JR Senmo Line (釧網本線) 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).
(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.
Shibecha Town Museum Nitaito
(標茶町博物館ニタイ・ト) On the southern shore of Toro-ko, this newly relocated museum has plenty of earthenware, Ainu artefacts, stuffed wetland animals and insect specimens. Don’t miss the Western-style wooden building of Old Kushiro Prison Headquarters constructed in 1886 in front of the museum.
Lake Toro Eco Museum Center
(塘路湖エコミュージアムセンター) Sitting on the bank of the wetlands’s largest lake Toro-ko, this wooden museum center has displays and videos of Kushiro Shitsugen. From here, there is a short lakeside walkway. It is 1km east of JR Toro Station.
(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).
(憩の家かや沼) On the western shores of Shirarutoro-ko (シラルトロ湖), this 100% onsen has several indoor bathtubs and a lake-front open-air bath. This onsen also runs a budget accommodation (around ¥4000 without meals) and a restaurant (11.30am-2pm & 5.30pm-8pm). It is a 10-minute walk south of JR Kayanuma Station.
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