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Visitor Center Akankohan Eco-museum Center

Akankohan Eco-museum Center
All the information you need on Akan’s nature and best sights!

Make your walks around Akan even more enjoyable by learning all about the area's natural environment and the plants and animals that live there through the center's comprehensive exhibit. Additionally, get the latest, up-to-date information about the seasonal flowers, brown bear sightings, and more. You can also see Akan's famous Marimo (Lake Balls), along with fish species like the Sakhalin taimen and kokanee in the center's aquarium exhibit. While you're here, don't forget you can relax in front of the fireplace or read a book on the sofa, too. Please feel free to stop by anytime!

Facility Outline

Open:9:00 – 17:00
Closed:Tuesdays (If coinciding with a national holiday, closed the next day instead)
and during the New Year holiday (December 29 to January 3)
Usage Fee:Free of Charge (Requires a fee for snowshoe and cross-country ski rental)
Foreign Languages Accommodated:Available (Museum guide tablets available in multiple languages)
Address:1-1-1 Akanko Onsen, Akancho, Kushiro City, Hokkaido
The Activity Salon and its aerial photograph-covered floor
The Activity Salon and its aerial photograph-covered floor
The Rest Salon with its warm fireplace
The Rest Salon with its warm fireplace
Message from the Facility
Masato Tanaka, Center Director
The Akankohan Eco-museum Center is the perfect place to gain deep knowledge about local natural sights such as Akan’s landmark volcanoes, Mt. O-akan and Mt. Me-akan; Lake Akan and Lake Onneto; and the bokke bubbling mud area and Hikari-no-mori Forest near the center. If you truly want to have the best experience out in Akan’s nature, I would recommend two options: Before you go out, stop by the center; or stop by the center before you go!

Masato Tanaka, Center Director