Morning Canoe and Lake Mashu

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 in Hiroko's Blog

Morning Canoe! and Lake Mashu

What was a pleasure experience again to join Gaku-san for his canoe tour in Lake Akan in the early morning! The water was very calm and he let us venture on many areas in the lake. We spotted herron, ducks, white tailed eagle,…Serenity. We witnessed Marimo in three different groups.

Gaku made a cup of coffee for us by the water. We watched him grinding coffee and completing it with zen-like calmness. His home-made chocolate scones was a perfect pair with the brew.

After checking out the hotel we headed to Shiretoko, UNESCO National Heritage site with a stop at Lake Mashu, a creation of massive volcanic eruption 32,000 years ago. Unlike other caldera lake, Lake Mashu is surrounded by steep crater walls 200 meter high. The water is very blue and has high transparency (41 meter). Lake Shikotsu, Lake Toya, Lake Akan and Lake Toya; we accomplished to visit must-see caldera lakes in Hokkaido.