- November 21st, 2016
[Sarufutsu Park in Sarufutsu] Sea of Okhotsk and Reasonable Scallops Can Be Savored at Road Station
Sarufutsu Park (さるふつ公園) is a park at Sarufutsu village ranch (猿払村営牧場) along National Route 238 in Sarufutsu village located in the southeastern direction of Wakkanai city, and is about 2 km away from the center of the Sarufutsu, and is relatively near Sarukotsu Swamp (猿骨沼) and Poro Swamp (ポロ沼). Roadside station “Sarufutsu Park (道の駅さるふつ公園)”, Yumekukan shop (夢喰間), Nanakamado shop (ななかまど), Sarufustu Marugotokan (さるふつまるごと館), Sarufutsu Hotel (さるふつホテル), Restraunt “Fusetsu” (レストラン風雪), Sarufutsu Ikoi-no-Yu (さるふつ憩いの湯), Milk and Meat House (牛乳と肉の館), Sarufustu Park Camping Site (さるふつ公園キャンプ場), Fusetsu Tower (風雪の塔), Agriculture Museum (農業資料館), Rosian Ship Indigirka Victim Cenotaph (インディギルカ号遭難者慰霊碑), Isari monument (いさりの碑), a park golf course, a public restroom and parking lots are at the site. Sarufustu Sightseeing Festival (さるふつ観光まつり) is held between 2days in late July. Admission free. Parking lots are free of charge.
Speaking of the Sarufutsu, Scallop is famous. It is the most scallops landed town in Japan. The noted food can be eaten at the Yumekukan shop and Restraunt “Fusetsu”. The Yumekukan shop serves Scallop Rice (ホタテめし), Grilled Scallops on a Skewer (ホタテ串) and Cowberry Flavored Soft Serve Ice Cream (コケモモソフトクリーム), and those are popular. Fresh large scallops are reasonable price. The Restraunt “Fusetsu” serves Scallop Rice and Curry, and it has a good reputation. In addition, the Sarufutsu Ikoi-no-Yu has public bathhouses with heated water (not onsen), and visitors can take a bath for JPY 300. A coin operated laundry is also at the building. Those are popular with campers and people stayed in a vehicle.
Yumekukan (夢喰間) is a shop at roadside station “Sarufutsu Park (さるふつ公園)” in Sarufutsu village, and is next to very large ranch facing the Sea of Okhotsk. Visitors can view magnificent nature. A building is built near Indigirka memorial monument (インディギルカ号遭難者慰霊碑) and Sarufutsu Ikoi-no-Yu (さるふつ憩いの湯). The Sarufutsu village is the most scallops landed town in Japan, so it is famous for the scallops. Fishermen discharge the scallops into the sea, and they raise those up in the sea for 5 years. Natural scallops that are not cultured scallops become sweet thick flesh with high quality. Read More
North Okhotsk Prefectural Natural Park
North Okhotsk Prefectural Natural Park (北オホーツク自然公園) is a natural park among Sarufustu village, Hamatonbetsu town and Esashi town in the northern part of Hokkaido, and has been designated as the prefectural natural park since 1968. The area is 3,927 ha. Groups of lakes and swamps such as Lake Kutcharo (クッチャロ湖), wild flowers in Beniya Primitive Flower Garden (ベニヤ原生花園), and wild birds such as Motacilla Flava and Swan can be observed in this area. A lot of tourists do not come. The natural park has been chosen as one of 100 Unexplored Regions in Japan (日本の秘境100選), and is contained in 500 Important Wetlands in Japan (日本の重要湿地500). A straight road without signals is one of worth seeing places, too. Tourists can enjoy the nature of the typical Hokkaido without being crowded. I think that here is a little-known tourist attractions in the northern Hokkaido. Read More
Look of Sarufutsu Park
The Isari monument, the Rosian Ship Indigirka Victim Cenotaph, Scallop Fossil of About 4,000 Years Ago (約4000年前の帆立貝の化石) and the parking lot are built along the sea. The sea of Okhotsk (オホーツク海) can be viewed from the sea side. Esanbehanakitakojima Island (エサンベ鼻北小島) may be seen. The Isari monument was built as Sarufutsu people’s memorial. They exhausted fishing resources, and suffered extreme poverty. But they raise the scallops, and will recover the rich sea. I guess that it means “A Chinease proverb 臥薪嘗胆 * Perseverance”. The Rosian Ship Indigirka Victim Cenotaph was built as memorial in 1971. In 1939, the ship capsized and sunk off the coast, and about 700 people passed away. On the other hand, the Sarufutsu people saved about 400 people.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (110 cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours * Road station 09:00-17:00|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round * Road stastion Year-end and New Year holidays|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||680 591 324*55|
List of Activities
Making ice cream, butter or sausage can be experienced at the Milk and Meat House. Visitors need to make a reservation in advance.
Foods Making Experience
|Milk and Meat House(牛乳と肉の館)||
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Hamatonbetsu and the Sarufutsu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of North Okhotsk Prefectural Natural Park is here
North Okhotsk Prefectural Natural 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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