Kushiro is Hokkaido's largest city. The city straddles the Kushiro River and the New Kushiro River. Kushiro is the seat of the Kushiro branch of the Hokkaido Prefecture Government as well as the political, economic and cultural center of East Hokkaido. The main attractions of Kushiro are: the Kushiro Marshland National Park, Akan National Park, fresh seafood, dairy products, good beef and Sushi. It is blessed with abundant marine resources and a varied terrain. The great Kushiro Marsh spreads north of the city to the Akan Mountains, which can be seen in the distance. Kushiro is also famous for its Tancho cranes.