Hokkaido Kushiro Wetland Lake Toro & Kushiro River
北海道 釧路湿原 塘路湖と釧路川
A wilderness hidden in serenity: experience it by canoe
The indigenous Ainu honored the holiness of nature. That spirit has certainly been inherited and still exists today. What you feel when you set foot in the Kushiro wetland is a wilderness hidden in serenity. The water flows naturally from its springs, reeds grow thickly, and brown bears, white-tailed eagles, and Ezo shika (deer), living by instinct, help maintain a natural balance. The water chestnut that grows so abundantly in the lake is called bekanbe in the Ainu language, and apparently the local people used to celebrate its harvest with a festival called the bekanbe matsuri.