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Akan, Mashu, KussharoAkan-Mashu National Park


View of Mt. Hakuto and Lake Akan Course

View of Mt. Hakuto and Lake Akan Courseの写真
Time Required:
2 h 30 min.
4 km
A hiking course with a fantastic view of Lake Akan.

Course Outline

Located on the south side of Lake Akan, Mt. Hakuto (elevation 950 meters) has a nature trail that runs from the ski slopes up to the summit observatory, allowing you to fully enjoy the nature of Akan. From spring to fall, you can take delight in the myriad flowers and changing leaves. Other highlights to see are the streams flowing with hot spring water, pools of bokke (bubbling mud), and from the observatory, you can look out at a grand panoramic view of Lake Akan and Mt. O-akan.


Lovely flowers blooming across the ski slopes
Lovely flowers blooming across the ski slopes

Primula jesoana (left), Anemone debilis (right)

From spring to early summer, wildflowers such as Primula jesoana, Anemone flaccida, and Anemone debilis bloom at your feet. Enjoy these charming blossoms as you make your way up and on the way down, take in the stunning sight of Lake Akan beyond the ski slopes.

The breath of the land
The breath of the land

Pools of bokke on Mt. Hakuto

There are numerous bokke, or mud volcanoes, scattered about the Lake Akan area, both by the lakeshore as well as in other spots. As you follow this course along, you will find a number of bubbling bokke pools. In fall, along with the beautiful reds, yellows, and greens of the changing leaves, the bubbling sounds of the bokke and the scent of the volcanic gases will give you a real sense of the earth’s vitality.

Gazing at Mt. Me-akan
Gazing at Mt. Me-akan

The view from Mt. Hakuto Observatory

From the Mt. Hakuto Observatory located at an elevation of 788 meters, you can look out at Lake Akan and Mt. O-akan as well as see part of Mt. Me-akan. There are also areas nearby that grow with prized species of mosses due to the geothermal heat that does not allow snow to collect even during the winter.

Course Map

View of Mt. Hakuto and Lake Akan Course

Course Time

Starting Point
Akan Lakeside National Ski Area
45 min.
1 km
Bokke Bubbling Mud Pools
45 min.
1 km
Mt. Hakuto Observatory
60 min.
2 km
Akan Lakeside National Ski Area
*Course time and distance are estimates.