Lake Akan & Ainu Village
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 7 Hours
Acquaint yourself with the nature of beautiful, remote Hokkaido and its fascinating Ainu native culture. Visit Ainu Kotan, where you'll find rows of shops selling wooden knick-knacks and other locally made handicrafts. Traditional Ainu dances, which have been designated an important intangible cultural asset, can be seen at the Ikoro Theater. You can also snap some pictures of native people wearing traditional Ainu costumes.
A photo stop at Lake Akan showcases the beautiful crater lake of Akan National Park. After lunch, you will visit the Kushiro Marshland Observatory. As the largest wetland in Japan, Kushiro has been placed on the Ramsar Convention list of important wetlands. The marsh extends across the Kushiro Plain and is fed by the waters of the Kushirogawa River. Reeds grow in the wettest areas, which are surrounded by grasslands, encircled in turn by dense stands of alder. Approximately 600 plant species have been identified in the park. It also offers habitats for many birds, including the endangered Japanese crane and migratory birds that stop here to rest.
Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Limited interpretation in English is provided in the theater.