• August 19th, 2014
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[Wakka Primeval Flower Garden in Kitami] Slim Primeval Flower Garden Is Created by Lake Saroma and Sea of Okhotsk

Wakka Primeval Flower Garden

Wakka Primeval Flower Garden (ワッカ原生花園) is a primeval flower garden in Tokoro-cho, Kitami city located in the northeastern part of Kitami city, and is between Lake Saroma (サロマ湖) and the Sea of Okhotsk (オホーツク海), and has been designed as Hokkaido Heritage since 2001. The area is about 700 ha. Flowers and grass grow thick on a slim sand dune with 25 km in width. The wakka means a place that there is water in Ainu language, and it features that fresh water gushes out in Wakka Forest (ワッカの森). It is said that the Wakka Primeval Flower Garden is the largest grassy coast in Japan, and about 300 types of primeval flowers such as Siberian Lily, Rosa Rugosa and Orange-yellow Day Lily bloom from May to October. There are Wakka Nature Center (ワッカネイチャーセンター), the Wakka Forest, Rygu-kaido Street (竜宮街道), a restroom and a parking lot on the site. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. The Wakka Nature Center opens from late April to early October.

Wakka Primeval Flower Garden from Sky (Source: Tokoro Tourist Association)
Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
Wakka Primeval Flower Garden (Source: Tokoro Tourist Association)
Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro

The distance is around 10 km away from the center of the Tokoro, and a convenience store is not built near here. Tokoro Iseki-no-Mori (ところ遺跡の森), Lake Saroma Tsuruga Resort and Sencho-no-Fune are relatively near here. Speaking of a tasty restraunt in the Tokoro, the Sencho-no-Fune is popular in particular. The Lake Saroma is famous for tasty scallop and oyster, so seafood is popular. By the way, Advics Tokoro Curling Hall called "Curiling Mecca in the Japan" is in the center of the Tokoro, and visitors can experience the curling.

Advics Tokoro Curling Hall
Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
Curiling
Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
Tokoro Iseki-no-Mori
Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro

Lake Saroma

Lake Saroma (サロマ湖) is a brackish water lake among Kitami city, Saroma town and Yubetsu town, and is the 3rd largest lake after Lake Biwa (琵琶湖) and Lake Kasumigaura (霞ヶ浦) in Japan. A sandbar of 200 to 700 m width separates the lake from the Sea of Okhotsk (オホーツク海), and the lake links the sea with only 2 points. In old days, the sandbar separeted the lake from the sea depending on seasons perfectly. The perimeter of the lake is about 87 km, and the maximum depth is 19.6 m. The lake has no name in Ainu language, and they called it just lake. It is well-known for tasty seafood such as Oyster and Scallop, and fishing Japanese pond smelt is popular in a winter. Read More

Sunset in Lake Saroma
Coral Grass Colony in Lake Saroma

An express bus "Dreamint Okhotsk-go (ドリーミントオホーツク号)" runs between the Sapporo and the Kitami, and Limited Express Sekihoku-go (特急石北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Asahikawa, and Senpoku-go (釧北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Kushiro. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Kitami Station.

    List of Highway Bus

    Highway buses run between the Kitami and the Sapporo, the Asahikawa and the Kushiro. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Kitami. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Kitami
    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Kitami to Sapporo
    Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス) From Asahikawa to Kitami
    Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス) From Kitami to Asahikawa
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Kitami
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kitami to Kushiro
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their office is near the Kitami Station.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their office is near the Kitami Station.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their office is near the Kitami Station.
    Jalan
    Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their office is in Koueinishi-machi.
    Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their office is in Tondennishi-machi.
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Kitami Station.
    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their office is near the Kitami Station.
    Carsta Rent-a-car(カースタレンタカー) Their office is near the Kitami Station.

    KITAMI

    Kitami (北見) that about 120,000 people live is the 9th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Northeastern Hokkaido area. The Kitami became incorporated with Rubeshibe town (留辺蘂), Tanno town (端野) and Tokoro town (常呂) in 2006, and has became the largest city by area in the Hokkaido. In Japan, it is the 4th latgest city by the area. The Kitami is also an agriculture city, and Onion and White Runner Bean are famous as a local product. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -25 degrees in a winter, and it snow hard, too. Read More

    Downtown of Kitami (Source: kitami Mylove)
    北見

    Primeval Flower Garden

    The Wakka Primeval Flower Garden has 7 walks and 3 cycling courses, and visitors can enjoy those depending on a distance or time as they like. The primeval flowers bloom along the walks and the cycling courses, and the best time to see the flowers such as the Rosa Rugosa, the Siberian Lily and the Orange-yellow Day Lily is from late June to mid July. The flowers hardly bloomed when I visited here in mid August. Bad luck. But red coral grass can be seen in mid September, and wooden walks are built to observe the coral grass. Except the primeval flowers, here is popular as a good place for birding, and about 30 types of wild birds such as Siberian Rubythroat, African Stonechat and Black-faced Bunting can be seen.

    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden and Lake Saroma from Saromako Observatory
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
    Sunset across Lake Saroma (Source: Tokoro Tourist Association)
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
    Coral Grass Colony (Source: Tokoro Tourist Association)
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
    Sea of Okhotsk
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
    Rosa Rugosa
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro

    The Wakka Nature Center is built at an entrance of the Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, At the building, movies about the Wakka Primeval Flower Garden can be watched, and there are a resting place, a food stall and a restroom, too. Bicycles can be rented for JPY 650 here. Sightseeing Carriage "Dream Wakka" runs to go a round trip on the site for about 40 minutes. The fee is JPY 1500. * It does not run on wednesday.

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    Entrance of Wakka Primeval Flower Garden. Wakka Nature Center
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
    Parking Lot
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
    Lake Saroma
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden. Wakka Nature Center
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
    Inside of Wakka Primeval Flower Garden. Wakka Nature Center
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
    Inside of Wakka Primeval Flower Garden. Wakka Nature Center
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
    Rental Bicycle. Tourists Ride on This
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
    Sightseeing Carriage. Round Trip for 40 Minutes
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro

    The distance is about 6 km from the entrance to the Wakka Forest. Most tourists go there by bicycles. I walked on the Ryugu-kaido Street named by Mr. Keigetsu Omachi (大町桂月) that is famous for naming Sounkyo, but it took about 60 minutes on foot. Because I was tired plenty, everyone had better rent the bicycles. The road is almost flat, so it is easy to walk.

    I Look at Lake Saroma Wakka Nature Center
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
    Rose Hips
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
    Lake Saroma Flows into Sea of Okhotsk. Bridge under Construction
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
    I Look at Bridge under Construction
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro

    The Wakka Forest is a planted forest, and there is Wakka Water (ワッカの水) that fresh water gushes out. Although a land was sandwiched between the sea and the brackish water lake, the water was not salty at all. It was not sweet water, so I guessed that it was hard water. It was the most suitable water to heal my tired body. There are a restroom and a gazebo, heartwarming state that a family ate lunch was seen.

    I Look at Lake Saroma from Wakka Forest
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
    Wakka Forest. Fir and Japanese Red Pine Are Planted around Green Garden
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
    Wakka Water. This Water Does not Fit for Drinking
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
    Wakka Water. This Water Fits for Drinking
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro
    On Shore of Lake Saroma I Look at Wakka Forest
    Wakka Primeval Flower Garden, Kitami, Tokoro

    Atmosphere of Wakka Primeval Flower Garden Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Wakka Primeval Flower Garden

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking is provided (150 Cars)
    Business hours 08:00-18:00 * It changes depending on seasons
    Regular closing day Winter season
    Telephone number +81-152-54-3434
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 525 761 544*50

      List of Activities

      Around the Lake Saroma, some types of activities can be enjoyed. Refer to following websites for the activity companies around the Lake Saroma. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Sightseeing Boat

      Movie of Sightseeing Boat


      Lake Saroma Azarashi Sightseeing Boat(サロマ湖アザラシ観光船)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Rental Cycle

      Movie of Rental Cycle


      Wakka Nature Center(ワッカネイチャーセンター)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Tourist Carriage

      Wakka Nature Center(ワッカネイチャーセンター)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      List of Accommodations

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

      Tokoro

        Lake Saroma Tsuruga Resort(サロマ湖鶴雅リゾート)
        Sencho-no-Ie(船長の家)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Matsunoya Sato Ryokan(松乃屋/佐藤旅館)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten

        Saroma

          Saromakohan Youth Hostel(サロマ湖畔ユースホステル)
          Booking
          Saromako Yurinkan(サロマ湖悠林館)
          Booking
          Tabibito-yado Saromanian(旅人宿 さろまにあん)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Minshuku Watanabe(民宿わたなべ)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Ryokan Piraoroso(旅館 ピラオロ荘)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Morita Ryokan(もりた旅館)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Ryokan Oshiro(旅館 大城)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Kimuaneppu-Misaki Campsite(キムアネップ岬キャンプ場)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten

          Yubetsu

            Iseya Ryokan(伊勢屋旅館)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Minshuku Fujino(民宿ふじ乃)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Matsuya Ryokan(松屋旅館)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Lake Palace(レイクパレス)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Shirakaba(しらかば)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Kerochi Traffic Park(計呂地交通公園)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Gokazan Park Campsite(五鹿山公園キャンプ場)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Sanrihama Campsite(三里浜キャンプ場)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Booking.com

            A page of Lake Saroma is here

            Lake Saroma

            A page of Kitami is here

            Kitami

            A page of Hokkaido Fall Foliage is here

            Hokkaido Fall Foliage

            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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