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Winter Canoeing in Kushiro

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The best way to access unspoilt nature and rare wildlife in this part of eastern Hokkaido

Kushiro City



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 hoar frost clinging to the trees and grasses on cold winter mornings.


The best way to access this unique environment is by canoe, on the Kushiro River, which runs through the wetland, and can take you deep into areas inaccessible by car or on foot.


On its 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: 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 hire.


How to get there


About 45 minutes by car from Kushiro Airport, or 35 minutes by car from JR Kushiro Station. See the link in the article for details of canoe hire and tours.





Kushiro Lakeakan




More Information


Hokkaido Prefecture | JNTO Official Website

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