SpotKushiro Marsh

Kushiro Marsh is Japan’s largest marsh, spreading over 29,000 hectares, which is about half the combined size of the 23 wards of Tokyo. The Kushiro River and several other rivers slowly snake their way through the marsh. With its pristine nature, it is home to many wild animals. Especially, it is famous for the red-crowned crane. As it is a habitat for more than 10 kinds of waterfowls, such as the whooper swan, duck and wild goose, it was registered as a designated district of the Ramsar Convention in 1980.

Kushiro City Marsh Observatory is located at the west end of the marsh. There is a 2.5-km wooden trail near the observatory. Hosooka Observatory at the east side is famous for offering the best view among observatories in the marsh. The Kushiro River winds through the marsh in front of you. Mountains of the Akan range can be seen in the distance and the sunset view is gorgeous.

When you want to go to the Hosooka Observatory and the eastern side of the marsh, taking the special train "Norokko-go" is convenient. It runs slowly at a speed of 30 km/hour. As the large windows of its observatory cars can be opened upward, you can enjoy looking at the panoramic scenery of the marsh right in front of your eyes. Hosooka Observatory is close to Kushiro Shitsugen station.
The Kushiro River runs southward from Lake Kussharo, winds through Kushiro Marsh, and pours into the Pacific Ocean. The 154-km river without dams is popular among canoeists.

Kushiro Marsh

Access

Take a bus from JR Kushiro Sta. and get off at Shitsugentenboudai.

Address

6-11, Hokuto, Kushiro city, Hokkaido

住所

北海道釧路市北斗6-11

TEL

0154-56-2424

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