Get the most out of your visit to the Kawayu region with a trip to the Kawayu Eco Museum Center. Learn about the 30,000 year history of the nearby Kussharo Caldera, one of the largest in the world. Come here to discover more about the plants and animals that make this area so special. Learn about regional flowers that thrive because of higher temperatures caused by geothermal activity.
Join the English-speaking staff on a guided tour of the nearby Sakhalin Spruce Forest and the Wakoto Peninsula with its natural outdoor hot spring. In colder weather, warm up next to the center’s fireplace and then make the most of the outdoors with affordable snowshoe and winter wear rentals. The center also hosts seasonal special events; check the website for details.
An ideal family destination, the center has much to offer younger visitors. After collecting pine cones and nuts from the forest, stop by the craft area to make use of glue guns, saws and other useful tools. In the dedicated kid’s space, younger children can play with wooden toys or take a nap on the baby beds.
|Open||8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (April–October) 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (November–March)|
|Closed||Wednesdays (if coinciding with a national holiday, closed the next day instead. Open daily from the third week of July through August 31) and the New Year’s holiday (December 29–January 3)|
|Cost||Free of charge|
|Foreign Languages||English (exhibits) English, Korean and Chinese (videos only)|
|Address||2-2-6 Kawayu Onsen, Teshikaga Town, Kawakami County, Hokkaido|