Introducing the Kushiro Area
The Kushiro area stands out as a special place even in Hokkaido, which is said to be the richest in nature in Japan.
It has deep rich forests, vast wetlands, beautiful lakes and rivers as well as the ocean that delivers various blessings.
Each of them is a repository of diverse forms of life.
THE WILD NATURE
Nature in the Kushiro Area expressed in one word is "diversity". Having an area of approximately 6,000 square kilometers, it is characterized by a highly varied natural environment and rich biota. The rich nature of the area is represented by the two national parks, Akan and Kushiroshitsugen, the prefectural park in Akkeshi and 4 wetlands designated as Ramsar sites (as of 2016).
Pristine Nature Preserved to Present Day
There is a large wetland which is not Japan-like in the Kushiro Area. Its name is Kushiro Marsh. As the wetland created through deposition of plants under cold climate posed a challenge for human development in the past, it still remains as one of the few places that show their pristine conditions. Rare animal and plant species including Special Natural Monuments inhabit the wetland. The majestic nature of adjacent Bekanbeushi Marsh and Kiritappu Marsh is also stunning.
Kushiro River, the Mother River
The Kushiro River is the main stream of the Kushiro River System which originates from Lake Kussharo and is joined by many tributaries before it empties into the Pacific Ocean. Kushiro Marsh, the largest wetland in Japan, stretches out on both banks of the lower reaches of the river, functioning as a cradle of life for various animal and plant species.
Beautiful, Pure Waterfront Including the Kushiro River, which is one of few Class A rivers without a dam in Japan, the rivers, lakes and beautiful caldera lakes of the Kushiro Area originating from deep rich forests create unique, stunning landscapes that heals our hearts. Highly varied terrain and pure water connect the mountains with ocean while supporting diverse forms of life including fish, aquatic organisms and wild birds.Read more
Hokkaido, which includes the Kushiro Area, is located at the boundary of the temperate and subarctic zones and therefore features both northern plant species and temperate plant species. This is indicated by the mixed forests containing coniferous and broad-leaved trees. The island is covered with admirable forests with a wide variety of tree species which support diverse forms of life.Read more
The Oyashio Current from the north and Kuroshio Current from the south collide in the Pacific Ocean off Kushiro. Fog generated off the seashore replenishes Kushiro Marsh and covers Lake Mashu with a white veil. The coastline is also beautiful in each season, displaying two different terrains of rough rocky cliffs and long stretches of sandy beaches. The ocean not only created the nature of Kushiro but also has been providing rich blessings to the area since ancient times.Read more