Uryu-numa Shitsugen Wetland (雨竜沼湿原: high altitude wetland) is referred to as the ‘heavenly paradise’ that makes up Shokanbetsu-Teuri-Yagishiri Quasi-National Park. About 700 marshes are scattered with 200 kinds of wildflowers.
Location 28km west of Central Uryu on Route 275
Climbing Season mid June to early October
Highlights About 700 marshes, Wildflower Garden
You need to fill out the registration form and pay the climbing fee (環境美化整備協力金: Kankyo bika seibi kyoryoku-kin: ¥500) before or after hiking. You can climb up to the wetland from the Gate Park trailhead (3km / 2hrs) between mid June to early October.
There is a 4km-long one-way circuit boardwalk in the wetland. The return hike from the trailhead takes five to six hours.
From the wetland observation deck, it is a 90-minute trek to the top of Minami-Shokan-dake (南暑寒岳: 1296m). Furthermore, it is possible to great traverse to the summit of Shokan-dake (暑寒岳: 1492m) in about 2.5 hours (4km), and climb down to Mashike (増毛) in about 10 hours (23km).
URYU-NUMA SHITSUEN MAP
There is no public transport from the town. Uryu Hire (雨竜ハイヤー: Tel 0125-77-2206) offers shuttle services (around ¥10,000 up to 4 people) to the trailheads from Uryu (雨竜) stop on the bus from Sapporo, Takikawa and Rumoi.
The Gate Park (ゲートパーク) is about 26km west of Uryu. It has a car park, free campsite and mountain hut Minami-Shokanso (南暑寒荘) with a management office (9am-4.30pm Jul-mid Oct).