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Profound and Beautiful Scenery Looks Like Moss Cave around Lake Shikotsu -Tarumae Garo Gorge in Tomakomai-

July 30th, 2014

Tarumae Garo Gorge (樽前ガロー) is located in the western part of Tomakomai city. A cliff face was eroded by water, and the banks of Tarumae River change to steep cliffs. Garo means a river between the steep cliffs in Tohoku dialect. More than 60 kinds of mosses grow thick on the surface of the cliffs in a summer. It is just like a green carpet. Moss Cave (苔の洞門) around Lake Shikotsu (支笏湖) is in danger of falling rocks and is closed down now. Tarumae Garo Gorge is one of few places that this fantastic scene can be seen. However, I think that this is a little-known sightseeing spot because few tourists come. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. But there is no facility. There is only nature.

Mysterious Place
Tomakomai, Tarumae Garo Gorge

There are 3 viewing places along the Tarumae River. Firstly, there is the viewing place around Second Garo Bridge (第2ガロウ橋) along a upper stream of the Tarumae River. Secondly, there is the viewing place along a midstream of the Tarumae River. Finally, there is the viewing place around Garo Bridge (ガロウ橋) along a down stream of the Tarumae River (樽前川). For sheer rocks, I had a hard time to go down the bottom of the river. Everybody should be safety with both hands freely and should wear suitable shoes because sands got into my shoes. Furthermore, bears seem to appear in this whole area. You may be careful of various things.

Upper Stream. Narrow Width of River and Rapid Stream
Tomakomai, Tarumae Garo Gorge
Slippery and Danger
Tomakomai, Tarumae Garo Gorge
Moss Carpet
Tomakomai, Tarumae Garo Gorge
Tomakomai, Tarumae Garo Gorge
Rock Faces
Tomakomai, Tarumae Garo Gorge
View from Top
Tomakomai, Tarumae Garo Gorge
Down Stream
Tomakomai, Tarumae Garo Gorge

Atmosphere of Tarumae Garo Gorge Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Tarumae Garo Gorge

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (30 Cars) * Or pull over to the shoulder
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-144-34-2000
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 545 411 670*84


Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Tarumae Garo Gorge.

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)
Hotel Sugita(ホテル杉田)
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 Okuni(ホテル於久仁)
Business Hotel Hachinohe(ビジネスホテルはちのへ)
Oyado Hishokan(おやど 翔馬館)
Hotel Nidom(ホテル ニドム)

A page of Tomakomai is here


A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here

Shikotsu-Toya National Park