Lake Akan National Park

Lake Akan, or Akanko, was designated a national park and is located in eastern Hokkaido. The lake is believed to have been formed by volcanic activity, and is sandwiched between Oakandake and Meakandake. Autumn leaves are very beautiful, and the lake is also known for natural monuments such as marimo (spherical moss) and Kokanee salmon. Marimo is a kind of green algae that grows in freshwater. Similar algae can be found in Northern Europe, Russia, and North America. Akanko's marimo are famous for their spherical shape. While visiting Akanko you can hear strange sounds through the streets.  They are made by the Ainu musical instrument called mukkuri. The tone is almost […]

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