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Second Largest Man-Made Lake in Hokkaido and Taushubetsu River Bridge -Lake Nukabira in Kamishihoro-

June 30th, 2014

Lake Nukabira

Lake Nukabira (糠平湖) in Kamishihoro town is the second largest man-made lake in Hokkaido. There is Nukabira Hot-spring Resort (糠平温泉) on the lakeshore in the northwest side of the Lake Nukabira. There is Higashitaisetsu Nature Center (東大雪自然館) in the hot-spring resort, and tourists can gather information about Lake Nukabira. Even fishing is popular, too, and it is famous for catching spotted sea trouts in a summer and catching Japanese pond smelts in a winter. In addition, there is Horoka Onsen (幌加温泉) near the Lake Nukabira.

Lake Nukabira from Pass
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira
Higashitaisetsu Nature Center
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira

Speaking of the Lake Nukabira, old bridges are known. About 13 bridges such as Taushubetsu River Bridge (タウシュベツ川橋梁) used as former railroad track still have been built, and it become popular tourist attractions because a state which is in harmony with landscapes is beautiful. Various activities are popular in a summer and a winter, too, and Higashitaisetsu Nature Guide Center accepts activity participation. The tourists can get close to the Taushubetsu River Bridge (NPO法人ひがし大雪自然ガイドセンター) and can see natural phenomenon called the mushroom ice in the winter, and I am interested in the winter Lake Nukabira.

Former Railway Bridge
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira
Fall Foliage
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira

Atmosphere of Lake Nukabira Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Lake Nukabira

Nukabira Dam

Nukabira Dam (糠平ダム) is a concrete gravity power dam with approximately 76 m in height in the south side of the Lake Nukabira. It was built in 1956, and the Lake Nukabira was born as a man-made lake.

Nukabira Dam
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira
Nukabira Dam
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira
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

Lake Nukabira Observatory

Lake Nukabira Observatory (糠平湖展望台) is built on a hill near Nukabira Dam, and it takes about 15 minutes on foot from a parking lot to Lake Nukabira Observatory. There is no facility except only bench. Some trees and plants disturb my view, but my view is comfortable because I can look over the north side of the Lake Nukabira.

Lake Nukabira from Lake Nukabira Observatory
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira
Lake Nukabira from Lake Nukabira Observatory
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 Observatory

Taushubetsu Observatory (タウシュベツ展望台) is located in the west side of Lake Nukabira and is famous for looking at 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 take a telephoto lens or a binocular to look at the Taushubets River Bridge.

Taushubetsu River Bridge
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira Taushubetsu Observatory
Taushubetsu River Bridge More Closely
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira Taushubetsu Observatory

It takes about 5 minutes on foot from a parking lot to the Taushubetsu Observatory. Tourists must walk through a forest, so attention is necessary for bears. The observatory 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 installed on the shoulder is very small, too.

Parking Lot
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira Taushubetsu Observatory
Path to Observatory
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira Taushubetsu Observatory
Observatory
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira Taushubetsu Observatory
Taushubetsu River Bridge
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira Taushubetsu Observatory
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 located in the west side of Lake Nukabira and was built at 40 m in height from the ground in 1955. Tourists can walk on the bridge now and reach to the shore. There is the forest of Truck Eco rail near a 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

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Lake Nukabira.

Ganso Yumotokan(元祖 湯元館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Nukabira Onsen Hotel(糠平温泉ホテル)
Booking
Nukabirakan Kanko Hotel(糠平館観光ホテル)
Nakamuraya(中村屋)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Sankoso(山湖荘)
Booking
Higashitaisetsu Nukabira Youth Hostel(東大雪ぬかびら ユースホステル)
Booking
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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