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Akan, Mashu, KussharoAkan-Mashu National Park


Visitor Center Kawayu Eco-museum Center

Kawayu Eco-museum Center
If you come to the Mashu (Kawayu) area, make this your first stop for the latest information!

The Kawayu Eco-museum Center, run by Ministry of the Environment, introduces you to Kawayu's wonderful natural environment and helps connect you with nature. Here, you can experience the 30,000-year volcanic history of the Kussharo Caldera, one of the largest calderas in the world, and the life-giving power of Mother Nature.The center presents the many of wonders of nature in a multitude of ways: In the Image Diorama Theater, learn about the history of the earth as carved into the Kussharo Caldera through leading-edge videos. In the information corner, get the latest info on the best sights to see in the current season before heading outside. And, in the fireplace-heated lounge, look up information about the area's plants, animals, and events in the comprehensive database.

Throughout the seasons, the center also puts on a variety of nature observation events that let you experience the world of the wild first-hand, making it a great place to spend a relaxing day surrounded by nature.

Facility Outline

Open:8:00 – 17:00 (April–October)
9:00 – 16:00 (November–March)
Closed:Wednesdays (if coinciding with a national holiday, closed the next day instead. Open daily from the third week of July through August 31.)
and the New Year’s holiday (December 29–January 3)
Usage Fee:Free of Charge
Foreign Languages Accommodated:English (Exhibits)
English, Korean and Chinese (Videos only)
Address:2-2-6 Kawayu Onsen, Teshikaga Town, Kawakami County, Hokkaido
The first floor gallery and play area for kids
The first floor gallery and play area for kids
The second floor cafe area
The second floor cafe area
Message from the Facility
At the Kawayu Eco-museum Center, we teach visitors about the nature, culture, and history of the Kawayu area in Akan-Mashu National Park. We not only provide nature information for Lake Mashu, Lake Kussharo, Mt. Iwosan, and other points of interest, but also offer a space where you can relax with a cup of coffee, do crafts and play games with your children, and have fun with the whole family. Please stop by when you come to the Kawayu area. We are looking forward to your visit!

Kawayu Eco-museum Center Staff