The Treasure of Asia

The Treasure of Asia

“I’m here.”

Says the red-crowned crane as it spreads its majestic two-meter wingspan. Once driven to the point of extinction by overhunting in the Meiji Period (1868 – 1912), these magnificent creatures, the Sarurun Kamuy, that are much revered by the Ainu people have made a strong comeback here in the Kushiro Marsh.

“I’m here.”

Says the marimo swaying gently together at the bottom of pristine Lake Akan. These rare natural oddities form green balls after filaments of algae gently combine together in the lake depths. Why do they form? Who is behind this mystery?

“I’m here.”

Says the mesmerizing blue waters of Lake Mashu. These waters have been stagnant for several thousand years, having nowhere to drain, yet today possess an unmatched clarity like no other lake on Earth. It makes one wonder if Lake Mashu was created as a bathing spot for the gods.

Hokkaido is situated to the far, far east of Asia, with Eastern Hokkaido one step further. Kushiro Marsh, Lake Akan and Lake Mashu are situated in two national parks, including Kushiro Shitsugen National Park and Akan National Park. These three areas can be accessed from one another in around an hour, ensuring that travelers to this land can easily discover miraculous natural wonders at every stop of their journey.

Treasure of Asia Amazing Wonders Await Kushiro Marsh, Lake Akan, and Lake Mashu

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