- July 22nd, 2017
[Horokayanto Swamp in Taiki] Scenery That Ancient People May See
Horokayanto Swamp (ホロカヤント沼) is a brackish water lake in Taiki town located in the southeastern direction of Obihiro city, and is near Oikamanai Swamp (生花苗沼) and Bansei Onsen (晩成温泉). The swamp is also called “Horokayanto Swamp”. The Horokayanto means “A swamp that sea water flows back into” in Ainu language. The perimeter of the swamp is 5.7 km. The maximum water depth is 4.7 m. The swamp is surrounded by ranches, trees and a sandy beach, and the sandy beach of about 40 m width is between the Pacific Ocean and the swamp. The sea water come across the beach when sea waves are high. A small hill of 15-20 m elevation is in the eastern part of the swamp, and Fureai Forest (ふれあいの森) and Tokachi Horokayanto Pit-House Remains (十勝ホロカヤントウ竪穴住居群) are on the hill. In an autumn, anglers come to enjoy salmon fishing on the sandy beach, and people come to enjoy pond smelt fishing on the iced swamp. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
Oikamanai Swamp (生花苗沼) is a brackish water lake in Taiki town located in the southeastern direction of Obihiro city, and is near Bansei Onsen (晩成温泉). The Oikamanai Swamp means “A swamp that sea waves come across a beach” in Ainu language. The perimeter of the swamp is 12.2 km. The maximum water depth is 0.7 m. Oikamanai Primitive Flower Garden (生花苗沼原生花園) spreads over around the swamp, and Yezo Daylily is in full bloom. But visitors can approach the lakeshore only Taiki-cho B&G Marine Center (大樹町B&G海洋センター艇庫) and Wild Birdwatching Failcity (野鳥観察保護施設) in the soutthern part of the swamp. In a summer, people come to enjoy marine Sports such as a canoe and a jet ski, but few porple come basically. Large freshwater clams are noted product, and a freshwater clam catching only in a day, mid July is summer features in the Taiki. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Bansei Onsen (晩成温泉) is a hot-spring place facing the Pacific in Bansei, Taiki town located in the southeastern direction of Obihiro city, and is a little far away from the center of the Taiki town, and is next to a camping ground, a park golf course, and Bansei-no-Yado inn (晩成の宿). Except those, Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. There are Tokachi Beach Wetlands Group (十勝海岸湖沼群) such as Horokayanto Marsh (ホロカヤントウ沼), Oikamanai Swamp (生花苗沼), Lake Choubushi (長節湖) and Yudo Swamp (湧洞沼) around the Bansei Onsen, and it is a treasure trove of wild birds and wild flowers because of not developing. The Bansei Onsen is near Otsu Beach (大津海岸) that is famous for Jewelry Ice washed ashore from Tokachi River in a winter. Read More
In the Taiki, Cheese Salmon Rice Bowl (チーズサーモン丼) using noted products, the cheese and the salmon, and the dish can be eaten at some restaurants in the Taiki. I ate the dish at the Hamadori (はまどり), and it was tasty. Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Taiki, Sobaya Isshu (そばや 一秀), Aji-no-Ryugetsu (味の龍月), Gen Farm (源ファーム) and Handa Farm (半田ファーム) are popular in particular. As for onsen, the Taiki has Bansei Onsen (晩成温泉) that is famous for iodo spring.
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 southern direction 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. Read More
Tokachi Coast Wetlands Group
Tokachi Coast Wetlands Group (十勝海岸湖沼群) is a group of wetlands spreading over in the southeastern part of Tokachi District. I do not know exactly where the extent of the Tokachi Coast Wetlands Group is. It is said that Yudo Swamp (湧洞沼), Choubushi Swamp (長節沼), Oikamanai Swamp (生花苗沼), Horokayanto Swamp (ホロカヤント沼), Kimontou Swamp (キモントウ沼), Kimontou-konuma Swamp (キモントウ小沼) and Touen Wetland (当縁湿原) are between Toyokoro town and Taiki town. The group of the wetlands has been chosen as one of 500 Important Wetlands in Japan (日本の重要湿地500), and is a site proposed for the Ramsar Convention Wetland, so people say that it is a paradise for wild flowers and wild birds. About 200 types of the wild birds are observed here. I also encountered Japanese cranes. Because those wetlands do not become tourist attractions, it is said that the group of the wetlands is a little-known spot that tourists can enjoy nature calmly. Therefore, those places are not accessible by public transportations unfortunately. Read More
Look of Horokayanto Swamp
The Tokachi Horokayanto Pit-House Remains and the sandy beach are in the the southeastern part of the Horokayanto Swamp, and I guess that those are the only place to view the swamp around the swamp. A house for ancient people is restored near the Tokachi Horokayanto Pit-House Remains, and visitors can enter the house freely. While seeing the swamp on the small hill, I thougt about the ancient people seen the same view in old days. The lakeshore can be approached at the sandy beach. A touring rider from Chiba prefecture happened to be on the beach liked an atmosphere of non tourist attraction, and visited here when he was in the Hokkaido. Nothing is so fascinating.
Atmosphere of Horokayanto Swamp Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Parking lot is not provided|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
|Mapcode||699 073 870*17|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Taiki. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Tokachi Beach Wetlands Group is here
Tokachi Beach Wetlands Group
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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