This lake is known for "Marimo", a spherical algae that grows on it. It is located in the "Akan-Mashu National Park". "Early morning walking tours" on the frozen "Lake Akan" are popular in winter. In early mornings, if it is not windy, water vapor freezes over the lake and appears like flowers, known as "Frost Flowers". Grab your camera and join the tour to sight these beautiful frost flowers.
"Akanko Onsen" is located on the shore of Lake Akan. You can enjoy the scenic view and the hot springs from the many inns that face the lake.
Red-crowned Crane (Kushiro City, Akan Town)
In "Kushiro City, Akan Town", hundreds of exceptional red-crowned cranes (designated as special natural treasures in Japan) fly in from early December to late February to survive the winter. You can see cranes not only at the "Akan International Crane Center" and its surroundings, but also within the town.
"Lake Onneto", located about 20 km from "Akanko Onsen" is also called "Goshiki-numa" because of its characteristic of changing color over time and season.
"Robatayaki" is a special delicacy of Kushiro that is cooked by grilling fresh seafood on charcoal fire.
*As of February 2019.
*All photographs are for illustrative purposes only.