Sights of Eastern Hokkaido

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【Onsen In Doto】 10 Popular Onsens in East Hokkaido

温根湯温泉 大江本家

The Doto distrcit is a popular spot for tourists who visit Hokkaido.
Doto is famous for its nature and wildlife, but it also has many great onsens.

In this article, we will introduce 10 recommended onsens of Doto in three categories: “Onsens with high spring quality”, “onsens with great locations”, and “The “secret” onsens of Doto”.

we hope this article helps you when visiting Doto.

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Lake Kussharo ―a bath exclusively for swans―

Lake Kussharo sunayu swan
Lake Kussharo is known for the swans that gather there.

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A Sightseers Introduction to Lake Akan ~Things to Know Before you Go~

Lake Akanの観光船
Even in Japan, famous for its abundant nature, Lake Akan is renowned for its incredibly pure water. It is well-known in Japan for its marimo, or moss balls, which can only grow in cool, pure water. Compared even to the eastern part of Hokkaido(道東/doto), it is a sightseeing spot rich in nature.


Around this lake lies not only nature, but the remnants of the culture of the Ainu, an indigenous people who lived in the area.
This is a charming place, where you can have your fill of hundreds of years of nature and culture. In this article, we will be introducing sightseeing spots around Lake Akan that you should absolutely visit in however much time you have here.

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A superb view of sapphire blue! The season when the waters of Lake Mashu sparkle with mystery

冬のLake Mashuの氷結

Which of Hokkaido’s lakes is the most beautiful?
If you asked this question, one name would surely be given to you. Lake Mashu.

It holds a sublime beauty which instills awe in people. So much so, that the indigenous people of Hokkaido, the Ainu, called it the Kamuy-to (Lake of the Gods). Lake Mashu is at its most radiant in the season when it is almost frozen over.

The season when Lake Mashu starts to freeze over comes every year from the last third of January to around the 20th of February.
It’s especially beautiful while the freezing is still in process. The white ice makes the lake look much nicer, until its surface sparkles radiantly in sapphire blue.
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