Visit the Mystic Lake of Akan in Hokkaido and Witness These 3 Natural Wonders

Lake Akan, or Akanko (阿寒湖) in Japanese, is one of the clearest and most transparent lakes in Japan. You can have a clear view of its water up to 3 to 4 meters deep. It is located in Eastern Hokkaido (北海道) in the region of Kushiro (釧路), and is situated between two volcanoes, namely Oakan…

Marimo Matsuri: An Ainu Celebration of Conserving the Rare Marimo Algae

Have you ever seen a ball of seaweed before? In Japan, it is a common sighting in Lake Akan in Hokkaido. These are algae which have grown into a large green ball popularly known as “marimo” in Japanese. They only grow in freshwater, thus, much is being done to conserve them. They have also been…