Kokusetsu Akankohan is a small ski hill located close to Lake Akan in Kushiro city in the eastern region of Hokkaido. There is one pair lift and one rope tow lift at this ski hill.
The nickname for this ski hill is 'Utara' (which apparently is Ainu) and there is a new logo for 2019-2020. They are also keen to introduce their mascot character. 'Utomoku' is 24cm in height, weighs 2kg and is 'shy and mild'. But looks kind of gnarly. Seems to prefer snowboarding. So now you know!
Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan and also the largest and northernmost prefecture (though it is not usually referred to as a prefecture). It has coastlines on the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk and also the Pacific Ocean. Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido and was host to the 1972 Winter Olympics. Hokkaido is home to the largest number of ski hills in Japan. While the majority of them are very small, some of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Hokkaido - mostly found in regions to the west and east of Sapporo - are amongst the most famous in Japan.
A bus service run by Akan Bus Company is available from Kushiro Station and Tancho Kushiro Airport. The bus ride takes about 2 hours from Kushiro Station.
48.7km from the Akan IC on the Doto Expressway
58.7km from the Ashoro IC on the Doto Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 240 (1.2km away)
Kokusetsu Akankohan is located about 1km off Route 240 (Marimo National Highway) close to the southern shores of Lake Akan and close to Akanko Onsen.
The Ashoro IC exit of the Doto Expressway is about 59km to the south west. From the Ashoro IC exit, turn left to head north on Route 242 and then turn right in Ashoro town to head east on Route 241. Follow Route 241 until reaching Route 240 - turn right onto Route 240 and head into Akan Onsen.
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