- August 2nd, 2017
[Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa] Islands That Float on High Moor
Ukishima Marsh (浮島湿原) at 870 m above sea level is a high moor between Kamikawa and Takinoue in the northern part of Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園), and is nearby Ukishima IC (浮島IC). 22 ha of marsh is interspersed with about 70 ponds varied in scale, and plants such as Yezo Pygmy Waterlily, Dew Grass, Geum Pentapetalum and Marsh Grass of Parnassus grow naturally. Some visitors come to watch wild birds. But few people come, so you may monopolize the nature. Here is a good place not many people know. By the way, the nature is very rich, so beware of bears. In addition, pesky mosquitos and horseflies attack visitors, so you would better bring a mosquito repellent. The visitors can enter the Ukishima Marsh almost from late June to October. Restrooms are provided beside a parking lot. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.
The distance is around 30 km away from the center of the Kamikawa, and restaurants and convenience stores are not built near here. There are Daisetsu Mori-no Garden (大雪森のガーデン), Hokkaido Ice Pavilion (北海道アイスパビリオン), Kita-no-Mori Garden Bear Ranch (北の森ガーデンクマ牧場) and Espoir Bell (エスポワールの鐘) in the center of the Kamikawa. Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Kamikawa, FRATELLO DI MIKUNI and Asahi Shokudo (あさひ食堂) are popular in particular. I ate ramen at the Asahi Shokudo, and it was tasty.
Asahi Shokudo (あさひ食堂) is a popular ramen restaurant in Kamikawa town located in the eastern direction of Asahikawa city. I heard from my friend that ramen was tasty, and I visited here. There were 3 groups of preceding visitors when I visited here around 11:30 on weekdays. Then, visitors entered ramen restaurant one after another. As I expected, this ramen restraunt was popular and had an atmosphere such as a typical Japanese restraunt. There were some tables and family customers seem to enjoy. By the way, Kamikawa town advocate that they serve most tasty ramen in Japan because their soup and noodles are used meltwater of Daisetsuzan and they are proud of their ramen. Read More
Daisetsuzan National Park
Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) in the center of Hokkaido is the largest national park in Japan, the size of 226,764 ha, and has been designed as the national park since 1934, and is the oldest national park in the Hokkaido along with Akan Mashu National Park (阿寒摩周国立公園). A mountain named Daisetsuzan does not exist, and the whole area including the mountains with over 2,000 m above sea level such as Mt. Asahidake (旭岳), the highest mountain in Hokkaido, Mt. Kurodake (黒岳), Mt. Aibestudake (愛別岳), Mt. Tomuraushi (トムラウシ山) is collectively called "Daisetsuzan", and those are called "A roof of the Hokkaido" ,too. Rare nature such as active volcanoes, Lare Columnar joints, a sea of trees and permafrost even in the Hokkaido can be seen. About 250 types of alpine plants grow naturally, and various forms of life such as brown bear, blakiston's fish owl, dolly varden and pine grosbeak inhabit here. By the way, A right notation is "Daisetsuzan", but local people often call "Taisetsuzan". Read More
Ukishima Marsh Tour
Ukishima (浮島) float on the surface of ponds as its name suggests. Ukishima means a floating island in English, and is made from roots of marshy grass and deposits. If the wind blows, Ukishima move. The Ukishima is a rare natural phenomenon. The time it takes to go a round trip is around 3 hours.
The visitors must walk a trail with 1.6 km in length to reach the marsh. It took me about 40 minutes on foot. The trail has muddy parts, so I think that rain boots or trekking shoes are required. In addition, You may get a little tired because of a difference of elevation.
The marsh is interspersed with Japanese spruce varied in scale, and it indeed has an atomosphere such as the high moor. Wooden paths are built on the marsh, and it is easy to walk. It takes about 1 hour to look around. The air is crisp and clear.
There are some large-sized ponds along the wooden paths, and each large-sized ponds are named Higashinonuma Pond (東ノ沼), Higashionuma Pond (東大沼), Kitaonuma Pond (北大沼), Kitanoonuma Pond (北ノ大沼), Nakanonuma Pond (中ノ沼), Morinuma Pond (森沼), Onuma Pond (大沼), Minaminuma Pond (南沼) and Minamionuma Pond (南大沼). Unfortunately, the wooden path to the Minaminuma Pond and the Minamionuma Pond was closed when I visited here. In addition, the wooden path to another entrance was closed, too.
Atmosphere of MUkishima Marsh Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (8 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||From early November to mid June|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||911 085 288*63|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Kamikawa. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen
A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here
Daisetsuzan 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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