• August 15th, 2016
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[Yokosuto Marsh in Shiraoi] Wetland Looks Like Primeval Flower Garden, and Wild Flowers Grow in Colony

Yokosuto Marsh

Yokosuto Marsh (ヨコスト湿原) is a back marsh near Shiraoi Higashi Hish School (白老東高校) in Shiraoi town located in the western part of Tomakomai city. The Yokosuto means "A place that great quantities of quarry is caught" in Ainu language. River water of Yokosuto River (ヨコスト川) collects in badly drained lands, and it turns into a wetland. This marsh is not famous, but it has been chosen as one of 500 Important Wetlands in Japan (日本の重要湿地500). About 465 types of plants and about 64 types of wild birds can be observed. The marsh is divided into the land side and the sea side by National Route 36. It is the sea side that I visited in early August. Here does not become a tourist attraction, so wooden paths and a souvenir shop are not built. Admission free. A parking lot is not built. But visitors may park their cars on the shoulder of a sandy road.

Yokosuto Marsh
Yokosuto Marsh in Shiraoi
Sand Road like Parking Lot
Yokosuto Marsh in Shiraoi

Movie of Yokosuto Marsh

Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Shiraoi, Shiraoi Beef Shop Iwasaki (白老牛の店いわさき), Uemura (ウエムラ), Sweets Mothers (スイーツマザーズ), Kaisenkobo Tarakoya Kojohama (海鮮工房たらこ家 虎杖浜), Amano Family Farm (天野ファミリーファーム), Sobakiri Yamada (そば切りやま田) and Shiraoi Tamago-no-Sato Mothers Egg Hall (白老たまごの里 マザーズ たまご館) are popular in particular. I ate foods at the Kaisenkobo Tarakoya Kojohama and Maiko-no-Madeleine (まいこのマドレーヌ), and those were tasty. In addition, the Shiraoi is famous for rich hot springs, and some families take a hot spring bath (not heated water) at their houses. In Kojohama Onsen (虎杖浜温泉) and Ogino Onsen (荻野温泉), a day trip onsen can be enjoyed.

Kojohama Onsen

Kojohama Onsen (虎杖浜温泉) is a hot spring town near Noboribetsu Onsen in Shiraoi town located in the western part of Tomakomai city. The Kojohama Onsen is roughly divided into 2 parts, Takeura district (竹浦地区) and Kojohama distirct (虎杖浜地区), and about 30 hot spring facilities dot for 6 km along National Route 36. There are few large accommodations, and almost small-sized accommodations are built in residential area. Except the hot spring facilities, restaurants, cafes, Izakaya, bars with a surcharge, convenience stores and souvenir shops dot in the residential area, and Tarakoya Kojohama (たらこ家虎杖浜), Kita-no-Lamptei (北のランプ亭), Hashimoto Coffee-Kan (はしもと珈琲館), Miharu (三春) and Sobakiri Yamada (そば切りやま田) are popular in particular. Kojohama is famous for Salted Cod Roe (たらこ), so there are many seafood store here and there, and are crowded with tourists. Cuttlefish Rice Cracker (いかせんべい) is popular, too. There are Ponayoro Ruins (ポンアヨロ遺跡), Ayoro Beach (アヨロ海岸), Ayorohana Lighthouse (アヨロ鼻灯台), Noboribetsu Jigokudani (登別地獄谷), Lake Kuttara (倶多楽湖), Noboribetsu Bear Ranch (登別クマ牧場), Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura (登別伊達時代村) and NOBORIBETSU MARINE PARK NIXE (登別マリンパークニクス) near the Kojohama Onsen. Read More

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Kojohama Onsen

Salted Cod Roe Rice Bowl

Kaisenkobo Tarakoya Kojohama (海鮮工房たらこ家 虎杖浜) is a seafood processing store in Kojohama, Shiraoi town located between Tomakomai city and Noboribetsu city. Matsuda fisheries Co., Ltd. (松田水産株式会社) that is a fisheries processing company runs it. There is a building near Aroyo Onsen at Kojohama Onsen. There is the seafood processing store and is a restraunt at the building, too. Speaking of Kojohama, salted cod roe (たらこ) is famous, so I visited here to eat the salted cod roe around 11:00 (opening hour of restraunt) on weekdays. They serve some meals using the salted cod roe at the building. I ordered Salted Cod Roe Rice Bowl (たらこ丼) at a cash register. The price was JPY 1404. Read More

Salted Coe Roe Rice Bowl of Tarakoya Kojohama
Kojohama Onsen in Shiraoi

Maiko-no-Madeleine

Maiko-no-Madeleine (まいこのマドレーヌ) is a popular pastry shop in Shiraoi town located in the southwestern part of Tomakomai city. I heard from my friend that sweets were tasty, and I visited here. There is a building at a residential area, the shop was not so easy to find. When I asked a waiter about shop's recommendation, he replied that it was madeleine (マドレーヌ) with an origin of the shop's name. I ordered it. The price was JPY 141. Read More

Madeleine
Madeleine -Maiko-no-Madeleine in Shiraoi-

Look of Sea Side of Yokosuto Marsh

The Sea Side of the Yokosuto Marsh is roughly divided into a sandy beach and the wetland by sand dunes. Glehnia littoralis and Rosa rugosa grow naturally on the sandy beach. But there is basically just the sandy beach. The vast pacific ocean can be viewed, and the visitors can relax. I guess that swimming is prohibited here because of high waves. In an autumn, a lot of anglers come to fish salmons.

Road to Yokosuto Marsh
Yokosuto Marsh in Shiraoi
Sandy Beach
Yokosuto Marsh in Shiraoi
Rosa rugosa
Yokosuto Marsh in Shiraoi
Tetrapod
Yokosuto Marsh in Shiraoi

Hosta Sieboldii Var. Rectifolia and Dianthus Superbus grew in colonies at the wetland side across from the sand dunes when I visited here. Japanese Iris Ensata or Blackberry Lily seem to be in full bloom depending on seasons, so it may be said "Yokosuto Primeval Flower Garden (ヨコスト原生花園)". Mt. Tarumae (樽前山) can also be seen if it is fine weather.

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Hosta Sieboldii Var. Rectifolia Grow in Colony
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Dianthus Superbus Grow in Colony
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Mt. Tarumae Can Be Seen
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Yokosuto Marsh near Sea
Yokosuto Marsh in Shiraoi

Atmosphere of Yokosuto Marsh Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Yokosuto Marsh

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot A free parking is not provided
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-144-82-2265
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 545 196 724*72

List of Accommodations

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

SHIRAOI

Hotel Umino Bettei Furukawa(海の別邸 ふる川)
Hotel Osho(ホテル王将) Only Tel:+81-144-87-2230
Hotel Izumi(ホテルいずみ)
Hotel Ocean(ホテルオーシャン)
HP
Booking
Fuji-no-Yu Onsen Hotel(富士の湯温泉ホテル) Only Tel:+81-144-87-2043
Hotel Hokuyo(ホテルほくよう)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Onsen Hotel Washu(温泉ホテル和秀) Only Tel:+81-144-87-3305
Mishuku 500 Mile(民宿500マイル)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Yakata Rouran Kojohama(館ローラン虎杖浜)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Kojohama Onsen Hotel(虎杖浜温泉ホテル)
Minshuku Tamanoi(民宿 玉の井) Only Tel:+81-144-87-2121
Ryokan Kashoen(旅館花翔苑)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Gennaya(民宿 元和や)
Booking
Kaikatei(海花亭)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Misuzu(民宿美鈴)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

KOJOHAMA ONSEN

Pirika Rera Hotel(ピリカレラホテル)
Haru's House 1 with hot spring(ハルズハウス)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
haku hostel & cafe+bar(haku hostel & cafe+bar)
Ryokan Ogita(旅館おぎた)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Forest of Poroto Camping Feild(ポロトの森キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com
Booking.com

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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