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Most Largest Lake in Hokkaido -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 Observation Deck

Saromako Observation Deck (サロマ湖展望台) 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 Observation Deck declares 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. Article is here

I Look at Wakka Wild Flower Park
Lake Saroma-Ko Observatory

Atmosphere of Saromako Observation Deck Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Saromako Observation Deck

Cape Kimuaneppu

Cape Kimuaneppu (キムアネップ岬) is the only cape of Lake Saroma in Saroma town located in the south part of the Lake Saroma. There is the Kimuaneppusaki Camping Ground (キムアネップ崎野営場) and is a walk path with about 1 km in total length around the camping ground. Kimuaneppu means Slim Place in Ainu language. It is a famous place for seeing the beautiful setting sun. The square-shaped setting sun can be seen if you are lucky. A usage fee and a parking lot are free of charge. In addition, there is glasswort colony near the camping ground, and about 50 kinds of flowers and wild birds can be seen. There is a restroom, too. Article is here. About glasswort colonies, Article is here

Bay
Saroma, Lake Saroma, Cape Kimuaneppu

Atmosphere of Cape Kimuaneppu Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Cape Kimuaneppu

Piraoro Observation Deck

Piraoro Observation Deck (ピラオロ展望台) 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. Article is here

Winter View from Piraoro Observation Deck
Saroma, Lake Saroma, Piraoro Observation Deck

Atmosphere of Piraoro Observation Deck Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Piraoro Observation Deck

Ryugudai Observation Deck

Ryugudai Observation Deck (竜宮台展望台) 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 ice 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. Article is here

Appearance of Ryugudai Observation Deck
Lake Saroma, Yubetsu, Ryugudai Observation Deck

Atmosphere of Ryugudai Observation Deck Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Ryugudai Observation Deck

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.

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

A page of Kitami is here

Kitami

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