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Winter Canoeing in Kushiro

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Go canoeing in Hokkaido to access unspoiled nature and rare wildlife

Kushiro City, Hokkaido Prefecture



Famous for its magnificent red-crowned cranes, Kushiro Wetland in eastern Hokkaido is one of Japan’s most beguiling natural landscapes.
In winter, the fields are transformed into frozen wetlands, blanketed by snow and with hoarfrost clinging to the trees and grass on cold winter mornings.
The best way to access this unique environment is by canoeing down the Kushiro River, which runs through the wetland, and can take you deep into areas inaccessible by car or on foot.
On the meandering river and lakes, you can get up close to wild animals such as Ezo deer, Steller’s sea eagles, and white-tailed sea-eagles, not to mention the graceful tancho cranes, which are a symbol of longevity and are revered as a National Special Natural Monument.
Canoeing on the Kushiro River on a crisp winter morning is an unforgettable, life-affirming experience, and is a great way to engage in some winter sports in Japan. The views of the silvery wetland and its majestic wildlife are sure to leave you wanting to return again and again.
*Reservations required (Pick-up available for those with advance reservations)
Visit the Kuhiro and Lake Akan activities guide (https://en.kushiro-lakeakan.com/things_to_do/todo_category/activity-en/) to choose from a range of companies for canoe rentals.


How to get there


Take a plan from Haneda Airport to Kushiro Airport (1 hour 35 minutes), then take the bus from Kushiro Airport to JR Kushiro Station (45 minutes). The destination is about a 45-minute drive from Kushiro Airport or a 35-minute drive from JR Kushiro Station.


6-11 Hokuto, Kushiro-shi, Hokkaido




Kushiro Lakeakan




More Information


Hokkaido Prefecture | JNTO Official Website



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