Lake Mashu(摩周湖)

  • Lake Mashu

Peer into the transparent depths of Lake Mashu

Lake Mashu is renowned for the crystal clarity of its waters. Because no rivers or streams feed it or flow out from it, silt, algae, and other forms of suspended matter do not cloud the water. Its waters, which consist almost entirely of rainwater, have a deep blue hue so special that it is termed “Mashu blue.”

Fog on the lake
Fog forms close to the surface of Lake Mashu frequently throughout the year. During the peak season from May to October, the lake is wholly visible for an average of 137 days, semi-visible for 54 days, and obscured for 29 days (estimates are based on data from 2008 to 2018). The fog is at its thickest in June and July. During this period, the lake is only completely visible for an average of 15 days. The weather around the lake can transition from bright and sunny to dark and foggy within minutes.

Kamuishu Island
Kamuishu, Lake Mashu’s only island, is a pillar of lava that rises some 240 meters from the lakebed. Only the top 30 meters break through the water’s surface. This visible tip of Kamuishu measures only about 500 square meters.

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Parking Fee
◎Motorbike 200 yen
◎Car 500 yen
◎Micro Bus 1,000 yen
◎Large Bus 2,000 yen
・Shared parking lot with Iozan Parking Lot
・You can use the parking and Lake Masshu Observatory once with the above fees (lasts 2 days, tax included)
・Any car longer than 5m will be classified as a micro bus
Please be aware that for vehicles that enter within outside hours a parking fee may be charged. 
Closed during winter (late November until early April).
The parking lot is still available during the holidays free if charge, however we are not responsible for any incidents or accidents. 
TEL: +81-15-483-2567

Mashu Third Observatory

If you look at Lake Mashu from Kawayuonsen、the first thing you will see is Mashu Third Observatory。If you look closely at Kamuishu Island you can see Lake Mashu from a different perspective from the first observation deck. On the other side of the lake is Iozan mountain, Lake Kussharo and Mokoto Mountain, and the Kussharo Caldera, all of these creating a dynamic wide view. You can also take a look at the beautiful alpine nature as it changes through the year.
※Observation deck and parking are FREE
※No toilet

Uramashu Observatory

An observation deck located on the border of the towns of Kiyosato and Nakashibetsu. Thick trees are surrounding the deck, so it is difficult to get a wide view however, first if you compare this with Mashu Third Observatory, because of low altitude, the nearby lake surface creates a fog effect. If you look from the other side, Lake Mashu and Mashu Mountain have a different ambiance. There are not many visitors, so you can fully enjoy the serene and calm lake view.
※Toilet facilities (only during summer)
※Only open from April to November as it is closed in winter

Lake Mashu Statistics and Information


  1. Mt. Io (Atosa-nupuri)(硫黄山)

  2. The Wakoto Peninsula(和琴半島)

  3. Fishing Guide and Cottage Doto Field(道東フィールド)

  4. Mashu Onsen Roadside Station(道の駅「摩周温泉」観光案内所)

  5. Nawanoren(縄のれん)

  6. Kanno-ryokan(Japanese-Inn)(菅野旅館)

Teshikaga Live Camera