Foggy Port Town Kushiro

Kushiro (釧路) is Eastern Hokkaido’s largest port town (population 169,000) and one of Japan’s premier fishing bases facing the Pacific Ocean. Summer is often cool and grey, but a foggy night on the river bank is fantastic. A wide variety of tasty seafood and sushi fascinates many travelers. Kushiro is predominantly transit point for the national parks in Eastern Hokkaido, such as Kushiro Shitsugen and Akan-Mashu.

Explore the City Center

Most sights in the city center are reachable on foot from the train station, or you can spend things up by hiring a bicycle. The city’s iconic architect Mozuna Kiko (毛綱毅曠: 1941-2001) designed avant-garde buildings in Kushiro such as the Fisherman’s Wharf MOO and the Kushiro City Museum. New modern buildings are greatly influenced by his design. Kita-Odori main street runs to Nusamai-bashi from JR Kushiro Station.


(幣舞橋) Hokkaido’s most well-known bridge across Kushiro-gawa, Nusamai-bashi offers dramatic views of both a gorgeous sunset and a foggy night with colorful city lights. The riverside promenade is a favourite for stroll. You can overlooking this landmark bridge from Nusamai Park (幣舞公園), above a flower clock facing the traffic circle.

Kushiro Fisherman’s Wharf MOO

(釧路フィッシャーマンズワーフムー) Famed local architect Mozuna Kiko designed the striking shopping complex Fisherman’s Wharf MOO in 1989 near Nusamai-bashi. It houses souvenir and seafood shops, eateries and a tourist information counter. There is also an open-air deck facing the river. More info

Getting There