Kushiro, Japan

Overlooking the mighty Pacific Ocean in northern Japan, it should come as no surprise that this "town of mist" is a major Japanese fishing port. But although the freshly caught seafood served ashore is a highlight for many visitors, Kushiro has so much more to offer! Stroll through Kushiro Fisherman's Wharf MOO, where a variety of coastal restaurants and boutiques delight tourists from all over. Or head inland to explore the natural wonders of this region, such as Kushiro Marsh, a lush national park and home to the country's most extensive marshland. Break out your binoculars for close-up views of the rare and graceful Japanese cranes at Tancho Nature Park. And if you're an architecture enthusiast, you'll be fascinated by the unusual structure of the Kushiro City Museum of Art, which resembles the shape of a Japanese crane spreading its wings.

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Points of Interest

  • Crane Reserve
  • Washo Fish Market
  • Cape Aikappu
  • Kushiro Marshland
  • Hokuto Observatory
  • Lake Akan
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Hosooka Visitors Centre & Observatory

More about Kushiro, Japan Points of Interest

  • Crane Reserve

    Designated as a Special Natural Living Treasure, the endangered, red-crested cranes known as "Tancho-zuru" roam freely in this beautiful nature park dedicated to their preservation.

  • Washo Fish Market

    Kushiro's famed Washo market offers a staggering array of fresh seafood. If you'd like to sample the wares, you can buy a small bowl of rice and walk around collecting tastings from each vendor!

  • Cape Aikappu

    Cape Aikappu is a dramatic plateau, jutting out over Akkeshi Bay. Renowned for its stunning views and wildlife, Cape Aikappu is a very popular destination for young lovers.

  • Kushiro Marshland

    Two thousand spectacular varieties of animals and plants thrive here in Japan's largest marshland, which supports the only population of endangered Japanese cranes in Japan.

  • Hokuto Observatory

    Hokuto Observatory is a viewing point near Kushiro Marsh, from which you can take in panoramic views of a magnificent national park. Access to walking trails enhances this pleasurable spot.

  • Lake Akan

    This beautiful crater lake is home to rare algae that form unusual green spheres as big as soccer balls! Sightseeing boats, hot springs and walking trails are ways to enjoy the area.

  • Outdoor Adventure

    Experience Kushiro in an outdoor adventure setting.

  • Hosooka Visitors Centre & Observatory

    Panoramic views of the area's celebrated scenery. The vistas are magnificent, and you can see the Kushiro River snake through the unspoiled Kushiro Marsh, ending at the Akan Volcanic Complex.

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