Ainu culture, onsen and rare flora and fauna in the wilds of Hokkaido
From unique plants, active volcanoes, natural hot springs and large lakes, Akan is a mysterious, primeval place.
- Soaking in the natural hot springs of Lake Kussharo
- Seeing the Ainu village of Akankohan and woodcarvings made by artisans
- The foggy view of Lake Mashu from the lookout
How to Get There
Fly to Kushiro Airport and then use Highway 240 to get to Lake Akan by rental car, or take the airport bus.
The local bus to Lake Akan takes about 90 minutes. There is also a shuttle bus from Kushiro Station that takes 50 minutes. Renting a car is recommended for long-distance travel around Hokkaido .
Lake Mashu was named “lake of the devil” in the indigenous Ainu language
The lake has some of the cleanest, clearest water in the world
There are three famous volcanic lakes in the area: Akan, Kussharo and Mashu
Spherical green moss balls
Lake Akan is famous for marimo, an unusual species of moss that grows into large green balls. You will see it in many of the shops in Akan.
Lake Kussharo, a beautiful caldera lake
This lake is 57 kilometers in circumference. The area features an Ainu Museum as well as indoor and outdoor hot springs near the Wakato Peninsula.