10 Things to Do in Kushiro That You Shouldn't Miss

October 20, 2017 Flossie Demartino

Discover the best top things to do in Kushiro, Japan including Hosooka Observation, Akan Lake, Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk, Kushiro City Red-crowned Crane Natural Park, Onnenai Boardwalk, Nusamai Bridge, Akan International Crane Centre, Kushiro City Zoo, The Kushiro City Museum, Kushiro Children's Museum Kodomo Yugakukan.
Restaurants in Kushiro

1. Hosooka Observation

Takkobu, Kushiro-cho, Kushiro-gun 088-2141, Hokkaido +81 154-40-4455
Excellent
45%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
6%
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4.5 based on 120 reviews

Hosooka Observation

Reviewed By Brisbane41 - Yulara, Australia

I came here on a cruise ship excursion from Kushiro because the port seemed a bit remote to do my own thing as I normally do in other cities in Japan. To be honest when I got to the observation decks I wondered what all the hype was about and why I even came. There was no wildlife to be seen in any direction and all I could see was pretty much what the photos in the reviews depict. I came in the summer of 2016. I would not come here again if visiting the same port on a cruise and would find something different to do.

2. Akan Lake

Kushiro, Hokkaido
Excellent
30%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 535 reviews

Akan Lake

Reviewed By Jekoo2 - Ipoh, Malaysia

With spectacular vistas the boat ride is a definite must do in East Hokaido. We took the smaller private boat and and was rewarded with some stunning designs pictures.

3. Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk

Hokuto, Kushiro 084-0922, Hokkaido +81 154-56-2424
Excellent
32%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
1%
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1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 156 reviews

Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk

Reviewed By hckok77 - Ipoh, Malaysia

Is not a tourist friendly attraction, you need transport and a long distance view camera to enjoy. Else its just a plain view, you can hear animals voice, maybe catch the species very far from you. Alternatively, you can walk through the path from one train station to another, to enjoy the 'Nature'.

4. Kushiro City Red-crowned Crane Natural Park

112 Tsuruoka, Kushiro 084-0926, Hokkaido +81 154-56-2219
Excellent
26%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 185 reviews

Kushiro City Red-crowned Crane Natural Park

Reviewed By Bob C - Littleborough, United Kingdom

There is not much to the crane reserve except several seperate enclosures each containing two cranes. You walk on a path alongside the enclosures. The wire mesh fencing makes taking photos difficult, but each fence does have a hole through which you can point your camera. Just be ready to wait your turn. One pair had a chick, which was almost as tall as its parents but with a different plumage.
When we were there, the weather was very hot and there is little cover from the sun.
A small gift shop and café are on the site. The ice cream was delicious as the area is home to lots of dairy farms.

5. Onnenai Boardwalk

Tsurui-mura, Akan-gun, Hokkaido +81 154-65-2323
Excellent
54%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
4%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Onnenai Boardwalk

Reviewed By travelgrrl12 - San Francisco, California

We walked the length of the boardwalk in July and saw a wide range of birds including Japanese cranes, grey herons, and numerous songbirds. We visited several other locations around Kushiro Wetland and this was the best. I highly recommend a visit if you are birding.

6. Nusamai Bridge

Kushiro, Hokkaido +81 154-31-4549
Excellent
20%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
38%
Poor
1%
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1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 296 reviews

Nusamai Bridge

Reviewed By Kayjohn - Adelaide South Australia

At one end there is a flower clock and downstream fishing vessels can be seen tied up to the wharf. The bridge has several sculptures which are claimed to be the first sculptures on a bridge in Japan. Sunsets over the port can be spectacular.

7. Akan International Crane Centre

23-40 Kamiakan Akancho, Kushiro 085-0245, Hokkaido +81 154-66-4011
Excellent
43%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 100 reviews

Akan International Crane Centre

Reviewed By kyw20152015 - Melbourne, Australia

This is a well organised attraction for viewing around 150 to 200 wild Red Crowned Cranes (Tancho), especially in winter. The centre is well run, the viewing areas and the information centre are staffed by knowledgeable people, and there are plenty of opportunities for seeing and photographing these magnificent birds up close. Best to visit in the morning as this is when they are fed during winter and so the gather in large groups. Well worth the trouble of getting there.

8. Kushiro City Zoo

11 Akanchoshimoninishibetsu, Kushiro 085-0204, Hokkaido +81 154-56-2121
Excellent
28%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 84 reviews

Kushiro City Zoo

Reviewed By Maggie0z - Williamstown, Australia

The Kusho Zoo was one of the stops when we went on the 55 Bus Pass in February. It was a picture from the entry and the first thing we saw were the penguins being fed and swimming around in their pool. This was delightful and I looked forward to seeing more animals. Then I saw the lion in a very small area where he struggled to even walk and lay down giving small grunts. Next it was the tiger also confined is a small cage and wearing a track as he prowled back and forth without stopping. Same with the polar bear. The beaver was in a glassed room unable to get out to water and it was trying to crawl up the wall. This was the type of zoo that was around in Australia about 60 or 70 years ago. I couldn't bring myself to take photographs it was all so horrible.

9. The Kushiro City Museum

1-7 Shunkodai, Kushiro 085-0822, Hokkaido +81 154-41-5809
Excellent
33%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
13%
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4 based on 45 reviews

The Kushiro City Museum

Reviewed By Chuzaa - Vancouver, Canada

A little away from the central Kushiro area next to Lake Harutori is a hilly region with a major hospital and this city museum. The museum building is quite prominent; they say it was designed after a Japanese red-headed crane (tancho) with its wings fully spread.
The museum neatly covers the region’s natural environment, ethnography, history, and industry.
Two of the most impressive exhibits were about the local Ainu group (Fourth Floor) and about the wet land around the city (First Floor). The wet land around Kushiro is known to be one of the most important migratory bird sanctuaries in the world.
Free parking is available near the museum.

10. Kushiro Children's Museum Kodomo Yugakukan

10-2 Saiwaicho, Kushiro 085-0017, Hokkaido +81 154-32-0122
Excellent
35%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Kushiro Children's Museum Kodomo Yugakukan

Reviewed By Oriole T

During summer vacation young children don't have to pay the admission. Even adults can learn and enjoy from exhibition. We enjoyed a stamp rally about marine exploration.

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