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[Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory] Scenery Like African Savanna of Northland Can Be Enjoyed in Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk

April 8th, 2016

Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory

Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory (釧路市湿原展望台) is a viewpoint in the west side of the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, and is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, and is well-known for enjoying a scenery like African savanna in a north country. The Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory is built on a small hill at about 85 m above sea level along Hokkaido Road 53, and Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk is built around the observatory. Hokuto Ruins (北斗遺跡) is along the boardwalk, too. Here is a few place to see the morning sun in the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, and a night view from here is beautiful, and it is a dating place.

Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory
Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland from Satellite Observatory
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path

Movie of Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland

The distance is about 20 km away from the center of Kushiro city, a convenience store is not built around here. Hokuto Lookout (北斗展望地), Onnenai Visitor Center (温根内ビジターセンター), Kushiro Zoo (釧路動物園), Yamahana Onsen (山花温泉) and Kushiro airport are relatively near here. 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.

Hokuto Lookout

Hokuto Lookout (北斗展望地) is at the west side of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原), and is about 1 km away from the north of Kushiro Shitugen Observatory (釧路湿原展望台). It is built beside Hokuto Parking (北斗パーキング) on a small hill at about 78 m above sea level along Hokkaido Road 53, and the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland can be viewed here. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Hokuto Lookout
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Hokuto Viewpoint

Onnenai Visitor Center

Onnenai Visitor Center (温根内ビジターセンター) is an information center at the west side of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原). A large parking lot is built along Hokkaido Road 53, and the Onnenai Visitor Center beside the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland is located a little below the parking lot, and is a few tourist attractions to be close the wetland in the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland tourist attactions. Onnenai Boardwalk (温根内木道) is built at the wetland, and visitors can freely observe various plants such as a reed, a sedge, a bog moss. At the Onnenai Visitor Center, informations about marsh plants, marsh insects and wild birds are displayed, so the visitors can collect knowledges and informations about wetlands. The building has resting places and a restroom, but there is not a restraunt. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. By the way, various events such as crayfish fishing are held, so check below out. Article is here

Wooden Path
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Onnenai Visitor Center

Yamahana Onsen

Yamahana Onsen (山花温泉) is a hot spring place in Kushiro city, and is around 20 km away from the center of the Kushiro. Yamahana Onsen Refre (山花温泉リフレ) is built in a grassy plain next to Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park (釧路湿原国立公園). There are Kushiro Zoo (釧路動物園), Horse Park and Kushiro Yamahana Park Auto Campsite (釧路市山花公園オートキャンプ場) near here, and those are near Tancho Kushiro Airport, too. The Yamahana Onsen is a little away from Otanoshike (大楽毛), restraunts, cafes and convenience stores are built around there. Speaking of the Otashike, I ate a pork rice bowl at Butafuku (ぶた福). It was so tasty. Tourist attractions relatively near here are the tourist attractions related with the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park, for example, Kushiro Marsh Observatory (釧路市湿原展望台), Hokuto Lookout (北斗展望地) and Onnenai Visitor Center (温根内ビジターセンター). Article is here

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Yamahana Onsen Refre in Kushiro

Kushiro Zoo

Kushiro Zoo (釧路動物園) is located at Yamahana Park (山花公園) and is adjacent to Yamahana Onsen Rifre (山花温泉リフレ) and Kushiro Fureai Horse Park (釧路市ふれあいホースパーク) and an auto campsite. It features a large site, and anout 60 kinds of 450 animals are bred at the site of 47.8 ha. The Kushiro Zoo was established in 1975 and is located in the eastmostern zoo in Japan. There are a sightseeing facility with wooden paths that reproduced Kushiro-shitsugen Wetalnd and a amusement park at the zoo, too. In addition, there is Yamahana Graveyard (山花墓地) for some reason at the zoo. The Kushiro Zoo is the rare zoo that there is a cemetery at the zoo in Japan. Article is here

Polar Bear Is Playing on Ball
Polar Bear -Kushiro Zoo-

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 Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Tourist Attractions

There are the Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory and the Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk.

Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory

Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory is a Yachibouzu-shaped building designed by Mr. Kiko Mozuna (毛綱毅曠), and was built in 1984. This is an usual paid facility in Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. The 1st floor with a restaurant, a shop and a restroom for women is a non-paid area. The 2nd floor, the 3rd floor and a rooftop are paid areas, and there are display rooms of the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland and a restroom for men. If men want to use the restroom, they should ask a front desk. A observation platform is at the rooftop, and the visitors can view the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland and Kushiro city. But I feel very disappointed that the wetland is in a distance because of a forest around here. Admission is JPY 470. A parking lot is free of charge.

Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory
Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory
Yachibouzu
Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory
Observation Platform at Rooftop of Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory
Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory
View from Rooftop of Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory
Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory
Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland in Winter
Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory

Atmosphere of Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory

Admission fee Adult: JPY 470. High school student: JPY 250. Elementary and junior high school students: JPY 120.
Parking lot Free parking lot is provided (108 cars).
Business period From May to October 08:30-18:00
From November to April 09:00-17:00
Regular closing day Year-end and New Year holidays
Telephone number +81-154-56-2424
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 149 548 538*72

Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk

Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk (釧路湿原北斗木道) is about 2.5 km length walks built around the Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory. There are 7 resting places, Fureai-Hiroba (ふれあい広場), Komorebi-Hiroba (こもれび広場), Hidamari-Hiroba (ひだまり広場), Tancho-hiroba (丹頂広場), Aosagi-Hiroba (あおさぎ広場), Habataki-Hiroba (はばたき広場) and Izanai-Hiroba (いざない広場), and Komorebi-Kaidan (こもれび階段), a suspencion bridge and Satellite Observatory (サテライト展望台) along the wooden paths. The wooden paths are connected to the walking path for Onnenai Visitor Center (温根内ビジターセンター), and it takes about 60 minutes to make a round trip on foot. The Satellite Observatory that is well-known for seeing the view like African savanna is in the middle of the walks. The walks is linked with the Onnenai Visitor Center and the Hokuto Ruins, so the visitors can head to those on foot directly. By the way, a lot of mosquitoes fly in the air in a summer, so you had better bring a mosquito repellent. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.
Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk Guide Map in Japanese

Guide Signboard
Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory

The visitors can walk clockwise and counterclockwise the walks, and a public restroom is beside a clockwise starting point. The walks from the starting point to the Satellite Observatory is easy walking on the flat walks, so people with weak foot should better retrun at the observatory. The walks from the counterclockwise starting point to the Satellite Observatory has a difference of elevation, so the visotrs will get tired, and you should wear comfortable shoes.

Entrance of Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Habataki-Hiroba
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Aosagi-Hiroba
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland from Aosagi-Hiroba
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Walking Path for Onnenai Visitor Center Is Closed to Traffic This Time
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Wooden Path
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk in Winter
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk in Winter
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path

A view from the Satellite Observatory is superb, so it might be said that it is one of the best views of the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland. At Hosooka Observation Deck, meandering Kushiro River like Amazon River can be seen, and the view from here resembles the African savanna without watering places. A lot of tourists visit here to see the view, and here is a popular tourist attraction.

Satellite Observatory
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Satellite Observatory
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland from Satellite Observatory
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Satellite Observatory
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland Looks Like Savanna
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Satellite Observatory in Summer
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
View from Satellite Observatory in Summer
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Satellite Observatory in Winter
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Satellite Observatory in Winter
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Wooden Path
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Tancho-Hiroba
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Hidamari-Hiroba
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Suspension Bridge
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Suspension Bridge
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Wooden Staircase Called Komorebi-Kaidan
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Komorebi-Kaidan
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Komorebi-Hiroba
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path

Atmosphere of Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk Can Be Watched on Youtube

広告

Movie of Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk

Admission fee Admission free
Parking lot Free parking lot is provided (108 cars).
Business period 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-154-56-2424
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 149 548 538*72

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.

Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland

Takkobunuma Auto Campsite(達古武沼オートキャンプ場)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Lake Shirarutoro Campsite(シラルトロ湖キャンプ場)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Kushiro Marshland National Park "Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma"(くしろ湿原パーク 憩の家 かや沼)
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Yamahana Onsen Rifre(山花温泉リフレ)
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Circle House Red Beret(サークルハウス赤いベレー)
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Kushiroshitsugen Toro Inn(釧路湿原 とうろの宿)
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Lodge Shirarutoro(シラルトロ温泉 ロッジ シラルトロ)
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Tsurui Dosanko Ranch(鶴居どさんこ牧場)
HP
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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)
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Super Hotel Kushiro(スーパーホテル釧路)
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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)
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Athele Inn(アスリートイン)
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Jalan
Lasting Hotel(ラスティングホテル)
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Minshuku Kano(民宿かのう)
HP
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Jalan
Business Hotel Frontier(ビジネスホテル フロンティア)
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Jalan
Hotel Marshland(ホテル マーシュランド)
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Hotel Mercci(バリアフリーホテル メルシー)
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Jalan
Business Ryokan Tokiwaso(ビジネス旅館 富喜和荘)
HP
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Jalan
Hotel Marshland Annex(ホテル マーシュランド別館)
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Guest House Yasumizaka(民宿 休坂)
Minshuku Green Park(民宿グリーンパーク)
HP
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Jalan
Sumire Ryokan(すみれ旅館)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Business Hotel Nakazono Daiichi(ビジネス ホテル 中園第一)
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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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