• April 8th, 2016
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[Onnenai Visitor Center in Tsurui] Kushiro-shitsugen Can Be Enjoyed on Wooden Paths

Onnenai Visitor Center

Onnenai Visitor Center (温根内ビジターセンター) is an information center at the west side of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原). A large parking lot is built along Hokkaido Road 53, and the Onnenai Visitor Center beside the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland is located a little below the parking lot, and is a few tourist attractions to be close the wetland in the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland tourist attactions. Onnenai Boardwalk (温根内木道) is built at the wetland, and visitors can freely observe various plants such as a reed, a sedge, a bog moss. At the Onnenai Visitor Center, informations about marsh plants, marsh insects and wild birds are displayed, so the visitors can collect knowledges and informations about wetlands. The building has resting places and a restroom, but there is not a restraunt. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. By the way, various events such as crayfish fishing are held, so check below out.
Onnnenai Communication (温根内通信) in Japanease

Wooden Path to Onnenai Visitor Center
Onnenai Visitor Center in Kushiro
Onnenai Boardwalk
Onnenai Visitor Center in Kushiro
Onnenai Boardwalk
Onnenai Visitor Center in Kushiro
Onnenai Boardwalk
Onnenai Visitor Center in Kushiro
Onnenai Boardwalk in Winter
Onnenai Visitor Center in Kushiro
Onnenai Visitor Center
Onnenai Visitor Center in Kushiro
Onnenai Visitor Center
Onnenai Visitor Center in Kushiro

The distance is about 25 km away from the center of Kushiro city, a convenience store is not built around here. Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory (釧路市湿原展望台) and Hokuto Lookout (北斗展望地) and Kushiro airport are relatively near here.

Hokuto Lookout

Hokuto Lookout (北斗展望地) is at the west side of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原), and is about 1 km away from the north of Kushiro Shitugen Observatory (釧路湿原展望台). It is built beside Hokuto Parking (北斗パーキング) on a small hill at about 78 m above sea level along Hokkaido Road 53, and the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland can be viewed here. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More

Hokuto Lookout
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Hokuto Viewpoint

Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory

Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory (釧路市湿原展望台) is a viewpoint in the west side of the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, and is one of the most famous tourist attraction in Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, and is well-known for enjoying a scenery like African savanna in a north country. The Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory is built on a small hill at about 85 m above sea level along Hokkaido Road 53, and Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk is built around the observatory. Hokuto Ruins (北斗遺跡) is along the boardwalk, too. Here is a few place to see the morning sun in the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, and a night view from here is beautiful, and it is a dating place. Read More

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland from Satellite Observatory
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path

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. Read More

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland
Kushiro-shitsugen wetland

By the way, a direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and the Kushiro. But highway buses "Star Light Kushiro-go (スターライト釧路号)" and "Kuhsiro Limited Express New Star-go (釧路特急ニュースター号)" run between the Sapporo and the Kushiro, and Sunrise Asahikawa-Kushiro-go (サンライズ旭川・釧路号), an express bus, runs between the Kushiro and Asahikawa, and Sweets Liner-go (スイーツライナー号) runs between Obihiro and Tancho Kushiro Airport, and Senpoku-go (釧北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and the Kushiro, and Akan Airport Liner (阿寒エアポートライナー) runs between Lake Akan and the Tancho Kushiro Airport. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Kushiro Station and Kushiro Airport. 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.

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    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Kushiro and the Sapporo, the Asahikawa, the Kitami, the Obihiro and the Lake Akan. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Kushiro. 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 Kushiro
    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Kushiro to Sapporo
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Asahikawa to Kushiro
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Asahikawa
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Kitami
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kitami to Kushiro
    Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Obihiro to Tancho Kushiro Airport
    Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Tancho Kushiro Airport to Obihiro
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Tancho Kushiro Airport to Lake Akan
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    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Lake Akan to Tancho Kushiro Airport
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    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Kushiro Station and Kushiro Airport.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station, Tottori and the Kushiro Airport.
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    Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
    Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Kushiro Station.
    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their offices are at Shintomi-cho, Aikoku, Irie-cho, Naniwa-cho and Akanko Onsen.

    KUSHIRO

    Kushiro (釧路) that about 170,000 people live is the 5th largest fisheries city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. The Kushiro became incorporated with Akan town (阿寒) and Onbetsu (音別) in 2005, and has became the 3rd largest city by area in the Hokkaido. In Japan, it is the 7th latgest city by the area. The Kushiro is also well-known as a tourist city with rich nature, and has 2 very famous national parks, Kushiro-Shitsugen wetland (釧路湿原), the largest wetland in the Japan, and Lake Akan (阿寒湖) consisted by primeval forests and lava. In addition, the beautiful sunset can be seen, too, and the Kushiro is one of the three major places to see the beautiful setting sun in the world together with Manila in Philippines and Bali in Indonesia. Read More

    Setting Sun of Nusamai Bridge
    Kushiro

    Onnenai Boardwalk

    The Onnenai Boardwalk has 3 courses, and the visitors can choose the course depending on the necessary time. The total length of the small turning course is about 0.5 km, and it takes about 10 minutes to make a round trip on foot. The total length of the middle turning course is about 2.0 km, and it takes about 40 minutes to make a round trip on foot. The total length of the big turning course is about 3.1 km, and it takes about 60 minutes to make a round trip on foot. In addition, the Onnenai Boardwalk is linked with Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk (釧路湿原北斗木道) along Remainds of Tsurui Railroad Tracks (鶴居軌道跡探勝路), and the visitors can walk to the Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory directly. In a summer, a lot mosquitoes fly in the air, so you had better bring a mosquito repellent. By the way, firefly appears from July to August, so a fantastic view can be enjoyed.
    Onnenai Boardwalk Infromation Map in Japanese

    Japanese Alder grows
    Onnenai Visitor Center in Kushiro
    Calla
    Onnenai Visitor Center in Kushiro
    Wooden Path
    Onnenai Visitor Center in Kushiro
    Rabbitear Iris
    Onnenai Visitor Center in Kushiro
    Wetland
    Onnenai Visitor Center in Kushiro
    Wooden Path
    Onnenai Visitor Center in Kushiro
    Reed and Sedge
    Onnenai Visitor Center in Kushiro
    Wooden Path
    Onnenai Visitor Center in Kushiro
    I Met Deer by Chance
    Onnenai Visitor Center in Kushiro
    Stairs
    Onnenai Visitor Center in Kushiro

    Atmosphere of Onnenai Boardwalk Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Onnenai Boardwalk

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking is provided (50 cars).
    Business hour Onnenai Visitor Center: From April to October 10:00-17:00
    From November to March 10:00-16:00
    Regular closing day Onnenai Visitor Center: Tuesday, Year-end and New Year holidays
    Telephone number +81-154-65-2323
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 149 669 832*13

      List of Activities

      In the Kushiro-shitsugen wetland, some activity companies serve canoe tours or guided tours to the Onnenai, the Cape Miyajima or the Cape Kirakotan. As for the guided tour to the Cape Miyajima, only people staying at Kushiro Prince Hotel can join the guided tour. Refer to following websites for the activity companies. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Winter Canoe

      Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park

      Canoe Tour

      Movie of Canoe


      Lake Toro Eco Museum Center(塘路湖エコミュージアムセンター)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Lakeside Toro(レイクサイドとうろ)
      Rakuten
      B & B Come Home(B & B かむほーむ)
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Healing Canoe Kushiro(ヒーリングカヌー釧路)
      Rakuten
      Kushiro Marsh & River(釧路マーシュ&リバー)
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Rera(レラ)
      Rakuten
      BLACKRIVER(ブラックリバー)
      Rakuten
      Nanook(ナヌーク)
      Rakuten
      Somokuya(そもくや)
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      CANOE PRO(カヌープロ)
      Rakuten
      North East Canoe Center(ノースイーストカヌーセンター)
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Family Canoe Toro(ファミリーカヌーとうろ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Toro Nature Center(塘路ネイチャーセンター)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Canoe Shop Hiraiwa(カヌーショップヒライワ)
      Rakuten
      Lodge Shirarutoro(ロッジシラルトロ)
      Booking
      Takkobu Auto Campsite(達古武オートキャンプ場)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Old Place(オールドプレイス)
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      R(アール)
      ASOVIEW
      Rakuten

      Rental Cycle

      Takkobu Auto Campsite(達古武オートキャンプ場)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Norokko and 8001(ノロッコ&8001)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Onnenai Guided Walk

      Free Guided Walk in Japanes and Paid Guided Walk in Japanes are held.

      Movie of Onnenai Guided Walk


      Onnenai Visitor Center(温根内ビジターセンター)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Kushiro Tourism & Convention Association(釧路観光コンベンション協会)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Cape Kirakotan or Cape Miyajima Guided Tour

      Cape Kirakotan Guided Tour


      Mr. Masao Ikeda(沢田 正雄氏)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Kusuri Dekoboko Ryokosha(クスリ凸凹旅行舎)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Rera(レラ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Healing Canoe Kushiro(ヒーリングカヌー釧路)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Kushiro-shitsugen Yachi-no-Kai(釧路湿原やちの会)
      ASOVIEW
      Rakuten
      Kushiro Prince Hotel(釧路プリンスホテル)

      Horse Trekking

      Movie of Horse Trekking


      Tsurui Dosanko Ranch(鶴居どさんこ牧場)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Pond Smelt Fishing

      Movie of Pond Smelt Fishing


      Lakeside Toro(レイクサイドとうろ)
      Jalan

      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.

      Tsurui

        Heart'n Tree(ハートン ツリー)
        Jalan
        Tsurui Dosanko Ranch(鶴居どさんこ牧場)
        HP
        Booking
        Jalan
        Minshuku Tsurui(民宿つるい)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Woody Hotel and Restaurant Yumekobo(ウッディホテル&レストラン夢工房)
        Rakuten
        Manami Cabin(Manami Cabin)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Hotel Green Park Tsurui(ホテル グリーンパークつるい)
        Booking
        HOTEL TAITO(HOTEL TAITO)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Wilderness Lodge Hickory Wind(ヒッコリーウインド)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Farm Inn Torch(ファームイン トーチ)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Farm Inn Mumin(ファームイン夢民)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Shukubo Makigoya(宿房 まきごや)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Farm Eco Lodge Tanocho-no-Ie(ファームエコロッジ 丹頂の家)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Tsukushi Village(つくしヴィレッジ)
        Jalan
        Farm Inn Tsurui(ファームインつるい)
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Tsurui Villagers Forest Automobile Campsite(つるい村民の森 オートキャンプ場)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Tsurui Campsite(つるいキャンプ場)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten

        KUSHIRO

          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)
          Booking
          Super Hotel Kushiro(スーパーホテル釧路)
          Booking
          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)
          Booking
          Athele Inn(アスリートイン)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Lasting Hotel(ラスティングホテル)
          Booking
          Minshuku Kano(民宿かのう)
          HP
          Booking
          Jalan
          Business Hotel Frontier(ビジネスホテル フロンティア)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Hotel Marshland(ホテル マーシュランド)
          Booking
          Business Ryokan Tokiwaso(ビジネス旅館 富喜和荘)
          HP
          Booking
          Jalan
          Hotel Marshland Annex(ホテル マーシュランド別館)
          Booking
          Minshuku Green Park(民宿グリーンパーク)
          HP
          Booking
          Jalan
          Sumire Ryokan(すみれ旅館)
          Booking
          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
          Takkobunuma Automobile Campsite(達古武沼オートキャンプ場)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Kitoushi Campsite(キトウシ野営場)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten

          Shibecha

            Kushiro Shitsugen Tohro Youth Hostel(釧路湿原とうろユースホステル)
            Rakuten
            Kushiroshitsugen Toro Inn(釧路湿原 とうろの宿)
            Booking
            Lodge Shirarutoro(シラルトロ温泉 ロッジ シラルトロ)
            Booking
            Minshuku Mokuri(民宿 木理)
            Booking
            Rakuten
            Fuji Onsen(富士温泉)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Restaurant and Hotel Hazel Grouse Manor(レストラン&ホテル ヘイゼルグラウスマナー)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Hotel Terreno Kisen(ホテル・テレーノ気仙)
            Booking
            Fujika Onsen Hotel(藤花温泉ホテル)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Sanraku-so(三楽荘)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Tanigawa Ryokan(谷川旅館)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Lake Shirarutoro Campsite(シラルトロ湖キャンプ場)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Tawadaira Campsite(多和平キャンプ場)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Nijibetsu Automobile Campsite(虹別オートキャンプ場)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten

            Yamahana Onsen

              Yamahana Onsen Rifre(山花温泉リフレ)
              Booking

              Akan Tancho-no-Sato Onsen

                Circle House Red Beret(サークルハウス赤いベレー)
                Booking

                Aurora Onsen

                  Aurora Farm Village(オーロラファームビレッジ)
                  Booking
                  Jalan
                  Rakuten

                  Kayanuma Onsen

                    Pension Michishirube(ペンション未知標)
                    Booking
                    Jalan
                    Rakuten
                    Booking.com

                    A page of Kushiro-shitsugen National Park is here

                    Kushiro-shitsugen National Park

                    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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