- October 23rd, 2015
[Sarobetsu Wetland Center in Toyotomi] Wild Flowers and Wild Birds Can Be Enjoyed at Sarobetsu Primeval Garden
Sarobetsu Primeval Garden
Sarobetsu Primeval Garden is a wild flower garden in Toyotomi town located in the southern direction of Wakkanai city. In the southern part of Kami-sarobetsu Plain (上サロベツ原野) located in the norhern 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 Sarobetsu Primeval Garden is relatively near Wakasanai-enchi Park (稚咲内園地) and Miyanodai Observation Deck (宮の台展望台). Wooden paths of about 1.5 km total length are built at the primeval garden, and rest platforms and observation platforms are also built along the wooden paths. Here is a good place to see Magnificent Mt. Rishirifuji. Except the primeval garden, there are Sarobetsu Wetland Center (サロベツ湿原センター), Peat Industry Building (泥炭産業館), A Dredger, Museum Shop (ミュージアムショップ), Resthouse Sarobetsu (レストハウス サロベツ), Water Purification Wetland (水質浄化湿地) and a parking lot at the site. Addmission free. The parking lot is free of charge.
Miyanodai Observation Deck
Miyanodai Observation Deck (宮の台展望台) is a lookout point in Toyotomi town located in the southern direction of Wakkanai city. In the eastern part of Sarobetsu Plain, Rishiri‐Rebun‐Sarobetsu National Park, the Miyanodai Observation Deck is relatively near Sarobetsu Wetland Center (サロベツ湿原センター) and Toyotomi Onsen (豊富温泉). An observation deck with about 5 m in height is built on a small hill of about 65 m elevation along National Route 40. Grassland of the Toyotomi that is well-known as a milkshed and Sarobetsu Plain (サロベツ原野) can be viewed. The observation deck used to be originally called Tokumitsu Observation Deck (徳満展望台) or Sarobetsu Observation Deck (サロベツ展望台), but it was renamed as “Miyanodai Observation Deck (Miya means “Imperial” in English)” when His Imperial Highness Prince Masahito Hitachinomiya (常陸宮正仁親王) came here in 1963. Figures of parent-child cows are built as a monument of Toyotomi town “Dairy Farming Birthplace (酪農発祥の地)” at the site. This is why Mr. Matsujiro Ota (太田松次郎) began to milk Shorthorn Cattle at Tokumistu district (徳満地区) for the first time. A public restroom is built beside a parking lot. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Read More
More than 100 types of wild flowers such as Yezo Daylily and Skunk Cabbage from May to September can be seen, and seasonal wild flowers can be enjoyed along the wooden paths. The daylily blooming season from mid June to mid July is the best time to see the wild fowers. Wild birds such as Emberiza Aureola, Yellow Wagtail and Steller’s Sea Eagle can be watched, too. Especially, it is said that the Emberiza Aureola facing extinction is watched only here in Japan. It takes about 30 minutes to look around along the wooden paths on foot. By the way, Wooden Path Nature Guided Tour (木道自然ガイド) and Snowshoes Hiking Tour (スノーシューハイク) are held in a summer or a winter. Rubber boots and the snowshoes can be rented at the Sarobetsu Wetland Center.
Movie of Sarobetsu Primeval Garden
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 Naganuma Swamp (長沼), Pankenuma Swamp (パンケ沼), 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.
Movie of Sarobetsu Plain
There are some means of transportation for the Sarobetsu Plain tourism, for example, a fixed-route bus, a sightseeing taxi, a rental car and a rental bicycle. I suppose that the best means of transportation is that visitors rent a rental car in the Wakkanai.
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. Read More
Sarobetsu Wetland Center
The Sarobetsu Wetland Center is the one-storey information center built in 2011. About various plants and animals grown in the Sarobetsu Plain are introduced, and seasonal wild flower information is offered. At the Peat Industry Building beside the Sarobetsu Wetland Center, Peat Factory and the dredger are introduced, and the dredgers called a water separation machine (vessel type) used for reclamation are really displayed. Visitors can learn the history of fight with peat. Dishes can be savored at the Resthouse Sarobetsu, and a soft serve ice cream using Toyotomi Milk (Sarobetsu Milk) has a good reputation. A multipurpose ostomate restroom is provided at the building, too. By the way, Here is well-known as as a shooting place for Japanese movie “A Chorus of Angels (北のカナリア達)” that Ms. Sayuri Yoshinaga (吉永小百合), a famous actress, played a roll used here, too. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (62 cars)|
|Business hour||From May to October 09:00-17:00, From November to April 10:00-16:00|
|Regular closing day||From May to October Open every day, From November to April Monday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||736 670 466*46|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Toyotomi, the Horonobe and the Teshio. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Sarobetsu Plain 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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