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  • Boadwalk though Swamp
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  • Swamp in early autumn
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  • Shinsennuma Marsh
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  • Naganuma Pond
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Niseko–Shinsennuma Marsh Recreation Forest

2743.71ha

Elevation Lowest : 500m / Highest : 1,300m

A wetland boasting abundant natural beauty with mystical ponds [Shinsen Marsh district]

A wetland boasting abundant natural beauty with mystical ponds [Shinsen Marsh district]

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Area
Hokkaido
Activities
Skiing (Ski resort)(There are 4 ski resorts in the Niseko district)
Overview
Geographical/topographical features
A wetland and ponds located on a plateau more than 750 m above sea level [Shinsen Marsh district]
Historical/cultural features
Niseko (Nisekoan) means “(a river flowing below) a sheer cliff” in the Ainu language.
Said to boast the most beautiful pond in the Niseko mountain range, legend has it that Shinsen Marsh was given its name because it has the mystical appearance of a place inhabited by gods (shin) and mountain hermits (sen).
Climate, flora and fauna
It has a cold climate, and flowers such as ezozenteika, daylily (Hemerocallis esculenta) and hiogiayame, Arctic iris (Iris setosa) bloom here in summer.
Attractions
[Shinsen Marsh district]
There is a walking trail with boardwalks, which even people without any mountain-climbing experience can walk on, goes around within the district, enabling visitors to enjoy trekking along the ponds. However, please note that this district is accessible only in summer, because winter brings heavy snowfalls and the roads including Pref. Route 66 are closed to traffic.
[Niseko district]
This district boasts two of the four international ski resorts that together comprise the highly acclaimed ‘Niseko United,’ which has been dubbed the “St. Moritz of the Orient.” In winter, it is packed with skiers.
Latest Information
Usage Guide
Entrance fee
[Shinsen Marsh district] (Entrance fee) None
Opening seasons and hours
[Shinsen Marsh district]Early June – mid-October
Accommodation options
[Shinsen Marsh district] Nearby: Minshuku Morishita, Weiss Ons
Facility
Toilets and drinking fountains Toilet (accessible) Walking trail Walking trail (accessible) Car park Observation platform Vending machine Shop
Map
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Location
(Shinsen Marsh district:) Maeda, Kyowa-cho, Iwanai-gun, Hokkaido;
(Niseko district:)Weiss / Iwaobetsu / Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun,Hokkaido
Access
(Distances and times are provided as a guide only)
By public transport
[Shinsennuma Marsh district]
  • <Access from nearest railway station / bus stop>
  • ・25 km / 40 minutes by car from JR Kozawa Station, 28 km / 50 minutes by car from Kutchan Station (The prefectural road between Iwanai and Lake Toya (commonly known as Niseko Panorama Line) is closed to traffic in winter)
  • ・Take the bus (Goshiki Onsen) from JR Niseko Station and get off at Shinsen-numa (Shinsennuma Marsh) (operates only in high season (weekends and national holidays between early August and early October))
  • <Access from major transport hubs to nearest railway station / bus stop>
  • ・Sapporo Station (JR Hakodate Main Line: 40 minutes) → change at Otaru Station → (JR Hakodate Main Line: 70 minutes) → Kozawa Station → Kutchan Station → Hirafu Station → Niseko Station
  • <Access by intercity bus>
  • ・Iwanai-go Express Bus (Hokkaido Chuo Bus) Sapporo → Kyowa 2 hours 20 minutes
[Niseko district]
  • <Access from nearest railway station / bus stop>
  • ・4–8 km / 10–20 minutes by car from JR Kutchan Station
  • <Access from major transport hubs to nearest railway station / bus stop>
  • ・Sapporo Station (JR Hakodate Main Line: 40 minutes) → change at Otaru Station → (JR Hakodate Main Line: 85 minutes) → Kutchan Station
  • <Access by intercity bus>
  • ・Niseko-go Express Bus (Hokkaido Chuo Bus) Sapporo → Kutchan Jujigai 2 hours 50 minutes
By car
<Access>
  • [Shinsen Marsh district]
  • ・JR Sapporo Station square (Sapporo City)→ Sasson Expressway → Route 5 → Route 276 → Pref. Route 66 → Shinsen Marsh (120 km / 2 hours 20 minutes)
    Pref. Route 66 is closed to traffic in winter (mid-October to early June
  • [Niseko district]
  • ・JR Sapporo Station square (Sapporo City)→ Route 5 → Route 230 → Route 276 → Niseko (100 km / 2 hours 10 minutes)
<Car parking capacity / parking charges>

[Shinsen Marsh district] Space for 76 standard-sized cars and 5 motor coaches Free of charge
[Niseko district]The number of spaces in each car park varies. There is room for 200–2,600 standard-sized cars, depending on the car park. Free of charge, in principle

Nearby tourism facilities
  • Kakashi Furusato-kan Museum: Minami-horoni 103-13, Kyowa-cho
Management office contact details
Shiribeshi District Forest Office
TEL:0136-22-0145
FAX:0136-22-0106
https://www.rinya.maff.go.jp/hokkaido/introduction/gaiyou_syo/siribesi/
Information on Other Local Tourist Attractions
Kyowa-cho website [External link]
Official Tourist Information
Kyowa-cho website → Attractions and facilities → Shinsen Shizen Numa Recreation Forest [External link]
Recreation Forest Management Committee
Niseko–Shinsennuma Marsh Recreation Forest (Shinsennuma Marsh District) Protection and Management Association(Secretariat: Commerce, Industry, and Tourism Section, Industry Division, Kyowa Municipal Office)
Tel: 0135-73-2011
Fax: 0135-73-2288
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