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[Hokuto Lookout in Kushiro] Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland Can Be Seen from Parking Lot

Hokuto Lookout

Hokuto Lookout (北斗展望地) is in the west side of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原), and is about 1 km away from the north of Kushiro Shitugen Observatory (釧路湿原展望台). It is built beside Hokuto Parking (北斗パーキング) on a small hill at about 78 m above sea level along Hokkaido Road 53, and the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland can be viewed here. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Hokuto Lookout
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Hokuto Lookout

The distance is about 20 km away from the center of Kushiro city, a convenience store is not built around here. Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory (釧路市湿原展望台), Onnenai Visitor Center (温根内ビジターセンター), Kushiro Zoo (釧路動物園), Yamahana Onsen (山花温泉) and Kushiro airport are relatively near here.

Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory

Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory (釧路市湿原展望台) is a viewpoint in the west side of the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, and is one of the most famous tourist attraction in Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, and is well-known for enjoying a scenery like African savanna in a north country. The Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory is built on a small hill at about 85 m above sea level along Hokkaido Road 53, and Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk is built around the observatory. Hokuto Ruins (北斗遺跡) is along the boardwalk, too. Here is a few place to see the morning sun in the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, and a night view from here is beautiful, and it is a dating place. Read More

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland from Satellite Observatory
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path

Onnenai Visitor Center

Onnenai Visitor Center (温根内ビジターセンター) is an information center in the west side of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原). A large parking lot is built along Hokkaido Road 53, and the Onnenai Visitor Center beside the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland is located a little below the parking lot, and is a few tourist attractions to be close the wetland in the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland tourist attactions. Onnenai Boardwalk (温根内木道) is built at the wetland, and visitors can freely observe various plants such as a reed, a sedge, a bog moss. At the Onnenai Visitor Center, informations about marsh plants, marsh insects and wild birds are displayed, so the visitors can collect knowledges and informations about wetlands. The building has resting places and a restroom, but there is not a restraunt. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. By the way, various events such as crayfish fishing are held, so check below out. Read More

Wooden Path
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Onnenai Visitor Center

Yamahana Onsen

Yamahana Onsen (山花温泉) is a hot spring place in Kushiro city, and is around 20 km away from the center of the Kushiro. Yamahana Onsen Refre (山花温泉リフレ) is built in a grassy plain next to Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park (釧路湿原国立公園). There are Kushiro Zoo (釧路動物園), Horse Park and Kushiro Yamahana Park Auto Campsite (釧路市山花公園オートキャンプ場) near here, and those are near Tancho Kushiro Airport, too. The Yamahana Onsen is a little away from Otanoshike (大楽毛), restraunts, cafes and convenience stores are built around there. Speaking of the Otashike, I ate a pork rice bowl at Butafuku (ぶた福). It was so tasty. Tourist attractions relatively near here are the tourist attractions related with the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park, for example, Kushiro Marsh Observatory (釧路市湿原展望台), Hokuto Lookout (北斗展望地) and Onnenai Visitor Center (温根内ビジターセンター). Read More

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Yamahana Onsen Refre in Kushiro

Kushiro Zoo

Kushiro Zoo (釧路動物園) is located at Yamahana Park (山花公園) and is adjacent to Yamahana Onsen Rifre (山花温泉リフレ), Kushiro Fureai Horse Park (釧路市ふれあいホースパーク) and an auto campsite. It features a large site, and anout 60 kinds of 450 animals are bred at the site of 47.8 ha. The Kushiro Zoo was established in 1975 and is located in the eastmostern zoo in Japan. There are a sightseeing facility with wooden paths that reproduced Kushiro-shitsugen Wetalnd and a amusement park at the zoo, too. In addition, there is Yamahana Graveyard (山花墓地) for some reason at the zoo. The Kushiro Zoo is the rare zoo that there is a cemetery at the zoo in Japan. Read More

Polar Bear Is Playing on Ball
Polar Bear -Kushiro Zoo-

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park (釧路湿原国立公園) among Kushiro city, Kushiro town, Shibecha town and Tsurui village is a famous tourist attraction in the Eastern Hokkaido, and about 500,000 people visit every year, and is the largest wetland with 18,290 ha in Japan. It has been designed as Ramsar Convention since 1980, and developments had been limited strictly. More than 700 plants grow, and about 200 birds and about 1,100 insects inhabit. A lot of 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 a 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 a remaining specy in the glacial epoch, Bogberry and Yachibouzu (ヤチボウズ) are in the wetland. Read More

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Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland
Kushiro-shitsugen wetland

By the way, a direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and the Kushiro. But highway buses "Star Light Kushiro-go (スターライト釧路号)" and "Kuhsiro Limited Express New Star-go (釧路特急ニュースター号)" run between the Sapporo and the Kushiro, and Sunrise Asahikawa-Kushiro-go (サンライズ旭川・釧路号), an express bus, runs between the Kushiro and Asahikawa, and Sweets Liner-go (スイーツライナー号) runs between Obihiro and Tancho Kushiro Airport, and Senpoku-go (釧北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and the Kushiro, and Akan Airport Liner (阿寒エアポートライナー) runs between Lake Akan and the Tancho Kushiro Airport. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Kushiro Station and Kushiro Airport. An airplane flies between Kushiro Airport and Okadama Air Port, and an airplane flies between the Kushiro Airport and New Chitose Airport. As for transport facilities for the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland sightseeing, Kushiro-shitsugen train Norokko-go (くしろ湿原ノロッコ号) and Kushiro-shitsugen bus Isshu-go (釧路湿原一周号) run.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Kushiro and the Sapporo, the Asahikawa, the Kitami, the Obihiro and the Lake Akan. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Kushiro. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Kushiro
    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Kushiro to Sapporo
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Asahikawa to Kushiro
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Asahikawa
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Kitami
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kitami to Kushiro
    Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Obihiro to Tancho Kushiro Airport
    Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Tancho Kushiro Airport to Obihiro
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Tancho Kushiro Airport to Lake Akan
    Jalan
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Lake Akan to Tancho Kushiro Airport
    Jalan
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Kushiro Station and Kushiro Airport.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station, Tottori and the Kushiro Airport.
    Jalan
    Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
    Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Kushiro Station.
    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their offices are at Shintomi-cho, Aikoku, Irie-cho, Naniwa-cho and Akanko Onsen.

    KUSHIRO

    Kushiro (釧路) that about 170,000 people live is the 5th largest fisheries city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. The Kushiro became incorporated with Akan town (阿寒) and Onbetsu (音別) in 2005, and has became the 3rd largest city by area in the Hokkaido. In Japan, it is the 7th latgest city by the area. The Kushiro is also well-known as a tourist city with rich nature, and has 2 very famous national parks, Kushiro-Shitsugen wetland (釧路湿原), the largest wetland in the Japan, and Lake Akan (阿寒湖) consisted by primeval forests and lava. In addition, the beautiful sunset can be seen, too, and the Kushiro is one of the three major places to see the beautiful setting sun in the world together with Manila in Philippines and Bali in Indonesia. Read More

    Setting Sun of Nusamai Bridge
    Kushiro

    Look of Hokuto Lookout

    The Hokuto Lookout has only a sidewalk and a signboard, and is nearly parking lot. There is not a tourist facility. The Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland can be seen in a distance, so it is not a good view. But here is well-known for a good place to see the morning sun across the wetland, and is easy to enjoy the morning sun rather than the Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory.

    Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland from Hokuto Lookout
    Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Hokuto Lookout
    Only Signboard
    Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Hokuto Lookout
    Ordinary Parking Lot
    Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Hokuto Lookout

    Atmosphere of Hokuto Lookout Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Moive of Hokuto Lookout

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking lot is provided (20 cars).
    Business period 24 hours
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Telephone number +81-154-31-4549
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 149 579 336*56

      List of Activities

      In the Kushiro-shitsugen wetland, some activity companies serve canoe tours or guided tours to the Onnenai, the Cape Miyajima or the Cape Kirakotan. As for the guided tour to the Cape Miyajima, only people staying at Kushiro Prince Hotel can join the guided tour. Refer to following websites for the activity companies. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Winter Canoe

      Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park

      Canoe Tour

      Movie of Canoe


      Lake Toro Eco Museum Center(塘路湖エコミュージアムセンター)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Lakeside Toro(レイクサイドとうろ)
      Rakuten
      B & B Come Home(B & B かむほーむ)
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Healing Canoe Kushiro(ヒーリングカヌー釧路)
      Rakuten
      Kushiro Marsh & River(釧路マーシュ&リバー)
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Rera(レラ)
      Rakuten
      BLACKRIVER(ブラックリバー)
      Rakuten
      Nanook(ナヌーク)
      Rakuten
      Somokuya(そもくや)
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      CANOE PRO(カヌープロ)
      Rakuten
      North East Canoe Center(ノースイーストカヌーセンター)
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Family Canoe Toro(ファミリーカヌーとうろ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Toro Nature Center(塘路ネイチャーセンター)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Canoe Shop Hiraiwa(カヌーショップヒライワ)
      Rakuten
      Lodge Shirarutoro(ロッジシラルトロ)
      Booking
      Takkobu Auto Campsite(達古武オートキャンプ場)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Old Place(オールドプレイス)
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      R(アール)
      ASOVIEW
      Rakuten

      Rental Cycle

      Takkobu Auto Campsite(達古武オートキャンプ場)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Norokko and 8001(ノロッコ&8001)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Onnenai Guided Walk

      Free Guided Walk in Japanes and Paid Guided Walk in Japanes are held.

      Movie of Onnenai Guided Walk


      Onnenai Visitor Center(温根内ビジターセンター)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Kushiro Tourism & Convention Association(釧路観光コンベンション協会)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Cape Kirakotan or Cape Miyajima Guided Tour

      Cape Kirakotan Guided Tour


      Mr. Masao Ikeda(沢田 正雄氏)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Kusuri Dekoboko Ryokosha(クスリ凸凹旅行舎)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Rera(レラ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Healing Canoe Kushiro(ヒーリングカヌー釧路)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Kushiro-shitsugen Yachi-no-Kai(釧路湿原やちの会)
      ASOVIEW
      Rakuten
      Kushiro Prince Hotel(釧路プリンスホテル)

      Horse Trekking

      Movie of Horse Trekking


      Tsurui Dosanko Ranch(鶴居どさんこ牧場)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Pond Smelt Fishing

      Movie of Pond Smelt Fishing


      Lakeside Toro(レイクサイドとうろ)
      Jalan

      List of Accommodations

      Refer to following websites for the accommodations near the Kushiro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      KUSHIRO

        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)
        Booking
        Super Hotel Kushiro(スーパーホテル釧路)
        Booking
        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)
        Booking
        Athele Inn(アスリートイン)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Lasting Hotel(ラスティングホテル)
        Booking
        Minshuku Kano(民宿かのう)
        HP
        Booking
        Jalan
        Business Hotel Frontier(ビジネスホテル フロンティア)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Hotel Marshland(ホテル マーシュランド)
        Booking
        Business Ryokan Tokiwaso(ビジネス旅館 富喜和荘)
        HP
        Booking
        Jalan
        Hotel Marshland Annex(ホテル マーシュランド別館)
        Booking
        Minshuku Green Park(民宿グリーンパーク)
        HP
        Booking
        Jalan
        Sumire Ryokan(すみれ旅館)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Business Hotel Nakazono Daiichi(ビジネス ホテル 中園第一)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Wakatake Ryokan(若竹旅館)
        HP
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Takkobunuma Automobile Campsite(達古武沼オートキャンプ場)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Kitoushi Campsite(キトウシ野営場)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten

        Shibecha

          Kushiro Shitsugen Tohro Youth Hostel(釧路湿原とうろユースホステル)
          Rakuten
          Kushiroshitsugen Toro Inn(釧路湿原 とうろの宿)
          Booking
          Lodge Shirarutoro(シラルトロ温泉 ロッジ シラルトロ)
          Booking
          Minshuku Mokuri(民宿 木理)
          Booking
          Rakuten
          Fuji Onsen(富士温泉)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Restaurant and Hotel Hazel Grouse Manor(レストラン&ホテル ヘイゼルグラウスマナー)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Hotel Terreno Kisen(ホテル・テレーノ気仙)
          Booking
          Fujika Onsen Hotel(藤花温泉ホテル)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Sanraku-so(三楽荘)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Tanigawa Ryokan(谷川旅館)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Lake Shirarutoro Campsite(シラルトロ湖キャンプ場)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Tawadaira Campsite(多和平キャンプ場)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Nijibetsu Automobile Campsite(虹別オートキャンプ場)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten

          Tsurui

            Heart'n Tree(ハートン ツリー)
            Jalan
            Tsurui Dosanko Ranch(鶴居どさんこ牧場)
            HP
            Booking
            Jalan
            Minshuku Tsurui(民宿つるい)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Woody Hotel and Restaurant Yumekobo(ウッディホテル&レストラン夢工房)
            Rakuten
            Manami Cabin(Manami Cabin)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Hotel Green Park Tsurui(ホテル グリーンパークつるい)
            Booking
            HOTEL TAITO(HOTEL TAITO)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Wilderness Lodge Hickory Wind(ヒッコリーウインド)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Farm Inn Torch(ファームイン トーチ)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Farm Inn Mumin(ファームイン夢民)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Shukubo Makigoya(宿房 まきごや)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Farm Eco Lodge Tanocho-no-Ie(ファームエコロッジ 丹頂の家)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Tsukushi Village(つくしヴィレッジ)
            Jalan
            Farm Inn Tsurui(ファームインつるい)
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Tsurui Villagers Forest Automobile Campsite(つるい村民の森 オートキャンプ場)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Tsurui Campsite(つるいキャンプ場)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten

            Yamahana Onsen

              Yamahana Onsen Rifre(山花温泉リフレ)
              Booking

              Tancho-no-Sato Onsen

                Circle House Red Beret(サークルハウス赤いベレー)
                Booking

                Akanko Onsen

                  Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings(あかん湖 鶴雅ウィングス)
                  Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga(阿寒悠久の里鶴雅)
                  New Akan Hotel(ニュー阿寒ホテル)
                  Hotel Akankoso(ホテル阿寒湖荘)
                  Akan-no-Mori Tsuruga Resort Hanayuuka(阿寒の森 鶴雅リゾート花ゆう香)
                  Akan Tsuruga Besso Hinanoza(あかん鶴雅 別荘 鄙の座)
                  La Vista Akangawa(カムイの湯 ラビスタ阿寒川)  
                  Onsen Minshuku Ryougoku(温泉民宿 両国)
                  Rakuten
                  Sansuiso(山水荘)
                  Booking
                  Hoyuso(芳友荘) Only Tel:+81-154-67-2728
                  Hachiya Ryokan(八谷旅館) Only Tel:+81-154-67-2747
                  Hotel Gozensui(ホテル御前水)
                  Onsen Minshuku Yamaguchi(温泉民宿山口)
                  Booking
                  Rakuten
                  Tohokan(東邦館)
                  Booking
                  Onsen Minshuku Kiri(温泉民宿 桐)
                  Booking
                  Business Hotel Matsuoka(ビジネスホテルまつおか)
                  Jalan
                  Rakuten
                  Akankohan Campsite(阿寒湖畔キャンプ場)
                  Booking
                  Jalan
                  Rakuten
                  Booking.com

                  A page of Kushiro-shitsugen National Park is here

                  Kushiro-shitsugen National Park

                  By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.

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