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[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

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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.

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