• April 8th, 2016
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[Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha] Little-Known Good Spot! in Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park

Kottaro Marsh

Kottaro Marsh (コッタロ湿原) is a wetland beside the north side of the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park. The Kottaro means "A place that water gushes out from underground" in Ainu language, and the place is fitting its name. Because it is not the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, few tourists come, but it is a little-known spot that the tourists can enjoy nature. A scenery looks like original nature, and it has been designated as the special protection district of the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park. The Kottaro Marsh is well-known as a nesting place for Japanese cranes. Visitors may have a chance to watch the Japanese cranes from a spring to a summer. A half gravel road called Hokkaido Road 1,060 "Kucchoro-genya Toro Line (クチョロ原野塘路線)" stretches on the marsh, and there are 1st Kottaro Viewpoint (第一展望台), 2nd Kottaro Viewpoint (第二展望地) and 3rd Kottaro Viewpoint (第三展望地) along the road. The 3rd Kottaro Viewpoint seems to be on a hill, but I have never found it.

Kottaro Marsh
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
Kottaro Marsh
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
Deer Sometimes Appears
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha

Movie of Kottaro Marsh

The distance is about 40 km away from the center of Kushiro city, and a restraunt, a cafe, a souvenir shop and a convenience store are not built around here. Nihonmatsu Lookout (二本松展望地), Sarubo Observatory (サルボ展望台), Sarurun Observatory (サルルン展望台) and Lake Shirarutoro (シラルトロ湖) are relatively near here, and Kayanuma Onsen (茅沼温泉), Shirarutoro Onsen (シラルトロ温泉) and Shimo-osobetsu Onsen (下オソツベツ温泉) are around there, too.

Nihonmatsu Lookout

Nihonmatsu Lookout (二本松展望地) near Nihonmatsu Bridge cross Kushiro River (釧路川) in Shibcha is a lookout at about 40 m above sea lavel in the northern part of the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park. It is not a tourist attraction officially, so there is not a facility at all. A signboard is not provided, too, and a lot of tourists are hard to find it. It is known as a secret tourist spot. In my case, I was somehow able to find trails (foot stamps) on a hillslope. Read More

View from Nihonmatsu Lookout
Nihonmatsu Lookout in Shibcha

Sarubo Observatory and Sarurun Observatory

Sarubo Observatory (サルボ展望台) and Sarurun Observatory (サルルン展望台) are observation decks at the northeast part of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原), and is located at the northwest side of Lake Toro (塘路湖) and at the south side of Lake Shirarutoro. There are a lot lakes and marshes around here in the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, so wetlands, lakes, a road and a railroad make a good combination. 2 trailheads to the Sarubo Observatory and the Sarurun Observatory are provided, and there is the nearest trailhead on a parking lot. After visitors go up along the precipitous trails, the trails ahead split in two way around the top of a hill. The trails are rough, so you should wear comfortable shoes. By the way, please be careful for thefting from your vehicle on a parking lot. You had better bring an insect repellent because a lot of gnats try to bite your skin in a summer. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Read More

View from Sarubo Viewpoint
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Sarubo Viewpoint

Kayanuma Onsen

Kayanuma Onsen is a hot spring place in Shibecha town located in the northern part of Kushiro city, and is located at the northern tip of Kushiro-Shitstugen Wetland National Park (釧路湿原国立公園). Visitors turn along Mashu National Route (National Route 391), and go straight for around 2.5 km along Hokkaido Road 959, and the end of the road is the Kayanuma Onsen. Only Kushiro Marshland National Park "Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma" (くしろ湿原パーク 憩の家 かや沼) that is one of compound facilities called Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland Park (くしろ湿原パーク) built on a hill facing Lake Shirarutoro (シラルトロ湖). Except a hot spring facility, there are a park golf course, Shirarutoroko Campsite, Shirarutoro Walking Path (シラルトロ歩道) and Cho-no-Mori Observation Deck (蝶の森展望台). Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built around there. Kayanuma Station that is famous for feeding Japanese cranes is at the middle of the Hokkaido Road 959, and a lot of photographers come to take a picture of Japanese cranes with SL Winter Wetlands (SL冬の湿原号). Read More

Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma
Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma, Kayanuma Onsen in Shibecha

Shimo-osobetsu Onsen

Shimo-osobetsu Onsen is a hot spring place in Shibecha town located in the northern part of Kushiro city. Only Ajikoen (味幸園) is built in Osobetsu plain (オソツベツ原野) beside the northern tip of Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原), and is about 1 km away from Mashu National Route (National Route 391). Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built around the building. Read More

Ajikoen
Shimo-osobetsu Onsen Ajikoen in Shibecha

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

List of Kottaro Marsh Tourist Attractions

There are 3 viewing point, the 1st Kottaro Viewpoint, the 2nd Kottaro Viewpoint and the 3rd Kottaro Viewpoint. My visited places are as follows.

1st Kottaro Viewpoint

1st Kottaro Viewpoint at the west side of the marsh is built halfway up a hill at about 80 m above sea level, and a wooden observation deck is provided. A public restroom is beside a parking lot at the foot of the hill. By the way, please be careful for theft from your vehicle on the parking lot. You had better bring an insect repellent because a lot of gnats try to bite your skin in a summer. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

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Public Restroom and 1st Kottaro Viewpoint
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
1st Kottaro Viewpoint
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
Stairway
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
1st Kottaro Viewpoint Comes into Sight
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
Look of Trail
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha

The wooden observation deck is the size that about 4 people can enter, and a paid binocular telescope is built, too. It takes about 15 minutes from a parking lot to the observation deck on foot. You may be tired because of steep steps, so you had better wear comfortable shoes. I often felt out of breath when I went up along the steps. But a scenery was splendid! Kottaro River and Kushiro River run meandering through the wetland, and some small ponds are dotted with the wetland. Wide views are comfortable. The views are less magnificent than the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland, but a shape of the Kottaro River located like a miniature garden is popular with tourist experts.

Wooden Observation Deck
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
Wooden Observation Deck
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
Paid Binocular Telescope
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
View from 1st Kottaro Viewpoint
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
View from 1st Kottaro Viewpoint
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
View from 1st Kottaro Viewpoint
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
Kottaro Marsh in Summer
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
Kottaro Marsh in Autumn
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
Kottaro Marsh in Winter
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
Kottaro Marsh in Winter
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha

Atmosphere of 1st Kottaro Viewpoint Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kottaro 1st Kottaro Viewpoint

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (10 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number -
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 900 086 222*21

2nd Kottaro Viewpoint

2nd Kottaro Viewpoint is along the Hokkaido Road Route 1,060 "Kucchoro-genya Toro Line" at the west side of the marsh. But a view is not good because trees disturbing people's views, so tourists may not enjoy it. The tourists can park their cars on the shoulder to see the Kottaro Marsh. Admission free.

View from 2nd Kottaro Viewpoint
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha
View from 2nd Kottaro Viewpoint
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha

Atmosphere of Kottaro 2nd Kottaro Viewpoint Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kottaro 2nd Kottaro Viewpoint

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Parking lot is not provided * Pull over to the shoulder
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number -
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 900 115 617*14

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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