• August 10th, 2017
  • area
  • Little-KnownGoodSpots
  • EasternArea

[Ryugudai Observation Park in Yubetsu] Lake Saroma and Sea of Okhotsk Can Be Seen at Ryugudai Observation Deck

Ryugudai Overlook Park

Ryugudai Overlook Park (龍宮台展望公園) is a park in Yubetsu town located in the north part of the Lake Saroma. Ryugudai Observation Deck (龍宮台展望台) at the end of Hokkaido Road 656 is built on sandbar of about 200 m width between the Sea of Okhotsk and Lake Saroma. In a summer, the sea and the lake can be viewed, and drift ice can be enjoyed closely in a winter. Mr. Keigetsu Omachi (大町桂月), a famous Japanese poet, that was well-known for naming Sounkyo (層雲峡) and Hagoromo Falls (羽衣の滝) compared the sandbar to "A path to the Palace of the Dragon King (龍宮 * Ryugu)", so around here was named "Ryugudai". Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Sanrihama Camping Ground (三里浜キャンプ場) is near here, so a lot of campers come in the summer. By the way, the camping ground is charged.

Ryugudai Observation Deck from Saromako Observatory in Distance
Lake Saroma, Yubetsu, Ryugudai Observation Deck

Movie of Ryugudai Overlook Park

Sanrihama Camping Ground
Lake Saroma, Yubetsu, Ryugudai Observation Deck
Shower Facility at Camping Ground
Lake Saroma, Yubetsu, Ryugudai Observation Deck
Lake Saroma
Lake Saroma, Yubetsu, Ryugudai Observatory

The Nakayubetsu, a closest town, is about 20 km away from here, and a restaurant, a cafe and a convenience store are not built around here. Saginuma Primeval Flower Garden (サギ沼原生花園) is relatively near here.

Lake Saroma

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

Advertisement

Sunset in Lake Saroma
Coral Grass Colony in Lake Saroma

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.

List of Means of Transportation

Highway buses run between the Kitami and the Sapporo, the Asahikawa and the Kushiro, and an express bus "Engaru-go (えんがる号)" runs between the Sapporo and Engaru. Refer to following the means of the transportation. 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 Kitami
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Kitami to Sapporo
Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス) From Asahikawa to Kitami
Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス) From Kitami to Asahikawa
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Kitami
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kitami to Kushiro
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Engaru
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Engaru to Sapporo
Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their office is near the Kitami Station.
Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their office is near the Kitami Station.
Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their office is near the Kitami Station.
Jalan
Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their office is in Koueinishi-machi.
Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their office is in Tondennishi-machi.
Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Kitami Station.
Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their office is near the Kitami Station.
Carsta Rent-a-car(カースタレンタカー) Their office is near the Kitami Station.

Ryugudai Observation Deck

The Ryugudai Observation Deck of about 5 m height, a monument engraved with a waka poem composed by spouses Keigetsu Omachi and the parking lot are built on the site. The Lake Saroma and the Sea of Okhotsk can be viewed on the top of the observation deck, but electric wires unfortunately obstruct people's views to the Lake Saroma. In the winter, the sea often is covered with drift ice fully, and tourists can go a beach to touch the drift ice with their hand.

Appearance of Ryugudai Observation Deck
Lake Saroma, Yubetsu, Ryugudai Observation Deck
Look of of Ryugudai Observation Deck
Lake Saroma, Yubetsu, Ryugudai Observation Deck
View from Ryugudai Observation Deck
Lake Saroma, Yubetsu, Ryugudai Observation Deck

Atmosphere of Ryugudai Observation Deck Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Ryugudai Observation Deck

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (30 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-1586-2-2111
Home page Home page is here

List of Activities

Around the Lake Saroma, some types of activities can be enjoyed. Refer to following websites for the activity companies around the Lake Saroma. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Sightseeing Boat

Movie of Sightseeing Boat


Lake Saroma Azarashi Sightseeing Boat(サロマ湖アザラシ観光船)
ASOVIEW
Jalan

Rental Cycle

Movie of Rental Cycle


Wakka Nature Center(ワッカネイチャーセンター)
ASOVIEW
Jalan

Tourist Carriage

Wakka Nature Center(ワッカネイチャーセンター)
ASOVIEW
Jalan

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Lake Saroma. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Yubetsu

Iseya Ryokan(伊勢屋旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Fujino(民宿ふじ乃)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Matsuya Ryokan(松屋旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Lake Palace(レイクパレス)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Shirakaba(しらかば)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Kerochi Traffic Park(計呂地交通公園)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Gokazan Park Campsite(五鹿山公園キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Sanrihama Campsite(三里浜キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

Saroma

Saromakohan Youth Hostel(サロマ湖畔ユースホステル)
Booking
Saromako Yurinkan(サロマ湖悠林館)
Booking
Tabibito-yado Saromanian(旅人宿 さろまにあん)
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Watanabe(民宿わたなべ)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Ryokan Piraoroso(旅館 ピラオロ荘)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Morita Ryokan(もりた旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Ryokan Oshiro(旅館 大城)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Kimuaneppu-Misaki Campsite(キムアネップ岬キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

Tokoro

Lake Saroma Tsuruga Resort(サロマ湖鶴雅リゾート)
Sencho-no-Ie(船長の家)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Matsunoya Sato Ryokan(松乃屋/佐藤旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Lake Saroma is here

Lake Saroma

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.

Comment

Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.