Enjoy the nature of Shiretoko, a world heritage site, and drive along the Sea of Okhotsk, the Scenery of Three Caldera Lakes in East Hokkaido.

Shiretoko Five Lakes

Shiretoko Five Lakes consist of five lakes as the name suggested, and a walking path to see the beautiful water surface and old growth forest is prepared. You can walk on the elevated wooden footpath freely, but entry is limited and taking lectures is mandatory during the active period of brown bears and vegetation preservation period “May 10th to Oct. 20th”.

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About 2 hour and 15 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 200km

Lake Kussharo

You can see Lake Kussharo, the second largest caldera lake in the world and the island in the lake is about 525 meters high. On a fine day, you can enjoy a great panorama of Shiretoko mountain range and Taisetsuzan Mountains far away.

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About 21 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 13.1km

Louzan

Louzan is called “Atosa-nupuri” meaning “naked mountain” in the aborigine Ainu language and has more than 1,500 craters on its reddish rusty mountain surface with water vapor and volcanic gas rising as white volcanic smoke.
In addition, although it is at a low altitude, you can still see alpine plants, such as the Ezo-iso white azaleas that are famous for this region.

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About 24 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 18.1km

Lake Mashu

Lake Mashu is a caldera lake of about 20km circumference, and the water 211.4m deep. More than anything, its main characteristic is being one of the most transparent lakes in the world.

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About 1 hour and 2 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 43.5km

Lake Akan

Lake Akan, is about 26km in circumference, and there is a hot spring town by the side of the national road. Many activities such as canoeing, skiing, and smelt fishing are conducted in the vicinity depending on the season. It is famous as a habitat of “Marimo “round green alga””, a special national treasure. The major characteristics of Marimo of Lake Akan are their beautiful sphere and large size. You can appreciate seeing real Marimo at Akankohan Eco Museum Center or at Marimo Exhibit Observation Center in Chu-rui Island where you can go by a sightseeing boat.

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About 1 hour and 17 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 70.5km

Kushiro-shitsugen

Kushiro-shitsugen is Japan’s largest wetlands “swampy marshland” and is designated as Kushiro-shitsugen National Park. The size of Kushiro-shitsugen National Park is 26,861 ha. The wetlands, which is registered under the Ramsar Convention is 7,863 ha.
It consists of reed and sedge marshland, rivers, and lakes and is considered to be the treasured natural plain in which wildlife creatures such as white cranes with red crests “Grus Japonensis” and giant salamander “Andrias Japonicus” still live. Therefore, entry or development is highly restricted.

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