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[Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa] Islands That Float on High Moor

August 2nd, 2017

Ukishima Marsh

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.

Crescent-Shaped Pond
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Parking Lot and Restrooms
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa

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

Asahi Shokudo (あさひ食堂) is a popular ramen restaurant in Kamikawa town located in the eastern part 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. Article is here

Ramen Is Topped with Green Onions, Pine Nuts, Sesame
Rare Salt Ramen -Asahi Shokudo in Kamikawa-

Daisetsuzan National Park

Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) is the largest national park of 226,763.56 ha in Japan. 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". A right notation is "Daisetsuzan", but local people often call "Taisetsuzan". For a vast area, Daisetsuzan National Park roughly divide into 4 areas, Omote Daisetu Area (表大雪エリア * Front Daisetsu Area), North Daisetsu Area (北大雪エリア), East Daisetsu Area (東大雪エリア * Back Daisestu Area), Tokachirenpo Area (十勝連峰エリア). Daisetsuzan is called Kamuimintara in Ainu language and means "The garden that gods have a good time (神々の遊ぶ庭)". Tourists can enjoy a just magnificent scene. Article is here

Mt. Asahidake
Daisetsuzan National Park

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.

Entrance of Ukishima Marsh
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Beware of Bears!
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Hiking Registration Box
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa

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.

Trail to Ukishima Marsh
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Muddy Trail
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Almost Goal
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa

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.

Ukishima Marsh
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Close to Sky
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Higashinonuma Pond
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Reflection of Clouds on Surface of Pond
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Walking along Wooden Path
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Wooden Path
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Japanese Spruce
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Pond
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Walking along Wooden Path
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Hosta Sieboldii var. Rectifolia
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa

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.

Higashionuma Pond
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Ponds
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Comfortable View
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Small-Sized Pond
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Ukishima Marsh
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Walking along Wooden Path
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Middle-Sized Pond
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Pretty Sky
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Mountains Come into Sight
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Guide Board
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Walking along Wooden Path
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Ukishima Marsh
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Kitaonuma Pond
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Wooden Path
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Japanese Spruce and Small-Sized Pond
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Small-Sized Ponds
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Kitaonuma Pond
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Good View
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Kitaonuma Pond
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Ukishima Marsh
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Middle-Sized Pond
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Shape of Ponds Are Cool
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Eriophorum Vaginatum
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Nakanonuma Pond
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Wooden Path and Ponds
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
New Ukishima Has Been Born
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Complicated Ponds
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Wooden Path
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Wooden Path to Minaminuma Pond Is Closed
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
That Is Nature
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Nice Scenery
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Japanese Spruce
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Air Is Crisp and Clear
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Walking along Wooden Path
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Morinuma Pond
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Morinuma Pond
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Junction
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Comfortable View
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Ukishima Marsh
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Fine View
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Pogonia Japonica
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Pond with Ukishima
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Ukishima
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Yezo Water Lily
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
New Ukishima Has Been Born
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
Hosta Sieboldii var. Rectifolia
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa
For Some Reason, Flounder Is Thrown away
Ukishima Marsh in Kamikawa

Atmosphere of MUkishima Marsh Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Ukishima Marsh

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
Telephone number +81-50-3160-5745
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 911 085 288*63

Accommodations

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

Minshuku Yamabiko(民宿やまびこ)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Ikenoya Ryokan(池乃屋旅館)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Kamikawaso(民宿上川荘)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Satsukiso(民宿さつき荘)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Okadaya(民宿岡田屋)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Mini Hotel Kuneru-Taniguchi(ミニホテル くうねるたにぐち)
Booking
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here

Daisetsuzan National Park

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