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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 at 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 at 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 at 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

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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.

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

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

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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