Lake Akan, Kushiro, Hokkaido
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Lake Akan, Kushiro, Hokkaido

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Lake Akan is a lake in Kushiro, Hokkaidō, Japan. It is located in Akan National Park and is a Ramsar Site. The lake is famous for the marimo, aggregations of algae that form into spherical shapes 2–30 cm in diameter. On the shore of Lake Akan, the small village of Ainu Kotan is home to one of the largest concentrations of Ainu artisans in Hokkaido. There are numerous galleries and studios selling textiles, paintings and carved works for the well-heeled.

  • The lake itself isn’t too special but its algae balls ‘marimo’ are cute, but they cannot contribute to your sunset photos much since they live at the bottom of the lake.
  • Visibility of the sunset is quite poor from the lake as the area is buried by the surrounding mountains and heavy fog. You will need some luck to see the sun during the evening.
  • You have to come here driving a car as there is no railway connection to the neighbourhood.
  • There are many hot spring resorts surrounding the lake, but usually no crowds gathering at specific spot for photos.
Lake Akan, Kushiro, Hokkaido
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