Paradise for Waterfowls near New Chitose Airport -Lake Utonai in Tomakomai-
April 19th, 2014
Lake Utonai (ウトナイ湖) is a freshwater lake in the northeastern part of Tomakomai city. The perimeter of the lake is about 10 km and is not so large. The Lake Utonai has a beautiful wetland and was designed as the Ramsar Convention in 1991. More than 260 kinds of waterfowls such as Whooper Swan and Whistling Swan inhabit, and the lake is called "Paradise for Wild Birds." In addition, 500 kinds of plants such as Quercus Crispula and Haskap grow, and 3,900 kinds of insecta inhabit. It is called "Natural Treasury", too, and takes about 20 minutes from New Chitose Airport by a car.
When I read Tweets, Lake Utonai seems to be popular.
Wooden paths are built on the shore in the north side of the lake, and the tourists can feel nature with all their senses. I saw a squirrel biting a mashroom at the side of the wooden path and a natural stream snaking its way across a field, there is a new discovery and it is really interesting. Tourists can go in and out an observation hut freely and can observe the wild birds without scaring those. The relation between nature and a person is just right, and it is the comfortable place.
There are Utonaiko Sanctuary (ウトナイ湖野生鳥獣保護センター) and Utonaiko Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor's Center (ウトナイ湖サンクチュアリネイチャーセンター) on the west side of the lake, all of these are free of charge and are open to the general public. The tourists can observe the wild birds in each facilities. In addition, there are a restraunt, a souvenir shop, a restroom in roadside station "Lake Utonai". Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
Atmosphere of Lake Utonai Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Lake utonai-ko sanctuary: Free parking is provided (30 Cars), Lake utonai wildlife sanctuary and visitor's center: Free parking is provided (30 Cars), Road station: Free parking is provided (93 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours * Lake utonai-ko sanctuary 09:00-17:00, Lake utonai wildlife sanctuary and visitor's center 09:00-17:00|
|Regular closing day||Winter season * Lake utonai-ko sanctuary: Tuesday, Wednesday and Year-end and New Year holidays, Lake utonai-ko wildlife sanctuary and visitor's center: Monday and Year-end and New Year holidays|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||113 413 623*44|
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Lake Utonai.
|Smile Hotel Tomakomai(スマイルホテル苫小牧)|
|Comfort Hotel Tomakomai(コンフォートホテル 苫小牧)|
|Hotel Wing International Tomakomai(ホテルウィングインターナショナル苫小牧)|
|Tomakomai Green Hotel(苫小牧グリーンホテル)|
|Hotel Route Inn Tomakomai(ホテルルートイン苫小牧駅前)|
|Dormy Inn Tomakomai(ドーミーイン苫小牧)|
|Toyoko Inn Tomakomai(東横イン苫小牧駅前)|
|Business Hotel Motonakano(ビジネスホテル モトナカノ)|
|Grand Hotel New Oji(グランドホテル ニュー王子)|
|HOTEL Stay Village(ホテルステイビレッジ)|
|Business Hotel Hachinohe(ビジネスホテルはちのへ)|
|Oyado Hishokan(おやど 翔馬館)|
|Oyado Taniguchiso(お宿 谷口荘)|
|Hotel Nidom(ホテル ニドム)|
A page of Tomakomai is here