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[Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha] Little-Known Good Spot! in Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park

April 8th, 2016

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. By the way, Star Light Bus Kushiro-go (スターライト釧路号) and Kushiro Express Bus New Star-go (釧路特急ニュースター号) run between Sapporo and the Kushiro, and 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.

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. Article is here

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. Article is here

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). Article is here

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. Article is here

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. Article is here

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland
Kushiro-shitsugen wetland

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.

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 Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in or around the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

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Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland

Lake Shirarutoro Campsite(シラルトロ湖キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Kushiro Marshland National Park "Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma"(くしろ湿原パーク 憩の家 かや沼)
Booking
Yamahana Onsen Rifre(山花温泉リフレ)
Booking
Circle House Red Beret(サークルハウス赤いベレー)
Booking
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
Tsurui Dosanko Ranch(鶴居どさんこ牧場)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Kushiro Shitsugen Tohro Youth Hostel(釧路湿原とうろユースホステル)
Rakuten

Kushiro Downtown

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
Hotel Mercci(バリアフリーホテル メルシー)
Booking
Jalan
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
Guest House Yasumizaka(民宿 休坂)
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
Heart'n Tree(ハートン ツリー)
Jalan
Booking.com

A page of Kushiro-shitsugen National Park is here

Kushiro-shitsugen National Park

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