Tsubetsu Townsmen Forest NaturalPark located between Lake Akan and Lake Kussharo is referred to as the forest of nonno, which is a word that means flower in the language of the area’s indigenous people, the Ainu. There are walking paths maintained at “Nonno-no-Mori” (Forest of Flowers) for visitors to use to observe various kinds of flowers and wild animals.
In early May when the snow melts, white skunk cabbage begins to bloom, meaning that from the middle of June to early July, gregarious Primula japonica flowers cover the forest in pink. In June, there’s a Primula japonica Festival is held. Visitors will find this festival bustling with various events like small musical performances, booths featuring hand-made industrial craft pieces, and more.