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Coral Grass Colony Called Red Carpet -Lake Saroma in Kitami Tokoro, Saroma and Yubetsu-

August 19th, 2014

Neighborhood of Lake Saroma

Lake Saroma (サロマ湖) that stretches over Kitami Tokoro town, Saraoma town and Yubetsu town is a brackish water lake located in the northeast part of Kitami city. The perimeter of the lake is approximately 87 km and the area of the lake is 152 km2. The Lake Saroma is the third largest lake in Japan and is the most largest lake in Hokkaido. A sandbar with approximately 200 m to 700 m in width separates the Lake Saroma from the Sea of Okhotsk (オホーツク海), and the lake links the sea with only two places. In old days, the sandbar separeted the Lake Saroma from the Sea of Okhotsk depending on seasons fully.

Lake Saroma
Lake Saroma
Lake Saroma
Lake Saroma

There are Saromako Observatory (サロマ湖展望台), Cape Kimuaneppu (キムアネップ岬), Piraoro Observatory (ピラオロ展望台), Ryugudai Observatory (竜宮台展望台) and Wakka Wild Flower Park (ワッカ原生花園) around the Lake Saroma. The morning sun, the setting sun, views and camping grounds can be enjoyed. Glasswort dye a damp plain red on the Cape Kimuaneppu in a autumn, I want everyone to see the scenery. In addition, it is famous for having tasty scallops and oysters, and the fishing fresh-water smelts is popular in a winter.

Lake Saroma
Lake Saroma
Winter Lake Saroma
Lake Saroma
Glasswort
Lake Saroma

SaromaKo Observatory

Saromako Observatory in Saroma town located in the south part of the Lake Saroma is built on the top of Mt. Horoiwa (幌岩山) with 376 m in height. The Saromako Observatory declare that 360 degrees view is provided, it is a fact. A splendid view is provided. Visitors can look over mountains in the Shiretoko Peninsula and the Lake Saroma and can enter the observatory freely and can ward off cold, too. There is also a restroom near a parking lot. Admission and the parking lot are free of charge. But a gravel road with approximately 5 km in length extends to the top and is the rough road having only the width that one car can go along. Attention is necessary for driving.

Saromako Observatory. Stylish Appearance
Lake Saroma-Ko Observatory
360 Degrees View
Lake Saroma-Ko Observatory
Sandbar Separates Sea of Okhotsk from Lake Saroma
Lake Saroma-Ko Observatory
I Look at Wakka Wild Flower Park
Lake Saroma-Ko Observatory
Piorola Observatory unde Bottom
Lake Saroma-Ko Observatory
Restroom
TLake Saroma-Ko Observatory

Atmosphere of Saromako Observatory Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Saromako Observatory

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (10 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Winter season
Telephone number +81-1587-2-1200
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 955 055 328*20

Cape Kimuaneppu

Cape Kimuaneppu is the only cape in Saroma town located in the south part of the Lake Saroma. There is the Kimuaneppu Camping Ground (キムアネップキャンプ場) and is a walk path around the camping ground. It is the famous place for seeing the beautiful setting sun. The setting sun with the square shape can be seen if you are lucky. A usage fee and a parking lot are free of charge. In addition, there is glasswort colonies near the camping ground, and approximately 50 kinds of flowers and wild birds can be seen. There is a restroom, too. About glasswort colonies, Article is here

Cape Kimuaneppu of View from Saromako Observatory
Saroma, Lake Saroma, Cape Kimuaneppu
Bridge under Construction in Wild Flower Park
Saroma, Lake Saroma, Cape Kimuaneppu
Bay
Saroma, Lake Saroma, Cape Kimuaneppu
Camping Ground on Cape Kimuaneppu
Saroma, Lake Saroma, Cape Kimuaneppu
Common Glasswort Colonies
Saroma, Lake Saroma, Cape Kimuaneppu
Thermopsis Lupinoides Bloom
Saroma, Lake Saroma, Cape Kimuaneppu

Atmosphere of Cape Kimuaneppu Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Cape Kimuaneppu

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Camping ground: Free parking is provided (200 Cars), Common glasswort colonies: Free parking is provided (20 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Spring season and winter season
Telephone number +81-1587-2-1200
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 525 664 455*26

Piraoro Observatory

Piraoro Observatory is built on a hill in Saroma town located in the south part of the Lake Saroma and its appearance is stylish, and it is adjacent to Piraoroso ryokan (ピラオロ荘) and there is the Toppushi Fishing Port (富武士漁港) on the foot of the hill. It was used as a watch stand for searching fishes in the Ainu period. It is a legendary place that an Ainu young girl threw the body, too. Admission and the parking lot are free of charge.

Piraoro Observatory. Stylish Appearance
Saroma, Lake Saroma, Piraola Observatory
View from Piraoro Observatory
Saroma, Lake Saroma, Piraola Observatory
Toppushi Fishing Port
Saroma, Lake Saroma, Piraola Observatory
Observatory Inside
Saroma, Lake Saroma, Piraola Observatory
Winter View from Piraoro Observatory
Saroma, Lake Saroma, Piraola Observatory

Atmosphere of Piraoro Observatory Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Piraoro Observatory

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (5 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open year all round
Telephone number +81-1587-2-1200
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 955 051 172*53

Ryugudai Observatory

Ryugudai Observatory with approximately 5 m in height is built on the sandbar between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Lake Saroma in Yubetsu town located in the north part of the Lake Saroma. Tourists can look over the Lake Saroma in a summer and can look over drift ices on the Sea of Okhotsk in a winter. Admission and a parking lot are free of charge. There is the Sanrihama Camping Ground (三里浜キャンプ場) near the observatory, and people enjoy camping. By the way, the camping ground is charged.

Ryugudai Observatory of View from Saromako Observatory
Lake Saroma, Yubetsu, Ryugudai Observatory
Appearance of Ryugudai Observatory
Lake Saroma, Yubetsu, Ryugudai Observatory
View from Ryugudai Observatory
Lake Saroma, Yubetsu, Ryugudai Observatory
Sanrihama Camping Ground
Lake Saroma, Yubetsu, Ryugudai Observatory
Shower Facility at Camping Ground
Lake Saroma, Yubetsu, Ryugudai Observatory
Lake Saroma
Lake Saroma, Yubetsu, Ryugudai Observatory

Atmosphere of Ryugudai Observatory Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Ryugudai Observatory

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (30 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-1586-2-2111
Home page Home page is here

Wakka Wild Flower Park

Wakka Wild Flower Park is considerably large flower garden of 700 ha on a sandbar with 25 km in length between the Lake Saroma and the Sea of Okhotsk in Tokoro-cho, Kitami city located in the northeast part of Kitami city. Approximately 300 kinds of wild flowers such as the Siberian Lily, the Rosa Rugosa, the Orange-yellow Day Lily are in full bloom from April to July. The flowers hardly bloomed when I visited here in mid August. Bad luck. Article is here

Moive of Wakka Wild Flower Park

Lake Saroma Ultramarathon

Lake Saroma Ultramarathon (サロマ湖100kmウルトラマラソン) is a very long-distance marathon race held in late June. Runners run around the Lake Saroma. There are two categories, 50km and 100km, and a marathon berth seems to be filled immediately because it is very popular.

When I read Tweets, Lake Saroma Ultramarathon seems to be popular.

Atmosphere of Lake Saroma Ultramarathon Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Lake Saroma Ultramarathon

Participation fee 100 km JPY 17,000. 50km JPY 11,000.
Parking lot Free parking is provided
Business hours -
Regular closing day -
Telephone number +81-3-3714-1733
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 955 377 063*82

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Lake Saroma.

Lake Saroma Tsuruga Resort(サロマ湖鶴雅リゾート)  
Saromakohan Youth Hostel(サロマ湖畔ユースホステル)  
Saromako Yurinkan(サロマ湖悠林館)  
Tabibito-yado Saromanian(旅人宿 さろまにあん)    
Sencho-no-Ie(船長の家)      
Minshuku Watanabe(民宿わたなべ)      
Minshuku Misuzu(民宿三鈴) Only Tel:+81-1587-6-2152
Ryokan Piraoroso(旅館 ピラオロ荘)      
Lake Palace(レイクパレス)      
Minshuku Hama-no-Ie(民宿浜の家) Only Tel:+81-1586-5-3470
Sanrihama Camping Ground(三里浜キャンプ場)      
Kimuaneppusaki Camping Ground(キムアネップ岬キャンプ場)      
Booking.com

A page of Kitami is here

Kitami

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