2018年08月06日

'Shiretoko Peninsula', sticking out to south from the eastern tip of 'Hokkaido', is a narrow peninsula 70 kilometers long.

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The name of 'Shiretoko' derives from an 'Ainu' Hokkaido native term 'Shiretuku' meaning 'The place where mountains extend to the sea'. A range of mountains, the tallest peak is 'Rausudake' volcano 1,661 meters high, runs through like a spine. This peninsula, accordingly, scarcely has any flats on the coast. The average width is no more than 15 kilometers though, the high and sharp chain of mountains covering the entire area causes a big difference of the weather between the east coast and west. The difference of temperature, hour of sunshine, amount of snow and the like. The whole area of this peninsula is densely inhabited by brown bears and 'Yezo' deer. As shown in the pictures, a series of steep cliffs keep all people away, and the waterfalls, small and big, are found here and there.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 06:44 | Hokkaido | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

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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posted by masahisa at 09:53 | Hokkaido | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年07月21日

'Lake Kussharo' in the east of 'Hokkaido' is Japan's largest caldera lake.

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Kussharo caldera slightly exceeds 'Aso' caldera in 'Kyushu' in size, boasting itself to be the largest caldera in the country. The specific size of it is 20 kilometers from north to south, and 26 kilometers from east to west. Ancient Lake Kussharo was a round shape as it was formed entire inner area of this huge caldera, but now it has become almost half size with a green pea shape. Japan's sixth largest lake though, aquatic life can be hardly found here since this lake water takes on rather strong acid pH. There stands one island in this lake, with the perimeter of 12 kilometers and the height of 355 meters above the surface of the lake. And this island has a crater on top. As many hot springs are gushing out in this vicinity, natural hot water gradually oozes out even from digging by hand on the lake shore.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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