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Lake Akan

Lake Akan is a caldera within the Akan National park. It was formed over 6,000 years ago from volcanic activity and is home to a rare form of algae called marimo (moss ball). The Marimo Exhibition and Observation Center is located on Churui Island in Lake Akan. The Marimo Exhibition and Observation center has displays of marimo in aquariums and provides explanations on the ecological significance of marimo. Churui means “rough, torrential waves,” in the Ainu language and is the only island in the lake that visitors can go ashore on. One way to reach the island is by a sightseeing boat which departs from Akankohan and cruises the lake for 1 hour. Akankohan is a lakeside hot spring resort and is the only town around the lake. On the eastern end of the town, there are walking trails that go through the forest, along the lakeside, and to boiling mud pools. It is about 500 meters north of the Akan Lakeside Eco-Museum Center where there is bubbling mud which is a result of the volcanic activity. This area is called “bokke,” which means “boil” in the Ainu language.



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Charms of Hokkaido: Summer Flowers & Nature

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Charms of Hokkaido: Summer Flowers & Nature

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3698.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Furano / Biei / Asahikawa / Hokuryu / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro
This delightful itinerary brings our guests through fields of cheerful summer flowers to explore the incredible nature of Furano, Biei, the Shiretoko Peninsula, and Kushiro on this relaxing Charms of Hokkaido summer tour.
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Sun. Aug 13, 2023 Mon. Aug 21, 2023 US $3698.00 Sapporo Kushiro Luxury Save this tour Book Now  
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Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Summer Flowers & Nature

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Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Summer Flowers & Nature

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5998.00

Hokkaido (Sapporo / Otaru / Furano / Biei / Asahikawa / Hokuryu / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro), Honshu (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Join this 15-day summer tour through the enchanting summer flowers of Hokkaido plus the top sightseeing destinations of the Japan mainland.
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Sun. Aug 13, 2023 Sun. Aug 27, 2023 US $5998.00 Sapporo Tokyo Luxury Save this tour Book Now  
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Charms of Hokkaido: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run

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Charms of Hokkaido: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run
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9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3698.00

Chitose / Shiraoi / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro
Visit Hokkaido during the vibrant autumn season in time to see the annual Salmon Run, and experience the island's natural beauties as well as the native culture of the Ainu.
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Sun. Oct 15, 2023 Mon. Oct 23, 2023 US $3698.00 Sapporo Kushiro Luxury Save this tour Book Now  
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Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Autumn Leaves & Salmon 
Run

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Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5998.00

Hokkaido (Chitose / Shiraoi / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro), Honshu (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
This autumn tour through Japan combines the enchanting fall colors of Hokkaido with the best sightseeing spots of Honshu.
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Sun. Oct 15, 2023 Sun. Oct 29, 2023 US $5998.00 Sapporo Tokyo Luxury Save this tour Book Now  
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