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[Lake Shirarutoro in Shibcha] Lake Between National Route and Railroad

April 8th, 2016

Lake Shirarutoro

Lake Shirarutoro is a freshwater lake at the northeast part of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原) and at the east side of Kottaro Marsh (コッタロ湿原). It is said that the Shirarutoro means "Something between rocks in river (川の中の岩の間)" in Ainu language, but that has not been known in detail. The perimeter of the lake is about 6.5 km. The maximum water depth is about 2.3 m. Lake Balls (マリモ) grow on the bottom of the lake as well as Lake Akan (阿寒湖). The lake is between Mashu National Route (National Route 391) on the east side of the lake and a railroad on th west side of the lake. Lake Shirarutoro Campsite (シラルトロ湖キャンプ場) and Kayanuma Onsen (茅沼温泉) is located at the north side of the lake, and Shirarutoro Onsen (シラルトロ温泉) is located at the northeast side of the lake.

Lake Shirarutoro
Lake Shirarutoro in Shibcha

Movie of Lake Shirarutoro

The distance is about 35 km away from the center of Kushiro city, and a convenience store is not built around here. As for a restraunt and a cafe, there are Restraunt Shiroi-tori in the Kayanuma Onsen and Log Cabin in the Shirarutoro Onsen. Sarubo Observatory (サルボ展望台), Sarurun Observatory (サルルン展望台), Lake Toro (塘路湖) and Shimo-osobetsu Onsen (下オソツベツ温泉) are relatively near here. By the way, Star Light Bus Kushiro-go (スターライト釧路号) and Kushiro Express Bus New Star-go (釧路特急ニュースター号) run between Sapporo and the Kushiro, and an airplane flies between Kushiro Airport and Okadama Air Port, and an airplane flies between the Kushiro Airport and New Chitose Airport. As for transport facilities for the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland sightseeing, Kushiro-shitsugen train Norokko-go (くしろ湿原ノロッコ号) and Kushiro-shitsugen bus Isshu-go (釧路湿原一周号) run.

Kottaro Marsh

Kottaro Marsh (コッタロ湿原) is a wetland beside the north side of the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park. The Kottaro means "A place that water gushes out from underground" in Ainu language, and the place is fitting its name. Because it is not the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, few tourists come, but it is a little-known spot that the tourists can enjoy nature. A scenery looks like original nature, and it has been designated as the special protection district of the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park. The Kottaro Marsh is well-known as a nesting place for Japanese cranes. Visitors may have a chance to watch the Japanese cranes from a spring to a summer. A half gravel road called Hokkaido Road 1,060 "Kucchoro-genya Toro Line (クチョロ原野塘路線)" stretches on the marsh, and there are 1st Kottaro Viewpoint (第一展望台), 2nd Kottaro Viewpoint (第二展望地) and 3rd Kottaro Viewpoint (第三展望地) along the road. The 3rd Kottaro Viewpoint seems to be on a hill, but I have never found it. Article is here

Kottaro Marsh
Kottaro Marsh in Shibecha

Sarubo Observatory and Sarurun Observatory

Sarubo Observatory (サルボ展望台) and Sarurun Observatory (サルルン展望台) are observation decks at the northeast part of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原), and is located at the northwest side of Lake Toro (塘路湖) and at the south side of Lake Shirarutoro. There are a lot lakes and marshes around here in the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, so wetlands, lakes, a road and a railroad make a good combination. 2 trailheads to the Sarubo Observatory and the Sarurun Observatory are provided, and there is the nearest trailhead on a parking lot. After visitors go up along the precipitous trails, the trails ahead split in two way around the top of a hill. The trails are rough, so you should wear comfortable shoes. By the way, please be careful for thefting from your vehicle on a parking lot. You had better bring an insect repellent because a lot of gnats try to bite your skin in a summer. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

View from Sarubo Viewpoint
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Sarubo Viewpoint

Kayanuma Onsen

Kayanuma Onsen is a hot spring place in Shibecha town located in the northern part of Kushiro city, and is located at the northern tip of Kushiro-Shitstugen Wetland National Park (釧路湿原国立公園). Visitors turn along Mashu National Route (National Route 391), and go straight for around 2.5 km along Hokkaido Road 959, and the end of the road is the Kayanuma Onsen. Only Kushiro Marshland National Park "Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma" (くしろ湿原パーク 憩の家 かや沼) that is one of compound facilities called Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland Park (くしろ湿原パーク) built on a hill facing Lake Shirarutoro (シラルトロ湖). Except a hot spring facility, there are a park golf course, Shirarutoroko Campsite, Shirarutoro Walking Path (シラルトロ歩道) and Cho-no-Mori Observation Deck (蝶の森展望台). Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built around there. Kayanuma Station that is famous for feeding Japanese cranes is at the middle of the Hokkaido Road 959, and a lot of photographers come to take a picture of Japanese cranes with SL Winter Wetlands (SL冬の湿原号). Article is here

Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma
Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma, Kayanuma Onsen in Shibecha

Shimo-osobetsu Onsen

Shimo-osobetsu Onsen is a hot spring place in Shibecha town located in the northern part of Kushiro city. Only Ajikoen (味幸園) is built in Osobetsu plain (オソツベツ原野) beside the northern tip of Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原), and is about 1 km away from Mashu National Route (National Route 391). Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built around the building. Article is here

Ajikoen
Shimo-osobetsu Onsen Ajikoen in Shibecha

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park (釧路湿原国立公園) among Kushiro city, Kushiro town, Shibecha town and Tsurui village is a famous tourist attraction in the Eastern Hokkaido, and about 500,000 people visit every year, and is the largest wetland with 18,290 ha in Japan. It has been designed as Ramsar Convention since 1980, and developments had been limited strictly. More than 700 plants grow, and about 200 birds and about 1,100 insects inhabit. A lot of rare animals inhabit and plants including Japanese cranes, Blakiston's fish-owls that are only 100 in Hokkaido, Iijima Ruriboshiyanma (イイジマルリボシヤンマ) that is a remaining specy in the glacial epoch, Itou fish (イトウ) that is said to be a very rare fish, Kushiro jacob's ladder (クシロハナシノブ) that is a remaining specy in the glacial epoch, Bogberry and Yachibouzu (ヤチボウズ) are in the wetland. Article is here

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland
Kushiro-shitsugen wetland

East Part of Lake Shirarutoro

There is the only parking lot to see the lake near Reizei Bridge (冷泉橋) along the National Route, and visitors can view the lake. The sunset across the wetland can be seen, too. In a winter, a frozen lake can be seen, too. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

Lake Shirarutoro
Lake Shirarutoro in Shibcha

Atmosphere of Lake Shirarutoro Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Lake Shirarutoro

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Parking lot is provided (10 cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-15-485-2111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 795 030 803*11

List of Activities

Lodge Shirarutoro serves a canoe tour. Refer to following websites for the activity companies. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Canoe Tour

Movie of Canoe

Lodge Shirarutoro(ロッジシラルトロ)
Booking

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in or around the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

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Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland

Lake Shirarutoro Campsite(シラルトロ湖キャンプ場)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Kushiro Marshland National Park "Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma"(くしろ湿原パーク 憩の家 かや沼)
Booking
Yamahana Onsen Rifre(山花温泉リフレ)
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Circle House Red Beret(サークルハウス赤いベレー)
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Kushiroshitsugen Toro Inn(釧路湿原 とうろの宿)
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Lodge Shirarutoro(シラルトロ温泉 ロッジ シラルトロ)
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Tsurui Dosanko Ranch(鶴居どさんこ牧場)
HP
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Jalan
Kushiro Shitsugen Tohro Youth Hostel(釧路湿原とうろユースホステル)
Rakuten

Kushiro Downtown

Palude Kushiro(駅前ホテル パルーデ釧路)
Super Hotel Kushiro-ekimae(スーパーホテル 釧路駅前)
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Super Hotel Kushiro(スーパーホテル釧路)
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Hotel Route-Inn Kushiro Ekimae(ホテルルートイン釧路駅前)
Hotel AreaOne Kushiro(ホテルエリアワン釧路)
Kushiro Century Castle Hotel(釧路センチュリーキャッスルホテル)
La Vista Kushirogawa(ラビスタ釧路川)
Hotel Rasso Kushiro(ホテルラッソ釧路)
Comfort Hotel Kushiro(コンフォートホテル釧路)
Hotel Crown Hills Kushiro(ホテルクラウンヒルズ釧路)
Hotel Axia Inn Kushiro(ホテルアクシアイン釧路)
Kushiro Royal Inn(釧路ロイヤルイン)
Hotel Paco Kushiro(天然温泉ホテルパコ釧路)
Kushiro Prince Hotel(釧路プリンスホテル)
ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kushiro(ANAクラウンプラザホテル釧路)
Toyoko Inn Kushiro Jujigai(東横イン釧路十字街)
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Athele Inn(アスリートイン)
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Jalan
Lasting Hotel(ラスティングホテル)
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Minshuku Kano(民宿かのう)
HP
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Jalan
Business Hotel Frontier(ビジネスホテル フロンティア)
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Jalan
Hotel Marshland(ホテル マーシュランド)
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Hotel Mercci(バリアフリーホテル メルシー)
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Jalan
Business Ryokan Tokiwaso(ビジネス旅館 富喜和荘)
HP
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Jalan
Hotel Marshland Annex(ホテル マーシュランド別館)
Booking
Guest House Yasumizaka(民宿 休坂)
Minshuku Green Park(民宿グリーンパーク)
HP
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Jalan
Sumire Ryokan(すみれ旅館)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Business Hotel Nakazono Daiichi(ビジネス ホテル 中園第一)
Booking
Jalan
Wakatake Ryokan(若竹旅館)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Heart'n Tree(ハートン ツリー)
Jalan
Booking.com

A page of Kushiro-shitsugen National Park is here

Kushiro-shitsugen National Park

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