Tourist Information Michi-no-eki Kita-Okhotsk Hamatonbetsu (see below)
01 LAKE & BIRDWATCHING
クッチャロ湖 / 37 Kutcharo-kohan
Northern Hokkaido’s largest natural lake of Kutcharo-ko is a paradise for migratory birds. About 5000 Tundra swans and wigeons fly to the migration months in spring and autumn. The waterfowl observatory (9am-5pm / Closed Mon / FREE) has binoculars and a small exhibition. The lakeside is a 20-minute walk from Hamatonbetsu bus terminal.
Hamatonbetsu Onsen Wing
浜頓別温泉ウィング / Tel 0163-42-4141 / 40 Kutcharo-kohan / Day bathing 11am-9pm (¥550, to 2pm ¥400) / www.hotel-wing.jp
The public onsen hotel Wing on the lakeshore of Kutcharo-ko has a cycling terminal, a seafood restaurant and upmarket cottages.
03 ROADSIDE STATION
Michi-no-eki Kita-Okhotsk Hamatonbetsu
道の駅北オホーツクはまとんべつ / 21-1 Chuo-kita / 9am-7pm, to 6pm cafe & shop
This new michi-no-eki (roadside station) is located at Hamatonbetsu bus terminal.
GETTING THERE & AROUND
Hamatonbetsu Bus Terminal (浜頓別バスターミナル: 6.50am-7pm) has a new michi-no-eki (roadside station: 9am-7pm), free Wi-Fi and bus schedules.
Four buses run along the coastal Okhotsk Line from Hamatonbetsu to Onishibetsu (鬼志別) continue to Wakkanai via Soya-misaki (1hr 40min) in the north, stopping at Beniya Genseikaen.
There are also several local buses to Esashi (45min) and Otoineppu (1.5hrs) on the JR Soya Line.
The Tenpoku-go (天北号) intercity bus runs between Asahikawa and Hamatonbetsu (1 daily / 4hrs 20min) via Nayoro.