Explore East Hokkaido
Explore the area known as
"the home of the forest gods"
Kagami no Ma Cruise in the Headwaters of the Kushiro River
A Closer Look
Canoe Cruise Down the Headwaters of the Kushiro River
Take a canoe trip down the very beginning of the Kushiro River, where it meets the Kushiro Shitsugen Wetland. When you cross from the lake to the river, you’ll feel a rush of water propelling you forward! The narrow river with rugged forest on either side is a completely different world from the wetland.
Kazuaki and Ai Hiratsuka
This husband and wife duo are guides at Northeast Canoe Center Ltd.
They encountered Canadian canoeing in 1986 and decided to recreate it on Lake Kushiro and the Kushiro River. They began offering guided tours, taking visitors canoeing through the incredible nature of their hometown.
After a leisurely canoe trip through the awe-inspiring nature of Lake Kussharo and the Kushiro River, Ai will make you a hearty lunch from local ingredients.