Kushiro · Mashū · Abashiri
The route from Kushiro to Mashu and Abashiri is well travelled in the winter. Take the Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko train from Kushiro to Shibecha station to enjoy the snow view of the Kushiro wetland from a vintage carriage. You can even experience the fun of squid grilling in one of the carriages! After arriving in Shibecha, take the Tokaido Express Bus to Mashu Lake, Sulfur Mountain and other attractions. Enjoy the volcanic landscape of Hokkaido and bathe in the hot springs. The bus connects to Shiretoko Station directly. Take the ‘winter-time only’ ice train to watch the unique natural phenomena of Hokkaido in winter as you journey to Abashiri.
This classic route allows you to experience a one-in-a-lifetime train ride while observing the Kushiro wetland red-crowned crane, the volcanic Mashu Lake and other natural landscapes. You will enjoy the fun of bathing, boarding on icebreakers and sailing in the Okhotsk sea.
Kushiro Station is the starting point of the SL steam locomotive train excursion running between Kushiro Station and Shibecha Station from January to March. The "Norokko-go" ("slow" train) train also runs through the marsh from April to September.
Kushiro Fisherman's Wharf Moo
This complex is home to a shopping mall and enclave of Japanese restaurants. The restaurants are popular with locals and visitors. Opening hours vary according to the time of the year and the individual tenants. Please check the website for details.
Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko Train
Located on the northern island of Hokkaido, this train operates between Kushiro and Toro. It usually starts to run in late April until September. A combination of the words “noroi”, meaning slow, and “torokko”, meaning an open-air observation car, the name alr
Kushiro City Marsh Observatory
Kushiro-Shitsugen Marsh is the biggest marsh in Japan, with an area of approximately 18'000 hectares. At the Observatory, visitors can learn about the flora and fauna of the marsh and enjoy the beautiful view from the rooftop.
Kushiro Marshlands (Kushiro Shitsugen National Park)
Located between Kushiro City and Akan National Park, this park offers bird watching, nature viewing, and walking trails. In 1987, it was designated as a national park in order to preserve Japan's largest wetland and marsh habitat. It houses two thousand variet
Kushiro Tanchozuru Natural Park
Tanchozuru, or Japanese red-crowned cranes, are one of the most popular and beloved birds in Japan, appearing in numerous tales and used as the logo of Japan Airlines. At Kushiro Tanchozuru Natural Park, about 20 cranes are living in a quasi-natural environmen
Located in Akan National Park, this lake is a popular place for fishing and outdoor activities. In winter, when frozen, lake activities include ice-skating, snowmobiling and fishing by drilling a hole in the ice. Lake Akan-ko is also known as Lake Akan.
Akan-ko Ainu Kotan
Ainu Kotan is an Ainu village where visitors can learn about the lifestyle and culture of the Ainu people through traditional dance performances, puppet plays, instrument classes, and history lectures. Visitors can also buy souvenirs and try Ainu cuisine in a
Akan-ko Onsen-gai is located near Lake Akan-ko and is comprised of many hot spring resorts, from family-run ryokans to big hotels.
This freshwater lake located east of Ashoro town within Akan National Park delights visitors with walking trails, a tea house and a hot springs waterfall.
Teshikaga Town Kussharo Kotan Ainu Folk Museum
Situated on the south bank of Lake Kussharo, the Kussharo Kotan Ainu Folk Museum exhibits the customs, habits and lifestyle of the Ainu people who used to live in the area.
Lake Mashu-ko is a caldera lake, created by the eruption of a volcano and rain accumulating in the crater. There is no water flowing in or out of the lake, but the water level remains constant throughout the year and its water is one of the most transparent in
Mount Io, or "Sulfur Mountain", is an active volcano located near Kawayu Onsen Hot Spring. Its name in the Ainu language is Atosanupuri.
Kaminoko Pond (Child of God Pond)
Located near the Ura Mashu observation platform, the cobalt blue waters of this pond come from the drift ice covering Lake Mashu during winter. Measuring only 220 meters around and 5 meters deep, you can see right down to the lakebed. Kaminoko Pond is known as
Furen-ko is a lake on the Nemuro peninsula of Hokkaido and is part of Notsukefurendoritsu national park.
Tokachigawa Hot Spring
Located in Otofuke Town in the center of Tokachi Plain, this onsen is a plant-derived moor hot spring famous for its high skin-moisturizing effects, earning it the nickname "Bijin-no Yu", meaning beautifying waters. The golden-brown water has its source on the
Nemuro Peninsula Chashi Ruins Onnemotochashi
Nemuro Peninsula Chashi Ruins Onnemotochashi was built by the indigenous Ainu people between the 16th and 18th century.
Toriton is a popular conveyor belt sushi chain famous for their large, fresh sushi toppings.
Sunset Terrace Hana Hakka
Sunset Terrace Hana Hakka is a cafe offering dishes with vegetables, rice and herbs from Hokkaido. It also opens an ice-cream parlor in the summer.
Abashiri Prison Museum
Constructed in the 1890s, the old Abashiri Prison, a Meiji-era facility used for the incarceration of political prisoners, has now been turned into a museum.
Okhotsk Ryuhyo Drift Ice Museum
Situated atop a hill with a viewing platform from which drift ice can be observed, the Okhotsk Ryuhyo Drift Ice Museum offers a wide array of displays, and provides a simulated drift ice experience in a room where the temperature is set at -15C°.
Lake Shikaribetsu Kotan
Located in Hokkaido's Daisetsu National Park, Lake Shikaribetsu is frozen over in winter and entirely covered by snow. Each year from late January to late March, an Igloo village is built on the lake. Aside from the Eskimo-style houses, visitors can also enjoy
Kita No Daichi No Aquarium (Yamano Aquarium)
Located in the roadside station “Onneyu Onsen” in Rubeshibe, this small freshwater fish aquarium houses over 50 kinds of tropical and Hokkaido-indigenous fish. It features a total of nine exhibit spaces, including the world’s first river freezing tank, a large
North Fox Farm (Kitakitsune Farm)
Located in the city of Kitami, this farm breeds one of Hokkaido's most characteristic animals. Aside from normal Hokkaido red foxes, visitors get to see the rare silver fox as well. All 60 animals are well-fed, and the outdoor enclosure offers plenty of space
Hotel Rasso Kushiro by WBF
Located a 5-minute drive from JR Kushiro Station, Hotel Rasso Kushiro features simple guest rooms and free property-wide WiFi. Kushiro Airport is a 35-minute drive away. Guests can enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet for free.
Guest House Yasumizaka
Located a 7-minute drive or a 30-minute walk from JR Kushiro Station, Guest House Yasumizaka offers free WiFi throughout the property. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms are fitted with a shared bathroom.
Hotel Axia Inn Kushiro
A 10-minute walk from JR Kushiro Train Station, Hotel Axia Inn Kushiro offers Japanese and Western-style rooms with free Wi-Fi. Guests can request relaxing massages and watch VOD channels for an extra cost.
Kushiro Century Castle Hotel
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Kushiro Century Castle Hotel is located in Kushiro, 1.7 km from Kushiro Harbor. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.
Conveniently located a 2-minute walk from JR Kushiro Station, Palude Kushiro offers cosy yet functional guestrooms with free WiFi. Guests can enjoy various dishes at the on-site Kushiro Shokudo restaurant. Private parking is also
Hotel AreaOne Kushiro
Conveniently located in the center of Kushiro City, Hotel Area One Kushiro offers Western-style accommodations with a flat-screen TV and free WiFi and wired internet access. JR Kushiro Train Station is only a 5-minute walk away.
Super Hotel Kushiro-Ekimae
Just a 1-minute walk from JR Kushiro Station, Super Hotel Kushiro-Ekimae offers a spacious public hot spring bath, free Wi-Fi and modern rooms.