Kushiro-Shitsugen National Park, Hokkaido

#39 of 253 in Nature in Hokkaido
A train ride across the marshes will take you to Kushiro-Shitsugen National Park, Japan’s largest undeveloped wetland area, spreading across 269 sq km (104 sq mi). After crossing many steel bridges and wooden planks, you'll reach a strangely shaped metal area--the Kushiro marsh observatory--giving you a panoramic view of the expanse of wetland. Famous for its population of red-crested white cranes, a symbol of Japan, the marsh habitat provides the only wild home for this species, which nearly became extinct early in the 20th century. You can see spotted deer and birds of prey as you hike through the national park, as well as steam-engine spotting or taking a canoe ride. To visit Kushiro-Shitsugen National Park and other attractions in Hokkaido, use our Hokkaido driving holiday planner .
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  • Kushiro Marsh is the largest in Japan. There are many charms, but my best recommendation is the river down canoe of Kushiro River. The canoe departed from the shore of Lake Kushiro. After going from Lake Kushiro to the tributaries of the Kushiro River called the Alequinai River for a while, we went to the main stream of the Kushiro River. We arrived at a canoe station in Hosooka. Canoeing, about 10km and 1 hour and 40 minutes, was one of the best experiences of my life.
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  • We walked around the wetlands by canoe. Fortunately, I was impressed to see many animals such as deer, white eagles, cranes, and minks up close. If you're going to the wetlands, we recommend absolute canoeing.
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