These two neighboring regions from Kushiro Shitsugen National Park to the Nemuro Peninsula contains wilderness wetlands, brackish lakes and scenic peninsulas. It is cool climate and foggy in summer. Atmospheric fishing towns and rustic dairy farms exist side by side, where you can explore these destinations from the foodie port town of Kushiro, de facto capital of Eastern Hokkaido.
TO DO 01
Savoring Seafood in the Foggy Town Kushiro
Kushiro is Eastern Hokkaido’s largest port town and one of Japan’s premier fishing bases facing the Pacific Ocean. Wandering the foggy port town and taste the local fresh seafood.
TO DO 02
Exploring the Wetlands in Kushiro Shitsugen
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 can explore the wetlands by slowly Norokko train or canoe.
TO DO 03
Tancho Crane Watching in Tsurui
In the northwest side of Kushiro Shitsugen, Tsurui is home of tancho (Japanese crane). During the winter, they nest in a group in local sanctuaries and rivers around the village.
TO DO 04
Touring & Dining on Seafood in Akkeshi
Akkeshi is actually the oldest port in Eastern Hokkaido. The town is set on a pleasant gulf coast leading to the brackish lake Akkeshi-ko, designated as a prefectural natural park.
TO DO 05
Taking the Gentle Wetlands & Capes in Kiritappu
Kiritappu is a foggy town and spreads out the vague wetlands at the eastern end of Kushiro Region, but the poetic natural landscape and fishing villages fascinates travelers from long ago.
TO DO 06
Reaching the Nature-Rich Nemuro Peninsula
The 60km-long Nemuro Peninsula is a perfect place for birdwatching, wildlife cruising, footpath hiking and dining on fresh seafood. Spending a day exploring by boats or scenic footpaths, then sample Hanasaki-gani (spiny crab).
TO DO 07
Touring the Grand Konsen Plateau
Japan’s largest plateau, at about 5300-sq-km, that spreads from Kushiro to Nemuro regions. Here you will find more cows than people. Nakashibetsu is considered the center of the area.
TO DO 08
Stretching Out on the Notsuke Peninsula
Notsuke Peninsula is a 28km-long, shrimp-shaped sandbank arcing out into the Nemuro Strait. Wandering the bayside sandbank and see the lovely seals from a cruise ship.
KUSHIRO & NEMURO MAP
GETTING THERE & AROUND
TRAIN: The limited express trains Ozora connect Kushiro with Sapporo (6 daily / 4hrs / ¥9460) via Obihiro (1.5hrs / ¥4690). There are slowly local trains between Kushiro and Obihiro (5 daily / 3hrs / ¥2860).
The scenic rail lines from Kushiro head east for Nemuro (6 daily / 2.5hrs / ¥2860) on the JR Hanasaki Line, and north for Abashiri (5 daily / 3.5hrs / ¥4070) on the JR Senmo Line.
BUS: Long-distance buses depart from Kushiro Station bus terminal (tickets 6.45am-midnight) to Sapporo, Asahikawa, Kitami, Akan-ko, Akkeshi, Nemuro and Rausu.
An overnight bus service between Sapporo Odori Bus Center and Nemuro (8.5hrs+ / one-way ¥8200, return ¥14,800) via Nakashibetsu and Betsukai.