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Sarubo Observatory and Sarurun Observatory

Sarubo Observatory (サルボ展望台) and Sarurun Observatory (サルルン展望台) are observation decks in the northeastern part of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原), and is located in the northwest side of Lake Toro (塘路湖) and in the south side of Lake Shirarutoro. There are a lot lakes and marshes around here in the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland, so wetlands, lakes, a road and a railroad make a good combination. 2 trailheads to the Sarubo Observatory and the Sarurun Observatory are provided, and there is the nearest trailhead on a parking lot. After visitors go up along the precipitous trails, the trails ahead split in two way around the top of a hill. The trails are rough, so you should wear comfortable shoes. By the way, please be careful for thefting from your vehicle on a parking lot. You had better bring an insect repellent because a lot of gnats try to bite your skin in a summer. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

Guide Signboard
Sarubo Observatory and Sarurun Observatory in Shibecha
Parking Lot
Sarubo Observatory and Sarurun Observatory in Shibecha
Precipitous Wooden Steps
Sarubo Observatory and Sarurun Observatory in Shibecha
Many Lakes and Marshes
Sarubo Observatory and Sarurun Observatory in Shibecha

Movie of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland

The distance is about 35 km away from the center of Kushiro city, and a restraunt, a cafe, a souvenir shop and a convenience store are not built around here. Nihonmatsu Lookout (二本松展望地), Kottaro Marsh (コッタロ湿原), Lake Toro (塘路湖) and Lake Shirarutoro (シラルトロ湖) are relatively near here, and Kayanuma Onsen (茅沼温泉), Shirarutoro Onsen (シラルトロ温泉) and Shimo-osobetsu Onsen (下オソツベツ温泉) are around there, too.

Lake Toro

Lake Toro (塘路湖) is a freshwater lake in the northeastern part of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原). The Toro means "A place with a lake" in the Ainu language. The perimeter of the lake is about 18 km. The maximum water depth is about 7 m. The lake is the largest lake in the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. Lake Balls (マリモ) grow on the bottom of the lake as well as Lake Akan (阿寒湖). In addition, here is well-known for enjoying a canoe, most popular activity in the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. Tourists can float down through Kushiro River by the canoe. Some activity companies serve a paid canoe tour. There are Sarubo Observatory (サルボ展望台), Sarurun Observatory (サルルン展望台) and Nihonmatsu Lookout (二本松展望地) around the lake, and tourists can look over around the Lake Toro. Those are not so famous, but it is popular as sightseeing spots with tourists expert. Read More

Canoe Port
Lake Toro in Shibecha

Nihonmatsu Lookout

Nihonmatsu Lookout (二本松展望地) is near Nihonmatsu Bridge cross Kushiro River (釧路川) in Shibcha town. It is not a tourist spot officially, so there is not a facility at all. A signboard is not provided, too, and a lot of tourists are hard to find it. It is known as a secret tourist spot. In my case, I was somehow able to find trails (foot stamps) on a hillslope. It took about 10 minutes on foot, and white mountaintop came into sight. That is the Nihonmatsu Lookout. It commanded a fine view, and Kushiro-shitsugen wetland different from Hosooka Observatory (細岡展望台) can be seen. Cars can come to the mountaintop, but a path is very uneven, I think only off-road vehicles can get there. Admission free. Read More

View from Nihonmatsu Lookout
Nihonmatsu Lookout in Shibcha

Kayanuma Onsen

Kayanuma Onsen is a hot spring place in Shibecha town located in the northern direction of Kushiro city, and is located at the northern tip of Kushiro-Shitstugen Wetland National Park (釧路湿原国立公園). Visitors turn along Mashu National Route (National Route 391), and go straight for around 2.5 km along Hokkaido Road 959, and the end of the road is the Kayanuma Onsen. Only Kushiro Marshland National Park "Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma" (くしろ湿原パーク 憩の家 かや沼) that is one of compound facilities called Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland Park (くしろ湿原パーク) built on a hill facing Lake Shirarutoro (シラルトロ湖). Except a hot spring facility, there are a park golf course, Shirarutoroko Campsite, Shirarutoro Walking Path (シラルトロ歩道) and Cho-no-Mori Observation Deck (蝶の森展望台). Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built around there. Kayanuma Station that is famous for feeding Japanese cranes is at the middle of the Hokkaido Road 959, and a lot of photographers come to take a picture of Japanese cranes with SL Winter Wetlands (SL冬の湿原号). Read More

Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma
Ikoi-no-Ie Kayanuma, Kayanuma Onsen in Shibecha

Shimo-osobetsu Onsen

Shimo-osobetsu Onsen is a hot spring place in Shibecha town located in the northern direction of Kushiro city. Only Ajikoen (味幸園) is built in Osobetsu plain (オソツベツ原野) beside the northern tip of Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原), and is about 1 km away from Mashu National Route (National Route 391). Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built around the building. Read More

Ajikoen
Shimo-osobetsu Onsen Ajikoen in Shibecha

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park (釧路湿原国立公園) among Kushiro city, Kushiro town, Shibecha town and Tsurui village is a famous tourist attraction in the Eastern Hokkaido, and about 500,000 people visit every year, and is the largest wetland with 18,290 ha in Japan. It has been designed as Ramsar Convention since 1980, and developments had been limited strictly. More than 700 plants grow, and about 200 birds and about 1,100 insects inhabit. A lot of rare animals inhabit and plants including Japanese cranes, Blakiston's fish-owls that are only 100 in Hokkaido, Iijima Ruriboshiyanma (イイジマルリボシヤンマ) that is a remaining specy in the glacial epoch, Itou fish (イトウ) that is said to be a very rare fish, Kushiro jacob's ladder (クシロハナシノブ) that is a remaining specy in the glacial epoch, Bogberry and Yachibouzu (ヤチボウズ) are in the wetland. Read More

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Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland
Kushiro-shitsugen wetland

By the way, a direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and the Kushiro. But highway buses "Star Light Kushiro-go (スターライト釧路号)" and "Kuhsiro Limited Express New Star-go (釧路特急ニュースター号)" run between the Sapporo and the Kushiro, and Sunrise Asahikawa-Kushiro-go (サンライズ旭川・釧路号), an express bus, runs between the Kushiro and Asahikawa, and Sweets Liner-go (スイーツライナー号) runs between Obihiro and Tancho Kushiro Airport, and Senpoku-go (釧北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and the Kushiro, and Akan Airport Liner (阿寒エアポートライナー) runs between Lake Akan and the Tancho Kushiro Airport. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Kushiro Station and Kushiro Airport. An airplane flies between Kushiro Airport and Okadama Air Port, and an airplane flies between the Kushiro Airport and New Chitose Airport. As for transport facilities for the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland sightseeing, Kushiro-shitsugen train Norokko-go (くしろ湿原ノロッコ号) and Kushiro-shitsugen bus Isshu-go (釧路湿原一周号) run.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Kushiro and the Sapporo, the Asahikawa, the Kitami, the Obihiro and the Lake Akan. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Kushiro. 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 Kushiro
    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Kushiro to Sapporo
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Asahikawa to Kushiro
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Asahikawa
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Kitami
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kitami to Kushiro
    Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Obihiro to Tancho Kushiro Airport
    Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Tancho Kushiro Airport to Obihiro
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Tancho Kushiro Airport to Lake Akan
    Jalan
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Lake Akan to Tancho Kushiro Airport
    Jalan
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Kushiro Station and Kushiro Airport.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station, Tottori and the Kushiro Airport.
    Jalan
    Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
    Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Kushiro Station.
    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their offices are at Shintomi-cho, Aikoku, Irie-cho, Naniwa-cho and Akanko Onsen.

    KUSHIRO

    Kushiro (釧路) that about 170,000 people live is the 5th largest fisheries city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. The Kushiro became incorporated with Akan town (阿寒) and Onbetsu (音別) in 2005, and has became the 3rd largest city by area in the Hokkaido. In Japan, it is the 7th latgest city by the area. The Kushiro is also well-known as a tourist city with rich nature, and has 2 very famous national parks, Kushiro-Shitsugen wetland (釧路湿原), the largest wetland in the Japan, and Lake Akan (阿寒湖) consisted by primeval forests and lava. In addition, the beautiful sunset can be seen, too, and the Kushiro is one of the three major places to see the beautiful setting sun in the world together with Manila in Philippines and Bali in Indonesia. Read More

    Setting Sun of Nusamai Bridge
    Kushiro

    List of Tourist Attractions

    There are the Sarubo Observatory and the Sarurun Observatory. My visited places are as follows.

    Sarubo Observatory

    Sarubo Observatory is built on a small hill at about 70 above sea level. The Sarubo means "A small marsh" in Ainu language. It takes 15 minutes from the parking lot to here on foot. The trail is hard to walk. The visitors can view the Lake Toro, Eoruto Pond (エオルト沼) and Makunto Pond (マクントー). The Lake Shirarutoro is hardly to be seen. A scenery with the railroad across the wetland is beautiful. It is popular with photographers of the railroad fan.

    Sarubo Observatory
    Sarubo Observatory and Sarurun Observatory in Shibecha
    View from Sarubo Observatory
    Sarubo Observatory and Sarurun Observatory in Shibecha
    I Look at Kottaro Marsh
    Sarubo Observatory and Sarurun Observatory in Shibecha

    Atmosphere of Sarubo Observatory Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Sarubo Observatory

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking is provided (10 Cars)
    Business hours Open 24 hours
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Telephone number -
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 576 870 304*25

    Sarurun Observatory

    Sarurun Observatory is built on the same hill at about 70 m above sea level. The Sarurun means "A wetland" in the Ainu language. It takes 20 minutes from the parking lot to here on foot. The trail is hard to walk, too. The visitors can view the Lake Toro, Ponto Pond (ポントー), the Eoruto Pond, the Makunto Pond and Sarurun Pond (サルルン沼). Yezo white-faced darter (エゾカオジロトンボ) that inhabits only in the Eastern Hokkaido lives in Sarurun Marsh at the foot of the hill, and is called a flying jewel for rare species. A lot of people seem to come to only take a picture of the Yezo white-faced darter.

    View from Sarurun Observatory
    Sarubo Observatory and Sarurun Observatory in Shibecha
    View from Sarurun Observatory
    Sarubo Observatory and Sarurun Observatory in Shibecha

    Atmosphere of Sarurun Observatory Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Sarurun Observatory

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking is provided (10 Cars)
    Business hours Open 24 hours
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Telephone number -
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 149 899 381*41

      List of Activities

      In the Kushiro-shitsugen wetland, some activity companies serve canoe tours or guided tours to the Onnenai, the Cape Miyajima or the Cape Kirakotan. As for the guided tour to the Cape Miyajima, only people staying at Kushiro Prince Hotel can join the guided tour. Refer to following websites for the activity companies. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Winter Canoe

      Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park

      Canoe Tour

      Movie of Canoe


      Lake Toro Eco Museum Center(塘路湖エコミュージアムセンター)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Lakeside Toro(レイクサイドとうろ)
      Rakuten
      B & B Come Home(B & B かむほーむ)
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Healing Canoe Kushiro(ヒーリングカヌー釧路)
      Rakuten
      Kushiro Marsh & River(釧路マーシュ&リバー)
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Rera(レラ)
      Rakuten
      BLACKRIVER(ブラックリバー)
      Rakuten
      Nanook(ナヌーク)
      Rakuten
      Somokuya(そもくや)
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      CANOE PRO(カヌープロ)
      Rakuten
      North East Canoe Center(ノースイーストカヌーセンター)
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Family Canoe Toro(ファミリーカヌーとうろ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Toro Nature Center(塘路ネイチャーセンター)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Canoe Shop Hiraiwa(カヌーショップヒライワ)
      Rakuten
      Lodge Shirarutoro(ロッジシラルトロ)
      Booking
      Takkobu Auto Campsite(達古武オートキャンプ場)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Old Place(オールドプレイス)
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      R(アール)
      ASOVIEW
      Rakuten

      Rental Cycle

      Takkobu Auto Campsite(達古武オートキャンプ場)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Norokko and 8001(ノロッコ&8001)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Onnenai Guided Walk

      Free Guided Walk in Japanes and Paid Guided Walk in Japanes are held.

      Movie of Onnenai Guided Walk


      Onnenai Visitor Center(温根内ビジターセンター)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Kushiro Tourism & Convention Association(釧路観光コンベンション協会)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Cape Kirakotan or Cape Miyajima Guided Tour

      Cape Kirakotan Guided Tour


      Mr. Masao Ikeda(沢田 正雄氏)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Kusuri Dekoboko Ryokosha(クスリ凸凹旅行舎)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Rera(レラ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Healing Canoe Kushiro(ヒーリングカヌー釧路)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Kushiro-shitsugen Yachi-no-Kai(釧路湿原やちの会)
      ASOVIEW
      Rakuten
      Kushiro Prince Hotel(釧路プリンスホテル)

      Horse Trekking

      Movie of Horse Trekking


      Tsurui Dosanko Ranch(鶴居どさんこ牧場)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Pond Smelt Fishing

      Movie of Pond Smelt Fishing


      Lakeside Toro(レイクサイドとうろ)
      Jalan

      List of Accommodations

      Refer to following websites for the accommodations in or around the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Shibecha

        Kushiro Shitsugen Tohro Youth Hostel(釧路湿原とうろユースホステル)
        Rakuten
        Kushiroshitsugen Toro Inn(釧路湿原 とうろの宿)
        Booking
        Lodge Shirarutoro(シラルトロ温泉 ロッジ シラルトロ)
        Booking
        Minshuku Mokuri(民宿 木理)
        Booking
        Rakuten
        Fuji Onsen(富士温泉)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Restaurant and Hotel Hazel Grouse Manor(レストラン&ホテル ヘイゼルグラウスマナー)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Hotel Terreno Kisen(ホテル・テレーノ気仙)
        Booking
        Fujika Onsen Hotel(藤花温泉ホテル)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Sanraku-so(三楽荘)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Tanigawa Ryokan(谷川旅館)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Lake Shirarutoro Campsite(シラルトロ湖キャンプ場)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Tawadaira Campsite(多和平キャンプ場)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Nijibetsu Automobile Campsite(虹別オートキャンプ場)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten

        Tsurui

          Heart'n Tree(ハートン ツリー)
          Jalan
          Tsurui Dosanko Ranch(鶴居どさんこ牧場)
          HP
          Booking
          Jalan
          Minshuku Tsurui(民宿つるい)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Woody Hotel and Restaurant Yumekobo(ウッディホテル&レストラン夢工房)
          Rakuten
          Manami Cabin(Manami Cabin)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Hotel Green Park Tsurui(ホテル グリーンパークつるい)
          Booking
          HOTEL TAITO(HOTEL TAITO)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Wilderness Lodge Hickory Wind(ヒッコリーウインド)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Farm Inn Torch(ファームイン トーチ)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Farm Inn Mumin(ファームイン夢民)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Shukubo Makigoya(宿房 まきごや)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Farm Eco Lodge Tanocho-no-Ie(ファームエコロッジ 丹頂の家)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Tsukushi Village(つくしヴィレッジ)
          Jalan
          Farm Inn Tsurui(ファームインつるい)
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Tsurui Villagers Forest Automobile Campsite(つるい村民の森 オートキャンプ場)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Tsurui Campsite(つるいキャンプ場)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten

          KUSHIRO

            Palude Kushiro(駅前ホテル パルーデ釧路)
            Super Hotel Kushiro-ekimae(スーパーホテル 釧路駅前)
            Booking
            Super Hotel Kushiro(スーパーホテル釧路)
            Booking
            Hotel Route-Inn Kushiro Ekimae(ホテルルートイン釧路駅前)
            Hotel AreaOne Kushiro(ホテルエリアワン釧路)
            Kushiro Century Castle Hotel(釧路センチュリーキャッスルホテル)
            La Vista Kushirogawa(ラビスタ釧路川)
            Hotel Rasso Kushiro(ホテルラッソ釧路)
            Comfort Hotel Kushiro(コンフォートホテル釧路)
            Hotel Crown Hills Kushiro(ホテルクラウンヒルズ釧路)
            Hotel Axia Inn Kushiro(ホテルアクシアイン釧路)
            Kushiro Royal Inn(釧路ロイヤルイン)
            Hotel Paco Kushiro(天然温泉ホテルパコ釧路)
            Kushiro Prince Hotel(釧路プリンスホテル)
            ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kushiro(ANAクラウンプラザホテル釧路)
            Toyoko Inn Kushiro Jujigai(東横イン釧路十字街)
            Booking
            Athele Inn(アスリートイン)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Lasting Hotel(ラスティングホテル)
            Booking
            Minshuku Kano(民宿かのう)
            HP
            Booking
            Jalan
            Business Hotel Frontier(ビジネスホテル フロンティア)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Hotel Marshland(ホテル マーシュランド)
            Booking
            Business Ryokan Tokiwaso(ビジネス旅館 富喜和荘)
            HP
            Booking
            Jalan
            Hotel Marshland Annex(ホテル マーシュランド別館)
            Booking
            Minshuku Green Park(民宿グリーンパーク)
            HP
            Booking
            Jalan
            Sumire Ryokan(すみれ旅館)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Business Hotel Nakazono Daiichi(ビジネス ホテル 中園第一)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Wakatake Ryokan(若竹旅館)
            HP
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Takkobunuma Automobile Campsite(達古武沼オートキャンプ場)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Kitoushi Campsite(キトウシ野営場)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten

            Yamahana Onsen

              Yamahana Onsen Rifre(山花温泉リフレ)
              Booking

              Akan Tancho-no-Sato Onsen

                Circle House Red Beret(サークルハウス赤いベレー)
                Booking

                Aurora Onsen

                  Aurora Farm Village(オーロラファームビレッジ)
                  Booking
                  Jalan
                  Rakuten

                  Kayanuma Onsen

                    Pension Michishirube(ペンション未知標)
                    Booking
                    Jalan
                    Rakuten
                    Booking.com

                    A page of Kushiro-shitsugen National Park is here

                    Kushiro-shitsugen National Park

                    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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