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釧路湿原観光案内 | Kushiro Shitsugen Travel

港町釧路の背後に茫漠とした景観が広がる日本最大の湿原。ここは数千万年前まで大きな湾だったところで、植物が腐らずに堆積した泥炭の原野と蛇行する河川、そして数多くの湖と沼地が湿原の景観を形作っている。多様な自然環境が残された釧路湿原は1987年に国立公園となり、1990年には日本初となるラムサール条約登録湿地にも指定された。

釧網本線の車窓や丘の上にある展望台から湿原の広がりを実感することができ、6月の新緑と10月の紅葉は特に素晴らしい。釧路からの日帰り旅行で、まず第一に訪ねたいところだ。

また、釧路湿原や鶴居村はアイヌ語で「サルルンカムイ」(湿原の神)と称される国の特別天然記念物、丹頂のふるさと。優美で美しいその姿は、古くから多くの人々に愛されてきた。冬になると優雅な丹頂の舞がサンクチュアリや川の中で見られる。

Nature lovers and wildlife-watchers will feel at ease at Japan’s largest wetland behind the port town of Kushiro. At the winding rivers collide with lakes, you will see elegant tancho (Japanese cranes) in abundance. This area was the bottom of the ocean in ancient times.


PRACTICAL TIPS

Location 8km north of Kushiro

Area 28,788-hectare

Highlights Hosooka Viewpoint, Sarubo Viewpoint

Tourist Information Hosooka Visitors Lounge (細岡ビジターズラウンジ): Tel 0154-40-4455 / Near Hosooka Viewpoint (see below), 22-9 Takkobu, Kushiro-cho / 9am-5pm Apr & May, to 6pm Jun-Sep, to 4pm Oct & Nov, 10am-4pm Dec-Mar / Closed 31 Dec-5 Jan


01 SCENIC VIEWPOINT

Hosoka Viewpoint

細岡展望台

This popular viewpoint is open throughout year and easily accessible on foot from JR Kushiro-shitsugen Station (10-minute). You can see the wetlands and meandering streams from here. The Hosooka Visitors Lounge near the viewpoint has a cafe.


02 SCENIC VIEWPOINT

Sarubo Viewpoint

サルボ展望台

A 20-minute walk north of JR Toro Station along Route 391, the wooden steps lead to the viewing platform of Sarubo where the panorama of lakes and marshes. From the viewpoint, a walkway leads to Sarurun Viewpoint (サルルン展望台) and the hidden 79m trigonometrical point (三角点: sankaku-ten).


03 SCENIC VIEWPOINT

Kottaro Shitsugen Viewpoint

コッタロ湿原展望台

If you are driving on unpaved Prefectural Road 1060 across Kushiro Shitsugen between Toro and Eastern Tsurui, stop by this hilltop viewpoint over the wetland’s deep north.



KUSHIRO SHITSUGEN MAP


GETTING THERE

JR Senmo Line (釧網本線), between Kushiro and Abashiri, runs east side of the wetlands along the serene river of Kushiro-gawa (釧路川). For the fine views, sit on the left side heading from Kushiro. You may find it a convenient stopover to look over the wetlands and lakes.
From June to late September, Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko Train (釧路湿原ノロッコ号) has two daily runs slowly from Kushiro to Toro (50min / ¥640), stopping at Kushiro-shitsugen (23min / ¥440).