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[Horonobe Visitor Center] Vast Land Can Be Felt at Horonobe Visitor Center Observation Tower and Shimo-sarobetsu-genya-enchi Park

October 24th, 2015

Shimo-sarobetsu-genya-enchi Park

Shimo-sarobetsu-genya-enchi Park (下サロベツ原野園地) is a marshland park in Horonobe town located in the southern part of Wakkanai city. In the southern part of Shimo-sarobetsu Plain (下サロベツ原野) located in the southern part of Sarobetsu Plain (サロベツ原野), Rishiri‐Rebun‐Sarobetsu National Park (利尻礼文サロベツ国立公園), the Shimo-sarobetsu-genya-enchi Park is near Pankenuma Swamp (パンケ沼) and Otonrui (オトンルイ) Wind Power Station. Naganuma Swamp (長沼) is a freshwater lake at the marshland. The perimeter of the swamp is about 2.5 km, and the depth is about 2 m. A wooden path of about 1 km total length is built around the swamp, and Komochikanahebi Obsevation Platform (コモチカナヘビ観察台 * The Komochikanahebi means "Zootoca vivipara" in English), Yachimanako Obsevation Platform (やちまなこ観察デッキ * The Yachimanako means "Hidden pitfalls at a wetland" in the English), Suiseishokubutsu Obsevation Platform (水生植物観察 * Suiseishokubutsu means "Aquatic plants" in the English) are also built along the wooden path. In addition, Here is linked with Pankenuma Swamp through Shimo-sarobetsu Nature Observation Trail (下サロベツ原野自然探勝路) of about 3 km total length, so visitors can enjoy hiking. Alpine plants, damp plants and aquatic plants containing Yezo Dailily, Iris, Yezo Waterlily, Japanese Spatterdock, Cranberry and Peat Moss grow naturally, and can be observed on the wooden path. Wild birds such as African Stonechat, Black-faced Bunting and Red-necked Grebe can be watched, too. Except the wooden path, Horonobe Visitor Center (幌延ビジターセンター), a parking lot and Horonobe Visitor Center Observation Tower (幌延ビジターセンター展望台) are built at the site.
PDF of the Sarobetsu Plain

Naganuma Swamp
Sarobetsu Plain Horonobe Visitor Center

Movie of Shimo-sarobetsu-genya

Otonrui Wind Power Station
Sarobetsu Plain Horonobe Visitor Center
Naganuma Swamp
Sarobetsu Plain Horonobe Visitor Center
Wooden Path Is Built
Sarobetsu Plain Horonobe Visitor Center
Water Surface of Naganuma Swamp
Sarobetsu Plain Horonobe Visitor Center

Movie of Shimosarobetsu-genya-enchi

The Sarobetsu Plain is a vast plain of 20,000-24,000 ha. The Sarobetsu means "A river flows through reed beds" in Ainu language. Sarobetsu Wetland (サロベツ湿原) of 6,700 ha is in the plain, and is the largest high moor in Japan. In the Sarobetsu Wetland, wetland of 2,560 ha has bee desingated as Ramsar Convention since 2005. The Toyotomomi side of the northern Sarobetsu Plain is called Kami-sarobetsu Plain (上サロベツ原野), and the Horonobe side of southern Sarobetsu Plain is called the Shimo-sarobetsu Plain. * Japanese people often use the Kami or the Shimo as the northern or the southern. Some large swamps and ponds such as the Naganuma Swamp, the Pankenuma Swamp, Penkenuma Swamp (ペンケ沼) and Kabutonuma Swamp (兜沼) are dotted with the Sarobetsu Plain. More than 100 types of wild flowers such as Ledum palustre L. subsp, the Iris and the Yezo Daylily bloom at the plain, and about 90 types of wild birds such as Steller's Sea Eagle, Siberian Rubythroat and the Yellow-breasted Bunting can be watched.

Mt. Rishirifuji and Yezo Daylily
Sarobetsu Plain

Pankenuma-enchi Park

Pankenuma-enchi Park (パンケ沼園地) is a marshland park in Horonobe town located in the southern part of Wakkanai city. In the middle part of Shimo-sarobetsu Plain (下サロベツ原野) located in the southern part of Sarobetsu Plain (サロベツ原野), Rishiri‐Rebun‐Sarobetsu National Park (利尻礼文サロベツ国立公園), the Pankenuma-enchi Park is near Shimo-sarobetsu-genya-enchi Park (下サロベツ原野園地) with Naganuma Swamp (長沼) and Horonobe Visitor Center (幌延ビジターセンター). Pankenuma Swamp (パンケ沼) is a brackish lake at the marshland. The perimeter of the swamp is about 8 km, and the maximum depth is about 2.5 m. The swamp is the largest lake in the Sarobetsu Plain. The panke means "The downstream side" in Ainu language. Penkenuma Swamp (ペンケ沼) located at the northern part of the Pankenuma Swamp is a pared swamp with the Pankenuma Swamp, and the Penke means "The upstream side" in the Ainu language. Wooden paths are built on the shore in the southeastern part of the Pankenuma Swamp, and visitors can go a round on foot in about 20 minutes. In addition, Here is linked with the Horonobe Visitor Center through Shimo-sarobetsu Nature Observation Trail (下サロベツ原野自然探勝路) of about 3 km total length, so visitors can enjoy hiking. A gazebo, a bird watching hut, a parking lot and a public restroom are built at the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

View from Viewing Platform
Sarobetsu Plain Pankenuma-enchi in Horonobe

Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park

Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park (利尻礼文サロベツ国立公園) located in the northern Hokkaido between Rishiri Island, Rebun Island, Toyotomi Town and Horonobe Town is the northernmost national park in Japan, and has been designated as the national park since 1974. The area is 24,166 ha. It consists of 2 islands, wetlands and the coast, and beautiful nature such as the sea, mountains, wild flowers and wetlands is highlight. Because the Northern Hokkaido has few famous tourist attracsions, the national park is one of the most famous nature tourist attracsions. The Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park is divided into 4 areas, Rishiri Area (利尻), Rebun Area (礼文), Coastal Sand-dune Area (海浜砂丘) and Sarobetsu Area (サロベツ), and the Rishiri Area (利尻), the Rebun Area (礼文) and the Sarobetsu Area have a lot of highlights. Article is here

Motochi Coast
Rebun Island

List of Shimo-sarobetsu-genya-enchi Park Tourist Attractions

There are the Horonobe Visitor Center and Horonobe Visitor Center Observation Tower.

Horonobe Visitor Center

The Horonobe Visitor Center is a peat museum at the southern tip of the Shimo-sarobetsu-genya-enchi Park, and is built at entrances of the Shimo-sarobetsu-genya-enchi Park. In the two-storied building, about various plants and animals grown in the Sarobetsu Plain are introduced on the 1st floor, and seasonal wild flower information is offered. An observation deck is on the 2nd floor, and the Shimo-sarobetsu-genya-enchi Park can be viewed. A restroom is provided at the building. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.They close a business from November to April.
PDF of Horonobe Visitor Center in Japanese

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Horonobe Visitor Center
Sarobetsu Plain Horonobe Visitor Center
1F Horonobe Visitor Center
Sarobetsu Plain Horonobe Visitor Center
2F Observatory Deck
Sarobetsu Plain Horonobe Visitor Center
View from Observatory Deck
Sarobetsu Plain Horonobe Visitor Center
View from Observatory Deck
Sarobetsu Plain Horonobe Visitor Center
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (10 cars)
Business hour 09:00-17:00
Regular closing day From May to October: Open every day, From November to April: Close every day
Telephone number +81-1632-5-2077
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 736 313 844*46

Horonobe Visitor Center Observation Tower

The Horonobe Visitor Center Observation Tower is built on the opposite side of a road. The height is about 25 m. The Sarobetsu plain, Mt. Rishirifuji and the Otonrui Wind Power Station can be viewed on the top of the tower. It is impressive with clouds that throw shadows on the vast plain. But the tower is very high, so if people have a fear of heights, they may be very scary. I was very scary. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Horonobe Visitor Observation Deck
Sarobetsu Plain Horonobe Visitor Center
View from Top of Observation Deck
Sarobetsu Plain Horonobe Visitor Center
View from Top of Observation Deck
Sarobetsu Plain Horonobe Visitor Center
View from Top of Observation Deck
Sarobetsu Plain Horonobe Visitor Center
View from Top of Observation Deck
Sarobetsu Plain Horonobe Visitor Center

Atmosphere of Horonobe Visitor Center Observation Tower Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Horonobe Visitor Center Observation Tower

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (About 2 cars)
Business hour 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number -
Home page -
Mapcode 736 313 786*38

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Horonobe Visitor Center. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Minshuku Ryokan Sarobetsu(民宿旅館サロベツ)
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Business Hotel Hokutoso(ビジネスホテル北斗荘)
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Business Ryokan Koeiso(ビジネス旅館光栄荘)
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Rakuten
Minshuku Meizanso(民宿名山荘)
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Rakuten
Teshio Onsen Yubae(てしお温泉 夕映)
Minshuku Ashita-no-Shiro(民宿あしたの城)
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Rakuten
Toyo Hotel(トーヨーホテル)
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Rakuten
Matsuya Ryokan(松屋旅館)
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Rakuten

A page of Sarobetsu Plain is here

Sarobetsu Plain

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