2015年02月26日

Lake 'Tofutsu' in Abashiri City, Hokkaido, is one of the 46 wetlands in Japan, on the List of Wetlands of International Importance.

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On the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk, northwest of Hokkaido, a chain of lakes and marshes such as Lake 'Kuccharo' and 'Saroma', is found. Lake Tofutsu as shown in the picture, located at the southernmost tip of the chain, is a brackish lake since it is connected with the sea by a short and narrow waterway. This lake is known as a wintering place for all sorts of water birds, like wild ducks and swans.
Thanks to the shallowness of the lake, the avarage depth of water is no more than 1.1 meters, a variety of gregarious wet plants is seen on the lakeshore from spring to autumn. Especially in autumn, when 'Akkeshi-so' glasswort turns red, many sightseers visit here to enjoy the unique scenery.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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