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屈斜路湖 Lake Kussharo

  • Lake / Falls
  • Around Kushiro and Lake Akan
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Around Kushiro and Lake Akan
Teshikaga-cho, Kawakami-gun, Hokkaido 088-3200, Japan
  • Lake / Falls
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Date of post:2015/07/07

All-season fascinating lake

  • Nature Walks

Lake Kussharo is located in Akan National Park. It is the largest caldera lake in Japan and the second largest lake in Hokkaido after Lake Saroma. Because the volcanic gases make the lake water acidic, the cobalt blue water is created and makes the lake so beautiful. As it is the largest lake in Japan to freeze entirely during the winter, an interesting phenomenon called Omiwatari can be seen. In February the water of the lake freezes and its volume increases. This causes a rise of ice blocks which can reach up to 2m high and run about 10km occasionally. This usually appears in the early morning, as if it were the trail of the God passing through the lake during the night.

Nakajima, the lake’s central island is the largest island in a lake in Japan but no one can go there for nature preservation reasons. Instead, the Wakoto peninsula is deeply jutting into the lake and there is a natural trail road circling around it that is about a 60 minute walk. The peninsula also offers camping and water sports such as row boat riding, windsurfing and canoeing.

Another interest is the East side of the lake, called Sunayu. It means ‘sand and hot water’ and you will discover a hot spring if you dig a hole of 5 to 10cm on the beach. The hot spring comes out naturall and people can enjoy their own open-air hot spring after swimming while admiring the lake view.

The most beautiful view of Lake Kussharo can be enjoyed at the Bihoro mountain pass at 525m. It is located on the national highway 243 connecting two major cities(Kitami and Kushiro) in the Eastern Hokkaido. I think Bihoro Pass is one of the most beautiful passes of Hokkaido, you can look down on the lake with the Shiretoko mountains forming a backdrop on a clear day. At Mihoro pass there is a big roadside station. The station provides the functions of parking and restroom, sharing information related to roads and tourism and shops to sell local products, now there are 1059 roadside stations across Japan, including 115 in Hokkaido. Michi no Eki Bihoro Pass features not only views but also shop and restaurant where you can taste a special ramen with snow crab.

If you are going to stay at a hotel near the lake, I would like to recommend Kussharo Prince Hotel which is located on the shore of the lake, the view of the lake from the lakeside room is fantastic in all seasons, and another attraction is a common open air hot spring, you can go to the hot spring at midnight and enjoy the stars or in the early morning with the rising sun.

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