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[Coral Grass Colonies around Lake Saroma] Coral Grass Colony Called Red Carpet

September 18th, 2014

Coral Grass Colonies around Lake Saroma

Lake Saroma (サロマ湖) is a brackish water lake among Kitami city, Saroma town and Yubetsu town, and is the 3rd largest lake after Lake Biwa (琵琶湖) and Lake Kasumigaura (霞ヶ浦) in Japan. The lake has no name in Ainu language, and they called it just lake. It is well-known for tasty seafood such as Oyster and Scallop, and moderate salty lakeshore is suitable for the coral grass, and some coral grass colonies are around the lake. Cape Kimuaneppu (キムアネップ崎), Wakka Primeval Flower Garden (ワッカ原生花園), Kerochi Coral Grass Colony (計呂地サンゴ草群生地) and Cape Sango (サンゴ岬) are famous in particular. The best time to see the fall foliage is from mid september to early October.

Sunset in Lake Saroma
Coral Grass Colony in Lake Saroma
Cape Kimuaneppu
Coral Grass Colony in Lake Saroma
Coral Grass Does not Grow without Salt
Coral Grass Colony in Lake Saroma

The coral grass is an annual plant with 10 cm-20 cm in height, and means "Akkeshisou (アッケシソウ)". Mr. Kiyotoshi Sugiyama (椙山清利) discovered the plant in Kaki island, Akkeshi town in 1891, and Mr. Kingo Miyabe (宮部金吾), a famous botanist, named it after the place name. Another name is Sangosou (サンゴ草), and it is more famous than the Akkeshisou, and the Sango means "Coral" in English, and it is called so because shapes of leaves looks like the coral. In Japan, it is a rare plant growing wild only in a part of Hokkaido, Okayama prefecture and Kagawa prefecture, and in some lakes such as the Lake Saroma (サロマ湖), Lake Notoro (能取湖) and Lake Komuke (コムケ湖), Hokkaido, the coral grass can be seen. Because it is very rare plant, to harvest it is forbidden in Japan, but Europe people seem to eat it as vegetables. It is usually green, but it turns red in an autumn. By the way, the coral grass in the Hokkaido is difference from the coral grass in the Inland Sea.

List of Coral Grass Colony Tourist Attractions

The Cape Kimuaneppu, the Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, the Kerochi Coral Grass Colony and Cape Sango are around the Lake Saroma. My visited places are as follows.

Cape Kimuaneppu Coral Grass Colony

Cape Kimuaneppu Coral Grass Colony (キムアネップ崎アッケシソウ群生地) is near an entrance of Kimuaneppu-saki Campsite. A wooden path with about 110 m in length is built on the colony, and a lookout is set at the end of the wooden path. Various primeval flowers bloom along the wooden path, and it has an atmosphere such as a primeval flower garden. The wooden path is short, so visitors can not look around the whole colony, but they can view the coral grass without getting dirty shoes. The whole lakeshore covered with a red carpet can be enjoyed in a distance. It takes about 20 minutes to see it fully. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. A restroom and the parking lot are on the site. Nothing is built around here, but restaurants are built in Hamasaroma (浜佐呂間) that is 6 km away from here.

Mysterious Scene
Coral Grass Colony in Lake Saroma
Red Color and Green Color Mixed Carpet
Coral Grass Colony in Lake Saroma
Stem with Sight
Coral Grass Colony in Lake Saroma

Atmosphere of Coral Grass Colony Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Coral Grass Colony around Lake Saroma

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (20 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Spring season and winter season
Telephone number +81-1587-2-1200
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 525 663 164*51

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Lake Saroma. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Lake Saroma Tsuruga Resort(サロマ湖鶴雅リゾート)
Saromakohan Youth Hostel(サロマ湖畔ユースホステル)
Booking
Saromako Yurinkan(サロマ湖悠林館)
Booking
Tabibito-yado Saromanian(旅人宿 さろまにあん)
Booking
Jalan
Sencho-no-Ie(船長の家)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Watanabe(民宿わたなべ)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Misuzu(民宿三鈴) Only Tel:+81-1587-6-2152
Ryokan Piraoroso(旅館 ピラオロ荘)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Lake Palace(レイクパレス)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Hama-no-Ie(民宿浜の家) Only Tel:+81-1586-5-3470
Sanrihama Camping Ground(三里浜キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Kimuaneppusaki Camping Ground(キムアネップ岬キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Kitami is here

Kitami

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