- July 14th, 2017
[Poro Swamp in Sarufutsu] Ordinary People Can Hardly Approach Sacred Place of Itou Fish
Poro Swamp (ポロ沼) in North Okhotsk Prefectural Natural Park (北オホーツク道立自然公園) is a brackish water lake in Sarufutsu village located in the southeastern direction of Wakkanai city, and is near Esanuka Line (エサヌカ線), Esanuka Primeval Flower Garden (エサヌカ原生花園) and Kimoma Swamp (キモマ沼). It has been chosen as one of 500 Important Wetlands in Japan (日本の重要湿地500). The Poro means "Large" in Ainu language. The perimeter of the swamp is about 6 km. The maximum water depth is 2.7 m. The swamp is well-known for fishing Itou Fish (イトウ), and is a sacred place for anglers. But I guess that it is hard to approach the lakeside in a summer. In a winter, Pond smelt fishing can be enjoyed. Whistling Swan and Bean Goose come flying and rest their wing early in the winter.
Esanuka Line (エサヌカ線) is a village road in Sarufutsu village located in the southeastern direction of Wakkanai city, and is near Lake Kuccharo (クッチャロ湖), Beniya Primeval Flower Garden (ベニヤ原生花園), Moukeni Swamp (モウケニ沼) and Poro Swamp (ポロ沼), and has Esanuka Primeval Flower Garden (エサヌカ原生花園) is along the road. The official name is Sarufutsu Village Road Esanuka Line (猿払村道エサヌカ線), and the total length is about 16 km. A part of the road is a straight road of about 4 km and a straight road of about 8 km, and the roads grow straight towards the horizon, so a typical scenery of Hokkaido is popular with motorcycle touring riders and tourists. I guess that 80 % of people using this road is the tourists. Telephone poles and road traffic signs are not built along the road, so nothing is disturb visitors' sight. The bare horizon can be enjoyed. There is no sightseeing facility. The visitors enjoy only driving or taking a photo. I think that nothing is worth. An amazing scenery appeared in CM of Asahikasei, TOYOTA and ISUZU, and those used here as a shooting place. The CM of the Asahikasei used the former road, and I wonder if it triggered a popularity. By the way, I mistakenly remember Enusaka Line instead of A the Esanuka Line. In a winter, snow is not removed away on the road, so watch the road. Read More
Esanuka Primeval Flower Garden
Esanuka Primeval Flower Garden (エサヌカ原生花園) is a wild flower garden in Sarufutsu village located in the southeastern direction of Wakkanai city, and is near Poro Swamp (ポロ沼). Wild plants such as Yezo Lily, Rosa Rugosa and Creeping Pine grow naturally along a straight road of about 4 km length in the northen part of Esanuka Line (エサヌカ線). Wild birds can be watched, too. But I do not know where the wild flower garden starts and ends. The best time see the wild flowers is from late June to early July. There is no sightseeing facility. I guess that the wild flowers are seen just from the road side. Read More
Speaking of the Sarufutsu, Scallop is famous. It is the most scallops landed town in Japan. The noted food can be eaten at Yumekukan shop (夢喰間) and Restraunt "Fusetsu" (レストラン風雪) of Sarufutsu Park (猿払公園). The Yumekukan shop serves Scallop Rice (ホタテめし), Grilled Scallops on a Skewer (ホタテ串) and Cowberry Flavored Soft Serve Ice Cream (コケモモソフトクリーム), and those are popular. Fresh large scallops are reasonable price. The Restraunt "Fusetsu" serves Scallop Rice and Curry, and it has a good reputation. As for onsen, unfortunately, hot springs do not gush out in the Sarufutsu.
Yumekukan (夢喰間) is a shop at roadside station "Sarufutsu Park (さるふつ公園)" in Sarufutsu village, and is next to very large ranch facing the Sea of Okhotsk. Visitors can view magnificent nature. A building is built near Indigirka memorial monument (インディギルカ号遭難者慰霊碑) and Sarufutsu Ikoi-no-Yu (さるふつ憩いの湯). The Sarufutsu village is the most scallops landed town in Japan, so it is famous for the scallops. Fishermen discharge the scallops into the sea, and they raise those up in the sea for 5 years. Natural scallops that are not cultured scallops become sweet thick flesh with high quality. Read More
North Okhotsk Prefectural Natural Park
North Okhotsk Prefectural Natural Park (北オホーツク自然公園) is a natural park among Sarufustu village, Hamatonbetsu town and Esashi town in the northern part of Hokkaido, and has been designated as the prefectural natural park since 1968. The area is 3,927 ha. Groups of lakes and swamps such as Lake Kutcharo (クッチャロ湖), wild flowers in Beniya Primitive Flower Garden (ベニヤ原生花園), and wild birds such as Motacilla Flava and Swan can be observed in this area. A lot of tourists do not come. The natural park has been chosen as one of 100 Unexplored Regions in Japan (日本の秘境100選), and is contained in 500 Important Wetlands in Japan (日本の重要湿地500). A straight road without signals is one of worth seeing places, too. Tourists can enjoy the nature of the typical Hokkaido without being crowded. I think that here is a little-known tourist attractions in the northern Hokkaido. Read More
Look of Poro Swamp
People can hardly to approch the lakeside because miscanthus grows thick around the swamp. I took photos from Sarufutsu River. There is not sightseeing facility. Japanese Huchen and Candy Trout are fished at the confluence of the Poro Swamp and the Sarufutsu River, so a lot of the anglers visit here.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking not is provided|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open year all round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||680 417 283*13|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Hamatonbetsu and the Sarufutsu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of North Okhotsk Prefectural Natural Park is here
North Okhotsk Prefectural Natural 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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