- August 10th, 2017
[Piraoro Observation Deck in Saroma] Lake Saroma View with Legend of Threwing Body to Death
Piraoro Observation Deck
Piraoro Observation Deck (ピラオロ展望台) is built on a small hill at 26 above sea level in Saroma town located in the southern part of the Lake Saroma. The Piraoro means "A place with a precipice" in Ainu language. It is adjacent to Piraoro-so Ryokan (ピラオロ荘), and Toppushi Fishing Port (富武士漁港) is on the foot of the hill. The small hill was used as a watch stand for searching fishes in Ainu period. It is a legendary place that an Ainu young girl threw her body, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Saromako Observation Deck (サロマ湖展望台) is near here.
Lake Saroma (サロマ湖) is a brackish water lake among Kitami city, Saroma town and Yubetsu town, and is the 3rd largest lake after Lake Biwa (琵琶湖) and Lake Kasumigaura (霞ヶ浦) in Japan. A sandbar of 200 to 700 m width separates the lake from the Sea of Okhotsk (オホーツク海), and the lake links the sea with only 2 points. In old days, the sandbar separeted the lake from the sea depending on seasons perfectly. The perimeter of the lake is about 87 km, and the maximum depth is 19.6 m. The lake has no name in Ainu language, and they called it just lake. It is well-known for tasty seafood such as Oyster and Scallop, and fishing Japanese pond smelt is popular in a winter. Read More
An express bus "Dreamint Okhotsk-go (ドリーミントオホーツク号)" runs between the Sapporo and the Kitami, and Limited Express Sekihoku-go (特急石北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Asahikawa, and Senpoku-go (釧北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Kushiro, and an express bus "Engaru-go (えんがる号)" runs between the Sapporo and Engaru. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Kitami Station.
Look of Piraoro Observation Deck
The appearance is stylish. It takes about a minute from the parking lot to here on foot. The Toppushi Fishing Port and the Lake Saroma can be viewed. A view is not better than a view of the Saromako Observation Deck. But it easy to enjoy the view. It opens a business in a winter, too, and here is one of few places to see the winter lake at high position. Visitors can enter the observation deck inside to ward off cold.
Atmosphere of Piraoro Observation Deck Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (5 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open year all round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||955 051 172*53|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Lake Saroma. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Lake Saroma is here
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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