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Kushiro Is Famous for Having Nature and Tasty Foods

July 6th, 2014


Kushiro (釧路) that 180,000 people live is the fourth largest city in Hokkaido and is a regional hub city of the Eastern Hokkaido area. As for climate, it is chilly even in a summer because a sea breeze blows from the Pacific. In the summer, temperature rarely exceeds 20 degrees, and if temperature exceeds 20 degrees over one week, this is a rare hot summer. Because Kushiro has a lot of foggy days, it is called foggy town. On the other hand, there is little snow in a winter, but the temperature is below the freezing point. The surface of a road freezes, and an attention is necessary because tourists are easy to slip and fall down. Thanks to this climate, skating is prosperous. Kushiro produces a lot of the skating and ice hockey players.

Pro Ice Hockey Players

Charms of Kushiro are magnificent Nature and tasty foods such as fishery products. The nature in particular is very characteristic for the climate that is rare in Hokkaido. Kushiro-Shitsugen wetland that is the largest wetland in Japan, and Lake Akan that consists primeval forests and lava are known. In addtion, Kuhsiro is famous for seeing the beautiful setting sun, and the setting sun of Kushiro is one of the three major beautiful setting sun with Manila and Bali.

Setting Sun of Nusamai Bridge

Kushiro is one of the greatest fishing base such as a cod, a saury, a cuttlefish in Japan. Kushiro has a haul of 13 % in Japan, and tasty seafood are famous. Kushiro is dotted with unique restaurants such as Shakebanya (鮭番屋), Katte-don (勝手丼 * seafood rice bowl) in Washo market (和商市場), a store specializing in whelk (つぶ貝専門店) and robata (炉端 * seafood cooked on a grill in front of customers). In addition, it is known as a birthplace of local sprciality dish "Hokkaido Style Deep-Fried Chicken (ざんぎ)", and only dishes of Kushiro such as Kushiro Ramen and Spaghetti and Cutlett (スパカツ) have many fans. As for people for drinking, Red Paper Bystreet (赤ちょうちん横丁) is famous and the history of Kushiro is able to be felt.


Kushiro has 2 great nature in different atmosphere. One is Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原). There are a few trees, and low plants are covered with a marsh land like savanna. The second is Lake Akan (阿寒湖). Volcanos, forests and lakes create a scenery, and its form is complicated. It is contrastive the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland.

Kushiro-Shistugen Wetland

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park (釧路湿原国立公園), 500,000 people visit every year, is a famous sightseeing spot in the Eastern Hokkaido. There is the largest wetland with 18,290 ha in Japan. It was designed as a wetland under Ramsar Convention in 1980, and developments had been limited strictly. There are many rare animals 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 the remaining specy in the glacial epoch, Itou fish that is said to be a very rare fish, Kushiro jacob's ladder (クシロハナシノブ) that is the remaining specy in the glacial epoch, Bogberry and Yachibouzu. Article is here

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland
Kushiro-shitsugen wetland

Atmosphere of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland Observatory Walking Path Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path

Lake Akan

Lake Akan (阿寒湖) is a dammed lake located in the northern part of Kushiro city. Mt. Oakandake erupted and lava dammed a large lake, and 3 lakes, Lake Akan, Lake Panketo (パンケトー) and Lake Penketo (ペンケトー), were born 10,000 years ago. The perimeter of the lake is approximately 25.9 km. Trees such as the Japanese red pine, Abies sachalinensis and Maple grow naturally around the lake and the lake side is covered with the primeval forest. The Lake Akan was registered as a wetland under the Ramsar Convention in 2005. Article is here

Sightseeing Pleasure Boat
Lake Akan

Atmosphere of Lake Akan Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Lake Akan

Tasty Foods

Kushiro has one of the greatest fishing base in Japan. There are many dishes about fresh fishery products such as seafood rice bowl, Kushiro Ramen and a grilled whelk. Kushiro is famous as a birthplace of local dish "Hokkaido Style Deep-Fried Chicken (ザンギ)" on behalf of Hokkaido, too. In addition, Kushiro has local specialty foods such as Spaghetti and Cutlett, Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl (阿寒やきとり丼). Both are popular dishes for tourists.


Kushiro Ramen is called the fourth ramen of Hokkaido. It features that light taste seafood soup and curled thin noodles. It is too good to miss the fresh ramen noodles without an additive and a preservative. Tourists can eat Kushiro Ramen at about 100 restaurants in Kushiro city.

Ginsui, Maruhira, Kawamura and Uocchi and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kushiro Ramen Ginsui

Movie of Kushiro Ramen Maruhira

Movie of Kushiro Ramen Kawamura

Movie of Kushiro Ramen Uocchi


It is one of Kushiro's charms that fresh fishery products can be enjoyed. Tourists can eat seafood rice bowl at Shake-Banya (鮭番屋) near a fishing port and Washo Market. Kadoya (かど屋), a store specializing in grilled whelk, are famous, too. In addition, there is Nagoyakatei Head Office (なごやか亭本店), one of three major conveyor belt sushi of Hokkaido.

Shake-Banya, Washo Market, Kadoya and Nagoyakatei and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Salmon Rice Bowl in Shake-Banya

Movie of Katte-Don in Washo Market

Movie of Grilled Whelk in Kadoya

Movie of Conveyor Belt Sushi of Nagoyakatei Head Office

Hokkaido Style Deep-Fried Chicken

Torimatsu (鳥松) is a Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken (ザンギ) restraunt in Kushiro city. There is a building at the corner of Sakae-machi, amusement area of Kushiro, and it was founded in 1960. It is known as the originator of Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken that everyone know in Hokkaido. But I do not know whether correct or not because some restraunts are said to be the originator. Still it is a fact that many visitors visit the long-established Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken restraunt. Article is here

Owner Fries Chickens in Front of My Eyes
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-

Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken of Torimatsu

Spaghetti and Cutlett

Restaurant Izumiya (レストラン泉屋) is a long-established restaurant in Suehiro-cho, Kushiro city and was founded in 1958. It has about half a century history. Izumiya is famous for Spakatsu (スパカツ * Spaghetti and Pork Cutlet). The Spakatsu is a dish that meat sauce spaghetti is topped with pork cutlets. The feature is that an iron plate pan is used in substitution for the dish. This is piping hot iron plate pan, and visitors can enjoy the hot meal till the last. Kushiro has less snow in Hokkaido, but hot dishes would be demanded by people because wind is cold. Article is here

Piping Hot Spaghetti and Cutlet!
Spakatsu(Spaghetti and Cutlet) -Restaurant Izumiya in Kushiro-

Spakatsu (Spaghetti and Cutlet) and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Spaghetti and Cutlett of Restaurant Izumiya

Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl

Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl (阿寒焼き鳥丼) is a new local speciality food of Lake Akan. Some restraunts serve it and I visited the Restaurant Kisen (レストラン汽船) to eat it. There was a parking lot beside a building. I stopped my car there and went to the restaurant on second floor. Article is here

Features Two Kinds of Skewers and Lettuce Rolls
Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl -Restaurant Kisen in Kushiro-

Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl of Kisen Restaurant

Oyster Buckwheat Noodles

Tamagawaan (玉川庵) is a famous buckwheat noodles restraunt in Tottori, Kushiro city and is known for making oyster buckwheat noodles (牡蠣そば) for the first time, and they garnered one star in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. Originally, an owner run a buckwheat noodles restraunt in Akkeshi that is famous for the oyster culture and would buy the oyster field in a different field accidentally. For 3 years, he seemed to discover a method to cook the oyster that had a muddy odor tasty with the buckwheat noodles. They moved to Kushiro, and approximately 40 years passed. The Tamagawaan became long-established buckwheat noodles restraunt loved by local people. Article is here

Oyster Buckwheat Noodles from Top
Oyster Buckwheat Noodles -Tamagawaan in Kushiro-

Oyster Buckwheat Noodles and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Oyster Buckwheat Noodles of Tamagawaan

Pork Rice Bowl

Butafuku (ぶた福) is located in Otanoshike, Kushiro city and is near the Kushiro National College of Technology (釧路高専). Pork rice bowl is not so popular in Kushiro, but the pork rice bowl of the Butafuku is known for a large serving of the pork rice. I visited here around 18:00. Inside restraunt is L shaped, and 2 groups of customers ate the pork rice bowls. There is a raised seating area, so family customers seem to enjoy. I sat at a counter seat and read a menu, and ordered a pork loin and pork libs mixed pork rice bowl (ミックス豚丼). The price was JPY 880. Printed web pages were pasted walls of the counter seat, and I was surprised at this situation first. Article is here

Grilled Pork Are Served Thickly
Pork Rice Bowl -Butafuku in Kushiro-

Pork Rice Bowl and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Pork Rice Bowl of Butafuku


Long-established Japanese confectionery "Niko (二幸)" and Paisible (ペジブル) are famous.

Gelateria Paisible

Gelateria Paisible (ジェラテリア・ペジブル) is a popular western confectionery run by Kushiro Nozomi Social Welfare Service Corporation Association (社会福祉法人釧路のぞみ協会) which supports for handicapped job seekers in Futaba-cho, Kushiro city and was founded in 2010. They sell cakes or baked confectioneries, but it is reputable for very tasty gelatos, too. I visited here around 16:00 on weekdays to eat gelato. 3 cars stopped on a road in front of the store. There were 3 groups of visitors when I entered the store. Everyone ordered the gelato. I waited at the checkout line. Article is here

Triple Scoop Gelato with Strawberry and Milk Flavor, Fresh Milk Flavor and Pistachio Flavor of Paisible
Triple Scoop Gelato with Strawberry and Milk Flavor, Fresh Milk Flavor and Pistachio Flavor -Paisible in Kushiro

Other Tourist Attractions

Kushiro has tourist attractions as well as nature and tasty foods. Tourists visit the tourist attractions such as Nusamai Bridge (幣舞橋), Manabot Observatory (まなぼっと展望台), Kushiro Zoo (釧路動物園), Akankohan Onsen (阿寒湖畔温泉) and Yamahana Onsen (山花温泉).

Nusamai Bridge

Nusamai Bridge (幣舞橋) is known as a scenery with Flower Clock near a rotary intersection. It is famous for four seasons statues of women installed on the bridge. The four statues of four seasons (四季の女性像) were produced by Mr. Yasutake Funakoshi (舟越保武), Mr. Tadayoshi Sato (佐藤忠良), Mr. Yoshitatsu Yanagihara (柳原義達) and Mr. Shin Hongo (本郷新), and each statues mean a spring, a summer, a autumn and a winter. It is said to be one of three major bridges of Hokkaido with Toyohira bridge (豊平橋) in Sapporo and Asahi bridge (旭橋) in Asahikawa.

Nusamai Bridge
Kushiro Nusamai Bridge
Kushiro River
Kushiro Nusamai Bridge
I Look at Flower Clock on Nusami Bridge
Kushiro Nusamai Bridge
Setting Sun
Kushiro Nusamai Bridge
Night View of Kushiro Fishermen's Wharf Moo
Kushiro Nusamai Bridge

Atmosphere of Nusamai Bridge Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Nusamai Bridge

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Parking lot is not provided
Business hours Open for 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-154-31-1993
Home page Home page is here

Manabot Observatory

Manabot Observatory (まなぼっと展望台) is built on a hill with Flower Clock. The observatory is installed on the top floor and tourists can look over Kushiro city. It is a viewing spot of a night view. Anyone can enter this freely.

Manabot Observatory
Kushiro Manabot Observatory
Night View
Kushiro Manabot Observatory
Night View
Kushiro Manabot Observatory

Atmosphere of Manabot Observatory Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Manabot Observatory

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free of charge
Business hours 09:00-22:00
Regular closing day Monday, Year-end and New Year holidays
Telephone number +81-154-41-8181
Home page Home page is here

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 camping site. 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 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

Yezo Bear -Kushiro Zoo-

Atmosphere of Kushiro Zoo Can Be Watched on Youtube.

Movie of Kushiro Zoo

Akankohan Onsen

Akankohan Onsen (阿寒湖畔温泉) is a hot-spring resort around Lake Akan (阿寒湖) located between Kushiro city and Asahikawa city and is one of the largest sightseeing spots in Hokkaido. 1.5 million people visit here annually. Ainu people used hot springs in 1858, and this hot spring has a long history. There are 13 accommodations in the hot-spring resort, and there are a footbath and a handbath, souvenir shops, restaurants, a ferry port, a camping ground. Article is here

Large Marimo-chan
Marimo-Yu, Akan-Kohan Onsen in Kushiro

Atmosphere of Marimo-Yu Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Marimo-Yu

Yamahana Onsen

Yamahana Onsen Refre is a hot-spring hotel in Kushiro city. There is a building near Kushiro Zoo. There are 2 bathhouses, Yama-no-Yu and Hana-no-Yu, and the bathhouses for men and women are replaced every day. There are 1 open-air bath, 1 large indoor bath, 2 whirlpool baths, 1 medicinal bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the bathhouse. Because the open-air bath is surrounded by walls, Unfortunately, a view is not so good. Article is here

Yamahana Onsen Refre in Kushiro


Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Kushiro.


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



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