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Largest Lake in Kushiro-shitugen Wetland and Canoe Port -Lake Toro in Sibecha-

April 8th, 2016

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.

Lake Toro
Lake Toro in Shibecha
Lake Toro
Lake Toro in Shibecha
Lake Toro
Lake Toro in Shibecha
Motomura House Pal Lakeside Toro
Lake Toro in Shibecha
Canoe Port
Lake Toro in Shibecha
Canoe Registration
Lake Toro in Shibecha
Lake Toro Eco Musuem Center
Lake Toro in Shibecha
Lake Toro Eco Musuem Center
Lake Toro in Shibecha
Explain for Yachibozu
Lake Toro in Shibecha
Lake Toro Eco Musuem Center
Lake Toro in Shibecha
Canoes Line Up
Lake Toro in Shibecha
Toro Lakeside Trail
Lake Toro in Shibecha
Park Golf Course
Lake Toro in Shibecha

When I read Tweets, Lake Toro seems to be popular.

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

Just like Hosooka Canoe Port (細岡カヌーポート), the Lake Toro has starting places "(Toro Nature Center) 塘路ネイチャーセンター" and "Motomura House Pal Lakeside Toro (元村ハウスぱる レイクサイドとうろ)" for canoe tours on the shore of the Lake Toro, and the tourists can enjoy the paid canoe tours. It takes half day from the Lake Toro to the Hosooka Canoe Port, and it takes a day from the Lake Toro to the Iwabokki Water Gate (岩保木水門). There are Sarubo Viewpoint (サルボ展望台), Sarurun Viewpoint (サルルン展望台) and Nihonmatsu Viewpoint (二本松展望地) around the lake, and tourists can look over around the Lake Toro. Those are not so famous, but it is popular as sightseeing spots with tourists expert.

Refer to following websites for canoe tour sponsors.

Lake Toro Eco Museum Center(塘路湖エコミュージアムセンター)      
Lakeside Toro(レイクサイドとうろ)      
B & B Come Home(B & B かむほーむ)      
Healing Canoe Kushiro(ヒーリングカヌー釧路)      
Kushiro Marsh & River(釧路マーシュ&リバー)      
Rera(レラ)      
BLACKRIVER(ブラックリバー)      
Nanook(ナヌーク)      
Somokuya(そもくや)      
CANOE PRO(カヌープロ)      
North East Canoe Center(ノースイーストカヌーセンター)      
Family Canoe Toro(ファミリーカヌーとうろ)      

Atmosphere of Canoe Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Canoe

Admission fee Lake Toro Eco Musuem Center: Free of charge
Parking lot Lake Toro Eco Musuem Center: Free parking is provided (30 cars)
Business hours Lake Toro Eco Musuem Center: 10:00-17:00
Regular closing day Lake Toro Eco Musuem Center: Wednesday and New Year holidays
Telephone number Lake Toro Eco Musuem Center: +81-15-487-3003
Home page Lake Toro Eco Musuem Center
Mapcode 576 812 625*87

Accommodations

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

Toro Motomura Campsite(塘路元村キャンプ場)      
Yamahana Onsen Rifre(山花温泉リフレ)  
Circle House Red Beret(サークルハウス赤いベレー)  
Kushiro Marshland National Park "Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma"(くしろ湿原パーク 憩の家 かや沼)    
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)  
Super Hotel Kushiro(スーパーホテル釧路)  
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)  
Kushiroshitsugen Toro Inn(釧路湿原 とうろの宿)  
Athele Inn(アスリートイン)    
Lodge Shirarutoro(シラルトロ温泉 ロッジ シラルトロ)  
Tsurui Dosanko Ranch(鶴居どさんこ牧場)    
Lasting Hotel(ラスティングホテル)  
Minshuku Kano(民宿かのう)      
Business Hotel Frontier(ビジネスホテル フロンティア)    
Hotel Marshland(ホテル マーシュランド)  
Hotel Mercci(バリアフリーホテル メルシー)    
Business Ryokan Tokiwaso(ビジネス旅館 富喜和荘)      
Hotel Marshland Annex(ホテル マーシュランド別館)  
Shinfuji Ryokan(新富士旅館)      
Guest House Yasumizaka(民宿 休坂)
Minshuku Green Park(民宿グリーンパーク)      
Sumire Ryokan(すみれ旅館)    
Business Hotel Nakazono Daiichi(ビジネス ホテル 中園第一)    
Wakatake Ryokan(若竹旅館)      
Heart'n Tree(ハートン ツリー)    
Kushiro Shitsugen Tohro Youth Hostel(釧路湿原とうろユースホステル)  
Booking.com

A page of Kushiro-shitsugen National Park is here

Kushiro-shitsugen National Park

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