• August 11th, 2016
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[Lake Tofustu between Abashiri and Koshimizu] Marsh and Bird‐Watching Can Be Enjoyed in Paradise of Wild Birds

Lake Tofutsu

Lake Tofutsu (濤沸湖) in the southeastern part of Abashiri city is a brackish lake between the Abashiri and Koshimizu town. The perimeter of the lake is about 27 km. The maximum water depth is 2.5 m. The Tofutsu means a mouth of the lake in Ainu language, and Ainu people called "a place that birds always stay", too. The lake has been designed as the Ramsar Convention since 2005, and is well-known as a rest place for waterfowl, and about 250 kinds of water birds can be watched through a whole year, and about 40 kinds of migratory birds such as swan stop by the lake in a winter.
Lake Tofutsu Guidebook

Lake Tofustu from Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden
Lake Tofustu in Abashiri

Movie of Lake Tofutsu

Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden (小清水原生花園) between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Lake Tofutsu is at the north side of the lake, and Tofutsuko Wooden Path (濤沸湖木道), Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden Lookout Stable (小清水原生花園 展望牧舎) and Viewpoint Parking Genseikaen Parking Lot (ビューポイントパーキング 原生花園駐車場) are built along Shari National Route (National Route 244). Hakucho Park (白鳥公園) with the Tofutsu-ko Hakucho Park Birdwatching Building (濤沸湖白鳥公園野鳥観察舎) and the Tofutsu-ko Waterwole and Wetland Center (濤沸湖水鳥・湿地センター) is at the west side of the lake.

Grazing Horses
Lake Tofustu in Abashiri
Swans
Lake Tofustu in Abashiri

The Lake Tofustu is about 15 km away from the center of the Abashiri city, and a restraunt, a cafe and a convenience store are built around here. Maehama Camping Ground (浜清水前浜キャンプ場), Futorei Observation Deck (フレトイ展望台), Kitahama Station (北浜駅) and Genseitei (原生亭) are relatively near here. Free flowing moor hot springs can be enjoyed at the Genseitei.

Kitahama Station

Kitahama Station (北浜駅) is an unmanned train station along the Senmo line (釧網線) in the southeastern part of Abashiri city, and is relatively close to Lake Tofutsu (濤沸湖), Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden (小清水原生花園) and Lake Mokoto (藻琴湖). It is well-known as the closest station to the Sea of Okhotsk in Japan, and its distance is about 20 m from the station to a beach. The distance is about 50 m from the stataion to the sea. In a winter, the sea is covered with drift ice, so the station is popluar as the only station that the drift ice can be seen from a platform in the Japan. The small station has only a waiting room and Cafe "Teishaba" (軽食喫茶「停車場」), but it wss used as a shooting place for various movie or TV drama such as Abashiri Prison (網走番外地), The Ugly Duckling (みにくいアヒルの子) and If You Are the One, so a lot of oversea tourists come. Admission free. A free parking is free of charged. Read More

Drift Ice and Local Train
Drift Ice and Winter Kitahama Station in Abashiri

Furetoi Observation Deck

Furetoi Observation Deck (フレトイ展望台) is in Koshimizu town located in the southeastern part of Abashiri city and is adjacent to Hamakoshimizu Maehama Campsite (浜小清水前浜キャンプ場), and is near Hamakoshimizu Station (浜小清水駅) and Road Station Hanayaka koshimizu (道の駅「はなやか(葉菜野花)小清水」). Furetoi means the end of a dunea sandhill in Ainu language, and the Furetoi Observation Deck is on the end of Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden (小清水原生花園). The pyramid-shaped observation deck take a person's eye. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More

Furetoi Observation Deck Stands on Small Hill
Furetoi Observation Deck in Koshimizu

Genseitei Onsen

Genseitei Onsen (原生亭温泉) is a hot spring place near Lake Tofutsu (濤沸湖) in Koshimizu town located in the western part of Shari town in the Shiretoko Peninsula. Genseitei (原生亭) is the only accommodation in the Genseitei Onsen, and is adjacent to Koshimizu Hanakotori-no-Yado Youth Hostel (小清水はなことりの宿ユースホステル), but there is nothing around here in particular. Some restaurants are built at Hama-Koshimizu Station relatively near here. Famous tourist attractions around here are Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden (小清水原生花園), Lake Tofutsu (濤沸湖), Furetoi Observation Deck (フレトイ展望台) and Yuri-no-Sato Koshimizu Lily Park (こしみずリリーパーク). Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Koshimizu, Okhotsk Strawberry Farm (オホーツクいちごファーム), Bakery Maru (石釜パン工房 まる), Ramen Kissha Ekibasha (ラーメンきっさ えきばしゃ) and Fkutaro (福太郎) are popular in particular.Read More

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Genseitei Onsen in Koshimizu

By the way, "Dreamint Okhotsk-go (ドリーミントオホーツク号)", an express bus, runs between the Sapporo and the Abashiri. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Abashiri Station.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Abashiri and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Abashiri. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    (Chuo Bus)中央バス From Sapporo to Abashiri
    (Chuo Bus)中央バス From Abashiri to Sapporo
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their office is near the Abashiri Station.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their office is near the Abashiri Station.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their office is in Omagari.
    Jalan
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Abashiri Station.
    Ones Rent-a-car(ワンズレンタカー) Their office is near the Abashiri Station.

    ABASHIRI

    Abashiri (網走) that about 40,000 people live is the 20th largest tourist city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Northeastern Hokkaido area. It is also a fisheries city facing the Sea of Okhotsk, and Crab, Idiot Fish, Whale and Salmon are famous as a local specialty. As for a climate, it is chilly that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -5 degrees in a winter, and it does not snow hard, too. It may be said that the Abashiri is relativelly warm climate in the Hokkaido. The Abashiri is well-known for drift ice reaching to the coast, and is famous as a winter tourist spot, too, and is roughly divided into 2 areas, a old city area (a neighborhood of Abashiri River mouth) and a new suburbs area. The new suburbs area is more developed than the old city area, and has more restaurants than the old city area. Read More

    Drift Ice of Abashiri
    Drift Ice from Mausuura View Point Parking in Abashiri

    List of Lake Tofustu Tourist Attractions

    There are the Tofutsu-ko Hakucho Park Birdwatching Building, the Tofutsu-ko Waterwole and Wetland Center, the Tofutsuko Wooden Path, the Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden and the Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden Lookout Stable around the lake. My visited places are as follows.

    Grazing Horses
    Lake Tofustu in Abashiri

    Tofutsu-ko Hakucho Park Birdwatching Building and Tofutsu-ko Waterwole and Wetland Center

    The Hakucho Park is at the west side of the lake, the Tofutsu-ko Hakucho Park Birdwatching Building, the Tofutsu-ko Waterwole and Wetland Center and a wooden path with around 10 m in total length are built on the site. Only tourist attraction that is close the lakeshore, and it is a popular place to observe the swan in the winter. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Restrooms are provided at the buildings.

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    Tofutsu-ko Hakucho Park Birdwatching Building and Tofutsu-ko Waterwole and Wetland Center
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    Inside of Tofutsu-ko Hakucho Park Birdwatching Building
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    Atmosphere of Lake Tofustu Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Lake Tofustu

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking lot is provided (19 Cars)
    Business hours Open 24 hours *Tofutsu-ko Waterwole and Wetland Center: 09:00-17:00
    Regular closing day Open all year round *Tofutsu-ko Waterwole and Wetland Center: Monday and New Year's holiday
    Telephone number +81-152-46-2400
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 305 448 045*64

    Tofutsuko Wooden Path

    Tofutsuko Wooden Path (濤沸湖木道) is on the opposite side of the Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden, and 126 m wooden path is buile on the lakeside. Rugosa Rose, Blackberry Lily and Hosta Rectifolia bloom on the lakeside, and it has an atmosphere such as a primeval flower garden. Bird-watching Deck (野鳥観察デッキ) is on the tip of the wooden path, so visitors can watch wild birds. 20,000-30,000 Anseriformes come every year, and Mallard Duck, Common Merganser and White-tailed Eagle can be watched through a whole year, and Steller's Sea Eagle can be watched in the winter. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
    Tofutsuko Wooden Path in Japanese

    Entrance of Wooden Path
    Lake Tofustu in Abashiri
    Wooden Path
    Lake Tofustu in Abashiri
    Hosta Rectifolia
    Lake Tofustu in Abashiri
    Blackberry Lily
    Lake Tofustu in Abashiri
    Bird-watching Deck
    Lake Tofustu in Abashiri
    View from Bird-watching Deck
    Lake Tofustu in Abashiri
    View from Bird-watching Deck
    Lake Tofustu in Abashiri
    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot A parking lot at Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden is available
    Business hours Open 24 hours
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Telephone number +81-152-67-5120
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 958 080 484*53

    Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden

    Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden (小清水原生花園) is a primeval flower garden along Shari National Route (斜里国道 * National Route 244) in Koshimizu town located in the southeastern part of Abashiri city, and is between the Sea of Okhotsk (オホーツク海) and Lake Tofustu (濤沸湖). The area is about 275 ha. Flowers and grass grow thick on a slim sand dune with 8 km in width, and this place sparked the primeval flower garden in Hokkaido, and is the only primeval flower garden with a station in the Hokkaido's primeval flower garden. Here is a shooting place for Japanese famous movie "The Yellow Handkerchief" that Mr. Ken Takakura (高倉健) play the lead. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More

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    Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden

    List of Accommodations

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

    Genseitei Onsen

      Genseitei(原生亭)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Koshimizu Hanakotori-no-Yado Youth Hostel(小清水はなことりの宿 ユースホステル)

      ABASHIRI

        Abashiri Royal Hotel(網走ロイヤルホテル)
        Hotel Route-Inn Abashiri Ekimae(ホテルルートイン網走駅前)
        Abashiri Central Hotel(網走セントラルホテル)
        Dormy Inn Abashiri(ドーミーイン網走)
        Hokkai Hotel(北海ホテル)
        Booking
        Abashiri Hotel Okhotsk Inn(網走ホテル オホーツク・イン)
        Booking
        Toyoko Inn Hokkaido Okhotsk Abashiri Ekimae(東横インオホーツク・網走駅前)
        Abashiri Green Hotel(網走グリーンホテル)
        Jalan
        Abashiri Ryuhyou-no-Oka Youth Hostel(網走流氷の丘ユースホステル)
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Hotel Sun Abashiri(ホテルサンアバシリ)
        Minshuku Lamp(民宿ランプ)
        Notoronoso Kagariya(能取の荘 かがり屋)
        Washi-no-Tomarigi(わしのとまり木)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Business Hotel Family(ビジネスホテル ファミリー)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Chiba Ryokan(千葉旅館)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Business Ryokan Miyuki(ビジネス旅館 みゆき)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Minshuku Kamome-so(民宿 かもめ荘)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Yasuragi-no-Yado B&B Abashiri(やすらぎの宿 B&B あばしり)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Sea Side Stay(Sea Side Stay)
        Jalan
        Arawashi(あら鷲)
        Booking
        Imodango Village(いもだんご村)
        Tent Land(北海道立オホーツク公園 てんとらんど)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Lakeside Park Notoro(レイクサイドパーク・のとろ)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten

        Abashiri Kohan Onsen

          Onsen Ryokan Motoyoshi(温泉旅館もとよし)
          Booking
          Abashiri Kanko Hotel(網走観光ホテル)
          Hokuten-no-Oka Abashiriko Tsuruga Resort(北天の丘 あばしり湖 鶴雅リゾート)
          Hotel Abashirikoso(ホテル網走湖荘)
          Auberge Kita-no-Dan-Dan(オーベルジュ 北の暖暖)
          Tento-no-Sato Hotel Honjin Abashiriko(天都の郷 ホテル本陣網走湖)
          Pension Wani-no-Ie(ペンション わにの家)
          Business Hotel Koraku(ビジネスホテル 幸楽)
          Booking
          Anima-no-Sato(アニマの里)
          Rakuten
          Techan&Tetsuko-no-Yado(旧国鉄保養所 鉄ちゃん&鉄子の宿)
          Booking
          Yobito Ryokan(呼人旅館)
          HP
          Booking
          Yobitoura Campsite(呼人浦キャンプ場)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Booking.com

          A page of Abashiri is here

          Abashiri

          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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