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Approximately 5 Hours
Meals not included
Experience the best of Kushiro’s natural wonders, which are a testament to the country’s rich biodiversity, pristine wetlands, and abundant wildlife.
Your day of discovery begins with a short drive through Kushiro, known as "the misty city" en route to Kushiro Crane Natural Park. Here you can admire the coastal scenery and the lush wetlands. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot the Tancho-zuru species. This Japanese red-crested crane is designated a Special Natural Living Treasure. These strikingly beautiful birds have been brought back from near-extinction and are given free rein in this nature park dedicated to their preservation.
Your next stop is at the spectacular Kushiro Shitsugen National Park – the largest wetland area in Japan and a haven for stunning and varied flora and fauna -- some threatened by extinction. The marshland park extends over several communities and covers over 61,000 acres. More than 2,000 varieties of animals and plants flourish here. Bring binoculars and keep an eye out for Hokkaido deer, red-crested cranes, birds of grassland, and wildflowers.
Next you’ll stop at the Washo Fish Market where you’ll build your own sashimi snack bowl. You'll start with a bowl of rice; then, peruse the food stalls, where tiny boxes of colorful sashimi (thinly sliced raw seafood) lie like jewelry in a case. Tuna, salmon, salmon roe, cuttlefish, sea urchin and many more savory flavors entice. Place whatever you fancy in your rice bowl and enjoy with a dash of fragrant soy sauce – a wonderful opportunity to sample a variety of fresh, local seafood.
Your day ends with a relaxing drive back to port.
Please realistically assess your physical fitness and ability prior to booking, as the walk is uphill, over unpaved, rough walking tracks with many steps and approximately 100 steps at the Kushiro Marshland. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. The walking route of Kushiro Marshland may change due to the weather condition. Wear comfortable walking shoes; bring a jacket or sweater. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or U.S. dollars. No guarantee is offered with regard to visibility or views on any particular day, as weather and atmospheric conditions vary and are beyond the tour operator’s control. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.