Kawayu Visitor Center

Everything Nature Lovers Need to Explore the Kawayu Area

Kawayu Visitor Center is a hub of information about the natural world and plentiful outdoor activities in the Kawayu Onsen, Lake Mashu, Lake Kussharo, and Mount Io areas. Warm-up by the log fire with a delicious coffee from the National Park Style Cafe as you find out how to best explore this scenic region, created by the unique intersection of forests, lakes, and volcanoes. If you’re up for it, rent snowshoes or long boots for a wintery walk through the vast Sakhalin spruce forests that surround the Center. Trekking enthusiasts should also be sure to check out the many nature and hiking trails in this region profiled by the Kawayu Visitor Center.

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Nearest airports
New Chitose Airport Sapporo Okadama Airport Hakodate Airport Okushiri Airport Asahikawa Airport Wakkanai Airport Rishiri Airport Okhotsk Monbetsu Airport Memanbetsu Airport Nemuro Nakashibetsu Airport Tancho Kushiro Airport Tokachi Obihiro Airport

General Information

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Apr. – Oct. 8:00-17:00
Nov. – Mar. 9:00-16:00
Wednesdays(the following day if Wednesday is a national holiday; open every day from the 3rd week of July to the end of Aug.),year-end and New Year holidays(Dec.29 – Jan.3)
Free. Snowshoe rental for 500 yen
Car Park
30 spaces
●By bus: About 10 minutes from JR Kawayu Onsen Station, get off at "Kawayu Visitor Center"
●By car: About 120 minutes from Doto Expwy Ashoro IC

Kawayu Visitor Center

* Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.

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