* Hokkaido Travel Tips的部落格

*Hokkaido Travel Tips’ Blog
We compile information on “0 yen tourist spots” and “must-see paid spots with extra benefits” and then keep them in our blog as archives for your convenience. We also introduce the food of Hokkaido and interesting souvenirs to take home.



Gurutto 全景美幌隘口 / Gurutto Panorama Bihoro-touge

Gurutto 全景美幌隘口(美幌町)是位在國道243號沿線上的道路休息站。位在阿寒國立公園內標高約525公尺。可以從美幌隘口山頂上俯瞰屈斜路湖的壯麗景觀。有延伸到山頂的階梯。道路休息站內除了有美幌隘口周遭的觀光資訊之外,也有餐廳、小吃店、土特產品商店。冬季期間,有可能因為暴風雪而休館。

Gurutto Panorama Bihoro-touge (Bihoro Town) is a road station on route 243, which connects Abashiri City and Nemuro City via Bihoro. 'Touge' means mountain pass in English. This spot is located at an altitude of 525 meters, and is surrounded by Akan National Park. From the top of the pass, visitors can admire a great panoramic view of Lake Kussharo. The many steps to the viewing spot might be hard for very young or old visitors however. In the building, there is a restaurant, a food stall and a souvenir shop. In winter, this road station might sometimes be closed by snow storms.

濤沸湖水鳥·濕地中心 / Lake Tofutsu Waterfowl and Wetland Center


Lake Tofutsu Waterfowl and Wetland Center (Abashiri City) is an educational facility opened in 2012. It houses exhibits informing about aspects of the natural environment around the lake, fauna and flora, and how local people are culturally connected to the lake. It also functions as a museum, with a short movie showcasing the four seasons around the lake continuously on a loop in the lecture room. This center is managed by the Ministry of the Environment, but staff sent from Abashiri’s City Hall are also on site, engaged in preservation of the environment. They track the number of wild birds through the year.

流冰街道·鱒浦 / Ryuhyou Kaidou - Masuura


Ryuhyou Kaidou - Masuura (Abashiri City) is a viewing point which the Hokkaido Regional Development Bureau designates as worth seeing. In order to allow for viewing, there is car parking along the road for 12 cars. Ryuhyou Kaido stands for ‘the road to see drift ice’ in English, and Masuura is the name of the area in the city. This spot is on route 244, and is about five kilometers away from the center of Abashiri, towards Shari Town. On a sunny day, visitors can see Mt. Shari-dake, Mt. Rausu-dake and Mt. Shiretoko-dake over the sea.

5月26日的北海道 / The highest temperature during the day on May 26


The highest temperature during the day on May 26 reached over 30 degrees at many meteorological observation points in Hokkaido. Saroma Town, which faces the Sea of Okhotsk, reached a scorching 39.5 degrees. It was the highest temperature recorded for the day across the whole of Japan. This weather and temperature is exceedingly rare, and many locations actually saw new records set, since observation started. According to Japan’s Meteorological Agency, the heatwave was due to the sunny weather created by high air pressure, and a hot air mass from Mainland China. In eastern Hokkaido, a Foehn effect was also seen.

鴛鴦 / Mandarin Duck


The Mandarin Duck is migratory bird which is seen across East Asia, in such places as Japan, the Korean Peninsula and China. The female has simple brown feathers, while the male is adorned with a colorful coat. In Hokkaido, they can be seen between spring and autumn. In Sapporo, they are even sighted in central areas like Odori Park, Hokkaido University and Nakajima Park. It’s quite common to see a pair co-existing, like in marriage. In Japanese, there is a word meaning well-suited husband and wife. It’s Oshidori Fuufu. Oshidori means Mandarin Duck and fuufu means married couple. In winter, they migrate to Honshu island.

流冰硝子館 / Ryuhyo Glass Museum


Ryuhyo Glass Museum (Abashiri City) sells a variety of glass products, and provides an opportunity for visitors to make their own glass products (paid feature.) The building was renovated in 2010, converted from an old factory which made fish paste from fresh fish. Visitors can see the line of manufacturing, including the kiln used to melt glass. This museum is next to the road station in Abashiri. Ryuhyo stands for drift ice. A live-camera enables one to view the Sea of Okhotsk as well as the Aurora Drift Ice Sightseeing Boat, Boushi (hat in English) Rock, Futatsu (two in English), Rock and Notoro Cape. Around February, visitors can even see drift ice approaching the land.

流冰街道網走 / Ryuhyo Kaido Abashiri


Ryuhyo Kaido Abashiri (Abashiri City) is a road station located at the point where the Abashiri River meets the sea, and where visitors can admire a panoramic view of both the Sea of Okhotsk and Shiretoko Peninsula. In winter, this place acts as a terminal to board the Aurora - the sightseeing boat to see the sea ice floe (Ryuhyo in Japanese). At the shop there, they sell local specialties of Abashiri, such as Abashiri pudding. They also sell souvenirs themed on the ice floe. In 2010, the harbor area including this road station was registered as a good destination called Harbor Oasis by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.