• Hiking

Akan Forest and Frozen Crater Walk

Observe the interaction between the volcanic heat of the earth and the cold of the winter

Akan Lake fills most of the Akan Caldera, an ancient crater surrounded by yet more volcanoes and primeval forests. This hike takes you across part of the lake itself, the surface of which freezes solid during winter. From this seasonal viewpoint, look up to enjoy views of Mt. Oakan and Mt. Meakan, then look down to spot bubbling hot spring waters beneath the ice. As the tour departs Lake Akan, check out the mud volcanoes, known locally as bokke. These bubbling volcanic phenomena are another reminder of the incredible forces that shaped this area in times past.


When January 15 – late March
How Long 2 hours
Cost Adults (13 years old and over) 3,000 yen, children (6 years old and over) 2,100 yen. For infants, please contact the tour operators directly.
Contact Akan Tourism Association & Community Development Organization
Link en.kushiro-lakeakan.com