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[Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro] Beautiful Sunset and One of Best Views in Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland

Hosooka Observation Deck

Hosooka Observation Deck (細岡展望台) is the most famous tourist attraction in Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland in the east side of the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. It is a popular reason that visitors can enjoy a famous scenery with using ridgeline of Mt. Oakandake (雄阿寒岳) and Mt. Meakandake (雌阿寒岳) as the backdrop, and Kushiro River (釧路川) meandering through the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. It is rumored that the setting sun is beautiful, and it is said that everyone would like to go to at least once. There are Hosooka 1st Observation Deck (第一展望台), Hosooka 2nd Observation Deck (第二展望台), Hosooka Visitor Lounge (細岡ビジターラウンジ) and a public restroom, and it takes about 10 minutes from Kushiro-Shitsugen Station (釧路湿原駅) to the Hosooka Visitor Lounge on foot. Steps from the station to the Hosooka Observation Deck are steep, so you will get tired a little. Except above, the Kushiro-Shitsugen Station and Inn Nomu, there is nothing. A road to the Hosooka Observation Deck is a narrow unpaved road, so drive carefully. A restroom, a cafe and a souvenir shop are at the Hosooka Visitor Lounge, so tourists can take a break. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland
Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland in Summer
Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland in Winter
Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro
Hosooka Visitor Lounge
Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro
Resting Place at Hosooka Visitor Lounge
Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro
Hosooka Visitor Lounge
Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro
Hosooka Visitor Lounge
Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro
Kushiro Shitsugen Station
Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro
Kushiro River
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Hosooka Observation Deck

The distance is about 20 km away from the center of Kushiro city, a convenience store is not built around here. Lake Takkobunuma (達古武沼) and Hosooka Canoe Port (細岡カヌーポート) are relatively near here.

Lake Takkobunuma

Lake Takkobunuma (達古武沼) is a freshwater lake in the east side of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原). The Takkobu means "A rising-shaped hill" in Ainu language. The perimeter of the lake is about 5 km. The maximum water depth is about 3 m. Lake Balls (マリモ) grow on the bottom of the lake as well as Lake Akan (阿寒湖). The lake is well-known for seeing the beautiful sunset. Tatsukobu Auto Campsite (達古武オートキャンプ場) is at the north shore of the lake, and that is only facility around the lake. The campsite has Center House (センターハウス), and everybody can savor meals, and can take a rest there. Tatsukobu Yumegaoka Walk (達古武夢ヶ丘歩道) of 2.3 km length is built along shore of the lake, and Yumegaoka Observatory (夢ヶ丘展望台) is at the end of the walk, and visitors can see a scenery with a railroad track across the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. Therefore the visitors can find variety states of the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland that artifacts blended into nature. Read More

Lake Takkobunuma
Lake Takkobunuma in Kushiro

Hosooka Canoe Port

Hosooka Canoe Port (細岡カヌーポート) near Hosooka Station in the western part of Lake Takkobunuma is a landing place for canoes along Kushiro River. There are only the canoe port and a parking lot. Tourists can enjoy the canoe that is most popular extreme activity in Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, and ordinary people can view the river. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Read More

Canoe Port
Hosooka Canoe Port in Kushiro

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

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

    Hosooka 1st Observation Deck and Hosooka 2nd Observation Deck

    Walks is built as a starting point from the Hosooka Visitor Lounge to the Hosooka Observation Deck. The Hosooka 1st Observation Deck called "Tenbo-Hiroba (展望広場)" is built at about 57 m above sea level, and the Hosooka 2nd Observation Deck called "Daikanbo (大観望)" is built at about 52 m above sea level. It takes within 30 minutes to go round trip along the walks on foot.

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    Walks to Hosooka 2nd Observation Deck
    Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro
    Guide Signboard
    Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro

    Speaking of the Hosooka Observation Deck, it refers to the famous Hosooka 2nd Observation Deck that about 100 people can enter. Because branches of trees do not obstruct people's views, Cape Miyajima (宮島岬) and Cape Kirakotan (キラコタン岬) jutting out into the wetland with using the ridgeline of the Mt. Oakandake (雄阿寒岳) and the Mt. Meakandake (雌阿寒岳) as the backdrop can be enjoyed. The Kushiro River runs meandering through the wetland consist of dark green and light green, and a spacious view is very comfortable. A bench to take a rest is set, too.

    Look of Hosooka 2nd Observation Deck
    Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro
    Hosooka 2nd Observation Deck
    Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro
    Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland
    Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro
    Bench Is Provided
    Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro
    Wooden Path to Tenbo Hiroba
    Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro

    The Hosooka 1st Observation Deck on a hillside is smaller than the Hosooka 2nd Observation Deck. A few people come, so it may be said that it is a little-known good spot. But branches of trees obstruct people's views, so a feeling of satisfaction is worse than the Hosooka 2nd Observation Deck. A gazebo and a bench are built, too.

    Gazebo on Tenbo Hiroba
    Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro
    Hosooka 1st Observation Deck
    Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro
    View from Hosooka 1st Observation Deck
    Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro
    Hosooka 1st Observation Deck
    Hosooka Observation Deck in Kushiro
    Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland
    Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Hosooka Observation Deck
    Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland
    Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Hosooka Observation Deck

    I visited here to look at the famous setting sun in early October. The sunset was around 17:00 that day. People that happened to be there said "Best time to see the sunset is around 16:45". The sun sinking in the depths of the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland was a magnificent view. I saw that it was said "The setting sun must be seen at least once". Finally, about 40 visitors came and cheered.

    Setting Sun
    Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Hosooka Observation Deck
    About 40 People Come to Look at Setting Sun
    Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Hosooka Observation Deck

    Atmosphere of Hosooka Observation Deck Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Hosooka Observation Deck

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking is provided (30 Cars)
    Business hours 09:00-18:00 * It changes on the period
    Regular closing day The year-end and New Year holidays
    Telephone number +81-154-40-4455
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 149 654 371*31

      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 in or around the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      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

          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

            Yamahana Onsen

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

              Akan Tancho-no-Sato Onsen

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

                Aurora Onsen

                  Aurora Farm Village(オーロラファームビレッジ)
                  Booking
                  Jalan
                  Rakuten

                  Kayanuma Onsen

                    Pension Michishirube(ペンション未知標)
                    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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