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[Saromako Observation Deck in Saroma] 360 Degrees View and Narrow Raod

Saromako Observation Deck

Saromako Observation Deck (サロマ湖展望台) is built on the top of Mt. Horoiwa (幌岩山) of 376 m height in Saroma town located in the south part of the Lake Saroma, and is the only tourist attraction to view whole Lake Saroma. A parking lot and a public restroom are on the site. A trail is built from the bottom of the mountain to the mountaintop, and it takes about 60 minutes on foot. The observation deck is famous for a good view and dangerous roads to the mounatintop. 2 roads are built from Toppushi Fishing Port (富武士の港) and Kitakatsu Fishery (北勝水産) to the observation deck. But gravel roads of about 5 km length are rough, and those have just width that one car can go ahead along the road. So attention is necessary for driving. It is difficult to pass large cars. The roads are closed in a winter.

Road to Saromako Observation Deck
Saromako Observation Deck

Movie of Road to Saromako Observation Deck

Entrance of Saromako Observation Deck
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Saromako Observation Deck Comes into Sight
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Path to Saromako Observation Deck
Saromako Observation Deck
Steps to Saromako Observation Deck
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Steps
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Public Restroom
Saromako Observation Deck
Parking Lot
Saromako Observation Deck

Hokusho Suisan

Hokusho Suisan corp. (株式会社 北勝水産) is a fish processing company with the head office facing National Route 239 in Saronma town adjacent to the northern part of Kitami city, and has been established since 1979, and is near Lake Saroma (サロマ湖) and Saromako Observation Deck (サロマ湖展望台). The Hokusho Suisan is known for processing and selling marine products such as scallop, crab and salmon roe. The head office has a direct sales store, and tourists also come. At the building, live marine products and processing marine products can be bought, and light meals such as scallop hamburger, salmon hamburger, scallop curry and rice, coffee and ice cream are also served. Read More

Scallop Hamburger
Scallop Hamburger -Hokusho Suisan in Saroma-

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

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.

Look of Saromako Observation Deck

The Saromako Observation Deck declares that 360 degrees view can be enjoyed, and it is a fact. It has a splendid view. Visitors can view Shiretoko Mountain Range and the whole Lake Saroma, and it is famous for seeing beautiful sunset. Sightseeing telescopes are provided, too. It has sometimes foggy days, so the visitors can enter the observation deck inside to ward off cold. It takes about 5 minutes from the parking lot to here on foot. Steps are steep, so you had better wear comfortable shoes. In a summer, you had better bring an insect repellent because a lot of gnats or horseflies try to bite your skin, too. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

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Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (10 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Winter season
Telephone number +81-1587-2-1200
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 955 055 328*20

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)
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Jalan

List of Accommodations

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

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

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
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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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