Comprehensive Support For Guests Staying In The Area
In order to ensure that foreign guests can enjoy a safe, comfortable stay in Japan, a citizen-based group, the "Lake Akan Hot Springs Visit Japan Campaign Supporters," provides support for foreign tourists, including interpretation services, etc.
- The Marimo of Lake Akan (Designated a Special National Treasure of Japan)
The marimo (aegagropila) of Lake Akan is known for its beautiful spherical form, found nowhere else in the world. Excursion boats linking the onsen area with the Marimo Exhibition and Observation Center offer visitors a fascinating time and English-speaking guides are available.
- Lake Akan Onsen
Lake Akan Onsen is well known in Japan for its good quality and the flow volume of the hot springs. Visitors can enjoy a variety of hot spring facilities at each inn, including open-air baths and sauna pools.
- By air:
- Haneda Airport - Kushiro Airport; about 1 hour 30 minutes
- Kushiro Airport - Lake Akan Hot Springs; 1 hour by bus
- By train:
- Sapporo Station - Kushiro Station; about 3 hours 40 minutes
- Akan Tourism Association, City Planning Promotion Organization (NPO)