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Little-Known Spots Has Beautiful Nature in Eastern HOkkaido -Tokachi Beach Wetlands Group-

September 6th, 2014

Tokachi Beach Wetlands Group

Tokachi Beach Wetlands Group (十勝海岸湖沼群) is wetlands spreading over in the coastal areas of Tokachi. There are Lake Choubushi (長節湖), Yuudo Marsh (湧洞沼), Oikamanai Marsh (生花苗沼), Horokayanto Marsh (ホロカヤントウ沼), Kimonto Marsh (キモントウ) and Touen Wetland (当縁湿原). These wetlands were chosen as Japanese important wetlands. This area is designed as the Ramsar Convention registration wetland, it is said to be a paradise for abiogenesis flowers and wild birds. About 200 kinds of wild birds inhabit the wetlands, and I encountered Japanese cranes, too. Because those wetlands are not become tourist attractions, it will be said to be little-known spots that tourists can enjoy nature calmly. Therefore, unfortunately those places are not accessible by public transportation.

Japanese Cranes
Japanese cranes

Lake Choubushi

Lake Choubushi (長節湖) is a brackish water lake facing Pacific Ocean in Toyokoro located in the southeastern part of Obihiro. The perimeter of the lake is about 5 km. A long sandbar spreads over between the lake and the sea, and there is Chobushiko Abiogenesis Flower Garden (長節湖原生花園) that Yezo Licorice and Thermopsis Lupinoides bloom. Wild birds such as Buntings inhabit, too. It was designed as the natural monument "Lake Choubushi Nature Colony (長節湖野生植物群落)". There is a camping ground on the end of a road. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. The road to Lake Choubushi is closed in a winter. Article is here

Lake Choubushi
Lake Choubushi

Atmosphere of Lake Choubushi Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Lake Choubushi

Yudo Marsh

Yudo Marsh (湧洞沼) is a brackish water lake facing Pacific Ocean in Toyokoro located in the southeastern part of Obihiro. The perimeter of the marsh is about 19 km. This marsh is the largest marsh in Tokachi Beach Wetlands Group (十勝海岸湖沼群). A long sandbar spreads over between the marsh and the sea, and an abiogenesis flower garden spreads over on both sides of a road, too. This marsh is the very precious marsh, and ordinary people can catch a corbicula. Only people concerned with fishery can catch the corbicula now in most wetlands. When I visited here, many people caught the corbicula. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. The road to Yudo Marsh is closed in a winter. Article is here

Yudo Marsh
Yudo Marsh in Toyokoro

Atmosphere of Yudo Marsh Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Yudo Marsh

Oikamanai Marsh

Oikamanai Marsh (生花苗沼) is a brackish water marsh facing Pacific Ocean in Toyokoro located in the southeastern part of Obihiro. The perimeter of the marsh is about 12 km. Brown water of the marsh caught my eyes. Marine Sports such as a canoe and a jet ski can be enjoyed in a summer. Corbicula is famous, too. In mid July, ordinary people can catch corbiculae once a year. An observation hut for wild bird watching seemed to be built around the Oikamanai Marsh, but I was not able to discover it. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. There is Bansei Onsen (晩成温泉) near the marsh. Article is here

Beautiful Scenery
Oikamanai Marsh in Taiki

Atmosphere of Oikamanai Marsh Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Oikamanai Marsh

Horokayanto Marsh

Horokayanto Marsh (ホロカヤントウ沼) is a brackish water marsh facing Pacific Ocean in Taiki located in the southeastern part of Obihiro, and is famous for fishing pond smelts in a winter. The perimeter of the marsh is about 5 km. There are Tokachi Horokayanto Pit-House Remains (十勝ホロカヤントウ竪穴住居群) on a small hill with about 15 m in height, and visitors can enter a restored house freely. When I saw the Horokayanto Marsh on the small hill, I thougt about the ancient people. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. There is Bansei Onsen (晩成温泉) near the marsh. Article is here

View from Hill
Horokayanto Marsh in Taiki

Atmosphere of Horokayanto Marsh Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Horokayanto Marsh

Jewelry Ice

Ices of Tokachi River (十勝川) were washed ashore in a winter, and I heard that it looked beautiful, I visited here. A place is the shore of Otsu (大津海岸) near the Otsu fishing port (大津漁港). There is not a mark in particular, too, but visitors will see the place because many cars stop when the visitors cross a small bridge. By the way, car number plates of Kyoto (京都), Nerima (練馬), and Kagoshima (鹿児島) came. Because there is not public transportation, it is necessary to come by a rental car or an own car. This splendid scenery can be seen in a cold winter, almost from mid January to early March. In addition, as for a restroom, the restroom seems to be opend for 24 hours at Otsu fishing port. Article is here

Jewelry Ice with Orange Color
Jewelry Ice in Toyokoro

Atmosphere of Jewelry Ice Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Jewelry Ice

Bansei Onsen

Bansei Onsen (晩成温泉) is a public bath facing the Pacific in Bansei, Taiki town located in the southeastern part of Obihiro city. Hot springs were discovered in 1980. There is a building adjacent to a camping ground, a park golf course, the bansei hotel (晩成の宿), and are Lake Oikamanai (生花苗沼) and Lake Horokayanto (ホロカヤントー) near the building, too. Article is here

Iodine Solution Springs Out
Bansei Onsen in Taiki

Atmosphere of Bansei Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Bansei Onsen

Cheese Salmon Rice Bowl

Hamadori (はまどり) is a restraunt selling skewers of barbecued chicken (焼き鳥屋) in Taiki town located in the south part of Obihiro city. This restraunt is a bar restraunt basically, but they serve Cheese Salmon Rice Bowl (チーズサーモン丼). Taiki town recommends the menu named the Cheese Salmon Rice Bowll and it will be new local speciality dish. The cheese and the salmon are ingredients representing Taiki town, and customers eat 5 kinds of tempura using 3 types of seasonings. 5 dishes, the cheese salmon rice bowl, the seasonings, a dish of pickle, a cup of soup, a dish of dessert, are combo meal. I visited here to eat it around 17:30 on sunday. Article is here

Cheese Salmon Rice Bowl
Cheese Salmon Rice Bowl -Hamadori in Taiki-

Cheese Salmon Rice Bowl and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Cheese Salmon Rice Bowl

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Taiki and Toyokoro.

Sekireikan(セキレイ舘)
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Jalan
HOTEL TAIKI(HOTEL TAIKI)
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Rakuten
Tokachi Royal Hotel(十勝ロイヤルホテル)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Bansei-no-Yado(晩成の宿)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Bansei Onsen Cottage(晩成温泉コテージ)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com
Booking.com

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