2018年07月23日

'Kushiro Wetlands' in the east of 'Hokkaido', stretching along the 'Kushiro River', is Japan's largest wetlands.

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Kushiro Wetlands which was registered under the Ramsar Convention in 1980, the earliest in Japan, was designated as a national park in 1987 thereafter. The Kushiro River and its tributaries are largely meandering through this national park holding five major inland sea-lakes. Numberless 'Yachi-Manakos', which are small bottomless swamps formed in the small holes of the peat layers, are found here and there, so the visitors are urged to go on the boardwalks. This wetlands in a treasure-house of really large number of animals and plants, including rare ones. Thus, the nature conservation movement of this wetlands was initiated in 1935 to protect and breed Japanese red-crowned cranes flying in in winter. This sanctuary has been expanded to the area of 27,000 ha, where all the wildlife are strictly protected.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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