- August 26th, 2015
[Uryunuma-Shitsugen Wetland in Uryu] Superb Scenery of Hokkaido Can Be Savored in High Moor
Uryunuma-Shitsugen Wetland (雨竜沼湿原) is a marshland in Uryu town located in the northwestern direction of Takikawa city, and has been designated as the Ramsar Convention. In Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park (暑寒別天売焼尻国定公園), the marshland is a high moor of about 100 ha at about 900 m above sea level. More than 700 ponds and marshs are in the high moor, and more than 200 types of flowers and plants can be observed. The Uryunuma-Shitsugen Wetland is famous as a little-known spot to be able to enjoy the beautiful nature scenery of Hokkaido. It is said that the best season is from late July to early August, and hikers can enjoy the scenery from mid June to early October.
Uryunuma-shitsugen Wetland Hiking Guide
Movie of Uryunuma-shitsugen Wetland
Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park
Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park (暑寒別天売焼尻国定公園) is a quasi-national park between Ishikari city, Shin-totsukawa town, Uryu town, Hokuryu town and Haboro town in the northern part of Hokkaido along the Sea of Japan (日本海), and extends from the north to the south, and has been designated as the quasi-national park since 1990. The area is 43,559 ha, and the the quasi-national park has the 8th largest area in 57 quasi-national parks (not include national parks) in Japan. It consists of 2 isolated islands, Shokanbetsu Mountain Range (暑寒別山系) and a coast, and beautiful nature such as the sea, the mountains, sea birds, trees, wild flowers and wetlands is highlight. The Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park is divided into 4 areas, Teuri Island (天売島), Yagishiri Island (焼尻島), SHokanbetsu Area (暑寒別エリア) and Atsuta and Hamamasu Area (厚田・浜益エリア), and the Teuri Island, the Yagishiri Island and the SHokanbetsu Area mainly have a lot of highlights. Read More
Hiking to Uryunuma-Shitsugen Wetland
An administration house, a public restroom, Minami-shokanso (南暑寒荘), Uryunuma-Shitsugen Gate Park Camping Ground (雨竜沼湿原ゲートパークキャンプ場) are built at Uryunuma-Shitsugen Gate Park (雨竜沼湿原ゲートパーク) with a trailhaed. After writing my hiking registration (登山届) at the administration house, I asked a manager about a brown bear, and he replied that a certain hiker ran into the brown bear in the daytime, August 23. At that time, the brown bear seemed to run away luckly, so hikers had better bring bear-avoiding bells. The hikers may go a round trip for about 7 hours, and it takes 3.5-4 hours to go up and go down the mountain trail in that time.
The mountain trail was very tough to me. I felt very bad because of a beginning hiker. Furthermore, the hikers had better wacth their steps because they must go up or down along the side of a cliff. Expert hikers happened to pass went up or down the mountain trail with using poles, so I suppose that using the poles is comfortable. In addition, hikers had better bring water of more than 1 liter because I was sweating very much. Uryunuma-Shitsugen Wetland was really beautiful after hard work, and I was impressed at views very much. Particularly, a view from Uryunuma-shitsugen Observation Deck (雨竜沼湿原展望台) is superb. Most of the hikers could not help oohing and aahing.
Wooden paths of about 4 km length in total are built on the wetland, and it is easy to walk. The wooden path is one-way clockwise because of narrow. Shitsugen Terrace (湿原テラス) is near the entrance of the wetland, and hikers can view the wetland, or take a rest here. Except the terrace, the Uryunuma-shitsugen Observation Deck is built along a mountain trail to Mt. Minami-shokdandake (南暑寒岳), and whole wetland can be viewed. The view is very comfortable.
Atmosphere of Uryunuma-shitsugen Wetland Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||JPY 500. * Senior high school and younger students are free of charge.|
|Parking lot||A pay parking lot is provided (150 cars).|
|Business hour||Not decided.|
|Regular closing day||From the mid October to the early June|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||763 393 606*52|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Uryunuma-shitsugen Wetland. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park is here
Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-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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