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.

Don't Miss

  • 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 .

Quick Facts

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.


Near Akan

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Akan National Park Nature
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Marimo Festival Festivals & Events
Marimo Festival Kushiro-shi, Hokkaido
Bihoro-toge pass Nature
Bihoro Pass Bihoro, Hokkaido
Kitami Area Nature
Kitami Kitami-shi, Hokkaido

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