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[Lake Furen in Nemuro] Shunkunitai with Todowara and Hashirikotan with Full of Nature

July 8th, 2014

Lake Furen

Lake Furen (風蓮湖) is a brackish water lake between Nemuro city and Bekkai town, and is the 3rd largest brackish water lake after Lake Saroma (サロマ湖) and Lake Notoro (能取湖) in Hokkaido, and has been designed as a wetland under Ramsar Convention since 2005, and was named after Furen River meant "A red river" in Ainu language. The perimeter of the lake is about 96 km, and the maximum depth is 11 m. The lake is famous for one of the largest sweetbrier colonies in Japan, and is well-known for watching White-tailed Sea Eagle and Steller's Sea-eagle in a winter. In addition, it is well-known as a paradise of deers around Hashirikotan (走古丹) in the north side of the lake. There are Shunkunitai (春国岱), Roadside station "swan 44 Nemuro (スワン44ねむろ)", Hashirikotan Primeval Flower Garden (走古丹原生花園) around the lake. A song of "Lake Furen" sung by Mr. Keishuke Yamauchi (山内恵介), a Japanese famous enka singer, uses here as a motif. By the way, a highway bus "Aurora-go (オーロラ号)" runs between the Nemuro and the Sapporo, and a highway bus "Limited Express Nemuro-go (特急ねむろ号)".

Lake Furen
Nemuro, Lake Furenko
Parents and Child of Japanese Crane
Nemuro, Lake Furenko

Movie of Lake Furen

Movie of White-tailed Sea Eagle

Movie of Hashirikotan

List of Highway Bus

Refer to following a company for the highway bus service between the Nemuro and the Sapporo or the Kushiro.

Hokuto Kotsu(北都交通) From Sapporo to Nemuro
Jalan
Rakuten
Hokuto Kotsu(北都交通) From Nemuro to Sapporo
Jalan
Rakuten
Kushiro Kotsu(くしろ交通) From Kushiro to Nemuro
Jalan
Rakuten
Kushiro Kotsu(くしろ交通) From Nemuro to Kushiro
Jalan
Rakuten

NEMURO

Nemuro (根室) that about 26,000 people live in is the 26th largest fishery city in Hokkaido, and one of regional hub cities of the East Hokkaido area, and is the easternmost port town in Japan. The Nemuro has 4 ports, Nemuro Port (根室港), Hanasaki Port (花咲港), Ochiishi Fishing Port (落石漁港) and Habomai Fishing Port (歯舞漁港), and it is famous for catching Hanasaki Crab (花咲ガニ) and Saury, and a catch of the saury is the largest in the Japan. As for a climate, the Nemuro faces the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pcific Ocean, so a wind blows hard. Average annual temperature is 6 degrees, and it is chilly in a summer, and it does not snow hard in a winter. Various things such as Cape Nosappu (納沙布岬) is the easternmost in the Japan, so visitors know the joy of the easternmost things in the Japan. It is a good point to see the earliest sunrise in the Japan, too. In addition, It is said that the Nemuro is famous for coming the last Cherry Blossom Front, and is one of latest cherry blossoming places in the Japan. Article is here

Fishing Boats Sail from Hanasaki Port
Nemuro, Kurumaishi

List of Tourist Attractions

The Shunkunitai and the Roadside Station "Swan 44 Nemuro" are in the east side of the lake, and the Hashirikotan Primeval Flower Garden is in the middle of the lake. My visited places are as follows.

Shunkunitai

An island with 3 sandbars of 600 ha between the Lake Furen and the Bay of Nemuro is called the Shunkunitai, and was named after a forest of Yezo Spruc in Ainu language. The 8 km length and 1.3 km width island has various environments such as Sandy Beach, Marshland, Forest and Grassland, and is famous for Picea Glehni growing wild on the sandbar only here in the Japan. 1st sandbar has one of the largest sweetbrier colonies in the Japan, and the Picea Glehni spreads over 2nd sandbar, and the forest grows thick at the 3rd sandabar. Here is also famous as the largest landing place for swans in the Japan, and about 260 types of wild birds such as the White-tailed Sea Eagle, the Steller's Sea-eagle, Black Woodpecker and Blakiston's Fish-owl have been observed, and the lake has been designed as Shunkunitai Wild Birds Park (春国岱原生野鳥公園). Shunkunitai Nature Center (春国岱ネイチャーセンター) is built near the lake, so visitors can gather information about the wild birds. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Shunkunitai
Nemuro, Lake Furenko, Shunkunitai
Nature Center
Nemuro, Lake Furenko, Shunkunitai

Wooden paths are built on a tideland, and tourists can enjoy the lake and nature along the wooden paths. After walking from the parking lot for about 20 minutes, Todowara (トドワラ), Picea Glehni died by seawater, comes into sight, so I think that the Shukokutai is very valuable. Unfortunately, the Todowara (トドワラ) of Notsuke Peninsula (野付半島) almost becomes extinct at present. 5 walking courses, Lark Course (ヒバリコース), Rugosa Rose Course (ハマナスコース), North Fox Course (キタキツネコース), Picea Glehni (アカエゾマツコース) and Small Path of Small Bird Course (小鳥の小道コース), are built, and bird-watching is popular. It takes about 90 minutes along the Lark Course, the North Fox Course and the Picea Glehni on foot. The Rugosa Rose Course seems to be needed to go a round trip for 3 and a half. I walked along the Lark Course and the North Fox Course for about 60 minutes.

Shunkunitai
Nemuro, Lake Furenko, Shunkunitai
Todowara
Nemuro, Lake Furenko, Shunkunitai
Shunkunitai
Nemuro, Lake Furenko, Shunkunitai
View from Just under Tree
Nemuro, Lake Furenko, Shunkunitai
Todowara
Nemuro, Lake Furenko, Shunkunitai
Todowara
Nemuro, Lake Furenko, Shunkunitai
Died Picea Glehni
Nemuro, Lake Furenko, Shunkunitai
Lake Furen
Nemuro, Lake Furenko, Shunkunitai
Todowara Spreads over on Wetland
Nemuro, Lake Furenko, Shunkunitai

Atmosphere of Shunkunitai Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Shunkunitai

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (20 Cars)
Business hour Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-153-25-3047
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 734 411 194*03

Roadside Station "Swan 44 Nemuro"

Roadside Station "Swan 44 Nemuro" is located in the south side of the Lake Furen. There are a restraunt, a souvenir shop, a fresh fish direct sales shop, a restroom and an observatory deck at a building. Wooden paths are built around the building, and tourists can make a round trip for about 10 minutes on foot. But a walk path was closed because a bear appeared. Beware of bears. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Appearance of Building
Lake Furen Nemuro Roadside Station swan 44 Nemuro
Blakiston's Fish-Owl Carved in Wood
Lake Furen Nemuro Roadside Station swan 44 Nemuro
View from Observatory Deck
Lake Furen Nemuro Roadside Station swan 44 Nemuro
Inside of Building
Lake Furen Nemuro Roadside Station swan 44 Nemuro
Observatory Deck
Lake Furen Nemuro Roadside Station swan 44 Nemuro
Lake Furen
Lake Furen Nemuro Roadside Station swan 44 Nemuro
Hawker's Least Shrew ?
Lake Furen Nemuro Roadside Station swan 44 Nemuro
Wooden Path
Lake Furen Nemuro Roadside Station swan 44 Nemuro
Observatory Deck
Lake Furen Nemuro Roadside Station swan 44 Nemuro
Lake Furen
Lake Furen Nemuro Roadside Station swan 44 Nemuro
Beware of Bears
Lake Furen Nemuro Roadside Station swan 44 Nemuro

Atmosphere of Roadside Station "Swan 44 Nemuro" Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Roadside Station "Swan 44 Nemuro"

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (70 Cars)
Business hours 09:00-18:00 * It changes depending on seasons
Regular closing day From May to October: Always open. From November to April: Monday.
Telephone number +81-153-25-3055
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 734 353 152*75

Neighborhood of Hashirikotan

The Hashirikotan is located in the north side of the Lake Furen, and there is no facility such as tourist facilities. But 3 deserted houses are like an atmosphere of The Three Little Pigs, a famous fairy tale, and those becomes a popular photogenic spot. In addition, it is famous for seeing true nature, too. A lot of the Steller's Sea-eagles, the White-tailed Sea Eagles and Yezo Deers inhabit, and I came across the Yezo deers along a roadside when I visited here. The Steller's Sea-eagle and the White-tailed Sea Eagle are well-known as a winter feature. A road extends to the tip of the Hashirikotan, and the tourists can view the Nemuro Peninsula and the Lake Furen from the tip guarded with tetrapods.

広告

Beach
Lake Furen in Nemuro Hashirikotan
Grassland
Lake Furen in Nemuro Hashirikotan
Tetrapods
Lake Furen in Nemuro Hashirikotan
View from Tip of Hashirikotan
Lake Furen in Nemuro Hashirikotan
Tetrapods Are Lined
Lake Furen in Nemuro Hashirikotan
Tip of Hashirikotan
Lake Furen in Nemuro Hashirikotan
Lake Furen
Lake Furen in Nemuro Hashirikotan
Beach
Lake Furen in Nemuro Hashirikotan
Road Covered with Sand
Lake Furen in Nemuro Hashirikotan
Deers along Road
Lake Furen in Nemuro Hashirikotan
Houses of The Three Little Pigs in Summer
Lake Furen in Nemuro Hashirikotan
Houses of The Three Little Pigs in Winter
Lake Furen in Nemuro Hashirikotan

Atmosphere of Lake Furen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Lake Furen

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Parking lot is not provided
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number -
Home page home page is not provided
Mapcode 734 466 417*88

List of Activities

Some activities are held. Refer to following website for the activity. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Fisherman Cruise

Movie of Fisherman Cruise

Fisherman Cruise(漁師クルーズ)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi

Canoe

Nemuro Nature Center(根室ネイチャーセンター)
Sotoasobi

Wild Bird-watching

Nemuro Nature Center(根室ネイチャーセンター)
Sotoasobi

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Lake Furen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

NEMURO

Nemuro Grand Hotel(根室グランドホテル)
Booking
Hotel Nemuro Kaiyotei(ホテル ねむろ海陽亭)
Ryokan Nibiki(旅館 二美喜)
Booking
Shogetsu Ryokan(照月旅館)
Booking
Oyado Ekuhashi(お宿 エクハシ)
Booking
Azuma Ryokan(あづま旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Guest House TOMAYA(ゲストハウス TOMAYA)
Jalan
Business Hotel Sanyokan(ビジネスホテル 三洋館)
Jalan
Rakuten
Restraunt and Cottage Lake Sunset(レストラン&コテージ レイクサンセット)
Booking
Minshuku Furen(民宿 風蓮)
Booking
Jalan
Kajika-no-Yado(カジカの宿)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Yasumibanya Shiokaze(休み番屋しおかぜ)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Iwasaki(民宿岩さき)
Booking
Kurumaishi Hanasakitei(車石花咲亭) Only Tel:+81-153-25-3121
Minshuku Ippuku(民宿一福)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Restaurant Hotel Lupinus(レストラン ホテル ルピナス)
Jalan
Rakuten
Business Inn Tokiwa(ビジネス イン トキワ)
Jalan
Rakuten

Bekkai

Korakuen(郊楽苑)
Booking
Mitsubachi-no-Yado(みつばちの宿)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Hotel MAG.HOUSE(ホテルマグハウス)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Ryokan Ishikawaya(旅館 石川屋)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Oshida Farm(オシダファーム)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Nemuro is here

Nemuro

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Comment

  1. good! hokkaido! says:

    Hi there,
    About your inquiry for the bus information & timetable, it is here.

    Nemuro Bus
    http://nemurokotsu.com/timetable/

    Nemuro Bus Attoko Line
    http://nemurokotsu.com/pdf/rosen/attoko2.pdf

    The left is the bus timetable for Lake Furen.
    The right is the bus timetable for Nemuro station.

    Left bus timetable.
    5th from the top is Nemuro Station Bus Terminal (駅前ターミナル).
    9th from the bottom is Hakuchodai Center bus stop (白鳥台センター) near the Lake Furen.

    Right bus timetable.
    9th from the top is Hakuchodai Center bus stop (白鳥台センター).
    5th from the bottom is Nemuro Station Bus Terminal (駅前ターミナル).

    There is the road station “Swan44 Nemuro” near the Hakuchodai Center bus stop.

    Swan44 Nemuro
    http://www.swan44nemuro.com/access.html

    Attoko Line Route
    https://www.navitime.co.jp/bus/route/00046865/%E5%8E%9A%E5%BA%8A%E7%B7%9A%EF%BC%BB%E6%A0%B9%E5%AE%A4%E4%BA%A4%E9%80%9A%EF%BC%BD

    22 is Hakuchodai Center bus stop (白鳥台センター).

    There are not many buses on this route in remote area. And I suppose you might often be perplexed by the bus if you do not know the Japanese. But you will be OK once you get used to it.

    In addition, there is a direct bus from Kushiro station to Hakuchodai Center bus stop (白鳥台センター).

    Nemuro Express Bus
    http://www.kushirobus.jp/1/toshikan_n.html

    * You would better make a reservation beforehand.

    Bus Timetable
    http://www.kushirobus.jp/1/pdf/tosikan_n_jikoku.pdf

    I am not knowledgeable about Lake Furen and the bus information, so I recommend you to ask Nemuro City Tourist Association the best answer once.

    TEL:+81-153−24−3104
    E-mail: info@nemuro-kanko.com

    Nemuro City Tourist Association
    https://uu-hokkaido.com/corporate/nemuro-kankou.shtml

    Have a nice trip!

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