Japan’s largest wetlands, Kushiro Wetlands National Park is home to red-crowned cranes, designated as Special Natural Monuments, and primeval plants such as tussock that are unique to wetland areas. The area is also famous for a wide range of outdoor activities throughout the seasons such as canoeing, horse riding, and smelt fishing.
Japan’s most expansive wetland and a “Ramsar Convention-registered Wetland,” Kushiro Wetland is a must-see for nature lovers and birdwatchers. In addition to providing an important habitat for numerous species of waterfowl, the red-crowned crane, a Japanese “special natural monument,” and many more kinds of wildlife, Kushiro Wetland offers visitors plenty of vantage points to observe this protected natural world. Every year, countless photographers venture to the area to snap their best shots, while others explore the flora and fauna found along the six available footpaths. Kushiro Wetland also boasts five observatories from which different panoramic views of the wetland scenery can be seen. For those who want to learn more about the natural landscape, stop by the Kushiro Shitsugen Wetlands Observatory on the west side to find educational exhibits. Coming in the second half of July? You won’t want to miss the thousands of fireflies that light up the wetlands once the sun goes down.
2-2101 Hokuto, Kushiro, Kawakami-gun, Hokkaido
Hoso-oka Observatory and Visitor’s Lounge
April to May: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
June to September: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
October to November: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
December to May: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
*Information may be changed. For more details, please refer to the official website.