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Lake Akan is a beautiful crater lake in Akan National Park, Kushiro. Volcanic activity formed the lake some 6,000 years ago. It is home to marimo, a rare algae species that forms itself into beautiful green balls. Left alone for a few centuries, Lake Akan's marimo can reach the size of soccer balls. The lakeside hot spring resort of Akankohan is the only town around the lake. It has several ryokan, some of which have hot spring baths with views of the lake on their upper floors. There is also a primeval forest of spruce and white fir trees located nearby the lake. Akan National Park attracts many visitors throughout the year with its magnificent scenic wonderland.
Two mountains near Lake Akan compliment the scenery and offer some longer hiking courses. Oakan (Male Mountain) and Meakan (Female Mountain) are both volcanoes whose eruptions formed the landscape around Lake Akan. Meakan remains active and frequently emits sulphuric fumes. Meakan's two trailheads are located on the west side of the mountain. Hikers usually depart from one trailhead and return via the other trail. Oakan has just one trail that starts from the eastern end of Lake Akan. Hiking either mountain takes about half a day. The mountain trails are passable between June and October. Outside of these dates, they are likely to be buried under snow. Hikers should check with the tourist information center for volcano conditions.
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