Lake Akan is a distinguished tourist attraction representing the eastern Hokkaido area and well known for its natural monument “Marimo” (a type of floating green algae ball) and sockeye salmons that inhabit the lake water.
Surrounded by the magnificent mountains and volcanoes, Lake Akan has an amazing natural scenic landscape that changes with each of the four seasons.
The Japanese skunk cabbages in spring, the vast forests in summer, the red leaves in autumn and the silver snowy landscape in winter. All of these elements make Lake Akan a spectacular place to visit.

Nature Sightseeing

Lake Akan Cruise

Lake Akan Cruise

It takes about 85 minutes to cruise Lake Akan. To learn about the mysterious Marimo in the Marimo Observation Center is also a fun choice.
Hotel---- 15 minutes on foot ----Boarding Point

Ainu Kotan Village

Ainu Kotan Village

The Ainu are the indigenous people living in the northern area from Hokkaido to Russia, and the word Kotan means village or residential land in the Ainu language. The Ainu Kotan at Lake Akan is the largest Ainu community in Japan.
Hotel---- 10 minutes on foot ----Ainu Kotan

Bokke

Bokke

Walking along the promenade next to the Visitor Center for about 10 minutes, you will be able to see the muddy craters where carbon dioxide gases from underground are bubbling through the mud, therefore, the place is named “Bokke” which is from the Ainu word “Pofuke” meaning boiling.
Hotel---- 5 minutes on foot ----Visitor Center---- 10 minutes on foot ----Bokke

1000 Torches

1000 Torches

This is a holy event where people hold up 1000 torches to light up the passageway of the gods and pray for the magnificent nature of Akan and Marimo to be protected forever. Tourists' participation is also welcome. (Jun. - Nov.)
Hotel---- 10 minutes on foot ----Ainu Kotan

Fire Festival of Iomante

Fire Festival of Iomante

Gathering to an ignition ceremony held by an Ainu senior and praying peacefully in the holy atmosphere, traditional Ainu songs and dances will be performed. (Oct. - Nov.)
Hotel---- 10 minutes on foot ----Ainu Kotan

Ice Festival “Fuyukabi”

Ice Festival “Fuyukabi”

The festival starts from February till March and is the biggest winter event at Lake Akan. Tourists can enjoy themselves with hands-on ice cutting or mini games on the frozen lake surface, and a fireworks display will be presented under the night sky.

Ice Breaker

Ice Breaker

When spring finally comes to eastern Hokkaido, it is exciting to ride on an ice breaker and listen to the ice cracking underneath.
The ice breaker cruise runs only about a week in late April, so don't miss the chance to listen to the footsteps of spring.
Hotel---- 15 minutes on foot ----Boarding Point

Activities

Skiing

Skiing

The extensive ski slope overlooking the frozen Lake Akan is a perfect location to enjoy the winter sports activities.
Season: late Dec. - early Apr.

Fishing

Fishing

Lake Akan is a famous sports fishing field in Japan, and attracts fishing fans from all over the country for its very popular Salvelinus laucomaenis and pond smelt fishing.
Season: early May - late March of the following year

Mountain Climbing

Mountain Climbing

Mt.Meakan and Mt.Oakan are well known as two of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains.
Season: early Jun. - late Oct.

Canoe

Canoe

How about spending some easy time at the reedy lakeside on a canoe, touring and taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city?
Season: late May - late Oct.

Rafting

Rafting

Challenge yourself to an exciting trip down the torrent of the Akan River where a canoe cannot go, on a rafting boat.
The cows sometimes appear on the riverside as there are many stock farms in the area.
Season: beginning of May - late Oct.

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