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Autumn leaf spot

Autumn leaf spots near Memanbetsu Airport

Autumn leaf spots near Memanbetsu Airport
Lake Kussharo Lake Mashu

Lake Kussharo / Lake Mashu

The nation's largest caldera lake, the autumn scenery of the Ainu village, and a sea of clouds

In the Ainu language, "Kutcharo" means the exit of a lake or swamp. It's interesting because Lake Kussharo offers a variety of views of Hokkaido. Generally speaking, the most popular tourist attractions in the area are the acidic Kawayu Onsen, Mount Io, Sunayu (sand bath) and Lake Mashu. These are the famous scenic spots that are recognized by everyone.

On the other hand, there are Ainu houses and activities around Kotan from Wakoto Peninsula to Lake Kussharo.
Please check out Wakoto Peninsula walking MAP. Although Lake Kussharo has a mid-winter Omiwatari (ice sheets colliding and rising up in shards), ① from Kotan, the area around ③ the open-air baths in Wakoto Peninsula does not freeze even in winter here. Swans also come in search of food. There is ② the Kushiro river with flowing water. There are places with high geothermal heat, such as Kotan Onsen Hot Spring (map number 4273), the Ainu Folk Museum (map number 4283) the surrounding forest, and (6) the Bokke (erupting steam and muddy water) "Oyakotsu Jigoku" jutting out from Wakoto Peninsula (map number 4278). All of these places are beautiful during the fall color season.

Additionally, there is ⑤ the Bihoro Pass Observatory (Map No. 4151), ⑥ the Tsubetsu Pass Observatory (Map No. 4141), and the 3 MT. Mokoto observation points, all of which look out over Lake Kussharo, and are said to have the highest incidence of cloud sea in Hokkaido. When the sea of clouds above the lake becomes faint, you can see the island and the surface of the lake, and the autumn leaves and sea of clouds reflected in the lake are a magnificent view only available here. And the Ainu kotan powerfully lives on. Here, a walk through the autumn foliage is very special.
Best time to view the autumn leaves:Early October-Mid October

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Spots to enjoy the autumn leaves around Teshikaga

Print out the map and walk a trail!

Around Teshikaga walking MAP

Spots to enjoy the autumn leaves around Wakoto Peninsula

Print out the map and walk a trail!

Around Wakoto Peninsula walking MAP

A quick detour

Lake Mashu Ice Cream
Mashu Blue Ice Cream Only Available Here

In between walks in autumn leaves, why not have a Lake Mashu ice cream, made with 100% freshly squeezed milk from dairy cows that drink the subterranean water of Lake Mashu and has been introduced on TV, in magazines, and other media. The refreshing milk-flavored "Mashu Blue" made with two flavors will make your mouth water with the fresh Mashu breeze. Find your favorite from a variety of soft serve ice cream and gelato!

Lake Mashu Ice Cream
2-8-6 Mashu, Teshikaga-cho, Kawakami-gun, Hokkaido
【 Opening Hours 】May-September/9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. , October-April/9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
【 Regular Holiday 】Thursday
【 TEL 】+81-15-482-6500 【Official Website】

Recommended day-trip hot springs around Teshikaga

Wakoto Onsen

Kohan Wakoto, Aza Kussharo, Teshikaga-cho, Kawakami-gun, Hokkaido
●Phone Number :+81-15-484-2835(Late April-Late October)/+81-15-483-2335(Ministry of the Environment, Akan-Mashu National Park Management Office)
●Opening Hours :Open 24 hours
●Closed Dates :None
●Fee :Free
*There are separate changing rooms for men and women, and a mixed bathing open-air bath.

Sanko Onsen

391-15 Kussharo, Teshikaga-cho, Kawakami-gun, Hokkaido
●Phone Number :+81-15-484-2140
●Opening Hours :10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
●Closed Dates :Irregular holidays
●Fee :Adult ¥400, Elementary school student ¥300

Kotan No Yu (Outdoor bath)

Kotan, Kussharo, Teshikaga-cho, Kawakami-gun, Hokkaido
●Phone Number :+81-15-482-2940(Teshikaga Town Hall, Tourism and Commerce Division)
●Opening Hours :Open 24 hours
●Closed Dates :None
●Fee :Free
*Because of regular cleaning, there are times you cannot enter.
*There are separate changing rooms for men and women, and a mixed bathing open-air bath. Bathing wearing a bathing suit and towel is also OK.

Kussharo Prince Hotel

Kussharo Onsen, Teshikaga-cho, Kawakami-gun, Hokkaido
●Phone Number :015-484-2111
●Opening Hours :1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
●Closed Dates :None
●Fee :Adult ¥1,080(tax included),Child ¥540 (Rental towel:free)
【Official Website】

Access from Memanbetsu Airport


【Bus and Train】
Take the limousine bus from Memanbetsu Airport to Abashiri Station for about 26 minutes, get off at Abashiri Station, get off at Kawayu Onsen Station after 1 hour and 35 minutes from JR Abashiri Station on the Kushiro Line, and take a bus for 19 minutes from the Mashu Office headed for Wakoto Peninsula, and get off at bus stop Kotan Branch.
<Please check the bus timetable>

54km from Memanbetsu Airport via Route 243 - about 1 hour