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Little-Known Good Spot! Origin Natture Can Be Seen -Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha-

April 8th, 2016

Kottaro Marsh

Kottaro Marsh (コッタロ湿原) is a different wetland from Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland on the north side of the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park and is next to the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. Kottaro means "There Is Place That Water Gushing Out from Underground" in Ainu language, and is fitting name. Because it is not the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, few tourists come, but it is a little-known spot that the tourists can enjoy nature. A scenery looks like original nature, and it has been designated as the special protection district of the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park. The Kottaro Marsh is a nesting place for Japanese cranes. Visitors may have a chance to watch the Japanese cranes from a spring to a summer. A half gravel road called the Hokkaido Road Route 1060 "Kucchoro-genya Toro Line (クチョロ原野塘路線)" stretches on the marsh, and there are First Kottaro Viewpoint (第一展望台), Second Kottaro Viewpoint (第二展望地) and Third Kottaro Viewpoint (第三展望地) along the road. The Third Kottaro Viewpoint seems to be on a hill, but I have never found it.

Kottaro Marsh
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park (釧路湿原国立公園) that 500,000 people visit every year is a famous sightseeing spot in the Eastern Hokkaido and is the largest wetland with 18,290 ha in Japan. It was designed as a wetland under Ramsar Convention in 1980, and developments had been limited strictly. There are many rare animals inhabit and plants including Japanese cranes, Blakiston's fish-owls that are only 100 in Hokkaido, Iijima Ruriboshiyanma (イイジマルリボシヤンマ) that is the remaining specy in the glacial epoch, Itou fish (イトウ) that is said to be a very rare fish, Kushiro jacob's ladder (クシロハナシノブ) that is the remaining specy in the glacial epoch, Bogberry and Yachibouzu.

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park

First Kottaro Viewpoint

First Kottaro Viewpoint is built halfway up a hill and a wooden observatory deck is provided. It takes approximately 20 minutes on foot from a parking lot. I often felt out of breath when I went up along stairs. But a scenery was splendid!, and it is popular with tourist experts. I had not suffered in vain. There is a restroom near the parking lot. By the way, please be careful for theft from your vehicle on the parkin lot. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Restroom and First Kottaro Viewpoint
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
First Kottaro Viewpoint
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
Stairway
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
First Kottaro Viewpoint Comes into Sight
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
Look of Trail
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
Wooden Observatory Deck
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
Wooden Observatory Deck
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
Wooden Observatory Deck
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
View from First Kottaro Viewpoint
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
View from First Kottaro Viewpoint
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
View from First Kottaro Viewpoint
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha

Atmosphere of First Kottaro Viewpoint Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kottaro First Kottaro Viewpoint

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (10 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number -
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 900 086 222*21

Second Kottaro Viewpoint

Second Kottaro Viewpoint is along the Hokkaido Road Route 1060 "Kucchoro-genya Toro Line". But a view is not good for trees disturbing the view, so tourists may not enjoy it. The tourists can park their cars on the shoulder to see the Kottaro Marsh. Admission free.

View from Second Kottaro Viewpoint
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
View from Second Kottaro Viewpoint
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha

Atmosphere of Kottaro Second Kottaro Viewpoint Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kottaro Second Kottaro Viewpoint

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Parking lot is not provided * Pull over to the shoulder
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number -
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 900 115 617*14

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland.

Lake Shirarutoro Campsite(シラルトロ湖キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Kushiro Marshland National Park "Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma"(くしろ湿原パーク 憩の家 かや沼)
Booking
Yamahana Onsen Rifre(山花温泉リフレ)
Booking
Circle House Red Beret(サークルハウス赤いベレー)
Booking
Palude Kushiro(駅前ホテル パルーデ釧路)
Super Hotel Kushiro-ekimae(スーパーホテル 釧路駅前)
Booking
Super Hotel Kushiro(スーパーホテル釧路)
Booking
Hotel Route-Inn Kushiro Ekimae(ホテルルートイン釧路駅前)
Hotel AreaOne Kushiro(ホテルエリアワン釧路)
Kushiro Century Castle Hotel(釧路センチュリーキャッスルホテル)
La Vista Kushirogawa(ラビスタ釧路川)
Hotel Rasso Kushiro(ホテルラッソ釧路)
Comfort Hotel Kushiro(コンフォートホテル釧路)
Hotel Crown Hills Kushiro(ホテルクラウンヒルズ釧路)
Hotel Axia Inn Kushiro(ホテルアクシアイン釧路)
Kushiro Royal Inn(釧路ロイヤルイン)
Hotel Paco Kushiro(天然温泉ホテルパコ釧路)
Kushiro Prince Hotel(釧路プリンスホテル)
ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kushiro(ANAクラウンプラザホテル釧路)
Toyoko Inn Kushiro Jujigai(東横イン釧路十字街)
Booking
Kushiroshitsugen Toro Inn(釧路湿原 とうろの宿)
Booking
Athele Inn(アスリートイン)
Booking
Jalan
Lodge Shirarutoro(シラルトロ温泉 ロッジ シラルトロ)
Booking
Tsurui Dosanko Ranch(鶴居どさんこ牧場)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Lasting Hotel(ラスティングホテル)
Booking
Minshuku Kano(民宿かのう)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Business Hotel Frontier(ビジネスホテル フロンティア)
Booking
Jalan
Hotel Marshland(ホテル マーシュランド)
Booking
Hotel Mercci(バリアフリーホテル メルシー)
Booking
Jalan
Business Ryokan Tokiwaso(ビジネス旅館 富喜和荘)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Hotel Marshland Annex(ホテル マーシュランド別館)
Booking
Guest House Yasumizaka(民宿 休坂)
Minshuku Green Park(民宿グリーンパーク)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Sumire Ryokan(すみれ旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Business Hotel Nakazono Daiichi(ビジネス ホテル 中園第一)
Booking
Jalan
Wakatake Ryokan(若竹旅館)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Heart'n Tree(ハートン ツリー)
Jalan
Kushiro Shitsugen Tohro Youth Hostel(釧路湿原とうろユースホステル)
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Kushiro-shitsugen National Park is here

Kushiro-shitsugen National Park

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