Surrounded by dense forest in the middle of a National Park, Lake Akan is known for its hot springs and picturesque scenery. But in the winter months, certain natural conditions create something even more remarkable—natural works of art known as frost flowers. As steam rising from the lake crystalizes due to the cold temperature, the lake appears to transform into a beautiful field of delicate glass flowers. One great way to appreciate this natural phenomenon is through a Morning Coffee Tour (charges apply). Led by a knowledgeable local guide, there's no better chance to glimpse this miraculous field of flowers in all its glory.
Season: Late January–mid-March
Times: 6:30 am–7:30 am
Address: Akanko Onsen, Akan-cho, Kushiro, Hokkaido
Airport: Kushiro Airport
+81-0154-67-3200 (Akan Tourist Association & Community Development Organization)
Approx. 1 hour by car from Kushiro Airport
Morning Coffee Tour (fees apply):
Visit the Tsuruga Adventure Base Siri official website for details.
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