The resort town of Akanko Onsen (阿寒湖温泉), in the western part of Akan National Park, is on the southern shores of Akan-ko. In addition to lakefront vistas and hot springs, Akanko is known for two things: marimo, a rare kind of algae that forms oddly perfect spheres; and its Ainu kotan (village), Japan's largest (though it's not big). If you have your own transport, you can use Akanko Onsen as a base for exploring the surrounding mountains.
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