Trip with a Rent a Car in Kushiro city: A tour to experience Ainu culture and the nature of Akanko Lake

Special Diet History Food & Drink Entertainment Culture Experience Beautiful Scenery
5,000 JPY ~ / person
About 6 hours
Language: English

What we'll do

This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy Ainu culture and Lake Akan's nature. Akanko Lake Ainu Kotan is a community where you can experience Ainu culture. Take a sightseeing tour on Akan Lake while aboard a sightseeing boat run by Akanko Lake Sigthseeing Cruise. This spot is also well known as a national park where you can enjoy views of lush nature. At Akan Iyomap Garden, you are sure to be able to take some photogenic pictures. Come here to take some memorable photos.

Meeting Place

We can meet here, at the TOYOTA Rent a Car Toyota Rent-A-Car Kushiro Airport Shop.
From Kushiro Airport, 4-minute walk right around a parking lot.
The type of car we rent and the rental fee will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.
*One-way: Available inside / outside the prefecture


Price per person
5,000 JPY ~ / person
Max participants
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English
Things you need to know before the tour

-Taxis or rental cars are recommended for transportation.
-Transportation and Admission fees are not included in the price.
-Recommend comfortable shoes.


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    Akanko Lake Ainu Kotan

    Settlements where Ainu people reside are referred to Ainu kotan villages. Approximately 120 people live in 36 residences in Akanko Lake Ainu Kotan Village, and even now the roots of Ainu culture have been preserved. At Akanko Lake Ainu Theater Ikor, the full impact of Ainu traditional dance and puppet shows unfolds. The Ainu traditional dance that can be watched here is an important legacy passed down from ancestors, and it is designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Hokkaido. Visitors can learn about the Ainu people's lifestyle and culture through the centuries in the Ainu Lifestyle Memorial Hall Ponchise. In the Ainu language, "ponchise" means "little house," and the memorial hall is a replication of a private home in which a family of 4-5 Ainu people would live. Clothes and daily necessities are on display, allowing visitors to witness the knowledge and lifestyle of the Ainu people coexisting with the unforgiving nature. In the village, there are also some 20-odd shops that sell unique folk-craft items. A diverse amount of folk-craft items can be found here, including creative pieces from global woodworkers and beautiful embroidery with Ainu patterns. There are also restaurants and coffee shops where both Hokkaido and Ainu cuisines can be enjoyed. Derived from a lifestyle that coexists with nature, experience the Ainu culture at Akanko Lake Ainu Kotan Village.

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    Akanko Lake Sigthseeing Cruise

    Akanko Lake is located in Kushiro City in the eastern area of Hokkaido, and the panoramic view of Mt. Oakan rising on the east bank is a sight to see. There are four islands in the lake, including the Ojima and Kojima islands as well as Yaitai Island and Churui Island, which is home to the Marimo Exhibition Center. The beauty of each season that can be seen at the lake is fascinating for travelers, and the best way to relax and fully content oneself is to take a ride on an Akanko Lake Sightseeing Cruise. After passing through the picturesque scenery of the inlet dubbed "takiguchi," cruise passengers will make their way to the opposite side of the lake. Stepping off the boat and on to Churui Island, visitors can experience marimo moss balls, a special national monument, at the Marimo Exhibition Center. Surprisingly large marimo are visible at times, making it a popular must-see spot. What better way to spend a day than enjoying an 85-minute walk on the water of Akanko Lake?

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    Akan Iyomap Garden

    Akan Iyomap Garden was created from a courtyard within onsen resort and hotel Akanko Lake Tsuruga Wings. It is a fusion between nature and Jomon and Ainu culture, creating a new kind of garden. Some unique characteristics of the garden are the kamuini (totem poles) inlaid with Ainu patterns as well as the "dress garden" which, if you stand in the middle of, makes it look like you're wearing a beautiful dress made of flowers. At night, projection mapping colors the surrounding surfaces, enveloping visitors in a mysterious aura. Stop by to enjoy the extraordinary world of wild plants and flowers that grow in Akan Iyomap Garden. *Note: Projection mapping displays are not held in winter.

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