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Secret Tourist Spot with Commanding Fine View in Kushiro-Shitugen Wetland -Nihonmatsu Lookout in Shibcha-

June 2nd, 2017

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.

I Was Somehow Able to Find Trail
Nihonmatsu Lookout in Shibcha
Nihonmatsu Lookout Comes into Sight
Nihonmatsu Lookout in Shibcha
Nihonmatsu Lookout
Nihonmatsu Lookout in Shibcha
View from Nihonmatsu Lookout
Nihonmatsu Lookout in Shibcha
View from Nihonmatsu Lookout
Nihonmatsu Lookout in Shibcha
Only Off-road Vehicles Seem to Reach Here
Nihonmatsu Lookout in Shibcha

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

Atmosphere of Nihonmatsu Lookout Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Nihonmatsu Lookout

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Parking lot is provided (5 cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-15-485-2111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 795 030 803*11


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)      
Kushiro Marshland National Park "Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma"(くしろ湿原パーク 憩の家 かや沼)    
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)    
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)  

A page of Kushiro-shitsugen National Park is here

Kushiro-shitsugen National Park