TOURISM INFORMATION KUSHIRO,NEMURO

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Shiretoko,Rausu,Nakashibetsu

Ten ni Tsuzuku Michi (Road to Heaven)

Straight national highways (244 and 334) run toward Utoro from downtown Shari. Go straight on National Highway 334. Bear straight at the first leftward curve to enter the town road, and follow that road to the end. Get out your car and look back for a superb view of a roughly 30-km straightaway that seems to lead skyward. This is called the “Road to Heaven”. You’re sure to think, “Now that’s a Hokkaido hill!” You can’t reach the site in the snow season; you can view the landscape only until late November.In autumn it’s a unique site that’s not to be missed.

Ten ni Tsuzuku Michi(Road to Heaven)

642 561 459*74

Address: Shuenhigashi, Shari Town

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Kami-no-Ko Pond in Late Autumn

A pond at the heart of a mountain whose springs feed Lake Mashu. The pond is fed by a subterranean spring from Lake Mashu, which means “lake of the gods” in the Ainu language. Therefore, it’s called Kami-no-Ko (“child of the gods”) Pond. This small pond is 220 m around and 5 m deep. You can see through the clear water to the bottom. Since the water temperature is only 8°C throughout the year, fossil-like undecayed fallen trees in the blue water and Dolly Varden trout swimming between gaps in fallen trees present a strange and indescribable beauty. In late autumn, until October or November, the pond is covered with fallen leaves from the surrounding trees and offers glorious scenery. The pond is largely untouched by humans. It’s a hidden sightseeing gem of Kiyosato that you’ll want to leave unspoiled.

Kami-no-Ko Pond

910 216 132*70
The road is closed during the winter because snow is not removed.

Address: Kiyoizumi, Kiyosato Town
Take a side road from Pref. Road 1115 on the way from Kiyosato to Nakashibetsu.

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Majestic Panoramas of Beautiful, Statuesque Mt. Sharidake and Windbreak Forests

From Uchu Observatory, one can see the beautiful, statuesque Mt. Sharidake and the windbreak Forests spreading at its foot. The name comes from the fact that, at night, an extremely impressive starry sky spreads overhead, and you can feel at one with the universe. The checkerboard landscape of farmland and windbreak Forests planted to protect the agricultural land has been selected as one of the 100 Most Beautiful Rural Landscapes in Japan. The Observatory is designated as a scenic parking, for views of the distinctive Hokkaido landscape (Listed in “Viewpoint Parking”). Stop during your drive to enjoy the scenery at your leisure

Uchu Observatory

444 474 196*70

Address: 807, konan, Kiyosato Town

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Seeing the wonders of salmon up close

In September and October, salmon migrate upstream in rivers flowing through Shari, Rausu and Shibetsu. At shallow estuaries, the river sometimes becomes dark with throngs of salmon. If you want to learn about the wonders of salmon, such as their ecology and use as food, the Shibetsu Salmon Museum is recommended. In the fishway there, you can see chum salmon, pink salmon and cherry salmon returning to the Shibetsu River in September and October, and chum salmon spawning in November. If you’re lucky, you might see the very moment of spawning.

Shibetsu Salmon Museum

448 854 760*73

HOURS: 9:30-17:00 Last admission 16:30

CLOSED: Nov.: 2, 9, 16, 24, 30

Address: 1-1-1, Kita1, Nishi6, Shibetsu Town

URL: http://www.shibetsutown.jp/salmon/index.html(In Japanese. You can download brochures in English, traditional Chinese and Korean.)

Recommended sites

・Makoi, Shari Town Onnebetsu Bridge(Onnebetsu River)

894 635 231*71

・Honcho, Rausu Town Ojiro Bridge(Rausu River)

757 353 861*64

Walk a few minutes along the seaside road toward the downtown, after you park at Michi-no-Eki(Roadside Rest Areas)Shiretoko・Rausu (Mapcode: 757 353 706).

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A spectacular landscape visible from space

Kaiyodai Highland is a 15-minute drive from downtown Nakashibetsu and Nakashibetsu Airport. The 330° view from the highland’s 270-m elevation shows a grassland horizon that seems slightly curved. You can appreciate that you’re in the vast land of Hokkaido. Also, you can see the Konsen Highland Grid Windbreak forests, a Hokkaido Heritage. This great forest is 180 m wide and 648 km long. The windbreak forests became a hot topic when it was seen from an orbiting space shuttle. At night, large stars pour into the sky, and a striking panorama of the universe fills the sky. You can appreciate the Earth’s place in the galaxy.
Kaiyodai Observatory has a shop and a café. In the Panorama Room, visitors can watch a video of local animals and plants.

Kaiyodai Observatory

976 104 149*44

Address: 2256-17, Mataochi Nakashibetsu Town

HOURS: Oct.: 9:00-16:30(closed in Nov.) *The rooftop observatory is open.

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Nemuro,Akkeshi

Hokkai shima shrimp Fishery at Odaitou

Traditional shallow boats fish the waters around the Notsuke Peninsula, which are inhabited by Hokkai shima shrimp, a local specialty. While fishing, the boats cut their engines and travel under sail to avoid damaging the eelgrass where these shrimp make their home. Hokkai shima shrimp are fished for in only two seasons: spring and autumn. The autumn fishing is carried out for only about one month, from mid-October. Ocean-fresh Hokkai shima shrimp are immediately boiled in saltwater and sold at direct-sale shops. Enjoy the salty seasonal flavor. The Notsuke Peninsula is another scenic spot. Blighted trees called Todowara and Narawara can be seen from a distance, and in front of you are Kunashiri Island, plants and animals, including many wild birds.

Odaitou

448 537 812*78

Address: Odaitou, Betsukai Town

Notsuke Peninsula Nature Center Hokkaido Betsukai

941 610 441*12

Address: 63, Notsuke, Betsukai Town

URL: http://notsuke.jp/(in Japanese)

HOURS: Oct.: 9:00-17:00
Nov.: 9:00-16:00

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Shunkunitai and Lake Furen, Where Many Wild Birds Gather

Shunkunitai is a sandbar about 8 km long, 1.3 km in maximum width and 600 ha in area. Over the course of thousands of years, water flowing from the Shiretoko area has deposited sediment to create sandbars that separate Lake Furen from the sea. About 310 species of wild birds have been observed at the sandbar and on Lake Furen, which is separated from the sea by the sandbar. The area is a sanctuary for wild birds. When October comes, clouds of white-winged whooper swans fill the lake.
The nature center at Shunkunitai Wild Bird Sanctuary is at the entrance of Shunkunitai on National Highway 44. The center offers exhibitions for quick understanding of nature in Shunkunitai.

The Nature Center at Shunkunitai Wild Bird Sanctuary

734 387 108*67

HOURS: 9:00-16:30

CLOSED: Oct.: 5, 11, 12, 19, 26
Nov.: 2, 4, 9, 16, 24, 25, 30

Address: 103, Higashiume, Nemuro City

URL: http://www.marimo.or.jp/~nemu_nc/workn/(in Japanese)
http://www.marimo.or.jp/~nemu_nc/workn/english/index-e.htm(in English)
http://www.marimo.or.jp/~nemu_nc/workn/russian/index-r.htm(in Russian)

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Fresh Oysters Char-grilled in a Wild Way!

Akkeshi is a Hokkaido town that’s celebrated for its oysters. In early October every year, the Akkeshi Oyster Festival is held. At the venue, oysters, Japanese littleneck clams, scallops, saury and other seafood are sold, as are oyster ramen, oysters over rice, Japanese littleneck clam soup and more. Grills can be rented, and charcoal and tarps are sold at the venue so that you can cook the oysters and other seafood sold there. Festival Sundays feature the Japanese littleneck tsukamidori (handful grab) for kids and the Akkeshi oyster tsukamidori.

Akkeshi Oyster Festival

Venue:Nenohi Park

Period: Oct. 1 – 10

637 103 170*82

Address: 6-9, Ponto, Akkeshi Town

HOURS: 9:00-16:00(Oct. 10th: 9:00-15:00)

Festival Sunday: Oct.2 and 9

URL: https://www.akkeshi-town.jp/kanko/event/kaki/(in Japanese)

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A Paradise of Water Birds Lake Akkeshi and the Bekanbeushi Wetlands

In 1993, Lake Akkeshi and the Bekanbeushi Wetlands were registered as wetlands protected under the Ramsar Convention. The Bekanbeushi Wetlands feature unspoiled nature. They have become one of Japan’s most popular breeding grounds for Japanese cranes. Lake Akkeshi is a brackish lake at the lower reaches of the wetlands. Every autumn, whooper swans fly to the lake, which has become one of Japan’s most popular places for waterfowl stopovers and wintering. At the Akkeshi Waterfowl Observation Center, get a close look at birds living at or flying to the sites. At the center, you can view real-time images of the wetlands and the magnificent real wetland in the vicinity of the Bekanbeushi River estuary. For those who want to see the wetlands even closer, canoe tours operate on the Bekanbeushi River.

Akkeshi Waterfowl Observation Center

637 344 270*62

HOURS: 8:45-17:00

CLOSED:  Oct.: 3, 11, 17, 24
Nov.: 7, 14, 21, 28 

Address: 66, Sannushi, Akkeshi Town

URL: http://www.akkeshi-bekanbeushi.com/(available in Japanese and English)

Bekanbeushi canoe touring

Period: untill Oct. 31

HOURS: 9:30-12:30,13:00-16:00
*Reservations are required three days prior to your planned touring.

Contact Us: Michi-no-Eki(Roadside Rest Areas) Akkeshi Gourmet Park

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Meeting wild harbor seals

Daikoku Island, off the coast of Akkeshi, has Japan’s second-largest habitat for harbor seals. About 250 harbor seals are living there. On a tour guided by a local fisherman around Daikoku Island, watch wild harbor seals living amidst great natural splendor. You might be fortunate enough to encounter adorable seals emerging from the water. In addition, the scenic coastline viewed from the ship is exceptional. You can have this valuable experience only until late October. Don’t miss this great opportunity.

Seal watching tour

Period: untill Oct. 25

HOURS: 10:00-12:00,13:00-15:00
*Reservations are required three days prior to your planned touring.

Contact Us: Michi-no-Eki(Roadside Rest Areas) Akkeshi Gourmet Park 

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Masyu,Kawayu,Akan,Kushiro

Hands-on experience of Ainu culture

The Ainu are a people indigenous to Hokkaido. Ainu Kotan, an Ainu village, is near Lake Akan. The Ainu have lived in harmony with nature. Akanko Ainu Kotan is the largest Ainu village in Hokkaido. Akanko Ainu Theater “Ikor,” in the village, presents performances of traditional Ainu dances, puppet shows and the Iomante Fire Festival. Come here to learn about the traditional lifestyle and culture of the Ainu. Most spectacular is the Iomante Fire Festival, which involves narration given by kotan kor kamuy (Blakiston’s fish owl, regarded as a protective local deity). The solemn tones of the tonkori stringed instrument waft through the festive site. This dance has been designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan and a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.The autumn show runs from September to November.

Akanko Ainu Theater “Ikor”

739 341 724*75

Traditional Ainu dance: Oct.:11:00, 13:30, 16:30, 20:00
Nov.:20:00

Iomante Fire Festival: 21:00 (Oct. and Nov.)
No show on Oct. 9.

Address: 4-7-84, Akankoonsen, Akancho, Kushiro City

URL: http://www.akanainu.jp/(in Japanese, and partially in English)

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An encounter with Japanese crane, the god of the marsh

For its beautiful appearance, Japanese crane is called sarorun-kamuy, the God of the Marsh, by the Ainu people. There is a facility in Kushiro Marsh where Japanese cranes can be viewed from a short distance. The Akan International Crane Center “GRUS” is Japan’s only Japanese crane research facility. It is adjoined by the Akan Tancho Observation Center, which is a feeding ground. The Tsurui-Ito Tancho Sanctuary consists of a feeding ground and a nature center. From November to March, cranes are fed at the feeding ground to make up for a scarcity of food. Nearly 300 cranes flock to each ground in winter. Visit the Kushiro Marsh to see the elegant Japanese crane, a National Special Natural Monument.

Akan International Crane Center “GRUS” & Akan Tancho Observation Center

556 183 790*31

HOURS: [GRUS]9:00-17:00 (open every day)
[Observation Center]Nov.: 8:30-16:00 (closed in Oct.)

Address: 23-40 Kamiakan, Akancho, Kushiro City

URL: http://aiccgrus.wixsite.com/aiccgrus/(in Japanese)
http://aiccgrus.wixsite.com/aiccgrus/english-page
(in English)

Tsurui-Ito Tancho Sanctuary

556 535 067*54

HOURS: 9:00-16:30

CLOSED: Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
Nov. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 29, 30
*The Tancho can be seen at the feeding ground even when the facility is closed.

Feeding period: Nov.-March

Address: Nakasetsuri Minami, Tsurui Village

URL: http://park15.wakwak.com/~tancho/index.html(in Japanese)
http://www.wbsj.org/en/tsurui/(in English)

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Mysterious Lake Mashu

Lake Mashu is proud to be the clearest lake in the world. Well known as “foggy Lake Mashu,” the lake is mysterious, as its water level remains constant despite the lack of any apparent inflow or outflow. The water contains almost no impurities. It has a mysterious deep color called Mashu Blue. In the fall, the lakeside trees turn red and yellow, contrasting beautifully with the Mashu Blue. Commanding this fine view is the Mashu 1st Observatory. A popular sightseeing spot complete with a rest house, it’s near Mashu Onsen(hot springs). From the Mashu 3rd Observatory, Kamuishu Island resembles a small dimple on the surface of the lake. From here it’s observed closely, along with a panoramic view of the Kussharo Caldera, the largest caldera in Japan.
At night, through the crisp, fresh air over Lake Mashu, myriad stars twinkle clearly in the sky.

Mashu 1st Observatory

613 781 370*00

Address: Teshikaga Genya, Teshikaga Town

Mashu 3rd Observatory

613 870 593*56

Address: Teshikaga Genya, Teshikaga Town

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Mt. Iwosan, showcasing the vitality of the planet

Mt. Iwosan, 3 km from the Kawayu Onsen(hot springs) in Teshikaga, exhibits a rare landscape of alpine plants growing on level ground enveloped in distinctive sulfurous fumes. Sulfurous fumes roar forth, showcasing the vitality of the planet. During the season of autumn foliage (from early October), the surroundings are at their best, colored yellow by white birch leaves in combination with the reds of poison ivy. The sight pleases the eyes of hikers and motorists on their way to Mt. Iwosan.

Mt. Iwosan

731 713 859*01

Address: Kawayu, Teshikaga Town

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Kushiro Port, one of the three most beautiful sunset viewpoints in the world

Kushiro Port is considered one of the three most beautiful sunset viewpoints in the world. The water vapor from the wetlands is said to make the Kushiro sunsets particularly red. In Kushiro, sunny days are particularly likely in fall. The sun dips behind Nusamai Bridge, one of the top three bridges in Hokkaido. For this reason, Nusamai Bridge bustles with sightseers before sundown. The Kushiro Lifelong Learning Center “Manabot Nusamai” is another nearby spot for those who want to see the sunset from a different angle. The 10th floor observation room commands views of the whole city and the Kushiro Port, as well as of the sunset.

Nusamai Bridge

149 226 381*48

Address: 1 Kita Odori, Kushiro City

Kushiro Lifelong Learning Center “Manabot Nusamai”

149 226 082*77

Closed:
Oct.: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Nov.: 7, 14, 21, 28

Address: 4-28 Nusamaicho, Kushiro city

URL: http://www.kushiro-bunka.or.jp/manabo/(in Japanese)

Sunset

18:04 on Oct. 1, 17:40 on Oct. 15
17:15 on Nov.1, 16:59 on Nov. 15, 16:49 on Nov. 30.

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