Kushiro, Nemuro and Akkeshi Area
Visit the birdwatching sanctuary protected under the Ramsar Convention.
Situated in the central part of Eastern Hokkaido, Kushiro serves as an important city for transportation, with international flights coming in and out of Tancho Kushiro Airport. There are also two national parks, Kushiro-Shitsugen National Park and Akan-Mashu National Park.
There is an abundance of seafood in Kushiro, with its port boasting the largest haul of fish in Hokkaido. Some of the more well-known are Hanasaki crab from Nemuro and oysters from Akkeshi.
The Kushiro Wetlands, the largest wetlands in Japan, are inhabited by over 170 species of wild birds, and visited by a number of bird-watchers from around the world. Perhaps the rarest and most iconic bird is the red-crowned Japanese crane, a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity in Japan. Others include the white-tailed eagle and various types of ducks. The wetlands are also rich with vegetation, with about 600 varieties of flowers that bloom from spring to fall. Canoeing through the wetlands down the Kushiro River is also an exciting activity.
Shunkunitai and Lake Furen in Nemuro are known as the “paradise for wild birds.” There have been sightings of approximately 280 species of wild birds on this untouched reef, such as the red-flanked bluetail and Steller’s sea eagle. Both sites are protected under the Ramsar Convention.