Sadly whale watching out of Rausu was cancelled due to the Typhoon that is hanging around Japan at the moment. I still managed to get a few good photos though of the town from the observation point. It was a lovely morning view also coming down through the Shiretoko Pass. You could tell that some people must treat it like a Tokyo Drift raceway from all the rubber left on the road at the hairpin turns.
Going further down the coast, Cindy and I made a quick detour to check out the Salmon Museum in Shibetsu. It was a nice way to kill an hour and it was a very fun hands on experience to have. The sturgeon petting and their trying to gum me to death was by far the most unique feeling I have ever had. The salmon struggling against the course of the river made for some motivational moments.
Heading back up into the hills, we checked out Lake Mashu in all its glory. It was amazing that such a volcanic caldera lake could be so clear! It felt so large standing up there on the edge of the rim and I felt so dwarfed by nature.
And if Lake Mashu was clarity in all its forms, then Mt Iou was the joy of chaos. The Sulphur Mountain was spewing forth great clouds of superheated sulphur in pillars. Quite a smelly activity to climb it and to check out all the natural hot springs, but it was completely worth it. The nature trail into Kawayu was also a good and easy walk during the September month.
And that brings me to where we stayed for the rest of the day and night. The foot bath here was insanely good! The sumo museum really cool as it was a good way to see the life of a Yokozuna. And this little izakaya we went to for dinner and a few too many drinks had such charm with smooth jazz playing, its old wooden architecture and the delicious food. If you ever go there, be sure to get a Mashu Highball and the butter corn, you won't regret it.
Well more travels are ahead tomorrow, so I'm back to my private onsen at ARtINn. Never was there more crazy a place to stay but I also recommend trying out the luxury this place affords.
Hokkaido’s Lake Mashu, formed in the caldera of an active volcano, is surrounded by steep crater walls 200 metres high.
The lake has a mysterious, mystical reputation owing to the fact that the lake’s surface is often obscured by dense fog.