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We went from Lake Kussharo and heard about the colour of the lake before. The reality was quite overwhelming. Have not seen such an unusual blue before. We were fortunate not to have clouds obscure the scene. Stopped by Observatories 3 and 1. Parking fee...More
This is a very beautiful lake and makes for incredible hiking. We visited recently and added a day hike around this lake to the short hike past Mt Io. Getting to the lake is a little tricky if you are staying in Kawayu Onsen. There...More
Lake Mashu is generally accepted as the most beautiful and mysterious lake in Japan. It has been known as one of the clearest lake in the world ( next to Lake Baikal in Russia). Also, the reputation for its mysteriousness probably comes from the fogs...More
Lake Mashu, or Mashuko, is a caldera lake with a depth of 211 meters. You cannot go down into the caldera to approach the lake, and can view it from one of three viewing points along the top of the crater. Observation points one (altitude...More
After a tiring drive up the mountain, park the car, cross to the viewing point and be prepared. What for, the most breathtaking view of a most beautiful lake in the crater of an extinct volcano. What a site, a most vivid blue lake stretching...More
Lake Mashu and surrounding areas are very beautiful and found this a great place to drive. The misty atmosphere adds an interesting feel to the place. Visited the lake twice and managed to catch a view of the lake from both first and third observatory,...More
There are a couple of viewpoints over the lake. Viewpoint 1 with a pay car park where all the coaches go and viewpoint 3 further up the lake which is free and has just as good views. Well worth a stop - the lake was...More
Beautiful sightseeing from the top of the mountain. Great landscapes on both sides. The lake has a beautiful color.
We made a lot of great pictures.
But once you have reached the observatory, nothing else to do there, little bit disappointing...
Did not visit the place via local transport but with hotel staff's car but local train on JR Senmou Line, from Kushiro to Mashu station is about 1 hour and 30 minutes, then there is route bus upto 1st Observatory, from Mashu... More
Did not visit the place via local transport but with hotel staff's car but local train on JR Senmou Line, from Kushiro to Mashu station is about 1 hour and 30 minutes, then there is route bus upto 1st Observatory, from Mashu station about 25 minutes, about 500 yen
I cannot provide link as tripadvisor said not to include html or website link, please try to check northern road jp navi eng lake mashu traffic restrictions for routes and time.
Also would suggest to take train/bus tour together and check out uu hokkaido com corporate akanbus shtml
Hope this helps.