- May 3rd, 2014
[Katsurazawa Dam and Lake Katsurazawa in Mikasa] Man-made Lake Is Famous for Ammonite Fossil and Smelt Pond Fishing
Lake Katsurazawa and Katsurazawa Dam
Lake Katsurazawa (桂沢湖) is a man-made lake in the eastern part of Mikasa city, and is near Yunomoto Onsen Ryokan (湯の元温泉旅館), Familyland Mikasa Amusement Park (ファミリーランドみかさ遊園) and Katsurawazawa Ski Resort (桂沢国設スキー場), and is well-known for ammonite fossil excavations. Katsurazawa Dam (桂沢ダム) was built in 1957, and the lake was born. The water surface is 4.99 km2. The height of the concrete gravity dam is about 63.6 m. New Katsurazawa Dam is builting now. A park is a little away from the dam, and smelt pond fishing is populr in a winter. Fall foliage is also beautiful. Mikasa Fall Foliage Festival (三笠紅葉祭り) is held only in a day, mid October. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
Katsurazawa Onsen is a hot spring place in Mikasa city located in northeastern direction of Sapporo city. Only Yunomoto Onsen Ryokan (湯の元温泉旅館) is built around a forest, and except it, Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. There are Familyland Mikasa Amusement Park (ファミリーランドみかさ遊園), Katsurawazawa Ski Resort (桂沢国設スキー場) and Lake Katsurazawa (桂沢湖). Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in a spring, fresh green and a trekking can be enjoyed, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and skiing and pond smelt fishing can be enjoyed in a wainter. Nonstop buses do not run from the Katsurazawa Onsen to Sapporo or Asahikawa. Read More
Look of Lake Katsurazawa and Katsurazawa Dam
The Lake Katsurazawa is surrounded by a virgin forest, and the lake water is beautiful. Visitors can enjoy fising, too. A huge monument of a dinosaur, an icon of the Lake Katsurazawa, is built at the park. But, besides it and a good view, Unfortunately, nothing is worth seeing. A souvenir shop has been closed down, and only a public restroom and a parking lot are built. I feel few tourist facilities are missing. By the way, a dam card seems to be distributed at Katsurazawa dam management branch (桂沢ダム管理支所) or Ikushubetsu Office Branch (幾春別の管理事務所).
Atmosphere of Lake Katsurazawa Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission||Free of charge|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open year all round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||860 241 592*74|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Mikasa. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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