The Port of Kushiro is located in some of Japan’s most beautiful countryside. Facing the Pacific Ocean, Kushiro Shitsugen National Park is a breathtaking backdrop for the Port of Kushiro. In the late 19th Century, scientists thought the Japanese Crane was almost extinct. However, ten cranes were found in the Kushiro Shitsugen about 70 years ago when farmers began feeding them corn. That practice continues today.
Kushiro Marsh accounts for almost two-thirds of Japan’s wetlands, and it is a treasure of plants and animals under Japanese protection since the 1980 Ramsar Convention and a national park since 1987. The Kushiro Marsh Observatory offers wonderful views of the surrounding forests. There is also a replicate of an Ainu settlement and many walking trails.
Lake Harutori is Japan’s biggest lake within a city. Designated as a National Natural Monument for its Red Crucian Carp habitat, this 36 hectare lake is a popular spot for walking and relaxing.
Aside from its amazing natural surroundings, the Port of Kushiro offers several interesting places to visit. The Kushiro City Museum’s architecture represents a Japanese crane with wings spread. It contains great exhibits of the area’s natural history. The Port of Kushiro’s Fisherman’s Wharf MOO is a busy marketplace on the waterfront with many shops, restaurants, and recreational facilities where you can relax and watch the fishing boats. The Kushiro Art Museum, near the Fisherman’s Wharf, is a small but elegant facility with many charming exhibits.
Travelers wishing to visit the Port of Kushiro by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises by searching for “Kushiro” on the Cruise Compete website.