Category: Kushiro & Nemuro

Lake Akan and Akanko Onsen

In the western part of Akan-Mashu National Park, Akanko Onsen (阿寒湖温泉 area is Eastern Hokkaido’s classic tourist destination that has picturesque lakes, coniferous forest, volcanic mountains, pleasant onsen and the lakeside Ainu kotan (village). The triangle-shaped Akan-ko (阿寒湖: meaning unshakable…

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Lake Furen and Shunkunitai Sandbank

The 59-sq-km lagoon Furen-ko (風蓮湖) is the natural highlight of Nemuro, providing sanctuary for 330 species of birds, including sea eagles, whooper swans and tancho (Japanese crane). Furen-ko is surrounded by pine forests, wetlands and dunes. Shunkunitai (春国岱) Located about…

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Nemuro to Nosappu-misaki

Japan’s most eastern mainland city, Nemuro (根室) is in the closest position to the 1150km-long Chishima Islands that stretches from Hokkaido to Kamchatka. Nature-rich, the 60km-long Nemuro Peninsula (根室半島) is a perfect place for birdwatching, wildlife cruising, footpath hiking and…

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Hokkaido Kawayu Onsen

Located between Kussharo-ko and Mashu-ko, the small onsen town of Kawayu (川湯温泉: meaning hot springs river) boasts highly acidic water supplied to the all hotels. There is a 24-hour free ashi-yu (あし湯: footbath) beside the small river. Kawayu Bathhouse (川湯公衆浴場)…

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Teshikaga Mashu Onsen

Eastern Hokkaido’s first onsen town founded in 1883, Teshikaga (弟子屈) is a convenient location for exploring both Mashu-ko and Kussharo-ko by public transport or taxi. Mashu Station (摩周駅) on the Senmo Line is a gateway of the town center. Some…

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