Akan River (阿寒川, Akan-gawa) is a river in Hokkaidō, Japan.

Akan River
阿寒川
Akan Riv 1.JPG
Native nameAkan-gawa
Location
CountryJapan
StateHokkaidō
RegionKushiro
DistrictKushiro
Physical characteristics
SourceLake Akan
 ⁃ locationKushiro
 ⁃ coordinates43°25′55″N 144°8′12″E / 43.43194°N 144.13667°E / 43.43194; 144.13667
 ⁃ elevation420 m (1,380 ft)
MouthPacific Ocean
 ⁃ location
Kushiro
 ⁃ coordinates
43°0′12″N 144°16′20″E / 43.00333°N 144.27222°E / 43.00333; 144.27222Coordinates: 43°0′12″N 144°16′20″E / 43.00333°N 144.27222°E / 43.00333; 144.27222
 ⁃ elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Length98 m (322 ft)
Basin size718 km2 (277 sq mi)

CourseEdit

The Akan River rises from Lake Akan, 420 metres (1,380 ft) above sea level.[1] The lake formed when the Akan River was damed by an eruption of Mount Oakan some 6000 years ago.[2][3] The river exits the lake at Takiguchi as a waterfall. This spot and Takimi Bridge nearby are attractions in Akan National Park.[3]

The river winds its way south entirely within the district managed by Kushiro, Hokkaidō. The river then flows into the Pacific Ocean.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Data Summary: Akan-ko (Lake Akan)". World Lakes Database. International Lakes Environment Committee. Archived from the original on 20 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Akan-Ko (Lake Akan)". World Lakes Database. International Lakes Environment Committee. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Introducing places of interest: Akan National Park (Akan Area)". National Parks of Japan. Japanese Ministry of the Environment. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016.