Explore East Hokkaido
Feel the beating of the earth's heart
as you paddle around beautiful islands
in cobalt blue waters
Canoe Cruise around Wakoto Peninsula
A Closer Look
A thrilling cruise around Japan's largest caldera lake
This canoe cruise starts at the base of Wakoto Peninsula in Lake Kussharo and takes you for a leisurely paddle around the peninsula. Admire the breathtaking seasonal scenery on the peninsula and take in the exquisitely clear cobalt blue lake with hot springs bubbling up from the bottom. This peninsula was formed from lava and still pulses with volcanic activity today. Few other tours will give you such a close-up view of a beautiful lake, deep forest and enthralling volcanic activity all at once.
Kazuaki and Ai Hiratsuka
This husband and wife duo are guides at Northeast Canoe Center, Ltd.
After encountering Canadian canoeing in 1986, they decided to recreate the experience on the beautiful Lake Kussharo and Kushiro River, and began working as tour guides to share the spectacular nature of their hometown through exciting canoe tours.
After a leisurely canoe trip with the Hiratsukas where you’re surrounded by the natural marvels of Lake Kussharo and the Kushiro River, you’ll be treated to a hearty homemade lunch made by Ai.