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  • Mt. Iou
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Lake Mashu
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Lake Kussharo
    Travel / Tourism
    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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    3.5
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Dedicated to the Ainu people with a small collection of artefacts but the exhibits still cover a range of themes with some English descriptions. The best part is the approx. 25 mins English video...

  • Taiho Sumo Museum
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Ike no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou Kussharo Ikenohu
    Ike no Yu onsen is a mixed natural hot spring facing Lake Kussharo. The hot spring looks like a big pond and gives you a sense of openness and superb restoration as if you have become one with nature. On fine days, you can enjoy the water surface sparkling golden. The water temperature is quite tepid at 38°C, so summer is the best time for a soak. There are separate changing rooms for men and women.
  • Lake Kussharo Monogatari Marukibune
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou Kussharo Coffee
    Lake Kussharo Monogatari Marukibune is a hotel with Ainu food and Ainu design. At the hot spring bath with views, you can listen to the Ainu folk music and look at the huge panoramic view of the Lake Kussharo while you soak. They also have some activities where you can enjoy authentic Ainu culture, including a starry sky tour when you can hear the stories about the outlook on the universe in Ainu culture.
  • Orchard Grass
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    4.5
    55 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou Kawayuekimae 1-1-18 Kawayu Onsen Inside the station building
    A café and restaurant built inside the now unmanned train station of Kawayu Onsen in 1936. What was once offices and the station master's office is now a relaxing, retro restaurant. The station master's office with its beautiful stained glass was once where Emperor Showa had a break. The slowly stewed, mouth watering beef stew is particularly well known, drawing guests far and wide to try it.

    A small station cafe, we had a long wait for the train at Kawayuonsen station and decided to try it. The service was very good, the menu is small but the food was tasty. Worth a visit.

  • Watanabe Experience Farm
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    4.5
    29 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    We have 3/7/9 kids and had a lots of fun! That was a cloudy Friday and we were the only customers to have the half day course. Never before saw our lovely kids worked so hard to try picking grass and...

  • Lake Mashu First Observation Deck
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    4.5
    44 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou
    Lake Mashu, which is located in Teshikaga, Kawakami District, Hokkaido, has some of the clearest water in the world, with a unique blue tint that has come to be known as “Mashu Blue”; it is a very popular tourist attraction. Lake Mashu is often covered with dense fog; tourists from all over Japan flock to the Lake to experience its mysterious beauty during the brief periods when the fog lifts. Of the three observation decks around the Lake, the First Observation Deck is the most widely used; it provides excellent views of Lake Mashu, Kamuishu Island in the middle of the Lake, and the imposing mountains that surround the Lake. There is a rest house where visitors can buy snacks and local specialty products.

    The lake in my opinion is the most beautiful lake in Hokkaido. However, it does get cold because of the crazy winds but three is a tourist shop that can keep you warm. Come here if you are in...

  • SUNAYU Rest House Letara Chip
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou Biruwa
    At this rest house on the shores of Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga Town, Kawakami County, Hokkaido, you can witness the mysterious hot-spring sands where you can dig a small hole in the beach and watch it fill with spring water. Along with offering boat rentals to explore the lake they also have a restaurant, popular amongst local gourmets with menu items such as Kusshi Ramen with its milk-tofu and miso flavor or their Benimaru Croquette combo plate. At the shop they offer rare soft-serve ice cream flavors like pistachio and beer.

    Its a nice place by the lake to have lunch and watch the swans and ducks outside by the lake . The restaurant is small thus there are limited seats. The whooper swans are relatively friendly and...

  • Tsujiya Store / Tsujiya Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou Yunoshima 3-chome
    This soup curry and general goods store in Teshikaga Town, Kawakami County, Hokkaido, is in the building next to Roadside Station Mashu Onsen. The store is stocked with all sorts of items that the owner found while travelling the world including a variety of accessories and music CDs. In the dining area, where they serve their specialty soup curry, foreign music fills the air. Try their three styles of curry including slow cooked vegetable curry, Southern-India style curry and tender chicken curry.
  • 900 Sougen
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou 418-66
    900 Sogen is a pastoral farm operated by the local town government. It has an observation platform, rest-house, a Park Golf course (Park Golf is a Japanese sport that is across between golf and croquet), hiking trails and a scenic highway. Visitors can enjoy the kind of beautiful scenery that you expect from Hokkaido all year round (although please note that the rest-house is only open from early May to the end of October). 900 Sogen is around one hour’s drive from Nakashibetsu Airport, and around 16 minutes’ drive from JR Mashu Station.

    We had spotted this place on the map... seen it was highly reviewed... and ventured a little way off our planned route to find it. When we got there we found a massive car park, a cafe and...

  • Lake Mashu’s Ice cream
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou Mashu 2-8-6
    This sweets shop is located in the vicinity of the entrance to the sightseeing district of “Lake Mashu”, Teshikaga Town in the Kawakami County of Hokkaido, and this lovely light yellow building is a landmark. You can taste rich sweets such as the ice creams, soft serve ice cream and crepes which have been made using plenty of the milk which has been milked in the morning from the dairy cows which are raised on the underground water from Lake Mashu. The most popular is the special rich milk soft serve ice cream, and the Mashu blue ice cream is also popular. The shop’s interior has a bright open space where you can eat in.

    Taste is nothing special - there’s a lot better out there. Vanilla is 9% non fat milk solids and 5% milk. Missing the deep rich creaminess you get from better ice-creams.

  • Kawayu Onsen-gai hot spring district footbath
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou Kawayu Warm garden
    A free footbath located in the Kawayu Onsen-gai hot spring district. The footbath's waters are constantly replenished from a sulfur hot spring. The shallow and spacious bathing area has a roof to provide shade from the sun. There are numerous wood benches around the bathing area so you can sit and enjoy a relaxing foot soak. A river in which hot spring waters flow is located close by, the steam rising off its surface creating a unique spectacle. There is a wooden footbath leading from the road to the footbath, ensuring users don't have to worry about the slippery and muddy terrain near the river.
  • Kotan no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou Kussharo Kotan
    A free outdoor bath built on the shore of Lake Kussharo. The bath was built by local volunteers over a one month period. The bath is just five meters away from the edge of the lake. If your timing is good, you can soak in a hot outdoor bath while enjoying the sight of swans swimming on the lake. The changing areas for men and women are separate but the bathing areas of the bath itself, built of stones and boulders, are interconnected but divided by a large boulder, basically making this a mixed bathing facility. Bathers may choose to wear a bath towel or swimming suit in the bath. Note that no amenities are sold here and no bathing essentials are offered for rental. The bath is closed every week on Tuesdays and Fridays for cleaning. It may also be closed as necessary depending on the weather.
  • Sunayu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou Kussharo Lake Sand
    A hot spring area on the shore of Lake Kussharo. Hot spring waters run under the entire sandy area on the edge of the lake. Because of this, you can easily create your own outdoor hot spring bath by digging a hole and allowing these waters to pool. The lake itself, mixing with the hot spring waters, is warm; because of this, it doesn't freeze over in winter and many swans staying in the area gather here. A camp ground, rest house, and other facilities are located nearby, making this a great destination for families with children.
  • Wakoto Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou Kussharo Lakefish harmony
    A hot spring bath facility built at the root of the Wakoto Peninsula jutting out into Lake Kussharo. The facility is an open-air bath and is located inside a park on the lakeshore. There are no partitions or other screens to conceal the bath, giving it an extremely open atmosphere. There are wooden changing rooms and a concrete path leading to the bath so that visitors do not need to get their feet dirty. Bathers may wear towels or bathing suits in the bath. Note that no amenities are sold nearby. There is a campground nearby and campers, sweaty from their endeavors, often use the bath.
  • Cream Dowa
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    4.5
    38 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou Atosanoborigenya 65 line 71-3
    A homemade ice cream shop. Focusing on the concept of simple is best, Cream Dowa uses top quality ingredients. The shop's selection primarily consists of various gelatos made with plenty of raw milk. The three most popular flavors are the sweet-smelling vanilla, milk, and matcha green tea. The light pink sakuramochi gelato took the gold prize in the Foodex Japan 2012 local ice cream grand prix. You can enjoy your ice cream served on a cone or in a cup and the shop also ships in the local area.

    We were here on a freezing snowy day but still couldnt resist getting ice cream. The top 3 ice creams are labelled as such:milk, sakura (cherry blossom) and vanilla - we had them all, and all...

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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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