Located on the eastern side of Akan-Mashu National Park, about 65% of the town is part of the national park. Lake Mashu, Lake Kussharo and Mt. Io expand within Kussharo Caldera, which is one of the largest calderas in the world.
All aspects of the town, including hot springs of rare compositions, nature of divine beauty and abundance of food, are among the top of their categories.
Impressively Beautiful Water and Stars over Lake of Mystery
With no rivers flowing in or out, the lake has been one of the clearest lakes in the world for a long time.
The lake never ceases to amaze people with its various myths and mysteries yet to be uncovered, including the veil of fog that travels from the Pacific Ocean across Kushiro Marsh over the high somma to cover the entire lake. Star-filled night skies are also a must-see in the area.
Headwaters Section of Kushiro River, Place of Admiration for Canoers
For canoers in Japan, Kushiro River which originates from Lake Kussharo is a place of admiration.
The headwaters section where pristine water flows powerfully is beautiful throughout the year, and canoeing further down listening to the ripples of the water is a truly exquisite journey that you can only experience here.
Kawayu-onsen Hot Springs, Free-flowing from Source at All Facilities
The Kawayu-onsen hot springs resort has announced "the 100% free-flowing hot springs declaration", which is rare even in Japan, the land of hot springs. The name "Kawayu" is an idiomatic translation of the Ainu name, Seseki (hot) Betsu (river).
In addition to a high-temperature hot spring river flowing in the center of the town, hot springs in Kawayu also have superb compositions and therefore have been popular as the best therapeutic baths in the Kushiro Area.
Sea of Clouds over One of World's Largest Calderas
Kussharo Caldera is one of the largest calderas in the world. Early in the morning from June through October, you can sometimes see a magnificent sea of clouds that completely covers the large caldera, which has attracted attention in recent years.
The sceneries from all of the Mashu No.1 and No. 3, Tsubetsu Pass, Bihoro Pass and Mokoto Pass Observation Decks are must-sees.
Phantom Mashu Melons
The cold inland climate and fertile soil of Teshikaga are optimal for growing various types of agricultural produce.
In particular, "Mashu Melons" grown by taking advantage of the large temperature gap between the night and day receive high demand because of its harvest time being the last in Japan. As few of the melons are released to the general market, they are called "the phantom melons".