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Autumn leaf spots near Kushiro Airport

Autumn leaf spots near Kushiro Airport
Lake Akan

Lake Akan

Enjoy the autumn leaves around Lake Akan

Lake Akan
A beautiful caldera lake surrounded by 26km of pristine forest. Famous for being home to the marimo (a rare, spherical alga) with many Ainu legends surrounding this area. Along the shores of the lake are Lake Akan Onsen and Ainu Kotan (Ainu village). The scenery is especially breathtaking during autumn when Mt. Oakan is coloured by the autumn leaves.

Bokke Nature Sightseeing Trail
Bokke forest is a 15 min walk northward from the back of Lake Akan Eco Museum Center. The forest is a mix of coniferous trees such as Ezo pines and Todomatsu as well as hardwood trees such as Katsura and oaks. Wild animals such as Ezo deer and ezao squirrels also inhabit the forest. This is a leisurely spot that is perfect for experiencing the nature of Lake Akan.

The small lake surrounded by pristine forest at the base of Mt. Meakan is Lake Onneto. It is a mystical spot where you can witness the lake change its colours. Of particular interest is the blue colour of the lake referred to as "Onneto Blue." During autumn, trees such as maple dye the surface of the lake in vivid colours, creating a contrast between the autumn colours and the blue of the lake.
"Onneto" refers to the lake in Akan Mashu National Park in Hokkaido. In the Ainu language, it means "ancient lake" or "large lake." It is also referred to as “Goshikinuma” and has the fascinating property of changing colours depending on your viewing angle.

Takimi Bridge
The scenic highlights are Mt. Oakan and the area surrounding Lake Akan. The autumn leaves are best viewed from the Bokke Jetty and the waterfall at the head of the Akan River. The resulting scenery is magnificent.

Best time to view the autumn leaves:Early October-Mid October

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Spots to enjoy the autumn leaves around Lake Akan

Print out the map and walk a trail!

Around Lake Akan walking MAP

Autumn leaf spots of lakeside Akan

Print out the map and walk a trail!

Lakeside Akan walking MAP

A quick detour

Kushiro local soul food is hearty!

The Kushiro soul food "Supakatsu" is loved by everyone from children to the elderly and originates from the well-established western-style Kushiro restaurant "Izumiya" founded in 1960. The dish features a rich meat sauce spaghetti and thick pork cutlet served on a hot iron plate. It distinguishes itself as a hearty dish that almost spills out over the plate.

A restaurant serve Supakatsu around Lake Akan
4-3-33 Akancho Akankonsen, Kushiro, Hokkaido
【 Opening Hours 】11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
【 Regular Holiday 】 Off days vary 【 TEL 】 +81-154-67-2118

Recommended day-trip hot springs around Lake Akan

New Akan Hotel

2-8-8 Akancho Akankonsen, Kushiro, Hokkaido
●Phone Number : +81-154-67-2121
●Opening Hours :12:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
●Closed Dates : Open all-year-round
●Fee :Adult ¥1,300, Child ¥650 (Please inquire with us regarding Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays, spring/summer/winter breaks, the Golden Week period, etc.)
●Rental:Bath towel/face towerl set¥300
【Official Website】

Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga

4-6-10 Akancho Akankonsen, Kushiro, Hokkaido
●Phone Number :+81-154-67-4000
●Opening Hours :2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Last admission: 3:00 p.m.)
●Closed Dates : Open all-year-round
●Fee :Adult ¥1,500(tax separate), Child from 4 years old to elementary school students ¥750(tax separate)
【Official Website】

Hotel Akankoso

1-5-10 Akancho Akankonsen, Kushiro, Hokkaido
●Phone Number :+81-154-67-2231
●Opening Hours : 1:00 p.m. -
●Closed Dates :none
●Fee :Adult ¥1,000(tax separate)
【Official Website】

Yama-no-Yado Nonaka Onsen

159 Moashoro, Ashoro-cho, Ashoro-gun, Hokkaido
●Phone Number :;+81-1562-9-7321
●Opening Hours :10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Outdoor bath opens from 11:00)
●Closed Dates : Confirmation required
●Fee :Adult ¥400(tax separate),Elementary school student ¥200, Infant ¥C100(tax separate)
【Official Website】

Access from Kushiro Airport


About 1 hr 13 mins from Kushiro Airport on the Akan Line. Get off the bus at the Lake Akan Bus Center.
<Please check the bus timetable>

56km (~1 hr) from Kushiro Airport via Route 240