- April 8th, 2016
[Hokuto Lookout in Kushiro] Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland Can Be Seen from Parking Lot
- Hokuto Lookout
- Look of Hokuto Lookout
- List of Activities
- List of Accommodations
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Atmosphere of Hokuto Lookout Can Be Watched on Youtube
|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|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||149 579 336*56|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations near the Kushiro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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