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Located in the Akan-Mashu National Park, Lake Akan is one of Hokkaido’s most spectacular natural attractions. Surrounded by abundant forests, the lake is famous for being the habitat of marimo, a rare species of spherically-shaped seaweed, designated as a “natural monument” of Japan. Scattered throughout the area are numerous lookout spots and iconic sights, including Mount Oakan-dake, Mount Meakan-dake, and the colorful Lake Onneto whose color differs depending on the season, weather, and angle. Visitors to Lake Akan in Autumn should not miss a stroll across Takimi Bridge, a perfect vantage point to look out onto the red and yellow foliage. In addition to nature, Lake Akan also has cultural attractions as well. Pay a visit to the Akanko Ainu Kotan and Lake Akan Ainu Theater Ikor where visitors can learn about the island’s indigenous Ainu culture!