Kiritappu (霧多布: official town name is Hamanaka) 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.
Gentle wetlands, wildflower gardens, scenic cliffs, capes and marshes that inspired the director Yonebayashi Hiromasa to make his film ‘When Marnie Was There’ (思い出のマーニー: 2014).
Points of interests in Kiritappu (Hamanaka)
Kushiro Bus 26 runs from Kushiro Station bus terminal stop 9 to the Kiritappu Onsen Yuyu (霧多布温泉ゆうゆ: 3-4 daily; 2.5hrs) via JR Akkeshi Station (1hr 20min) and Kokutai-ji.
All trains from Kushiro on the JR Nemuro Line (also called the JR Hanasaki Line) stop at Hamanaka (浜中: 6 daily; 1hr 15min). On weekdays, there are four buses between JR Hamanaka Station and the Kiritappu Onsen Yuyu (17min), and timed to meet trains on the JR Nemuro Line until 3pm.
(霧多布湿原) The coastal wetland of Kiritappu Shitsugen, at 3168-hectare, is full of colorful wildflowers from June to July.
Kiritappu Wetland Center (霧多布湿原センター), At the western side of Kiritappu Shitsugen is this center on a hill, where you can learn about and see the wetland. There is a scenic cafe (9.30am-3.30pm) and a shop.
Outdoor gear, such as MTB (¥1000) and snowshoes (¥300), are available to rent. English-speak staff can arrange private eco tours (¥3500), you need to make reservation by three days before.
More info www.kiritappu.or.jp/center
Biwase Wooden Walkway
(琵琶瀬木道) From the Kiritappu Wetland National Trust you can see colorful wildflowers from a 1km-long return wooden walkway. It is a 5-minute walk from the Biwase Gakko-mae (びわせ学校前) stop on the bus route from Akkeshi.
More info www.kiritappu.or.jp
(琵琶瀬展望台) Biwase’s hilltop viewpoint offers photogenic views of both Kiritappu Shitsugen and the ocean. Buses from Akkeshi stop here.
Kiritappu Onsen Yuyu
(霧多布温泉ゆうゆ) The terminus of buses from Kushiro, Akkeshi and Hamanaka stations, the hillside onsen Yuyu has relaxing views of town and wetland from indoor and open-air baths.
There is also a manga collection of Lupin the Third (ルパン三世) written by local-born famous comics artist Monkey Punch (モンキーパンチ: 1937-2019).
More info kiritappu-yuyu.com