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Parks Index: Hokkaido

Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park

Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park is the northernmost National Park in Japan. Mt. Rishiri soars majestically above the sea. Rebun Island has many alpine plants such as Rebunsou ( Oxytropis megalantha). Sarobetsu Plain, abundant in marsh plants, and Wakasakanai's dunes contribute to the exciting landscape.

Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park
Photo: Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park
  • Designation: September 20, 1974
  • Area: 24,166 ha
  • Prefecture: Hokkaido

Shiretoko National Park

Shiretoko National Park is highly primeval. Sea eagles, Blakiston's fish-owls, and brown bears inhabit the district. The view of the Shiretoko Mountain Chain from the Shiretoko-Goko Lakes, which are surrounded by forests, is splendid. The west side of the Shiretoko Peninsula is covered with drifted ice during winter.

Shiretoko National Park
Photo: Shiretoko National Park
  • Designation: June 1, 1964
  • Area: 38,633 ha
  • Prefecture: Hokkaido

Akan National Park

Akan National Park is a volcanic park featuring such volcanoes as Mt. Meakan. Spectacular views can be enjoyed from the various lakes located throughout the park. Encircled by dense woods, Lake Akan is home to colonies of marimo lake balls ( Cladophora sauteri). Lake Mashu is known for being one of the world's clearest lakes. Lake Kussharo is surrounded by strongly acidic hot springs.

Akan National Park
Photo: Akan National Park
  • Designation: December 4, 1934
  • Area: 90,481 ha
  • Prefecture: Hokkaido

Kushiroshitsugen National Park

This park covers Kushiro marsh, the largest in the country. The meandering Kushiro river and the vast moor are visible from observatories in the park. Sacred cranes ( Grus japonensis) breed in the marsh. There are lakes and marshes such as Lake Toro and Shirarutoro marsh in the eastern part of the park.

Kushiroshitsugen National Park
Photo: Kushiroshitsugen National Park
  • Designation: July 31, 1987
  • Area: 28,788 ha
  • Prefecture: Hokkaido

Daisetsuzan National Park

Daisetsuzan National Park is the largest of all the National Parks in Japan and is known as the "Roof of Hokkaido." The main feature of this park is volcanoes such as Mt. Tokachi-dake and Mt. Asahi-dake, which is the highest mountain in Hokkaido. The park also boasts splendid views of Mt. Ishikari-dake and alpine plants. The park is home to brown bears, Yezo deer, pika ( Ochotona hyperborean yesoensis), and other wildlife species.

Daisetsuzan National Park
Photo: Daisetsuzan National Park
  • Designation: December 4, 1934
  • Area: 226,764 ha
  • Prefecture: Hokkaido

Shikotsu-Toya National Park

Shikotsu-Toya National Park is the site of two large lakes, Lake Shikotsu and Lake Toya, as well as an active volcano belt; consisting of Mt. Yotei, Mt. Usu, Mt. Showa-shinzan, and the newly formed Mt. Tarumae; where distinctive alpine vistas are on display. Lake Toya is famous as the northernmost ice-free lake in the country.

Shikotsu-Toya National Park
Photo: Shikotsu-Toya National Park
  • Designation: May 16, 1949
  • Area: 99,473 ha
  • Prefecture: Hokkaido
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