Mt Mokoto Viewpoint Parking

Looking down Lake Kussharo from North

Viewing from Mokoto pass is one way to feel a broad scenery of Lake Kussharo. Scenery from different pass is all different panorama view. Now we introduce pass located in North of Kussharo caldera. When we drive on 102 Line from Kawayu, you will find Mt. Mokoto Viewpoint Parking at 430m high. Not only looking down the lake, you can also see Mt. Iwo, Mt. Oakan, Okhotsk sea, Kawayu Onsen and any other Hokkaido-like scenery.

Mt. Mokoto Viewpoint Parking:Point 1

This parking is recommended to take rest between driving. Mountain which emits gas at left hand side is Mt. Iwo called “Atosa-nupuri” meaning naked mountain. Kawayu Onsen is located in the area before Mt,IWo. Middle island and Wakoto peninsula Kussharo are located in the lake. Looking around right hand side, you will see Akan’s mountain. This viewpoint is very comfortable if you breathe much. We will check if Lake Kussharo is frozen or not from here and Bihoro Pass in winter.

Point 2

Tsubetsu pass is very famous to see a sea of the clouds of Kussharo Caldera, but you can only go through the pass from June – October. If you would like to try to see a sea of the clouds, Mt. Mokoto Viewpoint Parking is a good point to visit because it is very close from Kawayu Onsen. It is just 30 minutes by car. Of course, you cannot always see it due to weather condition, but if you see it, you will be excited. In winter, we have also seen sun-pillar in January from here. Vapor in the air gets frozen when it is below minus 10 degree, you may sometimes see diamonddust.

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Access(Airport, JR & Bus)

From Kawayu Eco-Museun Center
No Public transportation from Kawayu Eco-Museum Center

From Kushiro/Kushiro Airport
Kushiro Airport ⇒ Kushiro Airport Shuttle Bus(About 45min) ⇒ JR Kushiro Station ⇒ JR Senmou Line(About 1hr40min) ⇒ JR Kawayu Onsen Station ⇒ Akan Bus(About 10min) ⇒ Kawayu Onsen

From Abashiri/Memanbetsu Airport
Memanbetsu Airport ⇒ Memanbetsu Airport Shuttle Bus(About 30min) ⇒ JR Abashiri Station ⇒ JR Senmou Line(About 45min ⇒ JR Shiretoko Shari stationJR Senmou Line(About 45min) ⇒ JR Kawayu Onsen Station ⇒ Akan Bus(About 10min) ⇒ Kawayu Onsen

From Nakashibetsu Airport
Nakashibetsu Airport ⇒ Nakashibetsu Airport Shuttle Bus(About 30min) ⇒ Nakashibetsu Bus turminal ⇒ Akan Bus(About 1hour30min) ⇒ JR Shibecha Station ⇒ JR Senmou Line(About 30min) ⇒ JR Kawayu Onsen StationAkan Bus(About 10min) ⇒ Kawayu Onsen

*No Public transportation to the entrance of Mt. Mokoto Trail. Please use taxi from Kawayu Onsen or station. JR Kawayu Onsen Station is the nearest Station, but Taxi is not always waiting due to small station. Please book the guide tour or taxi before you come.

Access (by car)

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From Kawayu Eco-Museum Center
Kawayu Eco-Museum Center ⇒ 391 Line・102Line(About 20min) ⇒ Mokoto Pass

From Kushiro/Kushiro Airport
Kushiro City ⇒ 391 Line・102Line(About 2hours45min) ⇒ Mokoto Pass
Kuhsiro Airport ⇒ 53Line・102Line(About 2hours15min) ⇒ Mokoto Pass

From Abashiri/Memanbetsu Airport
Abashiri City ⇒ 244 Line・102 Line(About 1hour30min) ⇒ Mokoto Pass
Memanbetsu Airport ⇒ 334Line・102Line(About 1hour 30min) ⇒ Mokoto Pass

From Nakashibetsu
Nakashibetsu Airport ⇒ 13 Line・243 Line・391 Line・102 Line(About 1hour45min) ⇒ Mokoto Pass