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The Miracles of Lake Akan

Find out all about marimo moss balls on this cruise and walking tour

On this tour, you can find out all about marimo moss balls, the symbol of Lake Akan. Your guide will reveal all kinds of secrets, such as why these big, round balls of moss can only be found in Lake Akan. With a lake cruise and a forest walk, this tour explores Lake Akan from all different angles. See the volcano, forest and lake up close and personal. This tour has three parts: Part 1: Talk about Lake Akan How Lake Akan was formed: The miraculous topography that made this lake possible All about marimo moss balls: Find out surprising facts about marimo, such as why they are only found in Lake Akan Endangered status and protection: Learn about what local citizens are doing to protect the marimo Part 2: Cruise Cruise on Lake Akan: See the home of marimo up close Part 3: Walk in the forest See the incredible nature all around you: Walk through the forest that is the source of all life Epilogue *As this tour is an eco-tour, a 50-yen donation (around US$0.50) is required. This donation will fund initiatives to protect the marimo.

Tour Information

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Operation period MAY 1, 2018 - NOV 30, 2018
Operator Akan Tourism Association
Capacity 20
Minimum participants req. 1
Tour guide Provided
Departure time 9:30AM
Duration 3 hours
Requirements / Notes ■Meeting point: 9:20am - Waiting room at the Akan Sightseeing Cruise Company head office ■Requirements: As this tour includes about 1 hour walking in the forest, please wear comfortable clothes and and shoes suitable for walking (no high heels).
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Price & Payment

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Price Adult: JPY4,000 Child: JPY2,700
Price includes Sightseeing boat fare, Admission to the Marimo Exhibition and Observation Center, Tour guide
Cancellation policy 2 days in advance: 40%, 1 day in advance: 50%, Day of the tour: 100%
Payment On-site payment (cash only)

What to bring

  • As this is a day trip, there are no special requirements.

Additional info

  1. 1. No postponement for rain(May be cancelled in the event of stormy weather.)


Akan-ko Onsen 2-6-20, Akan-cho, Kushiro-shi, Hokkaido