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  • Mt. Iou
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    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou Iozan
    Mt. Iou is a volcano with an elevation of 512 meters located close to the town of Teshikaga in Hokkaido. “Atosanupuri” is another name for Mt. Iou. You can enjoy dynamic scenery with white smoke and noise rising from the surface. Despite the ferocity of the volcano, many alpine plants still grow on the lowlands, including marsh tea which flowers from the middle to the end of June. The autumn leaf season is also recommended. Currently, the mountain is closed due to the danger of falling rocks, but you can enjoy the walk from Kawayu Onsen to Mt. Iou instead.
  • Rausu Visitor Center
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    Hokkaido Menashigunrausuchou Yunosawachou 6-27
    You can find out about the nature, history and culture of Shiretoko through the displays, commentary and films at the Rausu Visitor Center. In this center, you can see displays of killer whale skeletons, different panel displays and taxidermy. You can also see videos that introduce the scenery of Shiretoko and the local ecology. There is a playground for kids in this center which is great to visit with them.

    This visitors’ centre is located on the eastern end of Hwy 334 (the road that crosses the Shiretoko peninsula between Rausu and Utoro) almost across the road from the Kumanoyu hot spring and before...

  • Lake Mashu
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    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou
    The mysterious caldera lake also called “Lake Mashu of Mist” has a circumference of 20 kilometers and depth of 212 meters. The water level of the lake remains unchanged although the lake has no rivers flowing in or out. The lake is characterized by its high water transparency because impurities do not flow into it. The Ainu people call the lake Kintan Kamuy-to (Lake of the Mountain Gods) and has long been idolized by them.
  • Kawayu Eco-Museum Center
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    45 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou Kawayuonsen 2-2-6
    Located in the Akan Mashu National Park, this nature encounter center combines field experience and a building where the natural environment, history and culture of the local Mashu region are introduced. In addition to the panel and model displays, one can take free guided walks, and craft-making out of the natural materials. The second floor is used for community space where one can enjoy a coffee, high-definition videos or relax in the space to just enjoy viewing the woodlands.

    Quite a bit of the information is in English and this is made very well to learn about the nature in the area- highly recommended to stop and read about where you are, the wildlife and plants of the...

  • Lake Kussharo
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    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou
    Lake Kussharo is located in the Akan National Park in Eastern Hokkaido. It is the largest caldera lake in Japan and also the largest freshwater lake in Japan to freeze over completely in winter. On the south side the Wako Peninsula juts out and in the lake is Nakajima Island. It is said that about 500 swans migrate to the lake during the winter months and it is a popular spot to take photos.
  • Teshikaga Town Kussharo Kotan Ainu Folklore Museum
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    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou Kussharo City Ichijyu 11
    This museum which passes on the history, culture, manners and customs of the Ainu is located on the southern shore of Lake Kussharo in eastern Hokkaido. The architect Kikou Mozuna who was born in Kushiro City designed this unique building which is very interesting. You can wear traditional Ainu dress for free and experience making bookmarks with the Ainu motif embroidery as well as coasters. The museum is open from April 29 to October 31.
  • Taiho Sumo Museum
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    16 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou Kawayuonsen 2-1-20
    Taiho Sumo Memorial Museum was established to honor the feats of Taiho, the 48th Yokozuna sumo champion, who grew up in Teshikaga Town in Hokkaido. This museum is located in a corner of a spa town so is easy to get to. You can follow his history from boyhood to his success as a champion sumo wrestler. You can come into contact with his glory as the champion. The ornamental apron and photos of his boyhood, and ones recognizing his spirit in some unforgettable bouts and some must-see footage are here.

    This is a nice small museum filled with memorabilia related to the great Yokozuna, Taiho. He was the wrestler with the most championship titles, 32, before his record was beaten by Hakuho. If you...

  • Lake Akan-ko Ainu Kotan
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Akanchouakankonsen
    About 120 Ainu people live on the banks of Lake Akan, the largest Ainu Kotan (Ainu settlement) in Hokkaido. At the Ainu Theater Ikoro you can enjoy the ancient dance of the Ainu, designated as a National Important Intangible Ethnic Cultural Property. It is also a place for the production and sales of traditional folk craft. There are tours for you to be able to experience Ainu culture, so please make sure you have plenty of time when you visit.
  • Akankohan Eco-Museum Center
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    60 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Akanchouakankonsen 1-1-1
    Akankohan Eco-Museum Center introduces you to the lush nature in the Akan National Park Akan area. The Akan Marimo (round green algae) has been designated as a Special Natural Monument. The resting room has a big fireplace and is good for a rest after walking around the lake. You can hire the snowshoes and cross country skis. You can enjoy a walk on the Bokke nature trail which is behind the museum.

    We went here with our family and it was a nice stop for about an hour. There are tons of hands on learning type events and my kids enjoyed the glassed in room with telescopes. It's certainly a nice...

  • Akan International Crane Center 'Grus'
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    103 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Akanchoukamiakan 23sen 40
    Established in 1996, this is the only center in Japan dedicated to the study of the ecology and life of the Japanese crane. The center houses displays depicting the body structure of a crane, the life of the crane, as well as lively images and videos of the crane. In front of the adjoining crane observatory is a feeding area. The center is located around 20 minutes by car from the Tancho Kushiro Airport.

    Great place for bird photography in winters. Come prepared for extreme cold climate. Batteries drain out pretty fast.

  • Hosooka Observation Tower
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    Hokkaido Kushirogunkushirochou Hosooka
    Hosooka Observation Tower is located east of the Kushiro wetlands. You can see the magnificent Kushiro wetlands, the winding Kushiro River, Mt. O-Akan and Mt. Me-Akan from this tower. This tower is the most popular out of a number of towers. It is also known for its sunsets, and the beauty of the vast wetlands colored with red and orange hues is worth a visit.
  • Nusamai Bridge
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Kitaodori
    At the time the bridge was built in 1889, it was the longest wooden bridge in Hokkaido. The current bridge is the fifth reconstruction and was completed in 1976. Nusamai Bridge is counted as one of the top three bridges in Hokkaido. The four sculptures of nudes, representing the four seasons, on its handrails give the bridge an exotic feel. Enjoy the fantastic sight of sunset, street lights, and the four sculptures, with the vast ocean in the background.
  • Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Saiwaichou 4-1-5
    Located around 15 minutes' walk from JR Kushiro Station in the waterfront area in Kushiro's city center, Kushiro Art Museum is an important center for culture and the arts in the Kushiro / Nemuro region. The main focus of the museum's collections and exhibits-which include everything from Nihonga paintings, oil paintings, woodblock prints and photographs to three-dimensional sculptures-is on works based on natural themes, and works that are connected to the Kushiro / Nemuro region. The Arts Hall-which is a combined concert hall and lecture hall-is used for holding film showings, museum seminars, lectures to accompany special exhibitions, etc. Workshops and experiential activities are also held in the Free Art Room.

    釧路湾に近く日没直後に行きましたら、赤レンガの建物が夕焼けに照らされてとても綺麗でした。神秘的な空間です

  • Kushiro Marsh Observatory
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    255 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Hokuto 6-11
    The building of Kushiro Marsh Observatory was designed by architect Kiko Mozuna and is reminiscent of a Western European castle. Inside are exhibits which tell us about the background and seasons of the marshland as well as a diorama replicating the marsh. The views from the observatory on the third floor overlooking the vast marshy grassland are really quite spectacular. A 2.5 kilometers long boardwalk has been built around the building from where you can possibly catch a glimpse of the wildlife such as the White-faced Darter dragonfly or the Siberian salamander.

    I really liked our trip out to the Marsh Observatory. The place is easy to find with good parking. We didn’t venture into the pay to see observatory but took a long walk round the surrounding area...

  • Roadside Station Shiretoko Rausu
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    Hokkaido Menashigunrausuchou Honchou 361-1
    Directly in front of Shiretoko Rausu Rest Area is Nemuro Strait, and behind is Mt. Rausu, one of Japan’s top 100 mountains. The rest area is the closest rest area to Kunashiri Island of the Northern Territories and is so close you can see the island’s trees on a clear day. The rest house is located at the entrance to the Shiretoko-Odan Road on the Rausu side, on Route 335. It’s close to one of the best whale and bird watching points in Japan and from here you can check departure and latest information on the bulletin boards at the tourist information office. There are places to eat where you can try some fish from Rausu and of course you can purchase different kinds of sea related products too.
  • Shiretoko Nature Cruise Evergreen
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    Hokkaido Menashigunrausuchou Honchou 27-1 'Road Station Shiretoko/Ruu' Back Street
    Enjoy bird watching throughout the year as well as whale and dolphin watching in summer (May to October) and drift-ice watching during the winter (January to April) on the sightseeing cruise ship, Evergreen. Cruises depart from Rausu fishing port in Shiretoko. Informative guides talk about the life and characteristics of the animals, and in winter you can see Alaska pollock fishing up close.

    The company responded to our email enquiries very promptly to ensure a cruise time convenient to us. When sailed out, the staff responsible for spotting whales and dolphins was very passionate and...

  • Kushiro Marsh Norokko Train
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Kitaodori 14-5
    The Kushiro Wetlands Norokko Train, taking roughly one hour or so, runs slowly from Kushiro Station to Toro Station. There are carriages on the train from where you can see the largest wetlands in Japan and some spectacular meandering rivers. It’s a pleasure to be able to take in the sights while ambling along at such a relaxed pace. The train runs from late April through to October every year. Reserved seats can be booked one month in advance.
  • Watanabe Experience Farm
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    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou Teshikagagenya 646-4
    The Watanabe Experience Farm is located in the east of Hokkaido at the foot of Mt. Mashu. In the certified Dairy Education Farm you can have a go at milking the cows, driving a tractor around the prairie, and making butter and ice cream. The farm is close to Lake Mashu and Lake Kussharo. You won’t be able to miss the big, red sign with a cow on it! All of the souvenir confectionery and drink made with milk from cows on the farm is lovely.

    This cattle firm welcomes visitors to experience firm related activity. Feeding cattle, milking and tasting the fresh milk/ice-cream. Good for kids to experience cattle, live and close. Of course...

  • Akan Sightseeing Cruise
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Akanchouakankonsen 1-5-20
    The Akan Sightseeing Cruise travels around Lake Akan, famous for its marimo (ball shaped green algae), from May to November. As well as the pleasure cruiser, you can also choose to ride in a motor boat, or a Japanese houseboat. The pleasure cruise takes about 85 minutes which includes a 15 minute stop so you check out the unusual looking marimo. Cruises depart from the Marimo-no-sato Pier and the Koun-no-mori Pier.

    This is not exactly the most active way to spend 75 minutes but we enjoyed taking some great photos of the lake and blue skies while onboard. The highlight for me at least was stopping for 15...

  • Sightseeing Cruise Hamanasu
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    372-1 Rausu Honcho, Higashinomiya-gun, Hokkaido (waiting center)
    Sightseeing Cruise Hamanasu is located about 90 minutes by bus from the Nemuro Nakashibetsu Airport. The Hamanasu sightseeing cruises operate under a ‘slow watching principle’ with cruises departing from the Hamanasu boarding area located close to their Hamanasu office in Rausu. The relaxed pace of the cruises enable passengers to observe at close quarters without threatening the sea life. In addition to the popular whale watching, you can also see the drift ice up close in winter. Cruises usually last for about two and a half to three hours. Drift ice watching is from January to the end of March.

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Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.

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