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Wetlands Are Suitable for Magnificent Scenery Like Savanna or Sea -Kushiro Shitsugen National Park-

July 7th, 2014

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park

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 (ヤチボウズ).

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland
Kushiro-shitsugen wetland

Tourist attractions of Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park is roughly divided into 2 parts, the western part and the eastern part. In the western part, wooden pathes are enriched, and an activity to go down a river on a canoe is featured in the eastern part. To enjoy a damp plain, there are 3 points. 1. Enjoying views to visit observatories dotted with the wetland. 2. Walking wooden pathes and studying plants up close. 3. Going down Kushiro River (釧路川) on the canoe. For very large wetland, I recommend that tourists should go around by a privately-owned car or a rental car. Because a service interval is long in the case of the public transport bus services, the tourists might run out of the time.

Yachibouzu
Kushiro-shitsugen wetland

In addition, "Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko Train (くしろ湿原ノロッコ号)", train specialized in the sightseeing of the wetland, is operated from Kushiro Station (釧路駅) to Toro Station (塘路駅) from April to September. Because a railroad is constructed across the Kushiro-shitugen wetland from the north to the south, passengers can see the Kushiro River and Iwabokki Water Gate (岩保木水門) that the tourists using cars can not see. "SL Fuyu-no-Shitsugen Train (SL冬の湿原号)" travels from the Kushiro Station to Shibecha Station (標茶駅) in a winter. It is a time-limited train from January to March. When the Japanese crane, a representative animal of the winter Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, is watched, the train is seem to be stopped for watching that. Finally very many mosquitoes fly in the sky. Please, make sure that the preparation for insect measures will be perfect !
Tourism Map PDF (Japanese and English)

Western Part of Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland

In the westpern part of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, there are "Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory (釧路湿原展望台)", "Hokuto Viewpoint (北斗展望台)" and "Onnenai Visitor Center (温根内ビジターセンター)". Wooden pathes that tourists can take a walk through wetland are built and are enriched, and it is the most enjoying way to experience the wetland on foot.

Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory

Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory (釧路市湿原展望台) is a Yachibouzu-shaped building designed by Mr. Kiko Mozuna (毛綱毅曠) on the west side of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland and was built in 1984. That is an only paid facility in Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. Tourists can enjoy the Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory from an observatory on the third floor. A night view from here is beautiful, and it is a dating place. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland from Satellite Observatory
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path

Atmosphere of Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk

Hokuto Viewpoint

Hokuto Viewpoint (北斗展望地) is on the west side of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原) and is about 1 km away from the north of Kushiro Shitugen Observatory (釧路湿原展望台). There is just Hokuto Parking Lot (北斗パーキング) and is no facility. But, visitors can look over Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland freely. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Hokuto Viewpoint
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Hokuto Viewpoint

Atmosphere of Hokuto Viewpoint Can Be Watched on Youtube

Moive of Hokuto Viewpoint

Onnenai Visitor Center

Onnenai Visitor Center (温根内ビジターセンター) is a information center (インフォメーション・センター) that tourists can collect knowledges and informations about wetlands on the west side of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原). Onnenai Boardwalk (温根内木道) is built on the wetland. The tourists can observe various plants such as a reed, a sedge, a bog moss, and visiotrs can make a round for about 1 hour. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Wooden Path
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Onnenai Visitor Center

Atmosphere of Onnenai Visitor Center Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Onnenai Visitor Center

Eastern Part of Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland

There are "Hosooka Observatory (細岡展望台)", "Lake Toro (塘路湖)" and "Kayanuma Station (茅沼)" along a railroad. Tourists can enjoy the beauty and the grandeur of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland while looking over mountain ranges of Akan Area (阿寒) and serpentine Kushiro River that formed the backdrop. In the east side, ways of enjoying wetland are various, the tourists can enjoy seeing nature, and can enjoy walking the nature, and even the tourists can enjoy going down a river on a canoe, and can experience it in various ways. There are little‐known good spots, Cape Miyajima (宮島岬) and Cape Kirakotan (キラコタン岬), too. It looks the sea, so those are called "Cape".

Hosooka Observatory

Hosooka Observatory (細岡展望台) is the most famous sightseeing spot on the east side of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. There are Hosooka First Observatory (第一展望台), Hosooka Second Observatory (第二展望台) and Hosooka Visitor Lounge (細岡ビジターラウンジ) that tourists can take a break. It is a popular reason that the tourists can enjoy a famous scenery with ridgeline of Mt. Oakandake (雄阿寒岳) and Mt. Meakandake (雌阿寒岳) that formed the backdrop and Kushiro River (釧路川) meandering in the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. It is rumored that the setting sun is beautiful, it is said to be place that everyone would like to go to at least once. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

First Observatory
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Hosooka Observatory

Atmosphere of Hosooka Observatory Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Hosooka Observatory

Hosooka Canoe Port

Hosooka Canoe Port (細岡カヌーポート) is a landing place for canoes. Tourists can enjoy the canoe that is the popular extreme activity in Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. The tourists go down Kushiro River through marshes on the canoe and are able to experience the nature on the river. It takes approximately 2 hours from the Hosooka Canoe Port to Iwabokki Water Gate. The tourists may have a chance to watch animals such as "Japanese crane" and "White-tailed sea eagles" if lucky. Some companies sponsor canoe tours, and it is necessary for us to reserve in advance and to pay a fee. Article is here

Canoe Port
Hosooka Canoe Port in Kushiro

Atmosphere of Hosooka Canoe Port Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Hosooka Canoe Port

Lake Takkobunuma

Lake Takkobunuma (達古武沼) is a freshwater lake on the east side of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原). The perimeter is around 5 km. Lake Balls (マリモ) grow on the bottom of the lake as well as Lake Akan (阿寒湖). There is Tatsukobu Auto Campsite (達古武オートキャンプ場) on the north shore of the lake and that is only facility. There is Center House (センターハウス) that everybody can enjoy meals and can take a rest on the Tatsukobunuma Auto Campsite. Tatsukobu Yumegaoka Walks (達古武夢ヶ丘歩道) with 2.3 km in total length is built along shore of the lake. Yumegaoka Observatory (夢ヶ丘展望台) is on the terminal, and tourists can see a scenery that a railroad track sails across Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. Therefore visitors can discover a variety state of the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland that artifacts blended into nature. Article is here

Lake Takkobunuma
Lake Takkobunuma in Kushiro
Conbination of Winding Kushiro River and Railroad Track Is Popular
Lake Takkobunuma in Kushiro

Atmosphere of Lake Takkobu Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Lake Takkobu

Atmosphere of Yumegaoka Observatory Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Yumegaoka Observatory

Lake Toro

Lake Toro (塘路湖) is a freshwater lake on the east side of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原). The perimeter is around 18 km. It is the largest lake in the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. Lake Balls (マリモ) grow on the bottom of the lake as well as Lake Akan (阿寒湖). There are Toro Nature Center (塘路ネイチャーセンター). Lake Toro Eco Musuem Center (塘路湖エコミュージアムセンター), Toro Motomura Campsite (塘路元村キャンプ場), Toro Lakeside Trail (塘路湖畔歩道) and Phytoncide-no-Mori Trail (フィトンチッドの森歩道) around the lake. As for the trails, tourists can make a round trip for about 1 hour. In addition, there are Sarubo Observatory (サルボ展望台) and Sarurun Observatory (サルルン展望台) near the lake, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Lake Toro
Lake Toro in Shibecha
Canoes Line Up
Lake Toro in Shibecha

Atmosphere of Canoe Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Canoe

Sarubo Observatory and Sarurun Observatory

Sarubo Observatory (サルボ展望台) and Sarurun Observatory (サルルン展望台) are on the east side of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原) and is located on the northwest side of Lake Toro (塘路湖). There are many lakes and marshes around here in the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, so wetlands, lakes, a road and a railroad make a good combination. After visitors go up along precipitous trails, the trails ahead split in two around the top of a hill. By the way, please be careful for thefting from your vehicle on a parking lot. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

View from Sarubo Viewpoint
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Sarubo Viewpoint
View from Sarurun Viewpoint
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park View from sarurun Viewpoint

Atmosphere of Sarubo Viewpoint Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Sarubo Viewpoint

Atmosphere of Sarurun Viewpoint Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Sarurun Viewpoint

Nihonmatsu Lookout

Nihonmatsu Lookout (二本松展望地) is near Nihonmatsu Bridge cross Kushiro River (釧路川) in Shibcha. It is not a tourist spot officially, so there is not a facility at all. A signboard is not provided, too, and a lot of tourists are hard to find it. It is known as a secret tourist spot. In my case, I was somehow able to find trails (foot stamps) on a hillslope. It took about 10 minutes on foot, and white mountaintop came into sight. That is the Nihonmatsu Lookout. It commanded a fine view, and Kushiro-shitsugen wetland different from Hosooka Observatory (細岡展望台) can be seen. Cars can come to the mountaintop, but a path is very uneven, I think only off-road vehicles can get there. Admission free. Article is here

View from Nihonmatsu Lookout
Nihonmatsu Lookout in Shibcha

Atmosphere of Nihonmatsu Lookout Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Nihonmatsu Lookout

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. Article is here

View from First Kottaro Viewpoint
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kottaro Marsh

Atmosphere of First Kottaro Viewpoint Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of First Kottaro Viewpoint

Lake Shirarutoro

Lake Shirarutoro is a freshwater lake on the north side of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland National Park (釧路湿原国立公園) and is on the east side of Kottaro Marsh (コッタロ湿原). The perimeter is around 7 km. It is said that Shirarutoro means "Something Between Rocks in River (川の中の岩の間)" in Ainu language, but that has not been known in detail. The lake is between Japan National Route 391 on the east side of the lake and a railroad on th west side of the lake. There is a parking lot near Reizei Bridge (冷泉橋) along the Japan National Route, and visitors can look over the lake. Lake Shirarutoro Campsite (シラルトロ湖キャンプ場) and Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma (憩の家「かや沼」) is located at the north side of the lake. Lake Balls (マリモ) grow on the bottom of the lake as well as Lake Akan (阿寒湖). Article is here

Lake Shirarutoro
Lake Shirarutoro in Shibcha

Atmosphere of Lake Shirarutoro Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Lake Shirarutoro

Kayanuma Station

Kayanuma Station (茅沼駅) is famous for feeding to Japanese cranes. Because local people feeds them near the station building in a winter, it is rumored that tourists are able to be watched the Japanese cranes. There is Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma (憩の家「かや沼」) near the building and it takes 15 minutes on foot. Tourists can take a bath at hot springs.

Atmosphere of Japanese Crane Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Japanese Crane

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 not provided

Onsen

Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland was ever the sea. Therefore, hot springs with salty taste can be enjoyed at Kayanuma Onsen located in the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland and Yamahana Onsen (山花温泉) located in the southern part of the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. In addition, moor hot springs can be enjoyed at Shimo-osobetsu Onsen (下オソベツ温泉) and Aurora Onsen (オーロラ温泉) located in the northern part of the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, too.

Kayanuma Onsen

Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma is a hot-spring hotel in Shibecha town located in the northern part of Kushiro city and was founded in 1978. It locate in Kushiro-Shitstugen Wetland National Park and is one of compound facilities called Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland Park (くしろ湿原パーク), there is a building on a hill facing Lake Shirarutoro. There are a park golf course and a camping ground except a hot spring facility. Japanese cranes can be seen here if you are lucky. In addition, Japanese cranes are fed at Kayanuma Station in a winter. Article is here

Outdoor Bath
Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma, Kayanuma Onsen in Shibecha

Atmosphere of Kayanuma Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kayanuma Onsen

Shimo-osobetsu Onsen

Ajikoen (味幸園) is a hot spring facility in Shibecha town located in the northern part of Kushiro city. A building is surrounded by wetlands. There is a garden in front of the building and it is tastefully laid out. There are 2 indoor baths at a bathhouse. The large indoor bath is the size that about 5 peopel take a bath and the small indoor bath is the size that about 3 people take a bath. Each hot springs had been gushing out from a mouth of a lion, and the hot springs had been overflowing from bathtubs and had been flowing freely. Article is here

Look of Bathhouse
Shimo-osobetsu Onsen Ajikoen in Shibecha

Atmosphere of Shimo-osobetsu Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Shimo-osobetsu Onsen

Aurora Onsen

Aurora Onsen is a facility of Aurora Farm Village (オーロラビレッジファーム) in Shibecha town. In addition, there are some facilities such as cottages, a camping ground and view points at a site of 99.1737 m2. It is popular by people outside of Hokkaido and is rich in nature. Of course, a styaing is possible, and visitors can enjoy meals at a restraunt, too. It is also known for enjoying fresh moor hot springs and can be said that Onsen fun must go Onsen. Article is here

Mixed Open-air Bath
Aurora Onsen in Shibecha

Atmosphere of Aurora Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Aurora Onsen

Yamahana Onsen

Yamahana Onsen Refre (山花温泉リフレ) is a hot-spring hotel in Kushiro city. There is a building near Kushiro Zoo. There are 2 bathhouses, Yama-no-Yu (山の湯) and Hana-no-Yu (花の湯), and the bathhouses for men and women are replaced every day. There are 1 open-air bath, 1 large indoor bath, 2 whirlpool baths, 1 medicinal bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the bathhouse. Because the open-air bath is surrounded by walls, Unfortunately, a view is not so good. Article is here

Lobby
Yamahana Onsen Refre in Kushiro

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)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Kushiro Marshland National Park "Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma"(くしろ湿原パーク 憩の家 かや沼)
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Yamahana Onsen Rifre(山花温泉リフレ)
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Circle House Red Beret(サークルハウス赤いベレー)
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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)
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Super Hotel Kushiro(スーパーホテル釧路)
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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)
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Kushiroshitsugen Toro Inn(釧路湿原 とうろの宿)
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Athele Inn(アスリートイン)
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Jalan
Lodge Shirarutoro(シラルトロ温泉 ロッジ シラルトロ)
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Tsurui Dosanko Ranch(鶴居どさんこ牧場)
HP
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Jalan
Lasting Hotel(ラスティングホテル)
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Minshuku Kano(民宿かのう)
HP
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Jalan
Business Hotel Frontier(ビジネスホテル フロンティア)
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Jalan
Hotel Marshland(ホテル マーシュランド)
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Hotel Mercci(バリアフリーホテル メルシー)
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Jalan
Business Ryokan Tokiwaso(ビジネス旅館 富喜和荘)
HP
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Jalan
Hotel Marshland Annex(ホテル マーシュランド別館)
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Guest House Yasumizaka(民宿 休坂)
Minshuku Green Park(民宿グリーンパーク)
HP
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Jalan
Sumire Ryokan(すみれ旅館)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Business Hotel Nakazono Daiichi(ビジネス ホテル 中園第一)
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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 is this

Kushiro

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