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Stroll along Japan's largest wetlands

Kushiro Wetland

Recommended degree
★★★★

Best season:Spring(Mar.-May)Summer(June-Aug)Autumn(Sept.-Nov.)Winter(Dec.-Feb.)

Kushiro Wetland

Wetlands where valuable nature remains

Kushiro Wetland is located in Hokkaido Prefecture’s Kushiro-heiya and is Japan’s largest wetland.  A vast number of animals and plants inhibit the area around Kushiro River, which snakes across the wetlands.  In particular, the area is known for cranes, a specially protected species, and there are special facilities for protection.  The center of the wetland is registered under the Ramsar Convention has attracted attention worldwide. 

There are 5 observatories where visitors can view Kushiro Wetland as well as Kushiro River:  Hosooka Tenbodai (Observatory) and Business Lounge in the east of the wetlands, Sarubo Tenbodai near Toro Station of the JR Senmo-honsen Line, Kottaro Tenbodai located along Hokkaido Road 1060, and Kushiro Wetland Tenbodai in the west.

It is possible to observe the wetlands up-close from the boardwalk of the wetlands as well as by canoe along the river.  Additionally, the JR Senmo-honsen Line runs through part of the wetlands and it is possible to take in the view from the train.  During tourism season (July through October), the Kushiro Wetland Norokko Trolley Train operates in the area and it is possible to enjoy the wetlands with a narrated trip on the trolley train.

Access

By public transportation:  From JR Nemuro-honsen Line’s Kushiro Station, take the Akan Bus Tsuri Line, Hororo Line to the ‘’Kushiro Tenbodai’’ bus stop.

By car:  Take the Doto Expressway to the ‘’Honbetsu JCT’’ junction then head 103 km along National Road 242 toward Lake Akan.  There is paid parking lot available. 

Information of Kushiro Wetland

Spot name Kushiro Wetland
Address Hokuto, Kushiro-shi, Hokkaido
TEL 0154-31-4549
Fee 0yen

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