Hokkaido Teshikaga Town,Lake Mashu,Lake Kussharo,Kawayu Hot Spring,Sand bath,Mt. Iou,Diamond Dust,Wakoto Peninsula

This is information from the UU-Hokkaido official Teshikaga Town Lake Mashu tourism association.
Senmo line Kushiro JR Station and Shiretoko-Shari Station are connected to Lake Mashu, Lake Kussharo, and Teshikaga town the town of Kawayu Hot Spring.

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Tourist Information

Teshikaga-cho sightseeing business and industry section
〒088-3292 3-1, Chuo 2-chome, Teshikaga-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido

Lake Mashu Tourism Association
〒088-3211 5-1, Chuo 1-chome, Teshikaga-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido

8 points of interest
in Teshikaga-cho
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■ Lake Mashu
World leading transparent lake, the color is called Mashu blue.
It a mysterious lake where the water level does not change despite no rivers flowing in or out.

■ Lake Kussharo
The biggest caldera lake in Japan. A shore is along it and is dotted with a hot springs and campgrounds, and an island 12 kilometers in circumference floats in the center.

■ Mt. Iou
You can climb it near to the sulfuric opening that makes a rumbling sound.

■ Sand bath
A hot spring begins to spring up when you dig the lakeside sand here approximately 10 centimeters deep. You can enjoy it as a family.

■ Bihorotoge Pass
The middle island appears to lay in Lake Kussharo from this appropriately called superb view of the land.

■ Wakoto Peninsula
The peninsula pushing out into Lake Kussharo. There is a 2.5 kilometer promenade that you can enjoy a nature walk for approximately one hour.

■ Diamond Dust
The atmospheric water freezes, and a shining diamond dust phenomenon is seen.

■ Kawayu Hot Spring
Hokkaido well-known hot spring water, the quality of the springs of Kawayu Onsen is a strongly acidic sulfur spring and they are some of the best hot springs in Japan.

Teshikaga Tourist Information Portal Site

Teshikaga-cho Introduction

 Teshikaga-cho is the town that owns approximately 56% of Akan-Mashu National Park and the town that introduces to Asia the popular sightseeing spots of Lake Mashu and Lake Kussharo.
To go to Teshikaga-cho it takes about 80 minutes by rail from Kushiro City, and about 100 minutes to the popular Kawayu Onsen Station. Near the 3 airports of East Hokkaido (Kushiro Airport, Nakashibetsu Airport, Memanbetsu Airport that fly between Tokyo Haneda Airport), it is an area of scenic beauty, please come and visit Teshikaga the town of fantastic Hokkaido hot springs.

Climate in Teshikaga

  Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Year
Average temperature
-7.5 -7.4 -3.4 2.7 8.1 12.1 15.8 17.9 14.5 8.6 1.8 -4.3 4.9
55.8 39.8 66.2 85.2 93.4 73.4 109.9 146.6 155.4 105.3 76 61.5 1068.4

Events and activities of Teshikaga

Diamond Dust in KAWAYU Diamond Dust in KAWAYU

There are ice candles arranged in the forest of Kawayu. The vapor rising from the hot springs crystalizes in the cold air forming diamond dust creating an even more mysterious world.
Mashu Snow Land 2020 Mashu Snow Land 2020
[February 8, 2020]

Jumbo Snow slide, Fireworks and more.
Sea-of-clouds tour Sea-of-clouds tour
[Mid May to the end of October]

It's an early morning tour over looking the spreading sea of clouds from the Mashu observation platform. Your breath will be taken away by the beauty of the world below being swallowed up by the layer of white.
Hot spring town Kawayu headspring festival Hot spring town Kawayu headspring festival
[Mid July to mid August]

The old‐fashioned summer festival is held. You can enjoy ring toss, target practice, cheap snack vendors, traditional Ainu (Indigenous Hokkaido people) dance performance and more.
Possibly Japan's earliest new crop soba festival Possibly Japan's earliest new crop soba festival
[Late August, 2020]

Teshikaga Town soba buckwheat is a high quality buckwheat named Mashu wheat.You can enjoy a variety of soba cuisine.
Mashu Lake star journey Mashu Lake star journey
[All year]

This is a night tour going to gaze at the panoramic night view at the Mashu observation platform.
Enveloped in a world of silence, that night, the Milky Way will be within your reach...
Canoe Canoe
[All year]

These days canoeing is familiar as a popular activity in Hokkaido.
Take in the stunning beauty of Lake Kussharo and Kussharo river that are known as sacred places by canoe enthusiasts.

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Recommendations of Teshikaga

900 Grassland
(town managed pasture)

Kawayu Eco-Museum

Mashu Onsen
roadside station

Kussharo Kotan
Ainu Museum

Taiho sumo memorial hall

Mt. Ponpon

4 mountain passes

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Teshikaga Transportation

JR:Kushiro - Abashiri
Bus:Mashu line / Memanbetsu-Bihoro-Go / Akan-Mashu-Go /

■JR Kushiro sta.~Mashu sta.~Biruwa sta.~*Kawayu-Onsen sta.
 ~Abashiri sta.

(Adults 4,070 yen, Children 2,030 yen)

JR Senmo line (Kushiro→Abashiri)
Kushiro Mashu Biruwa Kawayu-Onsen Abashiri
6:38a.m. 8:00a.m. 8:10a.m. 8:18a.m. 9:51a.m.
8:57a.m. 10:11a.m. 10:20a.m. 10:28a.m. 11:53a.m.
2:14p.m. 3:30p.m. 3:39p.m. 3:46p.m. 5:17p.m.
4:32p.m. 5:59p.m. 6:08p.m. 6:15p.m. 7:47p.m.
5:41p.m. 7:21p.m. - - -
6:52p.m. 8:10p.m. 8:19p.m. 8:33p.m. 10:00p.m.
10:09p.m. 11:23p.m. - - -

JR Senmo line (Abashiri→Kushiro)
Abashiri Kawayu-Onsen Biruwa Mashu Kushiro
- - - 5:20a.m. 6:37a.m.
- 6:13a.m. 6:21a.m. 6:30a.m. 7:47a.m.
6:41a.m. 8:18a.m. 8:26a.m. 8:35a.m. 10:00a.m.
10:24a.m. 0:00p.m. 0:08p.m. 0:17p.m. 1:34p.m.
3:10p.m. 4:52p.m. 5:00p.m. 5:10p.m. 6:45p.m.
4:17p.m. 6:15p.m. 6:23p.m. 6:32p.m. 7:55p.m.
6:54p.m. 8:33p.m. 8:41p.m. 8:50p.m. 10:08p.m.

※change on March 12, 2022

*The bus bound for Kawayu Onsen (Taiho sumo memorial hall) from Kawayu-Onsen Station, will depart according to its arrival.

■ Stops
  Departing Kushiro~Higashi-Kushiro~Toya~Kushiroshitugen~Hosooka~Toro~Kayanuma
 ~Midori~Sattsuru~Kiyosatocho~Minami-Shari~Shiretoko-Shari~Yamubetsu~Hama Koshimizu

■AKAN BUS Mashu line (Mashu station - Lake Mashu 1st Observatory)

(Adults 570 yen, Children 290 yen)

502 503
Mashu station 10:30a.m. 1:15p.m.
Michi-no-Eki「Mashu Onsen」 10:35a.m. 1:20p.m.
Mashu youth 10:42a.m. 1:27p.m.
Lake Mashu 1st Observatory 10:55a.m. 1:40p.m.

502 503
Lake Mashu 1st Observatory 11:25a.m. 2:10p.m.
Mashu youth 11:30a.m. 2:15p.m.
Michi-no-Eki「Mashu Onsen」 11:37a.m. 2:22p.m.
Mashu station 11:50a.m. 2:35p.m.

■ Memanbetsu-Bihoro-Go Service Period:July 27 - September 1, 2019


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■ Akan-Mashu-Go Service Period: January 25 - March 8, 2020


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Recommendation, Teshikaga Eco Passport

■Service Period : January 25 - March 8, 2020

The “Teshikaga Eco-Passport” is a HOP ON HOP OFF Sightseeing Bus Pass for a number of buses such as “Mashuko Bus”, “Kussharo Bus” and Regular Local Buses (City Line, Kawayu Line, Kussharo Line) within the operation period.

Adults Children
2 day ticket 1,500 yen 500 yen
3 day ticket 2,000 yen 700 yen
5 day ticket 2,500 yen 1,000 yen
7 day ticket 3,000 yen 1,200 yen

<Ticket sales locations>
  1. On the Mashu bus
  2. On the Kussharo bus
  3. Mashu Tourist Information Center
  4. Tourism Teshikaga Office
  5. It is available in some of the main hotels in Kawayu-onsen.
    *Though not available in every hotel in Kawayu onsen.
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Mashuko BusKussharoko BusKawayu Line

Mashuko Bus
JR Mashu sta. 8:55a.m. 10:30a.m. 1:15p.m.
Michi-no-Eki 9:00a.m. 10:35a.m. 1:20p.m.
Mashu youth 9:07a.m. 10:45a.m. 1:27p.m.
Lake Mashu
1st Observatory
9:20a.m. arr.
9:45a.m. dep.
10:55a.m. arr.
11:25a.m. dep.
1:40p.m. arr.
2:10p.m. dep.
Mashu youth 9:50a.m. 11:30a.m. 2:15p.m.
Michi-no-Eki 9:57a.m. 11:37a.m. 2:22p.m.
JR Mashu sta. 10:05a.m. 11:50a.m. 2:35p.m.

* This first service (8:55 departure) is operated by jumbo taxi. Maximum capacity: 9 people.

Kussaro Bus
JR Kawayu Onsen sta. 8:30a.m. 10:40a.m.
Mt. Io 8:35a.m. arr.
9:00a.m. dep.
10:45a.m. arr.
11:05a.m. dep.
Taiho Sumo Museum
Kawayu Onsen
9:05a.m. 11:10a.m.
Nibushi 9:08a.m. 11:13a.m.
Sunayu 9:15a.m. arr.
9:30a.m. dep.
11:20a.m. arr.
11:35a.m. dep.
Kotan 9:37a.m. 11:42a.m.
Michi-no-Eki 9:55a.m. 0:00p.m.
JR Mashu sta. 10:00a.m. arr.
0:30p.m. dep.
Michi-no-Eki 0:35p.m. 3:50p.m.
Kotan 0:53p.m. 4:08p.m.
Sunayu 1:00p.m. 4:15p.m. arr.
4:25p.m. dep.
Nibushi 1:07p.m. 4:32p.m.
Taiho Sumo Museum
Kawayu Onsen
1:10p.m. 4:35p.m.
Mt. Io 1:15p.m. -
JR Kawayu Onsen sta. 1:20p.m. 4:45p.m.

Kawayu Line
Taiho Sumo Museum
Kawayu Onsen
8:00a.m. 10:00a.m. 11:30a.m. 3:20p.m. 4:35p.m. 5:15p.m. 5:55p.m.
Kawayu Onsen sta.
8:10a.m. arr.
8:25a.m. dep.
10:10a.m. arr.
10:35a.m. dep.
11:40p.m. arr.
0:05p.m. dep.
3:30p.m. arr.
3:55p.m. dep.
4:45p.m. arr.
5:05p.m. dep.
5:25p.m. arr.
5:45p.m. dep.
Taiho Sumo Museum
Kawayu Onsen
8:35a.m. 10:45a.m. 0:15p.m. 4:05p.m. 5:15p.m. 5:55p.m. -

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