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Red Autumn and Paradise of Wild Birds -Lake Komuke and Grasswort in Monbestu-

September 21st, 2017

Lake Komuke (コムケ湖) is a brackish water lake in Monbetsu city located in the northwest part of Abashiri, and the perimeter is about 22.7 km, and almost 3 lakes are connected each other. Those are collectively called the Lake Komuke. Komuke means Bent Marsh in Ainu language. It is hardly become a sightseeing spot, and a beautiful scenery has been left in its natural state. The Lake Komuke is known as Coral Grass Colony (サンゴ草), too, so the lakeside tunes red in early September. It can be said a valuable place that the natural Coral Grass can be seen. Admission free.

Monbetsu Side of Lake Komuke
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu

A sandy road is between the Lake Komuke and the Sea of Okhotsk, and visitors can observe the nature along the road. A lot of flowers grow naturally in sandy beach, and I think that it is a wild flower park.

Sandy Road Between Lake Komuke and Sea of Okhotsk
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Signboard
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Middle Lake Komuke
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Monbetsu Side of Lake Komuke
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Middle Lake Komuke
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Sandy Road
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Sea of Okhotsk Is Beautiful, too
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Natural State
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Bird Watchers
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu

The Lake Komuke is called the paradise of wild birds, and about 170 kinds of the wild birds can be observed. A flamingo that ran away from Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園) flew here in old days, too. I asked a person that observed a wild bird by chance. He told me that he observed a Steller's sea-eagle, and lent his telescope to me. When I watched the Steller's sea-eagle, it was powerful.

Middle Lake Komuke
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu

The coral grass is an annual plant with 10 cm-20 cm in height and is a rare plant growing wild only in a part of Hokkaido, Okayama prefecture and Kagawa prefecture in Japan. The vitsitors can see the coral grass in Lake Notori (能取湖), Lake Saroma (サロマ湖), the Lake Komuke in Hokkaido. Because it is very rare plant, harvesting the coral grass is forbidden in Japan, but Europe people seem to eat it as vegetables. It is usually green, but it turns red in the autumn.

Coral Grass Comes into Sight
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Here And There Are Red
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Lakeside Turns Red
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Closeup
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Do Not Stick Tires in Sandy Road!
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Middle Lake Komuke
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Middle Lake Komuke
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Lakeside Turns Red
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Coral Grass
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Here And There Are Red
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Its Height From 10 cm to 20 cm
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Coral Grass
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Coral Grass
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Largest Lake Komuke
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Largest Lake Komuke
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Small Cape
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Largest Lake Komuke
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Tip of Small Cape
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Largest Lake Komuke
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
View from Small Cape
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu

Komuke International Campsite (コムケ国際キャンプ場) is near the Lake Komuke. The fee is charged.

Komuke International Campsite
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu
Oyster and Short-necked Clam Are Caught
Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony in Monbestu

Atmosphere of Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Lake Komuke and Coral Grass Colony

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Parking lot is not provided
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open year all round
Telephone number +81-158-27-5181
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 801 418 361*17

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Lake Komuke.

Komuke International Campsite(コムケ国際キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Monbetsu Prince Hotel(紋別プリンスホテル)
Booking
Monbetsu Central Hotel(紋別セントラルホテル)
Booking
Hotel Okhotsk Palace(ホテルオホーツクパレス)
Booking
Minshuku Sakura House Annex(民宿さくらハウス別館)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Sakura House Main Building(民宿さくらハウス本館)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Kibarashikan(気晴館)
Booking
Jalan
Booking.com
Booking.com

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