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Lake Akan Sightseeing Cruise Boat and Lakeside Strolling Course

Lake Akan Sightseeing Cruise Boat and Lakeside Strolling Courseの写真
Type:
hiking Boat
Time Required:
2 h 10 min.
Distance:
19.5 km
A charming course featuring a sightseeing cruise on Lake Akan, the curious marimo (lake balls), and bokke (bubbling mud) along the lakeshore.

Course Outline

Traveling across the stunning Lake Akan via sightseeing cruise boat, you will stop off along the way at Churui Island’s Marimo Exhibition and Observation Center to see the marimo, or lake balls, which are a Special Natural Monument of Japan. After finishing the cruise, make your way along the Bokke Nature Trail where you will encounter various wild fauna and flora and bubbling pools of bokke that are accompanied by the smell of sulfur. On seeing the mud volcanoes noisily bubbling away, you will swear you can hear the earth’s heartbeat. Bokke are truly an experience to enjoy with the five senses! Once you are finished observing them, head to the Akankohan Eco-museum Center to learn even more about the area.

Highlights

The Marimo of Lake Akan—a Special Natural Monument
The Marimo of Lake Akan—a Special Natural Monument

The Marimo Exhibition and Observation Center

You can get a good, long look at Lake Akan’s marimo (lake balls), a Special Natural Monument, and learn in-depth about their ecology at the Marimo Exhibition and Observation Center on Churui Island. Here, you will see marimo so surprisingly big that the marimo sold as souvenirs cannot even begin to compare. This is one place that everyone should definitely see, tourists and non-tourists alike. You can finish seeing the marimo in around 15 minutes.

Boiling mud volcanoes
Boiling mud volcanoes

The Bokke Nature Trail

Along the walking trail that runs from the sightseeing cruise terminal to Akankohan Eco-museum Center, you will find spots known as bokke. "Bokke" meaning "to boil up" in the Ainu language, refers to bubbling mud volcanoes. The Bokke-no-mori Forest along the trail is a rich, natural environment that grows with a mix of conifers, such as Yezo spruce and Sakhalin fir, and broadleaf trees, such as katsura and Mongolian oak. You will also often see Yezo deer, Hokkaido squirrels, and other wildlife.

Get all the nature information you need here!
Get all the nature information you need here!

Akankohan Eco-museum Center

Akankohan Eco-museum Center has explanatory exhibits about the natural environment in the Akan area of Akan-Mashu National Park as well as a "Marimo of Lake Akan" display dedicated to the park’s Special Natural Monument. An aerial photograph of the Akan Caldera covers the entire floor of the exhibition room and as you gaze at photos and marimo, you can learn all about this exemplary national park of forests, lakes, and volcanoes.

Course Map

Lake Akan Sightseeing Cruise Boat and Lakeside Strolling Course

Course Time

Starting Point
1
Lake Akan Sightseeing Cruise Terminal (Marimo no Sato Pier)
85 min.
18 km
2
Lake Akan Sightseeing Cruise Terminal (Marimo no Sato Pier)
30 min.
1 km
3
Bokke (Along the Bokke Nature Trail)
15 min.
0.5 km
4
Akankohan Eco-museum Center
Terminus
*Course time and distance are estimates.