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[Lake Nukabira in Kamishihoro] Taushubetsu River Bridge and Onsen Can Be Enjoyed around 2nd Largest Man-Made Lake in Hokkaido

June 30th, 2014

Lake Nukabira

Lake Nukabira (糠平湖) in Kamishihoro town located in the north part of Obihiro city is the 2nd largest man-made lake after Lake Shumarinai (朱鞠内湖) in Hokkaido. In the Eastern Daisetsu Area (東大雪エリア), Daisetsuzan National Park, the lake was born by completion of Nukabira Dam (糠平ダム) in 1956. The perimeter of the lake is about 34 km. The maximum water depth is 75 m. The Nukabira means a human-shaped rock in Ainu language. When the Nukabira Dam was completed in 1955, the rock has been flooded in the lake. Nukabira Hot-spring Resort (糠平温泉) is in the southwest side of the Lake Nukabira. Higashi-taisetsu Nature Center (東大雪自然館) is built in the hot-spring resort, and visitors can gather information about the Lake Nukabira. In addition, Horoka Onsen (幌加温泉) is near the Lake Nukabira. Speaking of the Lake Nukabira, old bridges are famous. About 13 bridges such as Taushubetsu River Bridge (タウシュベツ川橋梁) used as former railroad track bridge still have been built, and it becomes popular tourist attractions because a state that is in harmony with landscapes is beautiful. Kamishihoro Town Rail Museum (上士幌町鉄道資料館) is built near the hot spring resort, too.

Lake Nukabira from Pass
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira
Higashitaisetsu Nature Center
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira
Kamishihoro Town Rail Museum
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira
Taushubetsu River Bridge (Source: Wikipedia)
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira

Movie of Taushubetsu River Bridge

Fishing is popular, too, and it is famous for catching Spotted Sea Trout in a summer, and catching Japanese Pond Smelt in a winter. In addition, Various activities are popular in a summer and a winter, too, and Higashi-taisetsu Nature Guide Center (NPO法人ひがし大雪自然ガイドセンター) serves some activities. Tourists can get close to the Taushubetsu River Bridge, and can see natural phenomenon called mushroom ice in the winter. Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in a spring, the fishing and an old bridge tour can be enjoyed in the summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and a snowshoe tour and fishing Japanese pond smelt can be enjoyed in the winter.

Former Railway Bridge
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira
Fall Foliage
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira

Atmosphere of Lake Nukabira Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Lake Nukabira

Horoka Onsen

Horoka Onsen (幌加温泉) is a hot spring place in Kamishihoro town located in the northern part of Obihiro city. A blue signboard of the Horoka Onsen is a mark along Nukabira National Route (糠平国道 * National Route 273), and visitors turn and go straight for around 1.5 km, and the end of the road is the Horoka Onsen. Only Kanoya Onsen Ryokan (鹿の谷温泉旅館) is built at around 700 m above sea level at the foot of Mt. Horoka in the Higashi-Daisetsu region, Daisetsuzan Natioanl Park (大雪山国立公園 東大雪地区), and is well-known as a secret onsen. It is out of signal area. There is a trailhead for Mt. Nipesotsu, but restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built around here. Lake Nukabira (糠平湖) is near here, and there are Concrete Arches of Former Shihorosen Railway (旧国鉄士幌線廃線跡コンクリートアーチ橋梁群) including Taushubetsugawa Bridge (タウシュベツ川橋梁), and Nukabira Onsen, Nukabira Dam, Forest Truck Railway Eco Rail (森のトロッコ・エコレール), Mikuni Pass (三国峠) and Naitai Highland Farm (ナイタイ高原牧場) are relatively near here, too. Article is here

Kanoya Onsen Ryokan
Kanoya Onsen Ryokan in Kamishihoro

Daisetsuzan National Park

Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) in the center of Hokkaido is the largest national park in Japan, the size of 226,764 ha, and has been designed as the national park since 1934, and is the oldest national park in the Hokkaido along with Akan Mashu National Park (阿寒摩周国立公園). A mountain named Daisetsuzan does not exist, and the whole area including the mountains with over 2,000 m above sea level such as Mt. Asahidake (旭岳), the highest mountain in Hokkaido, Mt. Kurodake (黒岳), Mt. Aibestudake (愛別岳), Mt. Tomuraushi (トムラウシ山) is collectively called "Daisetsuzan", and those are called "A roof of the Hokkaido" ,too. Rare nature such as active volcanoes, Lare Columnar joints, a sea of trees and permafrost even in the Hokkaido can be seen. About 250 types of alpine plants grow naturally, and various forms of life such as brown bear, blakiston's fish owl, dolly varden and pine grosbeak inhabit here. By the way, A right notation is "Daisetsuzan", but local people often call "Taisetsuzan". Article is here

Mt. Asahidake
Daisetsuzan National Park

List of Lake Nukabira Tourist Attractions

There are the Nukabira Onsen, the Nukabira Dam, Nukabirako Lookout, Taushubetsu Lookout and San-no-Sawa Bridge. My visited places are as follows.

Nukabira Onsen

Nukabira Onsen (糠平温泉) is a hot-spring place at the south side of Lake Nukabira in Kamishihoro town located in the northern part of Obihiro city. The hot-spring place is formed along Nukabira National Route (National Route 273), and is a base for sightseeing of Higashi-Daisetsu region, Daisetsuzan Natioanl Park (大雪山国立公園 東大雪地区), and there are 9 hot spring accommodations, restaurants, a shop, souvenir shops, footbaths, handbaths, Nukabiragensenkyo Ski Resort (ぬかびら源泉郷スキー場), Higashi-Daisetsu Nature Building (東大雪自然館), Kamishihoro Railway Museum (上士幌鉄道資料館), Higashi-Daisetsu Nature Guide Center (ひがし大雪自然ガイドセンター), Nukabira Campsite (国設ぬかびらキャンプ場). Unfortunately, there is not a convenience store. There are Concrete Arches of Former Shihorosen Railway (旧国鉄士幌線廃線跡コンクリートアーチ橋梁群) including Taushubetsu River Bridge (タウシュベツ川橋梁), Nukabira Dam, Forest Truck Railway Eco Rail (森のトロッコ・エコレール), Mikuni Pass (三国峠) and Naitai Highland Farm (ナイタイ高原牧場) around the Nukabira Onsen. Article is here

Yumotokan
Nukabira Onsen in Kamishihoro

Nukabira Dam

Nukabira Dam (糠平ダム) is a concrete gravity power dam, about 76 m height and about 293 m width, in the south side of the Lake Nukabira, and is the 4th largest storage capacity dam after Yubari Shuparo Dam (夕張シューパロダム), Uryu Daiichi Dam (雨竜第一ダム) and Uryudoentei (雨竜土堰堤) in Hokkaido. It was built for the purpose of power generation in 1956, and the Lake Nukabira was born as a man-made lake. A dam card is distributed at the Higashi-taisetsu Nature Center.

Nukabira Dam
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira
Nukabira Dam
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira

Atmosphere of the Nukabira Dam Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Discharge Water from the Nukabira Dam

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 +81-1564-2-2111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 679 431 414*43

Nukabirako Lookout

Nukabirako Lookout (糠平湖展望台) is built on a hillside at about 550 m above sea level near the Nukabira Dam and Nukabira Dengen Shrine (糠平電源神社), and it takes about 15 minutes on foot from a parking lot to the lookout. You had better wear comfortable shoes because a trail has a difference of elevation. There is no facility except a bench. Some trees and plants obstruct pepople's views, but my view is comfortable because I can view the north side of the Lake Nukabira. A few visitors come, so here is a little-known good spot. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

Lake Nukabira from Nukabirako Lookout
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira
Lake Nukabira from Nukabirako Lookout
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (5 cars)
Business hour Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-1564-2-2111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 679 431 412*15

Taushubetsu Lookout

Taushubetsu Lookout (タウシュベツ展望台) is a lookout in the west side of the Lake Nukabira, and is famous for looking at the Taushubetsu River Bridge. The Taushubetsu River Bridge with 130 m in total length was built in 1937. It is completely buried in the water in October. You should bring a telephoto lens or a binocular to look at the Taushubets River Bridge. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Taushubetsu River Bridge
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira Taushubetsu Lookout
Taushubetsu River Bridge Is More Closely
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira Taushubetsu Lookout

It takes about 5 minutes from the parking lot along Nukabira National Route (National Rooute 273) to the Taushubetsu Lookout on foot. Visitors must walk through a forest, so attention is necessary for bears. The lookout that about 10 people enter is sorounded by trees, and there are no facilities. By the way, attention is necessary for parking your car because the parking lot on the shoulder of the National Route is very small, too.

Parking Lot
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira Taushubetsu Lookout
Path to Lookout
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira Taushubetsu Lookout
Lookout
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira Taushubetsu Lookout
Taushubetsu River Bridge
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira Taushubetsu Lookout
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (5 cars)
Business hour Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-1564-2-2111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 679 577 079*10

San-no-Sawa Bridge

San-no-Sawa Bridge (三の沢橋梁) is an arch bridge of fomer Japanese National Railway Sihoro Line in the west side of the Lake Nukabira, and was built at 40 m in height from the ground in 1955. Three arched bridge looks very good, so bridge fans or railway fans come to see. Visitors can walk on the bridge at present, and reach to the shore of the lake. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Forest of Truck Eco rail (森のトロッコエコレール) is near the parking lot.

Lake Nukabira from San-no-Sawa Bridge
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira San-no-Sawa Bridge
Autumn Lake Nukabira from San-no-Sawa Bridge
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira San-no-Sawa Bridge
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (50 cars)
Business hour Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-01564-2-2111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 679 459 430*63

List of Activities in Lake Nukabira

Higashi-taisetsu Nature Guide Center serves varous guided tours. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Taushubetsu River Bridge Guided Tour

Movie of Taushubetsu River Bridge

Higashi-taisetsu Nature Guide Center(ひがし大雪自然ガイドセンター)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi

Snowshoe Guided Tour for Taushubetsu River Bridge

Movie of Snowshoe Guided Tour

Higashi-taisetsu Nature Guide Center(ひがし大雪自然ガイドセンター)
Jalan
Sotoasobi

Pond Smelt Fishing Guided Tour

Movie of Pond Smelt Fishing

Higashi-taisetsu Nature Guide Center(ひがし大雪自然ガイドセンター)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Nukabira Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Ganso Yumotokan(元祖 湯元館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Nukabira Onsen Hotel(糠平温泉ホテル)
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Nukabirakan Kanko Hotel(糠平館観光ホテル)
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Nakamuraya(中村屋)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Sankoso(山湖荘)
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Higashitaisetsu Nukabira Youth Hostel(東大雪ぬかびら ユースホステル)
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Onsen Pension Mori-no-Fukuro(ペンション 森のふくろう)
Primalstage(プライマルステージ)
Booking.com
Booking.com

A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here

Daisetsuzan National Park

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