Designated as a registered wetland under the Ramsar Convention in 1993, “Lake Akkeshi/Bekanbeushi Wetland” preserves primitive nature, providing one of the best breeding grounds for red-crested Japanese cranes. In addition, every year whooper swans come flying to Lake Akkeshi, located downstream of Bekanbeushi Wetland and the lake provides one of the best stopping/wintering spots in Japan for them. The place that enables visitors to observe the birds which inhabit or come flying to this lake at close range is Akkeshi Waterfowl Observation Center. Here the visitors can see the movies of what is happening in the impressive wetland landscape at the mouth of Bekanbeushi River filmed with an observation camera. For those who would like to get even closer to the wetland, there is a tour to go down the Bekanbeushi River on a Canadian canoe.