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[Tokachi Coast Wetlands Group] A Little-Known Spots Has Beautiful Nature in Eastern Hokkaido

September 6th, 2014

Tokachi Coast Wetlands Group

Tokachi Coast Wetlands Group (十勝海岸湖沼群) is a group of wetlands spreading over in the southeastern part of Tokachi District. I do not know exactly where the extent of the Tokachi Coast Wetlands Group is. It is said that Yudo Swamp (湧洞沼), Choubushi Swamp (長節沼), Oikamanai Swamp (生花苗沼), Horokayanto Swamp (ホロカヤント沼), Kimontou Swamp (キモントウ沼), Kimontou-konuma Swamp (キモントウ小沼) and Touen Wetland (当縁湿原) are between Toyokoro town and Taiki town. The group of the wetlands has been chosen as one of 500 Important Wetlands in Japan (日本の重要湿地500), and is a site proposed for the Ramsar Convention Wetland, so people say that it is a paradise for wild flowers and wild birds. About 200 types of the wild birds are observed here. I also encountered Japanese cranes. Because those wetlands do not become tourist attractions, it is said that the group of the wetlands is a little-known spot that tourists can enjoy nature calmly. Therefore, those places are not accessible by public transportations unfortunately.

Choubushi Swamp
Choubushi Swamp in Toyokoro
Tokachi Horokayanto Pit-House Remains
Horokayanto Swamp
Japanese Cranes
Japanese cranes

Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Toyokoro and the Taiki, Asahido (朝日堂), Sobaya Isshu (そばや 一秀), Aji-no-Ryugetsu (味の龍月), Gen Farm (源ファーム) and Handa Farm (半田ファーム) are popular in particular. In the Taiki, Cheese Salmon Rice Bowl (チーズサーモン丼) using noted products, the cheese and the salmon, and the dish can be eaten at some restaurants in the Taiki. I ate the dish at the Hamadori (はまどり), and it was tasty. As for onsen, hot springs gush out in the Taiki, and Bansei Onsen (晩成温泉) that is famous for iodo spring can be enjoyed. Events are not held, but ordinary people are allowed to catch a freshwater clam in the Yudo Swamp and the Choubushi Swamp.

People Catch Freshwater Clam
Yudo Swamp in Toyokoro

List of Tourist Attractions

The Yudo Swamp, the Choubushi Swamp, the Oikamanai Swamp, the Horokayanto Swamp, the Kimontou Swamp, the Kimontou-konuma Swamp, the Touen Wetland, Choubushi Marsh Primitive Flower Garden (長節沼原生花園), Yudo Swamp Primitive Flower Garden (湧洞沼原生花園), Oikamanai Primitive Flower Garden (生花苗沼原生花園), Otsu Beach (大津海岸), Otsu Beach Toitokki Beach Primitive Plant Colony (大津海岸トイトッキ浜野生植物群落), Toitokki Beach Shrine (トイトッキ浜祠), Ogon Falls (黄金の滝) and Kobukariishi Lookout (昆布刈石展望台) are along Tokachi Coast (十勝海岸). But approachable tourist attractions are few, so few tourists come. My visited places are as follows.

Yudo Swamp

Yudo Swamp (湧洞沼) is a brackish water lake in Toyokoro town located in the southeastern part of Obihiro city, and is the largest marsh in Tokachi Coast Wetlands Group (十勝海岸湖沼群). The perimeter of the swamp is 17.8 km. The maximum water depth is 3.5 m. The Yudo means "A hot spring marsh" in Ainu language. Maybe the hot springs gush out around somewhere in the marsh. The southern lakeshore of the marsh faces the Pacific Ocean, and a long sandbar spreads over between the marsh and the sea, and Yudo Swamp Primitive Flower Garden (湧洞沼原生花園) is at the both sides of a road. 190 types of wild birds such as Hazel Hen can be obrserved. Except Yudonuma Lookout (湧洞沼見晴台) in the eastern part of the marsh, there is not a tourist facility. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Hokkaido Road 1051 is closed in a winter. Article is here

Yudo Swamp
Yudo Swamp in Toyokoro

Choubushi Swamp

Choubushi Swamp (長節沼) is a brackish water lake in Toyokoro town located in the southeastern part of Obihiro city, and is generally called Lake Choubushi. Nemuro city also has same Kanji lake, Lake Chouboshi (長節湖). The Choubushi means "It is broken by itself" in Ainu language. It was named after the Choubushi Swamp connecting to the sea when the sea is a high tide. The swamp is near Otsu Beach (大津海岸) that is famous for Jewelry Ice. The perimeter of the swamp is 8.6 km. The maximum water depth is 2.0 m. The southeastern lakeshore of the marsh faces the Pacific Ocean, and a long sandbar spreads over between the marsh and the sea, and Choubushi Marsh Primitive Flower Garden (長節沼原生花園) that about 300 types of wild flowers such as White Ramanas Rose, Yezo Daylily and Thermopsis Lupinoides grow naturally is at the both sides of a town road. The primitive flower garden has been designated Hokkaido Natural Monument "Otsu Beach Choubushi Lakeside Wild Flower Colony (大津海岸長節湖畔野生植物群落)" as since 1963. Wild birds such as Bunting can be observed, too. Choubushiko Campsite (長節湖キャンプ場) is at the end of the town road, and is the only sightseeing facility around the swamp. A parking lot, a public restroom and a common kichen are built at the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. The town road is closed in a winter. Article is here

Choubushi Swamp
Choubushi Swamp in Toyokoro

Horokayanto Swamp

Horokayanto Swamp (ホロカヤント沼) is a brackish water lake in Taiki town located in the southeastern part of Obihiro city, and is near Oikamanai Swamp (生花苗沼) and Bansei Onsen (晩成温泉). The swamp is also called "Horokayanto Swamp". The Horokayanto means "A swamp that sea water flows back into" in Ainu language. The perimeter of the swamp is 5.7 km. The maximum water depth is 4.7 m. The swamp is surrounded by ranches, trees and a sandy beach, and the sandy beach of about 40 m width is between the Pacific Ocean and the swamp. The sea water come across the beach when sea waves are high. A small hill of 15-20 m elevation is in the eastern part of the swamp, and Fureai Forest (ふれあいの森) and Tokachi Horokayanto Pit-House Remains (十勝ホロカヤントウ竪穴住居群) are on the hill. In an autumn, anglers come to enjoy salmon fishing on the sandy beach, and people come to enjoy pond smelt fishing on the iced swamp. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

View from Hill
Horokayanto Swamp in Taiki

Oikamanai Swamp

Oikamanai Swamp (生花苗沼) is a brackish water lake in Taiki town located in the southeastern part of Obihiro city, and is near Bansei Onsen (晩成温泉). The Oikamanai Swamp means "A swamp that sea waves come across a beach" in Ainu language. The perimeter of the swamp is 12.2 km. The maximum water depth is 0.7 m. Oikamanai Primitive Flower Garden (生花苗沼原生花園) spreads over around the swamp, and Yezo Daylily is in full bloom. But visitors can approach the lakeshore only Taiki-cho B&G Marine Center (大樹町B&G海洋センター艇庫) and Wild Birdwatching Failcity (野鳥観察保護施設) in the soutthern part of the swamp. In a summer, people come to enjoy marine Sports such as a canoe and a jet ski, but few porple come basically. Large freshwater clams are noted product, and a freshwater clam catching only in a day, mid July is summer features in the Taiki. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Beautiful Scenery
Oikamanai Swamp in Taiki

Jewelry Ice

Jewelry Ice is ice on Otsu Beach (大津海岸) in Toyokoro town located in the southeast part of Obihiro city, and was named by Mr. Hisashi Urashima (浦島久), a school principal of an english school, because it looked like a beautiful jewery. Water of Tokachi River is frozen, and river ice flows to the sea, and is washed ashore on the sandy beach at the mouth of the river. Here is well-known for a shooting place for a work of Mr. Mitsuhiko Kamata (鎌田光彦), a famous photographer. Clear ice polished by the waves is beautiful, so here becomes a popular shooting place. It was featured by the New York Times, and attracts the world's attention. This splendid scenery can be seen in a cold winter, about from mid January to early March. Article is here

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Jewelry Ice Is Collected on Beach
Jewelry Ice in Toyokoro

Kobukariishi Lookout

Kobukariishi Lookout (昆布刈石展望台) is a lookout point in Urahoro town located in the southeastern part of Obihiro city, and is near Ogon Falls (黄金の滝) and Otsu Coast (大津海岸) that is famous for Jewery Ice. The lookout is known as a good spot to see the spacious pacific ocean on cliffs at about 90 m elevation. A narrow graval road is built between National Route 336 (国道336号) and Hokkaido Road 1038 (北海道道1038号), and visitors can drive their cars along a coast, so it is a popular spot for tourist motorbike riders from all over Japan. A motorbike rider that I met at Horoyaknto Marsh (ホロカヤントー) recommended the Kobukariishi Lookout. Few people visit here, and here is a little-known spot, so visitors may have a splendid view all to themselves. But the shoulder of the road is soft, and the road is rough, so drive safely. At the Ogon Falls, a death from fall accident was occurred once. You had really better get drive safe. Admission free. A parking lot is not provided. Article is here

I Look at Direction of Cape Erimo
Urahoro, Kobukariishi Lookout

List of Tasty Foods

Speaking of the tasty restaurants in the Toyokoro and the Taiki, the Asahido, the Sobaya Isshu, the Aji-no-Ryugetsu, the Gen Farm and the Handa Farm are popular in particular. In the Taiki, the Cheese Salmon Rice Bowl using noted products, the cheese and the salmon, and the dish can be eaten at some restaurants in the Taiki. I ate the dish at the Hamadori, and it was tasty. My visited places are as follows.

Cheese Salmon Rice Bowl

Hamadori (はまどり) is a restraunt selling skewers of barbecued chicken (焼き鳥屋) in Taiki town located in the south part of Obihiro city. This restraunt is a bar restraunt basically, but they serve Cheese Salmon Rice Bowl (チーズサーモン丼). Taiki town recommends the menu named the Cheese Salmon Rice Bowll and it will be new local speciality dish. The cheese and the salmon are ingredients representing Taiki town, and customers eat 5 kinds of tempura using 3 types of seasonings. 5 dishes, the cheese salmon rice bowl, the seasonings, a dish of pickle, a cup of soup, a dish of dessert, are combo meal. I visited here to eat it around 17:30 on sunday. Article is here

Cheese Salmon Rice Bowl
Cheese Salmon Rice Bowl -Hamadori in Taiki-

List of Onsen

The hot springs gush out in the Taiki, and the Bansei Onsen that is famous for iodo spring can be enjoyed. I guess that few hot springs gush out in the Toyokoro, but a day trip bathing (non hot springs) can be enjoyed at the Tokachi Royal Hotel (十勝ロイヤルホテル). My visited places are as follows.

Bansei Onsen

Bansei Onsen (晩成温泉) is a hot-spring place facing the Pacific in Bansei, Taiki town located in the southeastern part of Obihiro city, and is a little far away from the center of the Taiki town, and is next to a camping ground, a park golf course, and Bansei-no-Yado inn (晩成の宿). Except those, Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. There are Tokachi Coast Wetlands Group (十勝海岸湖沼群) such as Horokayanto Marsh (ホロカヤントウ沼), Oikamanai Swamp (生花苗沼), Lake Choubushi (長節湖) and Yudo Swamp (湧洞沼) around the Bansei Onsen, and it is a treasure trove of wild birds and wild flowers because of not developing. The Bansei Onsen is near Otsu Beach (大津海岸) that is famous for Jewelry Ice washed ashore from Tokachi River in a winter. Article is here

Iodine Solution Springs Out
Bansei Onsen in Taiki

List of Activities

Ordinary people are allowed to catch a freshwater clam in the Yudo Swamp and the Choubushi Swamp. In a winter, smelt pond fishing can be enjoyed depending on the swamps. In the Otsu Beach, Jewelry Ice Guided Tour is held.

Movie of Freshwater Clam Catching

Movie of Smelt Pond Fishing

Jewelry Ice Guided Tour

Movie of Jewelry Ice Guided Tour

Samurai Produce(サムライプロデュース)
Tabi-no-Benriya(旅の便利屋)
ASOVIEW
Jalan

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Taiki and the Toyokoro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Sekireikan(セキレイ舘)
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Jalan
HOTEL TAIKI(HOTEL TAIKI)
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Rakuten
Tokachi Royal Hotel(十勝ロイヤルホテル)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Bansei-no-Yado(晩成の宿)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Bansei Onsen Cottage(晩成温泉コテージ)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com
Booking.com

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